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Western New York is a beautiful place – and each day, Buffalo News photographers will bring you a photo to prove it. Our challenge is to look at things differently, to remind us all to slow down and enjoy our surroundings. Check back each morning to see our favorite image for the day. View the images in full screen for the most impact. – Cathaleen Curtiss, director of phot…

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From Koko the Elephant to Eddie the Chimp, many of the Buffalo Zoo's animals have become community favorites, sometimes for generations of zoo fans. Take a look back at some of the zoo's most memorable -- and photogenic -- creatures.

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Erie, Niagara and the Southern Tier held a fancy fundraising gala on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018, in Seneca Niagara Events Center. Cocktails, dinner, an auction, an awards ceremony and live music by JoyRyde were among the evening highlights.

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Minnesota indie rockers Hippo Campus, which just released "Bambi" in September, showed off its new music on Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018, in Town Ballroom. See the indie fans who came downtown for the concert.

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Squire's Tap Room at 127 Niagara St. in the City of Tonawanda is an old-time neighborhood bar owned by Rick and Lisa Neuhaus for the past 25 years.

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Thirteen East Aurora bars participated in this sold-out fundraising Halloween-themed bar crawl - Crawl-O-Ween - which backed the Buffalo Autism Project, on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018. Stops included a check-in at the American Grille, plus longer stays at Griffon Gastropub, Wallenwein's Hotel and Riley Street Station.

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Johnny Rzeznik, Robby Takac and the Goo Goo Dolls began their sold-out three-day, three-performance stretch in Shea's Buffalo Theatre with a gig on Friday, Oct. 19, 2018. See the diehard fans who got their tickets early.

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103.3. The Edge FM morning hosts Shredd & Ragan presented their annual Halloween party on Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, in Buffalo RiverWorks. Nerds Gone Wild and Last Call were the two bands to entertain. See the spooky costumes and the smiles of those in attendance.

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Hospice Buffalo's major fundraiser, the Hospice Harvest Festival Ruby Gala, featured a cocktail reception, dinner and a wine pairing, and live music and port wine in the Ruby Lounge on Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, in the Hyatt Regency. See who ventured out to support Erie County's only hospice organization.

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The official Indianapolis Bills Backers hung out in High Velocity bar at the JW Marriott near Lucas Oil Stadium on Saturday, the day before the Bills take on the Colts in Indianapolis, Indiana on Sunday.

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Four organizations in and around Buffalo's West Side - the West Side Business and Taxpayers Association, Forest District Civic Association, Grant-Amherst Business Association and Riverside Business Association - joined forces on an awards dinner, held Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018, at AcQua Restaurant on Niagara Street. See who came out to recognize the winners.