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After checking seismograph data, I have determined that the tremor Buffalo experienced Tuesday morning was not an earthquake. Which confirms my suspicion that the earth moving was instead a collective shudder of delight, as Buffalonians learned that Swiss Chalet would soon be even closer. When the announced Fort Erie, Ont., location opens this spring, their beloved r…

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They will still have to cross the border for it, but Swiss Chalet lovers in Buffalo and the Southtowns will soon have a closer option than the one in Niagara Falls, Ont. Terry St. Amand, the longtime owner and operator of a Swiss Chalet in Welland, Ont., will open one in Fort Erie next year. Located at 575 Garrison Road on Highway 3, it will be off the first exit after …

The Canadian Forces Snowbirds will perform aerial maneuvers beginning at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday over Fort Erie, Ont., according to a statement released by town officials. Snowbirds pilots will fly at speeds from 100 to 320 knots, performing different formations and maneuvers while flying as close as four feet apart at times, officials said. The aerial display will take pla…

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One man was killed and another injured Sunday following an incident near the Crystal Beach boat launch in Fort Erie, Ont., according to the Niagara Regional Police Service. A 50-year-old man from Germany was not able to be revived after being found floating in the water. A 41-year-old from Scarborough, Ont., was resuscitated, transported to a local hospital, treated for…

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A Fort Erie, Ont., man faces multiple charges following an investigation into a fatal motorcycle crash in Fort Erie July 27, Niagara Regional Police reported. Brandon Parkinson-Evans, 25, was arrested Monday and charged with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, failure to remain at the scene of an accident causing death, public mischief and driving with an improper l…

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Nearly four years after buying it, the investor group led by Carl and William Paladino are offering to sell the Fort Erie Race Track and nearly all of the land around it after seeing no progress in their plans. But they insist they're not abandoning their efforts across the border. The Paladinos, owners of Ellicott Development Co. in Buffalo, have put 303 acres of la…

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A Fort Erie man was charged with second-degree murder after Niagara Regional Police received a tip and found a body at a property on Pettit Road near Sutherland Drive there. Police said members of the Emergency Tactical Unit and negotiators responded to the unidentified site at about 10 a.m. Saturday to "check on the welfare of an individual." Police did not specify wha…

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The walkway on the Peace Bridge shut down this month. It's being replaced and improved as part of an extensive $100 million rehabilitation of the bridge, and the walkway won't reopen until 2019. One of the highlights for those on foot will be a new observation deck, high above the Niagara River. Sam Mancuso, 57, remembers getting a look at the old walkway that was a lit…

FORT ERIE, Ontario - Niagara Parks Commission and its Heritage Department will bring back "Movie Nights," beginning Jan. 19, as part of its family friendly program series at Old Fort Erie, 350 Lakeshore Road. Kicking off the series will be Sherlock Holmes, the 2009 film featuring Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law. The film is rated PG-13. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and films …