Author: Laura Sargent

A number of our Buffalo West Side neighbors are asking us to hear and know this: The nearly-clearly imminent results of the Peace Bridge Group’s expansion decisions threaten the legacy of the best that Buffalo has always been, (and should preserve, and can be) : the essence of an historic neighborhood. Consider residents Thomas and Kate Cody, who live off Porter on Columbus Park in the PBA-threatened heritage community. This frightened community wants to know if you know that it is about to be laceratingly taken away, and then graded into dirt and asphalt, to be a diesel riddled fuel…

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It’s good to see lights back on in the building at the corner of Allen and Wadsworth. Ever since Second Skin closed its doors there has been a lifeless feeling in that section… black windows, no lights, and no signs of anything coming either. It was a shame to have such a corner go dark. This is the same corner that leads from Allentown to the Kleinhans neighborhood. It’s also the corner where people look onto Days Park – notice the obelisk that stands in front? A number of people helped to raise money for that as part of UB…

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A true, but little known fact : Halloween is an Irish Celtic invention …by the Irish who came to work on the Erie Canal and thereafter during the Famine. A more sedate form of Halloween was always very popular in Ireland, known as Oíche Shamhna, literally “Samhain Night”. The day was religious–until incoming Canal-working Irish took it further to the party realm. The Irish came to work the Erie Canal in early 1800’s…and every October enjoyed their “All-hallow-even.” Then during the mid-1800’s Famine many more Irish came, came to Buffalo, and the rest is history. Thank the Irish–America, for our…

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Podcast: A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to sit down with Barry W. Brandon, Sr. VP and General Counsel to the Seneca Gaming Corporation (SGC). That visit occurred at the Seneca Niagara Casino in Niagara Falls. Much of the conversation that took place revolved around some of the constant questions that people ask concerning the SGC and the plans to build a fully operational gaming facility in downtown Buffalo. After the announcement of the super-sized Buffalo casino, I called Barry and asked him if he would be willing to sit down for an audio interview. He agreed, and…

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It’s the 101 Greatest Moments in Buffalo History. Just in time for the holidays, author Dan Murphy has published a book that takes readers back in time to visit 101 people, places, and events that made Buffalo great. The 192-page soft-cover book details the stories that make us cheer and others that make us want to bury our heads in the ground. Dan regales (in detail) Buffalo’s Biggest Black Eyes, a few of the greatest sporting events, how Osmosis Jones inadvertently helped market Buffalo, the powerful books, the rallies, the sagas… the memories that are triggered in everyday conversations. Each…

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The health of a community thrust in sickness at asthmatic epidemic proportions, but unheard from, is enough proof of argument to gain proper and over due attention to the PBA debate. Make the discussion about people’s Health, not a troll bridge’s wealth. Scientists have long known traffic fumes worsened everyday life for asthmatics. However, research on both sides of the Atlantic now suggests that tiny “particulates” from idling diesel exhausts can sidestep the body’s natural defences and actually set off asthma—even heart attacks, and coronary thrombosis. Many similar parts of the world has asthma help and prevention programs where equally…

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That’s right—water spouts, not sports. October is water spout month on the Great Lakes. If you’ve ever seen a water spout on Lake Erie you know it is an amazing thing. They appear as a funnel-shaped cloud vortex. They can be whitish, or gray, or nearly black, depending on the force of water reaching up the columnar vortex connected to a cumuliform cloud. The autumn period of 2003 saw the largest waterspout outbreak over the Great Lakes in recorded history. In total, an unbelievable 66+ waterspouts were sighted! On a particular night, several of us saw all three outside the…

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Jim Kane of the Ambassador Niagara Signature Bridge Group speaks directly to BRO readers here today. But first, let’s get the names straight. Contrary to what other media lend false acronym to, there is no such thing as the Peace Bridge Authority (PBA). The Peace Bridge is just that, a bridge, and it comes under the authority of the Buffalo and Fort Erie Public Bridge Authority covering waterfront crossings—hence, the PBA part. If there are bridges over our borders, they should be represented by the authority of the people, appointed or otherwise, representing all bridge interests and all bridge options.…

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Dateline NBC producer Rayner Ramirez spent a good part of his summer working from Buffalo, covering the unfolding shock waves regarding the bike path rapist investigation and how it reflected in and upon our city. We’ve covered their interest in the case and our community here before, and this is the end part to that story. We talked on various occasions, and each time Ramirez seemed more in awe with the family-style care and engagement our community addressed to the whole tragedy. He genuinely seemed impressed, perhaps with some regret for having to move on to assignments elsewhere, after having…

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If you never got to see the world’s biggest fair ever, don’t worry, because while On This Day the Expo ’67 closed in Montreal, we’ll now share some of its memories. We’ve visited Buffalo before here in its tumultuous Summer of ’67—the UB riots, the strife and stresses of war…but there was more. Anyone with enough cash and gas just packed up and drove to Montreal. The whole world came to Montreal—50 million of them, half a million on one day alone. Imagine—Canada’s population was only 20 million at the time! It was the biggest and best world’s fair ever.…

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