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It really seemed like competitor pig "Jim Smelly" was the favorite in one of last year's Erie County Fair Swifty Swine races. He had the first challenge – facing the proper direction at the starting gate – down, more than could be said for "Russell Bo-swine," who looked thoroughly confused by the obstacle course in front of him. As it turned out, neither pig named after…

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Since June 7 is National Donut Day, we asked our readers for their nominees for best doughnut in Western New York.  The answer should be no surprise: Out of dozens of submissions, Paula's Donuts dominated. "I’d say Paula’s, but they don’t serve donuts," wrote Chuck Chucklahoma Kelly. "They serve three-course meals disguised as donuts!" But which Paula's doughnut w…

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I'll admit to confusing Plantasia, the coming exhibit at the Hamburg Fairgrounds, with "Fantasia," the 1940 Walt Disney animated film put to classical music. (Cut me a break: how many words rhyme with "-asia"?) The two are actually remarkably different, as the former teases spring in Buffalo's not-so-distant future, while the latter involves Mickey Mouse's curious attem…

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Known as a popular family destination in the fall - when apples flourish - Mayer Bros. Cider Mill has delivered a surprising announcement: It will open in the spring, too, with the official date scheduled for March 20, president Garrett Mayer confirmed. The mill at 1540 Seneca Creek Road in West Seneca is beloved for fresh-and-hot apple cider doughnuts, refreshing cider…

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Scrolling through post after post of apple-picking couples and smiling cider-slushie-drinking friends on Instagram, I checked my schedule, sighed and accepted a hard truth. I don't have enough time to do all the fall things. While I may know all the best places to find your own pumpkin or where to get fresh local cider, I am resigned to the fact that maybe I'd be abl…

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It's as much as part of Thanksgiving weekend as family, friends and football. On the Western New York autumnal table, it ranks up there with pumpkin and potatoes. Who among us has not consumed gallons of Mayer Bros. cider? When it comes to our spirit of gratitude and togetherness, the apple is at the core. And our Big Apple is Mayer Bros., the legendary cider maker i…