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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.


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Hot, muggy weather kicked off a busy first weekend of August filled with festivals, food and music. Here are some stories you may have missed. Ammunition, gun receipt found at Grand Island home of man charged with threats Federal officials found hundreds of rounds of ammunition and receipts for a high-powered SKS assault rifle at the Grand Island home of Carlos Bayon, 63…

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Beautiful weather during the day and a blood moon at night made for a lovely last weekend in July. Here are some stories you may have missed. Key Tops employees to split $3 million in bonuses for staying on the job About 115 high-ranking Tops Markets "hard-to-replace" employees will split $3 million in bonus payments if they stay on their jobs through the end of the year…

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Summer continues to roll along as weekends fill up with concerts, festivals and fun with family and friends. Here are some stories you may have missed. South Buffalo police shooting had 'all the makings of a suicide by cop' A 34-year-old man was shot Friday during an encounter with Buffalo Police following a standoff outside a home in South Buffalo. An officer shot the m…

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We asked and you delivered. On #716Day, we wanted to know what you love most about Buffalo. Here's what our readers said about July 16, the day when 716 pride is on full display. https://twitter.com/RyanMura/status/1018848435439656960 https://twitter.com/krspeier/status/1018834054551130112 Some businesses offered 716-themed specials, mostly on chicken w…

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Summer shines on with busy weekends full of festivals, music and beautiful weather. Here are some stories you may have missed from over the weekend. Firm with ties to BMHA supervisor gets $391,000 from BMHA, mostly without bidding Just months after it was founded, GFY General Services & Cleaning got nearly $400,000 in largely no-bid work from the Buffalo Municipal Ho…

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1991 hit "Ice, Ice, Baby" is almost three decades old, but Vanilla Ice surges on in popularity, with a little help from his HGTV gigs. See who checked out the rapper on Saturday, July 7, 2018, at Canalside Live.

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The long, holiday weekend is over and it's time to settle into the upcoming week. Here are some stories you may have missed from the weekend. Don't think Buffalo can remove a highway? Rochester did. Buffalo has talked for years about removing 1950s-era highways that harmed neighborhoods like the Skyway and the Kensington Expressway. But down the road in Rochester, they'r…

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It's been hot in Western New York -- so hot that ... all the snow in Erie, Pa., finally melted? You start thinking that January isn't that bad? Click on the link below to send us your sentence submissions and we may feature your answers on BuffaloNews.com.

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Hot enough for you? While you were out enjoying the near-record-breaking weather, the Buffalo Sabres were making hot trades. Here are some stories you may have missed over the weekend.   After WNY waited for summer, now waiting for summer to cool off Just a week and a half into the official start of summer, Western New York is stuck in a heat wave that topped 90 …

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The last weekend of spring is in the books and rain is forecast for Monday. Here are some stories you may have missed from over the weekend. Allegations surface against Buffalo Diocese priest on leave since 2015 New allegations have surfaced about the Rev. Dennis A. Fronczak, who was removed in 2015 from a Lancaster parish due to an allegation of inappropriate behavior w…

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A busy weekend of festivals, concerts and mild spring weather may have kept you busy this weekend. Here are some stories you may have missed. Despite warning from Amherst, violence breaks out at Chuck E. Cheese's After a string of violence and warnings from town officials at Chuck E. Cheese's in Amherst, there was another incident Saturday afternoon. Two employees had a …

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Intact homes from the early 1800s are rare in Western New York. In this gallery, you can explore the Hull Family Home & Farmstead in Lancaster — the oldest fully restored stone dwelling in Erie County, thanks to a recently completed 14-year renovation. Warren Hull built the house in 1810 for his wife and 12 children. The two-story home features original wood floors, wi…

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Beautiful weather blanketed the region on this Memorial Day weekend. Here's what you may have missed over the long weekend. Nicklaus golf course in South Buffalo? Land buy shifts Olmsted parks fight Plans to build a signature Olmsted golf course and arboretum moved one step closer to reality with the purchase of 107 acres of land next to South Park. Now, millions must be…