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It was not the destination a kid from Olcott expected. David Donovan is a longtime resident of the island of Vieques, part of Puerto Rico. Before he enlisted in the Navy, more than 40 years ago, Donovan's longest journey beyond Western New York was to Toronto. Things turned out in a way he could not envision. For that, Donovan credits the Navy — and the absolute symbol …

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Rushing about our everyday business, we sometimes miss the treasures that hide in plain sight. One wintry day a couple of years ago reminded me of that. I had been at a lunch meeting with a colleague from Amherst. The wind and sleet had kicked in. "Let's cut through the Ellicott Square Building," I suggested. And in we went -- beneath the carved entranceway, throu…

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Is the Rochester area part of Western New York? The debate may not be settled today, but in 1860, author J.H. French used the term “Western New York” to refer to Rochester and its surrounding area in his comprehensive “Historical and Statistical Gazetteer of New York State.” And for good reason – Rochester’s and Buffalo’s economic and cultural fortunes have been tied…

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In Buffalo’s early history, the city was actually a part of Niagara County. Buffalo was formed as a town in 1810 and incorporated as a village in 1813, but it wasn’t until April of 1821 that Erie County was carved out of Niagara County, according to the book “Historical and Statistical Gazetteer of New York State.” (Buffalo later incorporated as a city in 1832.) In t…

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Some day in the not too distant future, the Western New York Railway Historical Society envisions its refurbished passenger cars disgorging hundreds of tourists at a burgeoning museum on Lee Street near Solar City. But first it needed some basics — like railroad tracks. The museum volunteers got what they needed Friday, a new partial siding along with the first four …

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The stretch of downtown Buffalo around its harbor and along Lake Erie was once considered “an irreclaimable morass" – low-lying and swampy. But the same area nevertheless became “densely covered with substantial warehouses and large stores, intermingled with factories, foundries, mechanics’ shops and dwellings,” helping the city become “the largest and most important (c…

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Daemen College's roots can be traced back to one building. The Rosary Hall mansion on the private college's Main Street campus in Amherst was purchased in 1948 by the Sisters of St. Francis and became the Rosary Hill College for women, now Daemen. "Everything went on there," said Michael Brogan, Daemen's vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college. "T…

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American presidents and their relationships with the news media will be discussed during a free event at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Buffalo History Museum, off Nottingham Terrace. “Presidents and the Press” is sponsored by the Buffalo Presidential Center. Rose Ciotta, formerly of The Buffalo News, will moderate a panel with Jody Kleinberg Biehl, former European corresponde…

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“As the lion is the monarch of the forest,” wrote one of Buffalo’s early historians of the city, “so the Lion Brewery is monarch among similar establishments of its kind; if not in architectural extent and capacity, then certainly in the purity and wholesomeness of its products.” The Lion Brewery’s throne sat on the east side of Jefferson Avenue between Best and North s…

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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 Bailey …

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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 sports …

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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, at Lafayet…

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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 Nat…