Author: Laura Sargent

Buffalo Illustrated Architecture Dictionary— is one of the best of its kind in the country, and a huge personal resource for my On This Day from Buffalo history series. But, it isn’t coming up on my screen today. Several other Buffalo heritage sites are down. That’s because their server, the Buffalo Free-Net is down. Buffalo Free-Net is one of the oldest free public internet service providers in the country. And it’s been hacked, comprimised, damaged, but not– we’re told– destroyed. We asked University of Buffalo news director Arthur Page what’s up? Any reason to panic? “First of all, yes, the…

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The Buffalo International Film Festival is a not for profit charity headed by Edward Summer, who promises some exciting film history projects coming Baffalo’s way very soon. We spoke today about his history projects dealing with Buffalo theaters. Summer can seem bursting with knowledge and enthusiasm for Buffalo’s grand theater past, but he makes certain to share much of the credit with his project colleague, Ranjit Sandhu, who Summer reports “knowing more about and writing more about Buffalo’s theater past than anyone.” There’s a great story that goes with the fact that On This Day, October 19, 2007, we celebrate…

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A Haunted Mansion Masquerade to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation will be held Saturday October 27th at the Silverthorne Mansion. The volunteers who coordinated this event have guaranteed that it will be the best Halloween Party in the city! Cystic fibrosis is an inherited chronic disease that affects nearly 30,000 children and adults in the United States. The individuals afflicted with this disease that affects the lungs and pancreas need constant expensive treatment in order to maintain their health. All of the ticket proceeds will go directly to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to aide in research and development of new…

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That picture we selected is of Ralph Wilson during his prime, when his mere image filled the room like that of a lion on a hunt. No wonder, he was earlier a part owner of the Detroit Lions, but he branched into full ownership of the seventh team in the AFL league, supposedly to be placed in Miami, but then—no, it was settled on Buffalo. The Bills haven’t had the best start of a season this year, but let’s not go losing our heads, like when On This Day in 1793, Marie Antoinette lost hers. She was the wife of…

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The cellars are in a club I’m pointing out, and are part of one of Buffalo’s best kept secrets. There’s a mysterious mansion at 506 Delaware that looks as grand today as it ever did. The three stories of luxurious, regal space that comprise the rest of the mansion are currently going through on-and-off renovations in hopes to establish it as… well, I’m not quite sure — that will hopefully be an exciting story for Steel or WCP to cover someday. But in the meantime, join us while we check out the mansion’s legendary Cellars. The Catholic Club is located…

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Typically the headline reads “Governor Visits Diasaster Site” but with less than a month to go before his big victory sweep to take New York’s Governor’s Mansion, Eliot Spitzer had a fine eye for where to be and exactly when. Governors are supposed to travel to natural disaster areas, right? Candidate Spitzer’s trouble was the reverse—how to get out of one that visited upon him? He told a reporter at the Buffalo International Airport: “I have a lot of meetings in New York tomorrow morning,” Mr. Spitzer said. “We’ll be fine. Buffalo is good at weather.” The New York Times…

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At first, we might have thought: what interesting weather! Wet snows pounded down on early autumn trees robust with yet to turn leaves. The snows built up and thunder cracked the skies; and then: Blackout. Snows kept coming. A bunch of us stood outside Elmwood and Summer at three in the morning, neighbors and wandering strangers meeting each other on the street, wondering every other half minute if the crackle in the air was a thunder or a branch. It was both, ongoing, with silence and heavy, wet flakes inbetween. New friends took the late night watch of Lake Erie’s…

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By Bill Zimmermann and George Thomas Apfel. Today’s the day. Tonight’s the night. Imagine listening to Ravel’s Bolero while reading the timeline of weather events leading up to Arborgeddon. Click here. • October 1 – Long Range Numerical Weather models show deep low effecting the Great Lakes Basin • October 6 – Possibility of Lake Effect Snow cited by NWS offices, numerical models mainly see rain • October 7 – Chance of lake effect rain included in Buffalo area forecast with a slight possibility of flurries above 1300 ft • October 9 – Chance of wet flurries mentioned at lower…

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When Buffalonians need some light hearted, humorous art, where do they turn? To well known local authority on alternative art, Chris Barr. The genius inventor has dreamt up some of the most innovative ways to force pedestrians, students, employees and world wide internetters to interact with each other – some loyal readers may remember Christa’s post on Barr’s Umbrella project. Barr is regularly roaming through the Elmwood Village in search of contributors to his projects, but this time he hopes that his admirers will come to him. He is hosting a reception for the presentation of Temporary Audio at the…

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Champlain Everyone? Onward, to the Strait of Niagara! Imagine driving down to Syracuse today on the thruway, and stopping suddenly, and then going back in time 400 years ago– to a bloody battle sparked upon the once and would be Father of Our Country Samuel de Champlain. That is, if we were still New France. But it did happen, here. In the past few days we’ve addressed Columbus as well as Leif Erikson—debating who if anyone deserves the holiday. If Buffalo and Western New York lands were still part of New France, we’d be celebrating the Father of our Country,…

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