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In his pocket, Greg Johnson's cellphone wouldn't stop pinging. The acting principal of the Dr. George Blackman School of Excellence, or School 54, guessed he was receiving repeated news alerts Wednesday morning, and that some big national story must be breaking. Even so, he was in no position to check his phone. He stood before hundreds of joyous Buffalo schoolchildren,…

Columns

From a distance Friday, you could see the two of them, solitary figures searching the ground in a green plot at Forest Lawn. They were in a section filled with rows upon rows of identical veterans’ graves near the Main Street fence – a place where a single tombstone can seem as hard to find as a grain of sand. Grover Coleman Jr. kept one arm around the shoulders of his …

Gusto

Millard Fillmore is famous for being obscure. The 13th president of the United States has gone down in history for not going down in history. Except in Western New York. Here, his name rings out on a daily basis. We have Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital. Millard Fillmore College, at UB. Fillmore Avenue. And the annual Millard Fillmore graveside ceremony. &nbs…

Family

Ghosts can make you smart. Visit the Van Horn Mansion, as we did, and even if you never sense the restless spirit of Malinda Van Horn, you will leave wiser than when you walked in. Maintained by the Newfane Historical Society, the mansion is almost 200 years old and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was the first brick building in the area. The clot…

Art

You’re the muse behind the music, the pep inside the step, the power behind the punch; take yourself for a spin. You deserve it. To be immersed in resilient email threads and group messages is supposed to make us feel whole again, but sometimes you can lose yourself in this world of constant communication and vibrating devices. Now it’s time to find yourself. No matter you…