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In the coming weeks, thousands of students from all across Western New York will be auditioning in solo festivals hosted by the ECMEA, or Erie County Music Educators Association. Approximately 4,500 students in grades 4-12 will participate, with hopes of being placed in one of the 20 all-county elementary, junior high, or senior high ensembles. The 2,100 students selecte…

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The day was April 20, 1999. The location: Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo. Students Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold opened fire inside the building, killing 15 people, including themselves. While this event wasn’t technically the first "school shooting," it is one of the most famous in United States history. Since then, other school shootings include Sandy Hook Ele…

The New England Patriots ... not necessarily an exciting topic for Buffalo Bills fans. As any loyal Bills fan knows, whenever these two teams face off, it seems to make for an action-packed 60 minutes of football. The two teams played their first regular season game against each other on Sept. 23, 1960, years before the AFL-NFL Merger in 1966. The Boston Patriots, as th…

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The world is a pretty big place. It sustains more than 7.5 billion people in about 200 countries. However, just like people, every country is different. Three European teenagers had the opportunity to experience this idea firsthand. Loïc Labanere and Iñigo Aranjuelo, both 17, and Juliette Petit, 18, spent the past year in Buffalo as foreign exchange students in multiple R…

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The day was April 14, 1988 – the day of the Buffalo Bisons’ home opener and the opening of Pilot Field itself. Fast forward to 2017, and Coca-Cola Field (renamed in 2008) is still the home of the Buffalo Bisons. This year marks the team’s 30th season – an important milestone for the team and organization, and they’re celebrating with ticket packages and fun nights at the…

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"Cracking the Cube" introduces the world of competitive Rubik’s Cube solving to the public through the eyes of author and avid speedcuber Ian Scheffler. The book describes Scheffler’s journey with his Rubik’s Cube in an attempt to learn about its history while meeting many people associated with it. While traveling across the world, Scheffler competed in multiple Rubik’s…

The year was 1980. Arcades were filled with youngsters hoping to play a round or two of Pac-Man or Space Invaders. NFL star Joe Montana was receiving praise from all around the world as the best to ever play the game. Music stars like Queen and Michael Jackson captivated everyone who heard them. As great as these were, one invention stood out as an iconic symbol of the ’8…

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By Bryan Renzoni NeXt Correspondent Buffalo may have the best summer weather in the country, but we are also notorious for rough winters. However, this weather comes with a plethora of opportunities, especially at Canalside. From skating, to drinking hot cocoa, to meeting with Santa, Canalside hosts a large variety of events that are fun for the whole family. "Canalsi…

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A new season. A new team. A new hope. And a new name for the home of the Buffalo Bills – New Era Field. Since 1973, when Rich Stadium was built, the Bills have called Orchard Park their home. Over the years, there have been multiple renovations and changes to the stadium. On Sundays, the celebrations (and groans) can be heard for miles. And this season, New Era Cap Co…

If you’re looking for a new place to take your parents, try Murphy Brown’s Craft Beer Empourium, at Main Street and Goodrich Road in Clarence. Murphy Brown’s, which opened in the summer of 2015, hopes to provide a new dining experience for all. As they enter, patrons should feel comfortable and enjoy being there. The main room features a lounge area with soft couches a…