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Jane & Pete Jane Mogavero was looking for the perfect home. She ended up finding a partner instead. Pete Herman will never forget the day he first saw Jane. It was in the living room of the North Buffalo home they now share. The two were among the 13 people in a bidding war for that house in May 2017—and Pete narrowly edged out Jane for the top bid. Pete found o…

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Near the entrance to Family Promise of WNY, there’s a mural of a tree painted in the hallway—but instead of leaves, colorful handprints sprout from the branches. Each represents a child who has stayed in this emergency shelter and moved on to an apartment with their family. “This is our farewell wall,” said Luanne Firestone, executive director of the organization, one o…

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With another year (and decade!) flown by, it seemed like the perfect moment to reflect on all we've shared this past year. Chosen by our regular contributors who make the magazine what it is, here are our favorite stories from 2019: Galentine's Day Former editor—and now beloved contributor—Jennifer Lata Rung says: "As I put together the piece with Danielle Ossher …

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It was nothing short of serendipity that lead an Amherst couple on a mission of environmental stewardship to recently donate 10 acres of private wetlands to Medaille College. The property, located along Millersport Highway about 25 minutes away from the school, was gifted by Frank and Jeanette Levin and is now a living laboratory for Medaille’s biology department. “I di…

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As we embark on a new decade, it’s hard to deny the reignited energy that can be felt by womankind. If you haven’t heard already that “Time’s Up” or “The Future Is Female,” just look at any coffee mug to your right. Even though we’ll mark the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment and the efforts of the suffragettes this year, women are now, maybe more than ever, bandi…

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The “soft drinks” weren’t very soft at Jimmy Leonard’s “soft drink parlor” in Buffalo during the roaring but dry 1920s. There, at the corner of East Delavan and Humboldt, crowds gathered on Friday and Saturday nights to enjoy Leonard’s famous fish fry. Every platter came with two big hunks of fish, huge heaps of French fries and three big slices of rye bread with butter…

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The cookies are ready, the stockings are hung and Santa Claus has arrived—at a life-size gingerbread village inside the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute. Designed and built by the school’s students and chefs, its Gingerbread Wonderland is an annual tradition for countless local families who come to marvel at the intricate, whimsical facades and participate in holiday activ…

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It all began with a knock on the door. The massive E.B. Green-designed barn at the edge of the village in East Aurora had seen better days in 2017 when it first crossed the radar of brother-and-sister team Peter and Mary Zittel. But they saw an opportunity to transform this landmark historical property into something different. They just weren’t sure exactly what tha…

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A seasoned North Buffalo plow guy (of Brothers-in-Lawn landscape and plowing) on what Buffalo winters are like for those keeping our roads clear. What are plowing hours like? Crazy. My family knows when I leave, I may be back in five or six hours, or I may not see them for a couple of days. I’m not even joking. I don’t think people realize that we’d like to start plowing…

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By day, Alexander Sloan McBryde is a self-described “actor, writer…occasional college student when I can afford it.” By night (and weekends), he transforms into a hero—literally. McBryde is a member of The Superhero Alliance of Western New York, a non-profit dedicated to raising money for children’s programs through making appearances dressed as heroes (and villains) fr…

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As the 2019-20 school year hits its stride, student-athletes around Western New York have more than winning championships on their minds. Thoughts of giving back to their communities are also on their to-do lists. “(Coach Brian Baker) always brings up that there’s a bigger world out there besides Wilson,” said Megan Musall, a junior on the Wilson High School girls varsi…

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When Lisa LaTovato walked out of Congresswoman Louise Slaughter’s funeral in March of 2018, she knew her life was about to make a transformation. The former congressional aide had learned about women’s issues at the knee of Slaughter, the Western New York Democrat who served as the first woman to represent her district from 1986 until her death. Slaughter was one of the…

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Ninety years ago, after Michael Shea constructed his 2,500-seat movie palace on Seneca Street, it quickly became a cultural hub for the growing South Buffalo community. Like his other theaters, the opulent Shea’s Seneca—situated steps away from the Olmsted-designed Cazenovia Park—featured retail storefronts along Seneca, with the movie theater in back. “Back then, that …

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Katharine Hepburn became the model for the modern American woman during the middle of the 20th century. She spoke her mind, once musing “I have not lived as a woman. I have lived as a man.” She wore trousers, which for her time was considered scandalous. She spurned the Hollywood glitz and social life and did not show for any Academy Award ceremony, even the record four ti…

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It’s like something out of Old Hollywood: Their eyes meet across a crowded room and there’s a connection. Her eyes widen as her eyebrows raise. His smile is tentative, then more confident. The music rises to a heart-pounding crescendo. Is this love…or just another scene to play? With thousands of arts professionals in our region’s robust creative community, it’s inevita…