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Sara Meehan

Sara Paulson Meehan is the digital news editor for The Buffalo News. A former copy editor, she has been with The News since 2005.


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A local student musician's performance has gone far beyond the Elma gymnasium in which it happened. Iroquois High's Leah Streety performed "The Star Spangled Banner" on her violin before a girls basketball game earlier this month. The Twitter account for the school's cross-country and track team streamed it, and the video recently caught the attention of national media …

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This week, The Buffalo News recounts one of the most memorable storms to strike Western New York. Follow along daily. There was only one reasonable reaction to the sight of the sky in downtown Buffalo the afternoon of Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014: Wow. If you looked to the south, you saw a mountainous gray-white cloud moving across Lake Erie. If you looked to the north, yo…

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On Nov. 17, 2014, we had no idea what we were in for: back-to-back lake-effect blasts that buried parts of Western New York under snowfall measured in feet, not inches, and closed area roadways for days on end. Even by Buffalo’s standards, it was momentous.

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The Village of Middleport, once known as Tea-Pot Hollow, is less than an hour from Buffalo and minutes from Lake Ontario. Situated on the Erie Canal, it is a popular destination for boaters. The village's motto, "A Friendly Community," is said to have come from a remark by President Franklin D. Roosevelt during a trip along the canal. Highlights of the village are the vert…

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Today is Election Day in New York State. Polls in Erie County are open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Go to elections.erie.gov to locate your polling place and a sample ballot. Results will be available on BuffaloNews.com as soon as we get them. In the meantime, here's a look at some of the races and seats up for grabs throughout Erie and Niagara counties. • • • Erie County …

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The snowstorm that became known as the October Surprise struck the night of Oct. 12, 2006, and affected thousands of Western New Yorkers. The heavy snow brought down hundreds of thousands of trees, blocking roads and leaving area homes and businesses without heat and electricity for days. Efforts are still underway to "re-tree" the area. Here's a look back at the storm, as…

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If you don't think "rapper" when you look at the face at the top of this page, well, you're in good company. “When you meet him, even as an artist, you’re like, ‘This can’t be the guy that was on that record I just heard,’ " hip-hop icon Darryl "DMC" McDaniels, founder of '80s group Run-DMC, told The Buffalo News' Jason Wolf. "And then he goes in the booth and he transf…

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Let's Goat Buffalo, a company that provides "goatscaping" services to customers wanting a more natural solution to overgrown greenery, brought its goats to the Richardson Olmsted Campus. Originally built as the Buffalo State Asylum for the Insane in the 19th century, the site once featured a 100-acre farm where patients could choose to work and harvest food for the asylum.…

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An undrafted free agent cracking the 53-man roster. A backup shedding that label and becoming a starter. A starter making it to the Pro Bowl. Here's a look at eight Bills who might fit one of those definitions.

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Heat-related illness range from dangerous (heat stroke) to common (sunburn). From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, here are how to recognize and treat them. Heat stroke • High body temperature (103 degrees or higher) • Hot, red, dry or damp skin • Fast, strong pulse • Headache • Dizziness • Nausea • Confusion • Losing consciousness (pa…

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It was 50 years ago this month that Neil Armstrong became the first human being to ever step on the moon. The original mission video that aired at the time has been restored and made available on NASA's YouTube page. Watch below to see the footage that captivated the America of July 1969. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S9HdPi9Ikhk See the historic front page from…