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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.


History

While the Free Soil Party was short-lived, Buffalo's place in political history isn't. On June 22, 1848, the political party was created at a convention in Buffalo and nominated Martin Van Buren for president. It's just one of many chapters in the political history of the city where William McKinley was shot, Theodore Roosevelt was sworn in as president and Grover Cl…

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Reenactors bring Old Fort Niagara history alive and SUNY Buffalo State archaeology students dig for artifacts on Tuesday, June 18, 2019, in Youngstown.

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Add Guillermo del Toro to the list of celebrities who have stopped by Chef's Restaurant. Chef's posted about the Oscar winner's visit Thursday afternoon: "Academy Award winning director Guillermo del Toro stopped by for a meal! Winning the Best Director category is a huge accomplishment. He is such a talented individual and we were happy to welcome him in." Second on…

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Arkells, openers for The Who on Thursday, announced a Canalside show from the KeyBank Center stage. Tickets for the Aug. 2 show, for which the Dirty Nil will open, went on sale at 10 a.m. May 10 through Eventbrite.com. VIP passes are $40, while general admission costs $10. At a later date, tickets may also be purchased at the area's 17 Consumer's Beverages locations and…

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Lockport is home to Locks 35 and 34, the two western-most locks on the Erie Canal. The pair of locks raise and lower boats a total of 49 feet up and down the Niagara Escarpment. The 105-year-old locks, which replaced Lockport's original two sets of five stone locks, received a once-a-decade overhaul this spring to prepare for the opening of the 2019 navigation season on Ma…

History

On April 19, 1995, the nation was in shock when bombs exploded at the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. A frantic scene followed, with first responders rescuing survivors and recovering the dead while law enforcement scrambled to put the pieces together. Hours after the bombing, Pendleton native Timothy McVeigh was arrested. The news that a Niagara County nat…

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This Catholic church began in 1852 as a small wooden "shanty" church, built with $300 that a Cuba priest collected from railroad workers. Construction of the current Gothic Revival church — named a minor basilica in 2017 by Pope Francis — started in 1913 under the supervision of architect Emile Ulhrich, who several years later was hired to design Our Lady of Victory in Lac…

History

St. Patrick's Day may often be cold and is sometimes snowy, but there's no comparison to March 17, 1936. Eighty-three years ago, Buffalo had its snowiest St. Patrick's Day ever – and that day still holds the record for the snowiest March day. Nineteen inches of snow fell in Buffalo on March 17, with another 10 inches the following day. The snow was so deep and heavy …

Local News

As another windy weekend winds down, Buffalo is reeling from news of a triple shooting near a North Buffalo community center. It's recovering from the emotional roller coaster ride of almost clinching (or almost almost clinching) wide receiver Antonio Brown from the Pittsburgh Steelers. And Sabres Captain Jack Eichel got himself a two-game suspension for a hit on an opposi…