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Michelle Kearns


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When the cameras rolled, Carla Van Wart sat at a back table in the old Military Road bar all dolled up in 1940s style with fitted sweater, scarf at the neck and a little black hat.Van Wart found herself in a new role. On this warm June evening, she wasn’t doing her usual job of outfitting movie stars like Chadwick Boseman and Kate Hudson in the movie “Marshall” during film…

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Some fans of Knox Farm State Park grew alarmed last month after learning the state sought proposals from companies for a microbrewery, winery or distillery at the former Knox family summer estate. New York State wants a private partner to invest up to $1 million to improve, repurpose and manage the decaying historic horse barns, stables and other buildings on 80 of the pa…

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On his second and last round at the country club putting green, 8-year-old William Lucas tapped the bright yellow golf ball with his club and watched with great satisfaction as it plopped directly into the hole. It was a jubilant end to an amazing afternoon. “Woooo hooo! Woooo! I got it in!” he said, throwing his arms in the air and high-fiving his partner, Kiss 98.5 disc …

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As Sunday’s Canal Fest of the Tonawandas approaches, boating tinkerer Marcus Gillebaard has high hopes for big crowds and a wild race and battle of far-out creations at the 33rd annual build-a-boat-with-plywood-and-glue contest. The “Sika Challenge Cup,” with a finale paddle dash at 6 p.m. Saturday, July 23, usually attracts 30 teams with memorable floating contraptions t…

Potential land conservancy donors have been good natured about the dry, water-free view of Jackson Falls in this summer's drought. Instead they're relying on YouTube videos taken when water was flowing this spring. To get a look at the falls the Western New York Land Conservancy is willing to sell naming rights to for $100,000 each, Here's the lower falls: And the upp…

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The waterfall and forest in the Town of Aurora where Steven Searl’s Roycrofter grandfather, Cecil Jackson, frequently spent the day is being sold and made into a public place. And, if you are willing to donate $200,000, the Jackson Falls Preserve could be renamed after you. The Western New York Land Conservancy is willing to sell the naming rights in hopes of raising the…

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After a 5-year hiatus, the Buffalo Philharmonic returns to the Chestnut Ridge Park’s sledding hill for a free Saturday sunset concert featuring TV and movie music from Batman to Rocky, Downton Abbey and Game of Thrones.“We’re thrilled to have them coming back again,” said Bill Even, administrative advisor for the Chestnut Ridge Conservancy, which is hosting the event.Organ…

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For the tough cases at the Buffalo Animal Shelter, like Max, a growling, playful pit bull, Tom Higgins offers hope. “I take the bad dogs,” said Higgins, who co-owns Elmwood Pet Supplies. “I’m just not intimidated by the dogs. I’m patient with them. Eventually they get over their problem. I’ll wait them out.” For this man who makes his living selling food, treats, leashes…

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The Rev. Monsignor Leon Neu happened into another kind of ministry after retiring from the little brick church in the town of Randolph. This one puts him at the brick animal shelter on Oak Street in Buffalo. There, as barks echo from cages down the hall, one particular brown-spotted white dog with sad eyes and the square looks of a pit bull waits for him by the front desk…

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The dogs at the Oak Street animal shelter made Buffalo feel like home when Ashley Acevedo needed one. She returns the favor and walks five to 15 dogs a day during the summer break of her University at Buffalo orthodontics residency. “It gave me something to do – not just be by myself,” she said. “It made me feel like I belonged somewhere. The dogs, they understand you. Th…

Filmmakers behind the Thurgood Marshall movie chose Buffalo as their circa-1940 base because of the city’s collection of places frozen in time, like the Central Terminal’s cathedral-esque lobby and the mirrored jazz club glitter of the Rendezvous room at the Statler Hotel. Should the architectural casting call come again, there are many more eras to choose from. Step int…

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Thump. Thump. Thump. That steady sound of basketballs pounding a new court at a private tennis and swim club could be the new reality for worried neighbors on Timberlake Drive in Orchard Park.Whether a new basketball court could be put in beside the tennis courts at Eagle Ridge Recreation Association came up earlier this month at a Town Board meeting, and the association’s…

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Sometimes, locals can get a bit part when a major movie production arrives in the community. But mostly, it’s the locale 8 the streets, office buildings, old train stations and bridges 8 that get the fleeting chance at small fame. Shooting for “Marshall,” the courtroom thriller about a case Thurgood Marshall handled early in his law career, wraps up shooting here early…

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Sometimes, locals can get a bit part when a major movie production arrives in the community. But mostly, it’s the locale -- the streets, office buildings, old train stations and bridges -- that get the fleeting chance at small fame. Shooting for “Marshall,” the courtroom thriller about a case Thurgood Marshall handled early in his law career, wraps up shooting here early …

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Green Lake in Orchard Park is just mud this summer. No water, swimmers or boats.Instead, 58 dirt-moving trucks are grinding away in the lake bed, and they will be clearing out silt through September.Parents and children come to watch the trucks making trails, digging and hauling up to about 500 loads a day.“Some of the sheer numbers are staggering to digest,” said recreati…