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We admire you, Western New Yorkers, for being able to choose from the dizzying array of local events scheduled for last weekend. From the Erie County Fair to Buffalo Brewfest to Girl Talk to Edgefest to two guys named Drizzy and Weezy, the second weekend of August seemed like a good time to invent cloning or omnipresence. Because almost all of these events were well-atte…

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For an entertainer in Bridgit Mendler’s position, the greatest opportunity and seemingly single biggest struggle come from the same source: Disney. It’ll make you famous, as Disney Channel did for Mendler, the 21-year-old former star of the sitcom “Good Luck Charlie.” But it’ll also cause people to wonder whether, outside that mouse-ear-shaped shadow, they should take you…

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Now in Day 4, the Erie County Fair is hitting full stride. That Polar Vortex you've been reading about shouldn't sadden us until September, and this weekend is expected to be downright balmy. While headliners Dierks Bentley and Lady Antebellum are still a few days off, the Gusto Grandstand lights up with a former Disney pop star in Bridgit Mendler -- not a Mickey Mouse Cl…

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Six years ago, after meeting Bridgit Mendler, television producer Drew Vaupen dialed his writing partner Phil Baker and said, “We found our star.” On Saturday, that star comes to Hamburg to play a concert at the Erie County Fair. Nowadays, Mendler is more focused on her music than on television, but her stardom was launched by the show Vaupen and Baker were developing, th…