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The Sam Roberts Band and John Oates are just two of the performers slated to headline the inaugural Borderland Music & Arts Festival on Sept. 22 and 23 in Knox Farm State Park in East Aurora. Local business owner and entrepreneur John Cimperman was inspired to create the festival after attending the 2017 Pilgrimage Music Festival in Franklin, Tenn., a celebration of…

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CICERO –  Jayla Moss came out of the blocks hard and kicked in an extra gear near the end of her 100-meter dash at the New York State Track and Field Championships. The junior from Cheektowaga knew a trip to the Federation final for the first time in school history was on the line, and she didn’t want to take any chances. Moss finished that race in 12.31 seconds to tak…

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Shea's Wine, Food and Beer Festival 5:30 p.m. at 646 Main St. Tickets $30 pre-sale here, $35 door, $45 VIP. Bites and sips from area restaurants, breweries and winemakers take center stage for the 23rd festival raising funds for the grand dame of Buffalo theater. Besides food and drink, participants get a chance to explore areas of the 1926 theater normally off-limits …

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East Aurora is famous for native sons like Millard Fillmore, Roycroft movement founder Elbert Hubbard, and inaugural Buffalo Sabres owner Seymour Knox, in addition to being the birthplace of Fisher-Price toys and home to the corporate headquarters of Moog. But all I could think about as I took the 20A exit off the 400 and down-shifted into the quaint village was where I…

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Have you heard the term “keeping room”? If you checked out our latest Home of the Week on BuffaloNews.com, you saw one. There is a keeping room in the East Aurora home of Arno and Susan Tapani. Photos of the interior and exterior of their house appear on our weekly online feature. We won’t mind if you call it a sitting area or even a small family room. But this extensio…

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Arno and Susan Tapani bought their home in East Aurora in 2001. They worked with Patricia Bailey of Bailey & Harris Architects to renovate and enlarge it while preserving the home’s historical architectural design. The couple raised three daughters - now ages 16, 18 and 21 - in this five-bedroom, five-bath home. Arno Tapani is a manufacturing engineer at Hamburg-bas…

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Arno and Susan Tapani bought their East Aurora home in 2001 and undertook a major renovation to modernize and enlarge it. The house was built as a summer home in 1926 by prominent Buffalo couple Harlow C. and Ethel Mann Curtiss.

Food and Drink

Dos Amigos restaurant, on the Lake Erie shore in Hamburg, has emerged from a three-month shutdown with new décor and a menu that's lost most of its Mexican accent. The operators of Lucia's on the Lake debuted a deep Mexican menu at Dos Amigos, 3800 Hoover Road, last June. "We didn't know how ambitious it was, and it was hard to get the food out," said operating partn…

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David Torke is a Western New York photographer. He sees an image as an emotional doorway into what used to be, a strategy that resonates in his photographs of Buffalo. In a tattered rooftop or crumbling art deco lettering, Torke will find some insight about the city as it was, lost moments that somehow provide new life today. In two photos Torke captured of his own pare…

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Astronics Corp. reported a $5.6 million loss in its fourth quarter, impacted by a previously announced writedown. But the East Aurora aircraft lighting and electronics maker said it is well positioned for this year. Astronics took a $16 million writedown on its quarterly earnings related to its acquisition of Armstrong Aerospace three years ago. Peter J. Gundermann, Ast…

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Lancaster throwers Jon and Natalia Surdej are in very different frames of mind when it comes time to compete. Jon, a junior, doesn’t stress much. He called the Section VI track and field championships “just a warmup meet getting ready for the state meet next week. If I do good, I do good. If I don’t, I don’t.” His best shot put landed at 58 feet, 2 inches. It wasn’t …

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Until earlier this month, the East Aurora building at 34 Hamburg St. - just off the main traffic circle - had sat vacant since Dec. 30, 2014, when Burger King closed its doors. In 2016, Mighty Taco considered moving in for more space than its Grey Street location but was ultimately priced out. For the last week and change, the building has bustled with life, as Las Bras…

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2016-17 underclassmen Section VI champions 200 individual medley – Michael Maurer (Hamburg), 100 butterfly – Michael Clough (Williamsville East), 500 freestyle – Liam O’Connell (Hamburg), 100 backstroke – Maurer (Hamburg). 2016-17 Section VI team champions Class A – Orchard Park, Class B – East Aurora, Class C – Panama. Key dates Section VI Class Championshi…

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East Aurora now has a running program for all seasons. The Blue Devils are positively giddy about their merger with Holland but not because it provides an avenue to help their strong runners become even better for outdoor track season and cross country in the fall. Holland/East Aurora Track is about providing opportunities that did not previously exist for East Auror…