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There’s plenty going on in this color snapshot in time. The futuristic Skyway is being built to help carry the 2 million people who will be living in Greater Buffalo over the next 15 years. The St. Lawrence Seaway is under construction, but so long as we “Boost Buffalo,” we should be OK. Upon close inspection, there are at least 15 lake freighters shown, filled with …

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They are heroes who seldom seek the limelight. Many of the hundreds of veterans I have interviewed wonder why I want to talk to them. Some start out by saying, "Do you really think I have a story worth telling?" It's mostly their friends and relatives who suggested I call. But after listening to hundreds of stories of military service – from storming the beaches of N…

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Through work on "Star Trek" and "Boston Legal" with a little "T.J. Hooker" and a few Priceline commercials thrown in, William Shatner and his cheeky personality have grown into an elite level of stardom and entertainment royalty as he approaches 90 years old. Back up 40 or 50 years ago, and the situation is slightly different. Although the show was still popular in …

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Plenty of inquires come to the Torn-Down Tuesday desk, usually starting with the phrase, "Do you remember?" The emails come to me after Google searches, social media queries and maybe even sleepless nights of wonder. A handful of times over the last several years, there have been inquires about "the plane on top of the building" somewhere near the Kenmore border. Tha…

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Sandra Anderson Garcia already knows the tombstone will be beautifully eye-catching. It will be carved from granite of either black or burgundy, and it will carry a rendering of the Jesse Ketchum Medal, one of the great scholastic honors in the Buffalo city schools. The only question left is choosing the right word as an adjective, a word that she hopes will serve as a …

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The way Margaret Rose sees it, the building that is home to St. Aidan's Episcopal Church in Alden serves the same purpose today that it has always served. “It’s been a site of healing for 100 years,” said Rose, the church's warden and worship leader. “There may have been a doorway blocked off, a floor covered, but basically it looks very much the way it used to look.” …

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Father and son were on a fishing trip along the shores of Lake Ontario in 1957 when 17-year-old Gary A. Bauer caught his dad's attention. Bauer had left Hutchinson Central Technical High School without a diploma and was dismayed when he learned a local plant would not consider hiring him until he turned 18. The possibility of being drafted into the Army or Marines an…

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On this National Donut Day, we whip out the Yellow Pages of yore to look at where we might have gone for a dozen way back when. There were 16 entries under the heading "Doughnuts" in the 1969-70 Buffalo telephone directory, including some longtime favorites such as Mayflower Doughnut Shop on Main Street downtown and Jet Doughnuts on Sheridan Drive in Tonawanda. T…

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Pete Niland's first true epiphany about the way D-Day transformed his life arrived long before the calls from historians or reporters that are now almost routine at his North Tonawanda home, and long before the movie that shifted a family’s grief into American legend. Almost 50 years ago, just out of college, Pete was roaming through Europe with a childhood buddy when h…

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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. This week, county parks crews announced that goats are being employed to maintain brush in Como Lake Park in Lancaster – an effort for which there is historical precedent. …

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Technically, the Richmond Avenue Raceway was never torn down. As the age of horse and sleigh gave way to the automobile, racing just faded away on Richmond Avenue. “The Avenue” was a newly developed part of the city in 1879 when former Buffalo mayors Solomon Scheu and George Clinton petitioned the city to rename the street in honor of Dean Richmond. He was a Buffalo bus…

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The Central Terminal in Buffalo turns 90 later this month. To mark the anniversary, we are planning a little project at The Buffalo News that will involve capturing a few portraits of readers with memorable stories inside the great railroad monument of the Broadway-Fillmore neighborhood, accompanied by an archive of civic memories. The thesis goes like this: The most im…

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A $115,000 upgrade planned for the Lancaster Historical Society Museum will replace its front porch, repair windows and apply a fresh coat of paint. “While we have been able to raise the funds needed to repair and redecorate the interior of the building, the exterior was extremely deteriorated and needed immediate attention,” said Therese Wolfe, society president. “Gues…

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Bobby Orr could fly, like Superman or Peter Pan. Tonight, 49 years after Orr flew in Game 4 of 1970’s Stanley Cup final, the Boston Bruins and St. Louis Blues will meet in another Game 4, this time with the Bruins leading the series 2-1 in games. Orr ended the final series in 1970 with a gravity-defying goal that’s among the most famous in NHL history. A statue celeb…

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“A sea of humanity floods Allentown” read the headline in the Courier-Express as the 1969 edition of the Allentown Art Festival set new attendance records topping 250,000 people. With 500 exhibitors, the 1969 show was the first where Allen Street was closed to vehicular traffic. “The crowds were remarkable patient and didn’t seem to mind the surging mass of humanity …