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Sara Heidinger used to tend bar and wait tables at the Swannie House, in Buffalo's First Ward. She grew up in the neighborhood, and she quickly learned one of the central lessons of that trade. If you listen, you'll glean wisdom from the people you serve. One of the customers was Rick Smith, the entrepreneur who turned an old Buffalo grain elevator into the 21st cent…

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Wally Kowal, at 92, still rides a bicycle – both for joy and to stay in shape. He tries to drink one beer, and one beer only, every day, preferably with dinner, which he sees as a kind of elixir. If he seems young, Wally said, maybe that's why. Friday, on a September morning cool enough for him to wear a windbreaker and a red buttoned vest, he and his grandson Greg m…

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Mohawk Place (47 E. Mohawk St.) is once again set to host a batch of local participants for NPR's Tiny Desk Contest showcase at 7 p.m. March 1. Last year, the popular web series, which invites touring musicians to perform an intimate set at the desk of "All Songs Considered" host Bob Boilin, reached out to unsigned acts from across the country to submit their own "Tiny De…