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Western New York brims with architectural masterpieces. But our most talked-about structure wasn't built by Louis Sullivan or Frank Lloyd Wright. Amherst's iconic Big Blue Water Tower is in the news every single day. Its name is on everyone's lips. Most of the time, that's because of the traffic that surrounds it. "Traffic is backed up by the Big Blue Water Tower." But …

Festivals

1) Buffalo's Biggest Halloween Bash, 6 p.m. Oct. 29 to 1 a.m. Oct. 30 in Connecticut Street Armory (184 Connecticut St.). Tickets are $20 plus fees. Commentary: It takes a lot of confidence to claim you're Buffalo's BIGGEST Halloween bash, but the Variety Club of Buffalo, in tandem with 103.3 the Edge's Shredd & Ragan, take over the Connecticut Street Armory, which …

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This election craziness really does put parents in a tough position. To be honest, I had no clue that my 4-year-old was paying any attention at all. Then, one day during the primary, there was something on the news about Florida. A reporter talking about Donald Trump said something about it being a close race in Florida between "the two men." That's when Emma looked up fro…

There's nothing scary about having a ball with your kids this Halloween weekend, and not spending any money. And it's absolutely possible. With a myriad of events taking place all over Buffalo and beyond, your kids will love the fun and you'll love the cost. Oct. 27 Galleria of Treats. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Walden Galleria. This is an annual event that the kids al…

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As a feature writer, I often do reviews on family-friendly places to bring the kiddos. That's why I headed over to Lothlorien, a stable close to my home in East Aurora. I brought my four girls and assumed we'd check out their horse-back riding lessons and be on our way. Boy was I wrong. What they do goes way beyond horsing around. This place is making life better for ch…

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Up in heaven, two saints are looking down on us. And they are laughing. They are St. Joseph and St. Peter Canisius. The sports rivalry between St. Joseph Collegiate Institute and Canisius High School is the most famous in Western New York. St. Joe's was founded by the De La Salle Christian Brothers in 1861. The Jesuits founded Canisius in 1870. That means the Canisiu…

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Conditions were clear but breezy for the annual fall fling Sunday at the Great Pumpkin Farm, with 15 schools competing for top honors in use of a trebuchet. The trebuchet is an enhanced catapult, an elegant combination of simple machines connected to a rope and sling. In this competition, the things the slings fling are, of course, pumpkins. Actually, the Pumpkin Cat…

The New York Power Authority will hold its annual Halloween Spooktacular from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 22 at the newly renovated Niagara Power Vista (5777 Lewiston Road, Lewiston. Admission and parking are free at the Power Vista, Children up to age 15 are invited to dress in their scariest and most creative garb for a costume contest from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with prizes a…

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Fall is such a special time of year. It’s not too busy, not too cold and there is so much to do. It’s an exciting time for kids – picking out their Halloween costumes and playing outside before the snow falls. The only problem is that fall will be over before we know it, so we have to enjoy it while it lasts. Here are some of our favorite fall activities. Visit a farmer…

Food and Drink

1) Buffalo On Tap Harvest Festival, 5 to 8 p.m. (VIPs arrive at 4) on Oct. 15 at the Hamburg Fairgrounds (5600 McKinley Pkwy., Hamburg). Tickets are $38 for general admission when purchased in advance, and $60 for VIP. Prices rise $10 if bought on-site. Commentary: For general admission, 111 beers will be available to sample over the course of three hours - VIP ticket h…

Local News

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 Alle…

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Wanna hear something scary? According to the National Retail Federation, Americans will spend - are you ready - a whopping $8.4 billion this Halloween with $3.1 billion on costumes alone. Crazy. And fun, I guess. I mean who doesn't love a few headstones on the front lawn mixed in nicely with some scarecrows, maybe a witch or two, and those must-have pumpkins. It's all goo…

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Looking to have fall family photos shot? Wondering what colors are best to wear? Or where you should go? What kind of backdrop? Me too. That's why I asked for help. David Barone-Vu has been shooting professional photos for about five years. I asked for some advice on capturing the best moments with family during the fall season. Whether you are hiring a professional or d…

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It's been a beautiful fall so far, and it's only just begun. One thing is certain – there is no shortage of fall fun to be found. And this weekend might be the biggest and best all season long, with a variety of options and something for everyone. Canalside Fall Fest 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 8 at Canalside There is always something fun to do Canalside, but it really kick…

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Pumpkins, apples and fun. We took a chance on a trip to Zittel's Country Market in Hamburg, not knowing what we'd find. I guess I thought it was just a place to buy produce. Boy was I wrong. It was a riot. For fall, Zittel's goes all out with things for the kids with some free fun available during store hours. It has a super neat straw maze. Not just a little maze, either…