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There is one place in Buffalo where the stars always line up right. Since the 1960s, the planetarium at Williamsville North High School has been orienting us to the stars in the heavens. Recently refurbished, it is state of the art, up to any video presentation or light show. Its resident celebrity, nicknamed Jake, goes back to the '60s. Jake is a kind of globe that sit…

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Like a drive-in theater, a roller rink is something to treasure. Especially an old-time roller rink, with a genuine wooden floor. Such a paradise is the Rainbow Rink in North Tonawanda. It dates to 1949, when Herbert and Ella Bale built it, using winnings from the Irish Sweepstakes. It is still owned by their family, who now also own Rainbow Skateland in Lockport. …

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When Easter arrives, a Buffalonian's mind turns to thoughts of Krupnik. The honeyed liqueur, beloved in Poland, has conquered Buffalo thanks largely to Dyngus Day, the big Polish festival Easter Monday that celebrates the end of Lent. So big is Krupnik around here that a few years ago, in a calamity that still makes people shudder, we ran out. That shouldn't happen a…

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Going to a trampoline park requires a leap of faith. Especially if you're a grown-up. I felt funny, heading for Get Air Buffalo Trampoline Park in Cheektowaga. I had bounced on trampolines before, if not exactly recently. A friend had a trampoline, and I had a great time bouncing on it with her little kids. But isn't that who trampolines are for? Kids? Well, I tol…

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The internet be darned. Books live. Many of them live right here in Buffalo, at Old Editions Book Shop & Cafe. It is one of the nation's great bookstores. It is amazing considering its size how it has floated around. Owner Ron Cozzi founded it in 1976 on Hertel Avenue, and then it went to Allentown, then to University Heights, and currently is in downtown Buffalo…

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You know those ice bikes you see gliding around the ice at Canalside? They are moving into the fast lane. Made only in Buffalo, they can now be found in Rochester, Vancouver, British Columbia, and, most recently, in Green Bay, Wis., at the request of the Green Bay Packers. They have been celebrated by National Geographic. But how many of us here have experienced this…