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Lens replacement allows for rare lighthouse tours

BUFFALO, NY - Buffalo's lighthouse is one of the oldest structures on the Great Lakes.

On Saturday, visitors had a rare opportunity to actually go up to the top and take in the waterfront view. That's because the old lens, which was in bad shape, has been removed to be replaced.

It's a rare opportunity for one of the best views in Buffalo.

"People are just drawn naturally to lighthouses. If there's magic anywhere on this planet, it's on the border between land and water. And lighthouses stand there," said Mike Vogel, president of the Buffalo Lighthouse Association. "They're symbols of venturing out and welcoming home at the same time. So they really just appeal to something deep within people."

You have one more chance to tour the top of lighthouse next week from Sunday, from noon to 4 p.m.

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Two E.C. Sheriff's deputies arrested for smuggling contraband to prisoners

BUFFALO, NY – Two Erie County Sheriff's Office deputies were arrested Saturday and charged with smuggling contraband into county jails.

According to a statement issued by the sheriff's Office, officers arrested Charles Hunt, 49, at the Erie County Holding Center at about 2:30 p.m. They charged him with first-degree possession of dangerous contraband in prison, which is a class D felony, and criminal possession of marijuana, a misdemeanor.

Meanwhile, a separate Sheriff's unit arrested Eric Stevens, 33, of Cheektowaga, as he left the Erie County Correctional Facility after completing his shift. He is charged with a felony for introducing contraband into a prison.

The statement said the arrests were the result of a month-long investigation that began with an anonymous tip.

Buffalo Business Leaders Organize Chippewa Alliance

BUFFALO, NY- Buffalo business leaders announced Friday morning the formation of a new group dedicated to the advancement of the Chippewa District.

The group, known as the Chippewa Alliance, is made up of representatives from key businesses and stakeholders in the community.

Leaders say one of their main goals is to create a sense of community along Chippewa, similar to what's been accomplished in Larkinville.

"We are looking at making it a more attractive, safe environment. So we are spending time over the last year looking at everything from lighting, we're looking at the sidewalks, we're looking at beautification efforts, plants, anything we can do to improve the environment and infrastructure of the neighborhood," Elizabeth Vealey, Chippewa Alliance President said.

No Frills Buffalo Releases Book by New Author

No Frills Buffalo Releases Book by New Author


“The Raising of Leonard Lamply Jr.,” the first book by author John M. Davidson of South Buffalo, has been released by No Frills Buffalo publishing company. 

The story centers around Leonard Lamply Jr., who was born into a less than equipped family. His overbearing grandmother, a junkie mother and a submissive grandfather are only a handful of the people who inject turmoil into his life. 

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Dog Ears Bookstore to Host Events for Two Local Writers

Dog Ears Bookstore to Host Events for Two Local Writers


Two events featuring authors Kathy Joyce Glascott and John M. Davidson will take place during August at Dog Ears Bookstore & Café, located at 688 Abbott Road in South Buffalo.

At 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7, Glascott will read excerpts from her novel, “Loving Christy.” 

Construction Continues on Riverworks Project

BUFFALO, NY- Construction crews are hard at work, as the Riverworks Project near the old grain silos continues to take shape.

Crews were putting up steel bars Thursday that will eventually become the roof that will cover two open air hockey rinks. Next to the rinks are two freight train warehouses that are being re-purposed to become a 60,000 square foot indoor complex with four bars, sit down restaurants, banquet space and even an indoor brewery.

The property is also home to 700 feet of dockage for recreational boats.

Organizers plan to market the project to attract concerts, trade shows and weddings.

Tim Hortons Cafe and Bake Shop to Offer Discounted Drums Along the Waterfront Tickets

Tim Hortons Cafe and Bake Shop to Offer Discounted Drums Along the Waterfront Tickets


Tim Hortons and Drums Along the Waterfront have once again partnered for an incredible offer: Visit one of the 150 participating Western New York Tim Hortons Cafe and Bake Shops to receive a Drums Along the Waterfront Tour of Champion coupon that can be redeemed online or by phone for a $5 discount per ticket. Certain restrictions apply.