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Life hasn't been quiet for Chad and Louise Brachmann, the owners of Danielewicz Farm and Sunflowers of Sanborn, which sparked a viral photo craze in 2017. After a cease-and-desist order from the Town of Cambria abruptly shortened their 2018 season, the Brachmanns had their work cut out if they wanted their rural attraction to return this year. Like wineries, brewerie…

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For a century, legend had it that Oliver Street in North Tonawanda had more taverns per block, or mile, or some other measure, than any other place in the state or country. The claim has never been verified, but anyone who ever tried to go from one end of Oliver to the other by having a drink at every bar will attest that there were a lot of them. As Oliver's claim to p…

High Schools

For the second time in his career, Rick Tomm has been selected as Eric Jantzi’s successor as North Tonawanda football coach. Tomm was appointed coach during Monday night’s school board meeting, two weeks before the first official practice day for all scholastic teams in the state. At the same meeting, the school board accepted Jantzi’s resignation as head coach of North…

Food and Drink

After two years of reconstruction, Buffalo Wings & Brewhouse is a few months away from opening where a former convenience store once served North Tonawanda. Matt Bille plans to open the business, a community-oriented beverage center and takeout restaurant in September at 653 Oliver St., a building that was formerly the Bestaste Mini Market. Beer, wine, coffee, ko…

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Buffalo is blessed with a marvelous lineup of cheap, weekly events, usually centered around local musicians and/or food trucks. But scattered throughout the city's summer event calendar are worthy fundraisers, sometimes one-offs, that support landscape-changing projects. This week, for example, lends an opportunity to scope out the Massachusetts Avenue Project farmhouse…

Health and Fitness

We all could use a calming place when life gets too overwhelming – even those in grade school. That’s the idea behind the new calming room opened earlier this year at Spruce Elementary School. It’s one of two such spaces in the North Tonawanda school district that give students in the early grades a refuge to soothe their emotions. “It’s proactive, because it can …

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Sitting down to an oversized plateful of spaghetti smothered in red sauce, and blanketed with bubbling cheese, satisfies like little else. Parmed anything is the epitome of comfort food — not fancy or new but familiar and filling. Red-sauce joints, serving platefuls of parmed, sauced-up entrees, are something you’ll find across America. One of the lesser-known, and more…

Family

With six months of events packed into three over the summer, music is somewhere nearly every night. But what about live outdoor music for families? Having children doesn’t make you yearn for Tragically Hip covers any less than when you were traipsing from show to show untethered to responsibility, so what are parents to do? Thankfully, there are plenty of kid-friendl…

Business

Lou Cieri of DeGennaro Division Market on Division Street in North Tonawanda looked on in disbelief Monday as crews demolished the charred remains of his family's business. The old-fashioned butcher shop had been in his family since 1949. Now, along with three other businesses housed in the one-story, cinder block structure at 165 Division St. across from the Twin Ci…

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You could spend this Saturday afternoon doing the same old thing. Or you could follow this (admittedly fairly bizarre) itinerary of carousel-riding, American raga music, bubble tea and Italian food. North Tonawanda is home to all of the above, and who says you shouldn't explore it all in one afternoon? By Saturday night, you should feel more well-rounded. You did, af…

Buffalo

Frances Horn feels the April transition as precisely as anyone. She is a Buffalo Sabres loyalist, and she settled into her favorite rocking chair three times this week in her North Tonawanda home to watch the Sabres finish their season, long beyond any shot at the playoffs. By Saturday, as the team prepared for its last game against Detroit, she was ready to focus on ba…

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The owners of Woodcock Brothers Brewing Co. actually weren't even looking to expand. As brothers Tim and Mark Woodcock, who own the business with their wives, Andrea and Debbie, respectively, settle into their new digs in the Wurlitzer Building, it's become obvious the North Tonawanda expansion essentially fell into their laps. "We're from Wheatfield and we've driven…

Crime

A North Tonawanda woman with a revoked driver's license was charged Monday with driving while intoxicated after a traffic stop in the City of Tonawanda, police said. When officers stopped Kayla L. Vigrass for speeding on the Twin Cities Memorial Highway, they discovered her license had been revoked in December. Her license, which also had been suspended four times, had …

Crime

Two people were arrested in the Town of Tonawanda on Wednesday night following a gas station robbery in North Tonawanda, according to North Tonawanda police. Authorities are not saying whether the arrests are connected to a string of a dozen recent robberies around Western New York. The latest robbery happened at 7:38 p.m. in the Gulf Mart at 139 Main St., North Tona…

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The wait is over. The brewing industry has officially returned to the Tonawandas with the debut of nano-brewery Prosper Brewing, at 72A Webster St., North Tonawanda, across the street from the Riviera Theatre. Owners Kevin Whipple and Tim Berg, natives of the Tonawandas who started home-brewing roughly six years ago, have brewed 11 beers for their taproom, the linchpin …