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It is now celebrated as one of the great places that helps to make our area great. Only 25 years ago, however, East Aurora’s Roycroft Campus added to the National Trust for Historic Preservation's list of the nation's 11 most endangered historic places. Five years after that listing, attempts to bring the buildings of Elbert Hubbard’s Arts and Crafts colony back to life w…

Pope John Paul II officially became Pope Saint John Paul II earlier this year, but Buffalonians have been celebrating his saintly nature since his first visit to the city in 1969. Through his multiple visits to Buffalo in his time before becoming pope, John Paul II made many lifelong friendships in Western New York. The Polish Cardinal’s ties to this area were created in…

An advertisement of the Chamber of Commerce, this piece breaks down by season all the great things about Buffalo. The best season write-up has to be for fall. Thinking about a golden Buffalo autumn, how would you brag? The Chamber of Commerce, the people in charge of bringing business and vitality to Western New York, decided of all the great things going on in a Buffalo…

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From the time she arrived in Buffalo, Carol Jasen and Irv Weinstein have been pals. Friends. Good friends, even. But, as News Critic Alan Pergament wrote, that did not stop the pair of competing news anchors from engaging in a brief, on-air back-and-forth reminiscent of something from a Will Ferrell movie. "Viewers eyewitness to childishness"  

Though they were old enough to vote by 1999, Generation X, the children of Baby Boomers, weren't doing so in the numbers of the previous generation. As News reporter Louise Continelli wrote on this date in 1999, however, Gen X  was making a difference in its own way. "Why Generation X doesn't vote: Young people today are making a difference through volunteering, but the…

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Even with the speed and precision of the handful of modern roller coasters available to the roller coaster enthusiast within a quick drive of downtown Buffalo, many old-timers will say nothing beats the thrill of the coaster that once graced the shores of Lake Erie at the Crystal Beach amusement park. In 1999, Fantasy Island took steps to remedy that. "New Silver Comet c…

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Sheriff Thomas Higgins and Mayor James D. Griffin, both Korean War veterans, reflected on their service and the plight of Korean War vets everywhere as efforts to place a Korean War memorial at the waterfront Servicemen’s Park were coming together. Griffin and Erie County Executive Dennis Gorski, a Vietnam veteran, were honorary chairmen of the effort. "Mayor and sheriff…

On this date in 1989, as Western New Yorkers and Chinese nationals filled Niagara Square, hope was high that more freedom and more democracy was coming to Red China. Within a week, hopes were dashed as the infamous crackdown occurred and estimates of anywhere from hundreds to thousands of protesters were killed in Beijing as the government used tanks and rifles to quell t…

Among the news on the front page of the May 29, 1914, Buffalo Evening News: On the St. Lawrence River, the steamship Empress of Ireland collided with another ship and sank within 20 minutes. The casualties reported weren't exact; initial reports indicated all passengers had been saved, but that turned out not to be true. At the time this page was printed, estimates were …

Made at M. Wile in Buffalo, Johnny Carson’s line of suits for men was one of the top sellers at Kleinhans men’s shop in 1974. "Blue denim look by Johnny Carson in a fabric you can lean on" "Johnny keeps fashionably cool in his latest … the 'denim suit' look. It has the casual appearance of denim but is tailored in a two-way texturized, stretch woven fabric.' "

Among the news on the front page of the May 28, 1914, Buffalo Evening News: "Protocol must be arranged" or the peace talks will fail, announced a headline; a story by Richard Harding Davis, along the right rail, compares the work of the peace envoys with that of soldiers in Mexico, who don't get to take breaks. The widow of cereal manufacturer Charles W. Post was to rec…

On this date in 1994, Crossroads Arena project manager Larry Quinn assured nervous city officials that the project was in good shape and that the new home of the Sabres would open soon under an aggressive timeline. "Crossroads officials assure city task force that arena funding is on track, but delayed" "The Crossroads Arena deal is in no danger of falling apart, jittery…

On this date in 1984, Buffalo Magazine carried an in-depth history of the day -- June 1, 1866 -- that six companies of Irishmen left Buffalo to invade Canada, with the goal of freeing Ireland from the yoke of the English. The group of Irish nationalists took canal boats across the river, set up tents in Fort Erie and raised an Irish flag. While the nationalists set about…