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Samantha Maziarz Christmann


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With Main Street closed between Olean and Riley, the Village of East Aurora warmly welcomed the Christmas season by singing carols on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018, in front of Vidler's 5 and 10.

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One of the most successful bands to emerge from Buffalo, Every Time I Die headlined a daylong show dubbed TID the Season on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018, in Buffalo RiverWorks. Frontman Keith Buckley, his brother Jordan and the rest of ETID sold out the show well in advance. Snapcase, a cult-favorite in Buffalo, was an opener.

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The Burchfield Penney Art Center hosted its annual Stay Gold, a local music-and-art bonanza, which concluded with a dance party on Friday, Dec. 14, 2018 on Elmwood Avenue. See the artists, musicians and more who took part.

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From visits with Santa to a candle-lighting ceremony to live music and refreshments, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center presented its family-friendly Tree of Hope event on Friday, Dec. 14, 2018.

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Former boy band heartthrobs 98 Degrees were back with a decidedly different vibe, playing a Christmas show on Friday, Dec. 14, 2018, in the Seneca Niagara Events Center. See the fans who came out and shots of the band.

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Deborah and Stew Ritchie lost 80 percent of their harvest and all their equipment in a November fire that destroyed their main barn in Little Valley. The Ritchies are known around Western New York for their Native Offerings CSA share operation.

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John Fincel, of Angola, the Bison Racing Pigeon Club president, spends around $4,000 a year to take care of his racing pigeons. That includes purchasing some of them from as far away as Europe and the Netherlands.

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The political cartoons of 2018 from The News' Pulitzer Prize-winner.