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This week, The Buffalo News recounts one of the most memorable storms to strike Western New York. Follow along daily. At 1 a.m. Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, the lake-effect snow warning from the National Weather Service was lifted and the snowfall finally, mercifully, ended. Friday was the day to begin assessing what had happened, including determining which community woul…

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Amherst native Rob Gronkowski teased the world with a promised “big announcement” that many thought could mark his return to the New England Patriots lineup at his familiar tight end spot. Instead, he let down many Patriots fans as he announced his retirement from football. Ninety-nine years ago, another Buffalonian Gronkowski was thrilling fans, but there was no…

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This week, The Buffalo News recounts one of the most memorable storms to strike Western New York. Follow along daily. Residents searching for any sign of good news on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, didn’t get much. But there was plenty of bad news: It was still next to impossible to get around as roads remained impassable and driving bans remained in effect; in some places…

Buffalo

The Great Steel Strike of 1919, an historically important national labor action that was underway a century ago in greater Buffalo, will be the focus of a remembrance at 5 p.m. Wednesday at the Steel Plant Museum of Western New York, in the Heritage Discovery Center at 100 Lee St. During the walkout, thousands of steelworkers at local plants left their jobs as part of a…

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For generations, Niagara Square has been known as the civic center of Buffalo life, anchored by City Hall. Up until the 1920s, Niagara Square was also a residential address. Millard Fillmore spent most of his post-presidential years living in a sprawling mansion that was torn down to build the Statler Hotel. Judge Samuel Wilkeson, the "Father of Buffalo” who was r…

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This week, The Buffalo News recounts one of the most memorable storms to strike Western New York. Follow along daily. The snowbound residents and motorists of Western New York were in need of help on Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, after a storm dumped 5 feet of snow over a swath of the region. They needed food. They needed their streets plowed. They needed to clear their roo…

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“Buy War Bonds, we knead the dough!” It’s the plea of Freddie’s Doughnuts as World War II raged in Europe and the Pacific and women picked up the slack at home. “War work places an extra burden on the country’s 13,500,000 women now in war industries,” said a 1942 Freddie’s ad. “Their families and children must be fed healthful fightin’ food. “Though they must be a…

Cheektowaga

Members of Cheektowaga’s Veterans Affairs Committee unanimously endorsed a proposal for the town’s first veteran’s park to be located at Nob Hill Park during this month’s meeting. The Neil Bateman Veterans Memorial Park would honor U.S. Army Pvt. First-Class Neil E. Bateman, who died a Purple Heart hero at age 20 after charging into a hail of gunfire in Vietnam, said Gl…

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This 10-passenger Pennsylvania Central Airlines flight circled around downtown Buffalo for this 1937 view. The most familiar buildings in the 82-year-old photo are what was then the Niagara-Hudson Electric Building in the center at the top, and just to the right, the gold-domed Buffalo Savings Bank building. The early photo shows a densely full downtown area, but…

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When Dick Gabel talked to first graders on past Veterans Days, he always tried to get across to them that war is terrible. It's something he knows firsthand. Gabel, 71, a Perrysburg town councilman for 41 years and Perrysburg volunteer firefighter for more than 50 years, kept the bullet that a sniper shot him with 50 years ago in Vietnam during a battle that killed h…

Buffalo

A museum dedicated to preserving the history of Buffalo’s Old First Ward unveiled a new exhibit through November to salute the area’s grain scooping legends. “Waterfront Memories & More Museum,” at 41 Hamburg St., is located along the Buffalo River at Mutual Riverfront Park. The museum's monthlong exhibit will feature a book signing from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 9 …

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“One after another crude cabins were razed, and in turn were replaced by more comfortable houses, so that in 1813 the settlement was large enough to make quite a bonfire for the British and their dusky allies.” That’s Capt. Willard Glazier’s description of the tiny Village of Buffalo, where a final 12-pound cannon at Main and Niagara – about where M&T holds summer c…

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Debbi Hogan, still contemplating the fury of a storm from the night before, had just gotten to work early Friday in Niagara Falls, Ont., when a co-worker came through the door of their Niagara Parks Commission building. “I think the scow moved,” she said, words to trigger instant wonder in that city. By 8 a.m., Hogan and a friend and colleague, Carol McVey, had made …

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A rusting, 80-foot schooner weathered more than 100 years at the brink of the Horseshoe Falls – only to dislodge, unexpectedly, during Friday’s windstorms. Canadian officials say the wreck of the “iron scow” or “Niagara scow,” an iconic sight for falls-goers since 1918, flipped on its side and moved “noticeably” this week. That has raised lots of questions on social med…

Buffalo

The commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard intends to be in Buffalo for Saturday's funeral Mass and burial of Lt. Thomas "Jimmy" Crotty, a World War II legend and a native of South Buffalo whose remains are expected to return this week to his hometown. Admiral Karl Schultz, the 26th commandant of the Coast Guard, plans to attend the services, Lt. Paul Rhynard confirmed Wedn…