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A computer console used to program the historic 1907 Massey Memorial Pipe Organ at Chautauqua Institution was damaged by fire Tuesday. The fire was likely caused by a short circuit, spokeswoman Emily Morris said. "The full extent of the damage will not be known until our organ repair specialist is able to directly examine the console, but staff have determined the fi…

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There were 33 Tim Horton Donut shops, mostly across Southern Ontario, when the Buffalo Sabres defenseman spoke with Canadian Magazine in 1973. “I devote more of my time to doughnuts now more than hockey,” said the 43-year-old Horton, while still an assistant captain with the Sabres. He was pumping his entire $125,000-per-year NHL salary into expanding the doughnut busin…

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Chronicles continues a weekly look back at an illustrated map of Buffalo from 1880 and examines how the features on that map have — or haven't — changed over 138 years. Click here to explore the map. Perhaps it has more to do with the building’s location in the foreground of the image, but the Watson Elevator was an important enough part of the City of Buffalo in 1880 t…

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Not only is Our Lady of Mount Carmel Roman Catholic Church gone, but so are the two streets where it was located and the entire surrounding neighborhood. Consecrated at Fly and LeCouteulx streets in 1906, it was built for the most Italian immigrant families of the Canal District, also known as “The Hooks.” It was reputed to be not only the toughest neighborhood in the c…

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In the days before Mastercard and Visa, there was the Charga-Plate – a little metal card with your name and address that in Buffalo, was good at all the downtown merchants. The Charga-Plate was introduced to the Buffalo market in 1936, as reported in the Courier-Express. "J. N. Adam & Company and the Wm. Hengerer Company will begin operation of a new credit s…

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If you didn’t know what war Army Cpl. Lawrence “Larry” Titzler served in, you would never guess his age. He’s sharp as a tack, with a great sense of humor and steel-trap memory. The 95-year-old World War II veteran has compiled memories of his long life into a short, entertaining memoir, entitled, “A Local Boy Goes to War: Memories of World War II,” just published by…

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Chronicles continues a weekly look back at an illustrated map of Buffalo from 1880 and examines how the features on that map have — or haven't — changed over 138 years. Click here to explore the map. Henry Wells and William Fargo both came to Buffalo when it was the nation’s western frontier during the 1830s and 1840s. Both were involved in shipping and transportation t…

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The widespread removal of old steel truss bridges is one of the great landscape changes across the City of Buffalo over the last 50 years. Those old steel spans stood as a testament to our rail and steel industries in Buffalo. Now the bridges, the trains and the coke ovens are mostly the stuff of memories. Two old steel bridges were removed just south of the Larkin D…

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If you follow the posted detours for the construction on the Skyway, you’re routed along Ohio Street, which looked different when this photo was taken in 1957. Here is another shot, from just before the bridge in 1962. The photo shows the large sign which marked the Huron Cement Company along the Buffalo River. If Ohio Street looked more filled in then, the a…

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With the federal indictment announced Wednesday, Rep. Chris Collins joined a line of local officials who faced charges ranging from bribery to conspiracy to the illegal brewing of beer. Two county officials were convicted and sentenced to prison. One Buffalo mayor died before trial. Here are their stories, compiled from online newspaper archives and court documents. …

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Chronicles continues a weekly look back at an illustrated map of Buffalo from 1880 and examines how the features on that map have — or haven't — changed over 138 years. Click here to explore the map in all its glory. The 1880 map of the City of Buffalo loses its way as it gets to the most northern reaches of Buffalo, so it’s a bit difficult to tell which, if any, of…

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Not too long after the last rotisserie chicken was sold at the Swiss Chalet restaurant on Niagara Falls Boulevard in February 2010, the building was torn down, leaving fans (OK, at least me) with the hope that something might be built that could somehow fill the hole left in our hearts by the closure of one of Buffalo’s best-remembered restaurants of yesterday. Afte…

Niagara County

The Niagara River, not long past dawn on an August morning, was turned pewter by a white sun rising in a cloudy sky. Dan Hill, leaning against a railing not far from the brink of the Horseshoe Falls, talked about the river and its moods, how the mist from the falls dawdles like a languid fist in humid air, when there is little wind. To Dan, 54, that kind of insight is s…

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The state health department declared an emergency at the Love Canal in 1978, but the history of the dump site stretches back to the last century. Here's a chronology of the site's history and the unfolding environmental disaster: May 23, 1834: William T. Love starts digging a canal designed to link the upper and lower Niagara River, bypassing the Falls. The water flow d…

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This 1958 view from the bell tower at Our Lady of Victory Basilica is still recognizable today, with one notable addition to the streetscape and one notable subtraction. Cord’s Drug Store has been a parking lot for decades now, but many still remember waiting for the bus inside the split-level store, hoping not to get yelled at for ignoring the sign that directed, i…