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Remembering the Hound ...40 Years Later

Remembering the Hound ...40 Years Later

40 years has passed since the death of George “Hound Dog” Lorenz on May 29, 1972. In the 50’s, there was no one cooler in Buffalo than “The Hound.” Starting in around 1947 at WXRA, moving in '54 to WJJL, in '55 to 50,000 watt WKBW, Lorenz pioneered rock & roll radio, concerts and promotion in Western New York. It was Lorenz who brought Elvis to Buffalo in 1957.

In the 60s, he established WBLK-FM. George Lorenz was a true original, and the Buffalo airwaves has yet to see the likes of him again. His place in Buffalo pop culture lore is firmly established. 

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Hotel Lafayette Set for Grand Opening

BUFFALO, N.Y. - An iconic building in downtown Buffalo is set to officially open its doors following a one-year, $42 million dollar restoration project.

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Developer Rocco Termini will mark the grand opening Tuesday evening with 2,000 guests at a black tie event.

The 110-year-old building is home to four banquet rooms, four restaurants, apartments, several retail shops, and a 34-room boutique hotel.

Termini said the most difficult part of the project was finding people who could duplicate the craftsmanship that was originally found in the French Renaissance-style building.

The easy part was finding people to rent the apartments and book the banquet spaces.

Bring Your Appetite to the Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market

Bring Your Appetite to the Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market


The Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market, a Western New York tradition featuring more than 35 vendors selling fresh, seasonal and local products, is open for the 2012 season. Hours at the open-air market are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday, rain or shine. 

Providing musical entertainment on Saturday, June 2, will be singer/guitarist Kate Shaffer from 10 to 11:30 a.m., followed from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. by singer/guitarist Casey Bolles. Wine-tasting will be courtesy of Arrowhead Wine Cellars and 21 Brix Winery. 

Airmail - Made In Buffalo - 1873

Airmail - Made In Buffalo - 1873

Buffalo NY- 1873    

   Perhaps the most enigmatic of all American stamps, the "Buffalo" balloon stamp is certainly among the premier rarities in aerophilately. This stamp begs the question, “What is an airmail stamp?” Described variously as “experimental,” “semi-official,” “a carrying label,” and even as a vignette or cinderella, the fact remains that it was the first of its kind ever issued. Since it was privately issued for use with a standard U.S. postal service 3-cent stamp to pay for air handling of a mailed piece, it was (if one includes both private and government issues) the world’s first airmail stamp.

    The stamp is an accurate representation of the enormous 92,000 cubic foot “Buffalo” balloon of Professor Samuel Archer King (1828-1914).  The Buffalo balloon launched from Nashville, Tennessee, on June 18, 1877, and dropped a number of covers, probably in containing envelopes or drop bags sewn to brightly colored nine-foot streamers. After a Gallatin, Tennessee, landing, there was a second flight the next morning. There were also other, later flights of the "Buffalo", and covers could have been flown on any of those flights.

    Few if any Buffalonians realize not only was the balloon named, honoring this city, "Which has shown so much interest in Aeronautics"(S.A. King), it was actually built right here in Buffalo, probably the first aircraft ever built in this city. I’ve found no earlier record of such an event. More importantly to note, it was built in what we now know as "Canalside" downtown on the corner of Prime and Llyod Streets, in the Aetna Insurance building. There should be a marker commemorating this event.

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Thousands Participate in Buffalo Marathon

BUFFALO, NY - Approximately 5,200 runners hit the pavement Sunday morning in hopes of completing the Buffalo Marathon.

Participants were able to run in a full marathon, half marathon or a relay race. The races began on Pearl Street, twisted and turned throughout the city and ended in front of the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center.

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For the men, Josephat Ongeri from Kenya came in first place with 2:20:23. In second and third place are Dereje Hailegiois of Ethiopia, 2:20:43; and Peter Omae of Kenya, 2:21:03.

For the women, Elena Orlova of Russia, also the 2009 winner, coming in at 2:43:48. In second and third place are Heather McWhirter of Glenwood, NY, 2:45:33; and Muliye Gurmu of Ethiopia, 2:59:22.

Report: Canadian Consulate in Buffalo to Close

BUFFALO, NY - Canada is closing its consulate in Buffalo, according to a report posted on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) website Friday, putting 75 employees out of work and emptying HSBC Center of yet one more tenant.

Calling the Canadian consulate in Buffalo "one of Canada's largest and oldest diplomatic outposts in the United States," the CBC says that no official announcement has been made by the Canadian federal government yet, but that one is expected next week.

"The news can't be worse, and the timing can't be worse, said Craig Turner, Vice President of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership. "The recession is ending. People are manufacturing. People are moving product. And the markets -- the Canadians want access to the U.S. Market and the U.S. Markets want access to the Canadian markets. The trade is at a fever pitch right now."

Protecting Ash Trees From Invasive Beetles

Buffalo, NY - Thousands of ash trees along Delaware Avenue are under threat of being infested by colonies of emerald ash beetles.

This week is Emerald Ash Borer Awareness week, and there are about 250-ash trees on Delaware Avenue between Gates Circle and Summer Street.

Shane Daley, Tree Care Supervisor for the Buffalo Olmstead Parks Conservancy told 2 On Your Side, "Basically 10-percent of all New York's trees are ash trees."

Re-tree Western New York volunteers started tying "Help Save New York's Ash Tree" tags on as many ash trees they can find. Paul Maurer, the Chairman of the organization the threat of these insects is unavoidable.

"When they see a yellow tag and they see a purple ribbon, that's a tree that's likely to come down in a few years," said Maurer.