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AUSTIN, Texas – For nearly 30 years, the irreverent soul of this Texas capital city has been linked with what has been billed as the biggest music festival of its kind in the world – the ever-expanding mash-up of music, culture, technology and buzz known as South by Southwest.But when two people were killed and at least 23 were injured shortly after midnight …

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AUSTIN, Texas – For nearly 30 years, the irreverent soul of this Texas capital city has been linked with what has been billed as the biggest music festival of its kind in the world – the ever-expanding mash-up of music, culture, technology and buzz known as South by Southwest.But when two people were killed and at least 23 were injured shortly after midnight Thursday a…

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The calendar marks St. Patrick’s Day as a single-day observance on March 17.But you don’t need to be Irish to know that this is one holiday that’s not limited to 24 hours.Our St. Patty’s Day celebrations already are in high gear and will culminate this weekend with more Irish food, drink and merriment than is probably good for anyone.Here, then,…

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The calendar marks St. Patrick’s Day as a single-day observance on March 17.But you don’t need to be Irish to know that this is one holiday that’s not limited to 24 hours.Our St. Patty’s Day celebrations already are in high gear and will culminate this weekend with more Irish food, drink and merriment than is probably good for anyone.Here, then, is Gusto’s look a…

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MAYVILLE – If there was ever a winter to build an ice castle, this is it.The ice-cold temperatures have been ideal for the 12-foot-high, 90-foot-wide fortress that since last Friday has been rising from the banks along Chautauqua Lake. “The biggest challenge is the weather, and this year, it’s cooperated,” said David Douglas, a village resident and the castle’s …

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MAYVILLE – If there was ever a winter to build an ice castle, this is it.The ice-cold temperatures have been ideal for the 12-foot-high, 90-foot-wide fortress that since last Friday has been rising from the banks along Chautauqua Lake. “The biggest challenge is the weather, and this year, it’s cooperated,” said David Douglas, a village resident…

Canalside’s third annual holiday celebration this weekend gets underway at 4:30 p.m. today at East Canal, Main and Scott streets.Featured are holiday singing and children’s activities, in a heated tent. During the program, Santa Claus will arrive via Metro Rail, and assist with the tree lighting. City Honors High School Chorus and Band will perform at 5 p.m. Kenmore E…

Canalside’s third annual holiday celebration this weekend gets underway at 4:30 p.m. today at East Canal, Main and Scott streets.Featured are holiday singing and children’s activities, in a heated tent. During the program, Santa Claus will arrive via Metro Rail, and assist with the tree lighting. City Honors High School Chorus and Band will perform at 5 p.m.…

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Mark Masters had a stable career driving a truck, supplying pipes to a maker of industrial boilers, but he didn’t have a passion.That was until he got inspired by a TV documentary a few years ago about Elbert Hubbard’s mid-life founding of the East Aurora artisans’ community in the late 1800s.That led Masters to his own midlife transformation – through metalsmithin…

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Mark Masters had a stable career driving a truck, supplying pipes to a maker of industrial boilers, but he didn’t have a passion.That was until he got inspired by a TV documentary a few years ago about Elbert Hubbard’s mid-life founding of the East Aurora artisans’ community in the late 1800s.That led Masters to his own midlife transformation – through metalsmithin…

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The 32nd Curtain Up! celebration opened Buffalo’s dynamic and varied theater season in typically grand fashion Friday on a night that also honored Buffalo-born playwright A.R. Gurney.Theater leaders and arts supporters – many adorned in black tuxes and glitzy gowns – gathered under a big tent on the 700 block of Main Street to attend a gala dinner before heading off …

The 32nd Curtain Up! celebration opened Buffalo’s dynamic and varied theater season in typically grand fashion Friday on a night that also honored Buffalo-born playwright A.R. Gurney.Theater leaders and arts supporters – many adorned in black tuxes and glitzy gowns – gathered under a big tent on the 700 block of Main Street to attend a gala dinner before heading off …

ELLICOTTVILLE – As the temperature drops and the leaves start to change color in the Enchanted Mountains of Cattaraugus County, rock ’n’ roll will be heard and classic cars will be seen in the valley Friday through Sunday.Music will flow from the stages of several area establishments, as well as from a temporary outdoor performance area on Monroe Street.Classic cars …

ELLICOTTVILLE – As the temperature drops and the leaves start to change color in the Enchanted Mountains of Cattaraugus County, rock ’n’ roll will be heard and classic cars will be seen in the valley Friday through Sunday.Music will flow from the stages of several area establishments, as well as from a temporary outdoor performance area on Monroe Street.Classic cars …

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LEWISTON – The nearly deserted midway, the easy parking and the bored-looking vendors told their own story on a rainy Saturday afternoon: the Niagara County Peach Festival took a hit from the weather.But with today’s forecast much improved, Kiwanis Club organizers are hoping that the crowds return as they did Friday night, when the 56th annual festival opened successfu…