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A few Cheektowaga residents visited their favorite hotspot Tuesday morning to escape temperatures quickly rising into the mid-80s. Mark Golden and Valerie Johnson brought some of their younger relatives to Martin Luther King Jr. Park to cool off and enjoy the splash pad, but they couldn't help getting in on the action. Schyler Simson runs through the splash pad at Mar…

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The Front Yard Garden Competition kicked off this morning on Buffalo's historic North Parade Avenue. Nineteen area homes are in the competition, and landscapers started showing up around 7 this morning to get started. The landscapers met with the homeowners before and discussed what they would be doing to the lawns. "This is really an amazing, revolutionary change that's…

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Erie Basin Marina is kicking off their "Locals Choice: Pick your Favorite Flower" event tonight from 6 to 8 p.m. The public is invited to head down to the waterfront to view the annuals and perennials grown at the garden and vote on your favorite bloomers. "The Erie Basin Marina Gardens are trail gardens and grow the newest varieties from the four larges…

Good morning Western New York. It'll be another hot one today as the Weather Service forecast calls for a high near 88 degrees. Buffalo hasn't reached the 90-degree mark since 2007, but that streak could be broken today or tomorrow in some parts of the region. Here are a few ways you can beat the heat. For a look at what's happening today, check out Good …

More than 200 American, British, Canadian and native warriors killed 196 years ago in the Battle of Chippawa will be honored tonight at Chippawa Battlefield Park near the Village of Chippawa, Ont. A memorial ceremony to commemorate the battle, fought on July 5, 1814, will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. tonight at the Chippawa Battlefield Monument on the Niagara Parkway.  …

The spotlight will be on Western New York's Spiritualist community tonight as the television documentary "No One Dies in Lily Dale" airs at 9 p.m. on HBO. The documentary follows three people to the community of mediums 60 miles south of Buffalo as they seek questions about their loved ones.  The News' Anne Neville called the HBO documentary an &…

Wait times to enter the United States have inched back up at the region's international bridges this afternoon. Here's a look at the latest bridge crossing information for passenger vehicles as of 3 p.m.: - Rainbow Bridge: one-hour delay entering the United States; no delay entering Canada - Lewiston-Queenston Bridge: one-hour, 25-minute delay entering the Uni…

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Area beaches offer one way to cool down as temperatures rise. In this file photo, Caterina Rose Lavango, 5, and Brandi Ross, 4, play in the sand at Beaver Island State Park. (Harry Scull Jr/ Buffalo News) Summer is sizzling, and forecasters tell us the temperatures have no where to go but up this week. Stuck at home with no AC? Slurped down all the iced caps you can ha…

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Spectators watch from the fort as British troops re-enact the French and Indian War at Old Fort Niagara in Youngstown on Sunday. (Adam Wolffbrandt / Buffalo News)The fireworks are over. The parades have wrapped up. Now what?As the holiday weekend continues, here are five ways to spend your Fifth of July.THE BATTLE CONTINUES: The British and French will continue to duke …

Good morning. The National Weather Service calls for more sun today, with a high near 88 in the Buffalo area. Meteorologists have also forecast more hot and humid air later in the week, with temperatures rising into the low- to mid-90s between Tuesday and Thursday. There are few delays this morning at the region's international bridges to Canada. The Niagara In…

Saluting Our War Heroes

After graduating from Cardinal O'Hara High School in the Town of Tonawanda in 1987, Gregory R. Mogavero received the honor of admission to the United States Military Academy at West Point. He has been gone for 23 years but still considers the Buffalo area his home. He receives absentee ballots from the Erie County Board of Elections and regularly votes for local candida…

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CHEEKTOWAGA -- It wasn't the floats or the bands, the color guard or the firetrucks, or anything marching with the parade for that matter, that brought certain parents to the Fourth of July parade down Walden Avenue this afternoon. Instead, it was their own kids, and the smiles on their faces as they rushed into the street racing for candy, and a little bit of the su…

2:50 p.m. update: Delays on the local international bridges have picked up, but are still manageable for those traveling into or out of the United States today. The Niagara Falls Bridge Commission is reporting minimal to no delays in both directions on the Rainbow Bridge. On the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge, there are no delays into the U.S., but there's a 15-minute dela…

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LANCASTER -- Nearly 800 runners raced the heat in the Depew & Lancaster Boys and Girls Club 10K this morning on Central Avenue.Tonawanda's Chris Walters, who captured the Susan G. Komen WNY Race for a Cure title on June 12, crossed the finish line first with a time of 32:32. Dan Giza finished behind him in 32:50.The first female to complete the 6.2-mile course was…

Happy July 4th Western New York. If you're looking for a place to catch fireworks tonight, check out our Fun for the Fourth calendar.  Here are some of the latest local headlines: -Six weeks after losing a leg to a roadside bomb in one of Afghanistan's roughest neighborhoods, Nick Stone greeted his friends and family with a smile and the thumbs-up sign. R…