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Ellen Przepasniak

Ellen Przepasniak is a digital content editor for The Buffalo News. She holds a bachelor's degree in English from SUNY Fredonia and a master's in print journalism from Boston University.


Buffalo Bills fans, grab some tissues. CBS Sports wants to start your Thanksgiving off with a good cry. CBS Sports, which will broadcast the 4:30 p.m. Bills game against the Dallas Cowboys, tweeted a 2 1/2 minute video of former Bills quarterback Jim Kelly sharing his Thanksgiving message. The video was broadcast right before the game began. Kelly was the quarterback…


We can imagine the eyerolls from the other side of the border. St. Catharines, Ont., is prominently featured in the new film "Harriet," which depicts the life of Harriet Tubman and is gaining lots of Oscar buzz. When Tubman flees to St. Catharines after the Fugitive Slave Act is passed in 1850, an intertitle appears in the film that reads: "St. Catherines." Whoops…

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A forecast that warranted the National Weather Service's first winter storm warning of the season is calling for a total of 6 to 10 inches of snow Monday, with the worst accumulation coming Monday evening. The greatest accumulations are expected inland from the Buffalo metro area. Send us your winter weather photos and we may feature a few of them on Pleas…

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The Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village, formerly the Amherst Museum, is located on 35 acres along Tonawanda Creek Road in Amherst. The nonprofit organization is committed to preserving the history of the region. Costumed interpreters help guests learn about life in the 19th century as they tour the historic buildings.

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Construction is underway to reopen the Buffalo History Museum’s park and lakeside entryway beneath the portico, in a $2 million, three-phase project. When this is completed in fall of 2021, guests will be able to enter the Museum from the Japanese Gardens through its original entryway into gallery space that has been closed for about 35 years due to water damage.

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Cecelia's Ristorante, an Elmwood staple for 18 years, will close after Sunday brunch. The Elmwood Avenue restaurant announced the news on Instagram Saturday. The restaurant mixed martinis and Italian food. Its front patio was a popular summertime destination, especially for brunch. In 2001, Just Pizza owner Rudy Alloy opened Cecelia's as a fine-dining alternative …

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Gerard Place Community Center at 2515 Bailey Ave., had a ribbon cutting to celebrate its $6 million renovation of a former parish hall on Monday, Sept. 9, 2019. Gerard Place which has a growing campus on Bailey Avenue, works to eliminate barriers that prevent people from escaping poverty. The project received more than $1.75 million from New York State.


The Cave of the Winds has been plagued by rockfalls through its history, as recently as 2012. But in 1920, rocks falling behind the cataracts turned fatal. The original attraction wasn’t the winding wooden staircase visitors see today, but a cavern with a natural rock ledge behind the Bridal Veil Falls. It opened in the mid-1800s to tourists and quickly became a popu…

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The weather gods smiled on the National Buffalo Chicken Wing Festival Saturday as a crowd, some wearing wing hats, sampled the wings and enjoyed the music and other entertainment at Sahlen Field. The festival continues Sunday, Sept. 1, from noon to 7 p.m.

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Peter J. Heffley has lived in his Amherst home for 13 years. He has remodeled, redecorated and filled it with pieces collected over time. His backyard woodland garden is a delight. Home & Style editor Susan Martin and News staff photographer Mark Mulville visited recently for an interview and photo shoot.

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The history of the Dunkirk Lighthouse goes back to 1827, when the first version of it was built on Point Gratiot. The structure that replaced it in the 1870s incorporates bricks from the original lighthouse. In 1857, it was fitted with a Fresnel lens that shines light 27 miles out into Lake Erie. The structure was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979 a…