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It's the most Buffalo time of the year. Spirits soar as we warm up for the Turkey Trot, one of the 100 Things every Western New Yorker should do at least once. And for the World's Largest Disco, another adventure on our bucket list. Friends and relatives flock in from out of town, craving wings and beef on weck. Thanksgiving is in the air. It's fun to celebrate this …

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It started as the world’s largest cake kitchen, and then it was the biggest hair tonic factory on the planet, and now it is empty – but it may be reused. The Wildroot building on Buffalo’s East Side was built in 1929 by the Detroit-based Grennan Bakery. The three-story, 100,000-square-foot brick building contains warehouse and office space and is located at 1740 …

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Scott Norwood’s Super Bowl XXV helmet, the French Connection’s game-used hockey sticks, and the only remaining original 1959 Buffalo Bills jersey will be on display at the Buffalo History Museum's new exhibit, "Icons: The Makers and Moments of Buffalo Sports." The museum said its multimedia exhibit, the first-ever comprehensive exhibition of Buffalo professional spo…

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Many people know the story of how Buffalo’s Market Arcade, formerly called “the Palace Arcade,” reopened in 1995 following a $10 million redevelopment project that restored the architectural gem to its original glory. But that Palace Arcade – built in 1892 at 617 Main St., near East Chippewa Street – was actually Buffalo’s second Palace Arcade. The first one…

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The Frontier House, one of the oldest buildings in the region and for generations a focal point of the Village of Lewiston, is being sold. The Center Street landmark is being sold for $800,000, confirmed Stacey C. Sheehan, a consultant to Hastings Hospitality, the current owners. She would not identify the buyer. The onetime hotel, built in 1824 and listed on the N…

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Lurking at the corner of countless Western New York sports bars you’ll find them: the trivia nuts. You know the kind — the walking encyclopedias who recite Joe Ferguson’s passing yardage in 1980 or Tony McKegney’s junior hockey totals. But as any real Buffalonian knows, our spectator sports extend beyond the Bills, Sabres and Bisons. Keeping score in politics ra…

Erie County

Erie County owned approximately 1,000 obsolete lever voting machines when it was required to replace them with electronic machines in 2010. So what happened to the steel machines that weighed about 700 pounds each? All but 10 of the voting machines used for a nearly a century in Erie County were sold for scrap, said Ralph M. Mohr, Erie County's Republican elections…

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The fall speaker series returns to the Black Rock Historical Society at 6 p.m. Thursday with a focus on the Scajaquada Battlefield and the War of 1812. Douglas J. Perrelli, clinical assistant professor of anthropology at University of Buffalo, will present historical maps of the mouth of Scajaquada Creek as it relates to the decisive battle won by more than 200 rifle…

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The expansion of the the Buffalo & Erie County Naval and Military Park's hangar into a Hall of Honor is getting a boost from a $250,000 state grant. Assemblyman Michael Kearns announced the funding, which will be used for renovating, updating and expanding the Hall of Honor. As the popularity of the park grows, so has the desire from the public to donate historic it…

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After a wait of more than 60 years, what’s believed to be the first airplane built in Buffalo has gone on display in the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum's annex. The aircraft, the Olmsted Pusher, was donated to the museum in 1955 by the estate of Charles M. Olmsted, an aeronautical engineer who was a distant cousin of renowned landscape architect Frederick L…

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What do Germany, Niagara Falls, coal tar dyes, leathermaking and the Buffalo River have in common? They all factored heavily into the life of Jacob F. Schoellkopf, a German immigrant who became one of Buffalo’s most prominent citizens in the 1800s. Schoellkopf came to Buffalo in 1844 and opened a leather shop on Mohawk Street, according to the 1901 history book “Buf…

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A celebration of the rich history of Corpus Christi Church will take place  Oct. 29 as the community gathers to mark the 110th anniversary of the laying of the cornerstone. A Mass celebrated in English and Polish will begin the day at 11 a.m. It will be followed with a talk by historian Martin Ederer, who will describe the laying of the cornerstone. A short film will…

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Even before it was home to One Seneca Tower, the downtown Buffalo property bounded by Main, Seneca, Washington and Exchange streets played host to one of the tallest and most important building complexes in the city. More than a century before One Seneca – then called the Marine Midland Center – opened there in the early 1970s and became Buffalo’s tallest buil…

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"Wearing the Letter P," a book about Polish women who were forced into labor in Germany from 1939 to 1945, will be the topic of a lecture at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18, at Canisius College. Author Sophie Hodorowicz Knab wrote the book to keep a promise with her mother, who was a slave laborer during the war. German soldiers forced approximately 12 million people from al…