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How the 100 Things became 98, and why we need your help

What a ride it has been.

Almost two years have passed since The Buffalo News visited Shark Girl, kicking off our list of 100 Things Every Western New Yorker Should Do At Least Once. Since then, it's been a whirlwind — sometimes literally, as in riding the Maid of the Mist, or the Viper at Darien Lake. Something told us, on such occasions, that this project would not end predictably. And sure enough — here we are, at No. 93, and there's a twist.

We need two more Things.

[Gallery: 100 Things every WNYer should do at least once]

That is because of the ones that have evaded us. We couldn't ride a toboggan out of the chutes at Chestnut Ridge Park because for two winters, the weather did not cooperate. (We didn't see that one coming.) We also could not watch a Buffalo Sabres playoff game from the plaza outside KeyBank Center because for two seasons, the Sabres did not cooperate. (We may have seen that one coming.)

This is where you come in.

Did you think something should have been on the list but wasn't? Now is the time to propose it.

Your adventure should be something that could be experienced now, in the spring. Something that could be enjoyed by a variety of Western New Yorkers. Something that isn't tied to a particular day or weekend. Something that speaks to who we are as a people.

It should also be something we haven't done. Check the photo gallery on to make sure.

Send your wild card to Bruce Andriatch, the editor of The News' features section at He came up with the list. We also will share this story on Facebook so feel free to post your suggestions there.

We will cull a handful of likely candidates from the entries provided and will ask you to vote on your favorites in coming weeks. The top two will round out the list.

And then, when — if? — Mother Nature and the Sabres cooperate, we will take you to Chestnut Ridge and to the KeyBank Center Plaza to complete the original 100.

Eventually, we'll finish with 102 Things Every Western New Yorker Should Do at Least Once. But that's OK. Sometimes, you don't want the ride to end.

The Ultimate Western New York Bucket List: 100 things every Western New Yorker should do at least once


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