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When the ice boom is lifted, it's spring. Even if it doesn't feel like it, we have, at last, the cold, hard proof. So has it been since 1964, when the boom was installed. The boom, in case you're new here, is a series of 15- to 30-foot long steel pontoons stretching 8,800 feet across Lake Erie at the mouth of the Niagara River. Its job is to keep ice from floating from …

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Every March, Dave Suttell returns to the beating heart of the Shamrock Run. At 84, a decade past the end of his own running days, Suttell still signs up for the race, mainly for the chance to stop at Doris Bouquard's place in Buffalo's Old First Ward. To Suttell, Doris is a living symbol of what sets the event apart. When he first entered the race more than 25 years ago…

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Folks from Ireland used to talk about the Auld Sod. They meant the old country, the land of their roots. Buffalo has its own Auld Sod. It lies in the Valley and the Old First Ward, neighborhoods near downtown where the Irish originally settled. This was where the Irish held their earliest St. Patrick's Day parades. Proud Hibernians in long coats and stovepipe hats ma…

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Are you dying for some caffeine? Need to kill the urge to fall asleep?Perhaps you’re urn-ing for a latte? Or you need to “wake” up now?Well, get ready to pay your respects to Undergrounds Coffee House & Roastery. Because if you think coffee is crucial for you in the morning, it’s going to be a life-or-death venture for Sara Heidinger and Bill Metzger.Pardon us if we’ve bur…

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We've entered high mural season on Buffalo's arts scene, as demonstrated by three new eye-catching additions to three historic neighborhoods. In the Old First Ward, a group of artists is toiling diligently on "The Worker," a tribute to the historic industries responsible for the neighborhood and the city's development and prosperity. The piece is a kind of thank-you prese…

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In the minds of many participants in Buffalo’s great cultural renaissance, the 4-year-old City of Night festival has become synonymous with the riverside venue it helped to revive: Silo City.But this year, the cross-disciplinary art, music and cultural festival – created by Emerging Leaders in the Arts Buffalo in 2011 as a showcase for off-the-radar work by young artists –…

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Adolf’s Old First Ward TavernWhere: 555 South Park Ave. (248-2968, facebook.com/555tavern)When to go: After work for a few pints; before and after First Niagara Center, Canalside or waterfront action; and as a bike stop while exploring developing parts of the city. The pitch: “Hidden blocks from Buffalo’s waterfront and nestled in the heart of the Old First Ward, Adolf’s s…

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Through a case of mistaken identity, pilsners had been relegated to a backseat role in the craft beer world for years. Beer drinkers have often associated macro beers like Budweiser, Miller, and Coors as pilsners, but they belong to a class of their own; the American Adjunct Lagers. Brewed with large amounts of corn or rice, and not nearly as many bittering hops, these bee…

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Almost 200 years have passed since the Irish settled in Buffalo, but the City of Light still recognizes its proud Irish heritage, particularly in the Old First Ward and throughout South Buffalo. Although St. Patrick's Day is an annual excuse to day-drink for many Western New Yorkers -- Michael Farrell calls it a "mass-marketed Halloween and Mardi Gras hybrid" -- Buffalo h…

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Asking someone if they would like a saison, isn’t the same thing as asking if they would like most other beer styles. Saisons are hard to pin down where they fall on the wheel of flavor. A Belgian style beer that has its roots as a drink of the peasants hundreds of years ago is now quenching the thirst of beer lovers across the United States, and locally in Western New Yor…

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It's not all about "Shark Girl." At least, not entirely. During the past few weeks, Buffalo neighborhoods have seen the addition of several new murals and other public art projects. Though most of the attention has focused on the extremely popular and selfie-ready sculpture at Canalside and the subsequent "you are beautiful" billboards, these other projects are worth a lo…

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The Valley Community Association is continuing to host historic walking/shuttle tours of the Old First Ward and the Buffalo River waterfront in August and September. Remaining dates are Aug. 7 and 14 and Sept. 7 and 14.Gene Overdorf, a native Old First Ward historian, will lead the tours, which will take place along the Buffalo River and cover the history of both its sides…