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Even Tesla was freezing. That is one image that sticks with me after the overwhelming experience of seeing Niagara Falls in winter. You know that oversized, Soviet-style statue of Nikola Tesla that sits on Stedman's Bluff, overlooking the American Falls? The great scientist sat hunkered down, the blueprints in his lap covered in snow and ice, and you could swear he wa…

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Fans of Shea’s Performing Arts Center may want to take Route 90 three hours east to Utica to see its lavishly-designed theater. There, under a wavy, brightly-lit black marquee that proclaims “Stanley” is another movie palace-turned-performing arts center that’s as much a part of the show as what happens onstage. Walking inside is jaw-dropping. The architec…

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It may be the most wonderful time of the year, but the holiday season is also the most stressful, the most expensive, the most emotional. We try to squeeze more into our free time than is humanly possible to get done. Welcome to the December holiday gauntlet. In the four weekends until Christmas, we have to find time to shop and to spend with family and friends, to s…

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I knew from the minute I got out of the car that Fly Creek Cider Mill and Orchard was going to be a place I would enjoy. Among the signs in the parking lot were “Parking for cider slush lovers only,” and “Parking for nice old ladies only (mean old lady parking in rear by dumpster).” The cider mill is in the central New York hamlet of Fly Creek, a four-hour dr…

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In the shadow of the Michigan Avenue Lift Bridge, close to the Cobblestone District and across the Buffalo River from RiverWorks and the General Mills cereal plant rests one of Buffalo's most beloved attractions. The Fireboat Edward M. Cotter is both a National Historic Landmark and Engine 20, a working piece of fire apparatus. The 118-foot-long steel-hulled boat, moor…

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The vibrancy of fall color is sweeping across upstate New York this week. The trees are about half-changed over throughout Erie County and the Niagara Frontier, according to this week's I Love New York Fall Foliage Report. They're nearing their peak in places such as Chautauqua, around the Batavia area and at Letchworth State Park. And they're totally ripe at Al…

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Autumn is magical in Western New York. There is so much going on – fall festivals, corn mazes, Halloween preparations. It is also the time of year when the shadows lengthen and our thoughts naturally turn to the world after this one and the people who have gone before us. And as the sun goes down, and you put down that pumpkin-carving knife and savor that final sparkling…