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Western New Yorkers Asking Where’s the Snow?

Western New Yorkers Asking Where’s the Snow?

Jokingly known in some circles across the country as the ‘Snow Capital of America’, Buffalo, NY is certainly looking to break its namesake this winter.

To-date our city has managed to fight off its first snowflakes until December 2nd, a feat that fell just one day short of a record that was set back in 1899.

In addition, we’ve also had only 2.8” of snow recorded so far this month which pales in comparison to last year’s total of 18.7” by December 13th. 

Granted, last year we had a fluke snowstorm that shut down the Thruway, but such little snow is not the norm around our great city and certainly the 52 degree temperatures in mid-December is highly unusual as well, so what gives?

According to the National Weather Service, the majority of the disparities are the cause of an unusual Jet Stream patter

FoodBank of WNY: Rock in the Holidays: Babeville: Dec 14

FoodBank of WNY: Rock in the Holidays: Babeville: Dec 14

"Rock in the Holidays" with tunes4food on Wed, Dec. 14, 7pm, featuring Grace Stumberg, Pete Mroz and Free Henry, at the Ninth Ward in Babeville,

341 Delaware Ave, to benefit the Food Bank of Western New York.

Other Cities Do It, Why Can't We?

Other Cities Do It, Why Can't We?

The post-World War II highway construction boom that blasted its way through urban American neighborhoods in the latter half of the 20th century achieved its goal of streamlining automotive traffic, all right, but it had unintended consequences as well. Divided neighborhoods, urban flight, lost waterfront access, degraded quality of life -- all these ills have been blamed on the transportation miracle that tied America together in a ribbon of asphalt.

Mentors: Why We Need Them for Better Health and Happiness

Mentors: Why We Need Them for Better Health and Happiness

With the abuse scandal that has rocked Penn State College and other institutions there should be an even greater focus on the need for mentors, people that can inspire individuals to greatness. When the writer was growing up as a child in Buffalo New York, he was to say the least, uncoordinated physically.  The writer was also one of least popular kids, and that if he was asked to participate in any sports activities at school he was the last one picked. Being bullied by others was certainly an ever present element to his life back then as well. However; the writer knew deep down inside he was a better and more talented person but was unable to find those channels to confidence and success.

Free Henry! Set to Release "Ethereal Gust" Nov. 25

Free Henry! Set to Release "Ethereal Gust" Nov. 25

Ethereal Gust, the highly anticipated follow-up album to Free Henry!’s Summers On Neptune, brings the band back to their roots, performing their CD Release Show at Mr. Goodbar, 1110 Elmwood Ave. on Friday, November 25, 2011 at 10:30PM.

Ellicott Creek Park in Buffalo, NY an Update

Parks can be a great place to take your children to for outdoor activities. The best part of about going to local parks is it is free and there is plenty of room to engage you children in fitness activities. About a year ago the writer did a story on local parks in Buffalo, NY and Ellicott Creek Park in Western, NY was mentioned in one of the articles.  Well, Ellicott Creek Park has a new addition added on to it, an outside fitness center that can help you in your efforts to get fit. The writer was there with his daughter a couple of days ago. The center is shaped in a circle with about 6 stations to work different muscle groups from your upper body to your lower body.  Some of the stations have adjustable weights built in to increase strength, resistance and stamina.

Ghosts Are Real: My Experience

Ghosts Are Real: My Experience

Here’s my disclaimer: I do not like scary things.

Never in my life have I gone to see a horror movie and for perspective purposes, the movie “Signs” kept me restlessly awake for over a month.

So take that into consideration when I tell you that the idea of the paranormal scares the be-Jesus out of me. 

The funny thing about the paranormal is that it doesn’t care if you are scared, it will exist without you. That was case when I was growing up and is still the case today.

My first memorable experience with the paranormal was when I lived in Alden, NY.  I was just 4 years old at the time and woke up to the sounds of a party going on downstairs in my basement.  By party, I mean people laughing, talking loudly and music playing.  It was loud enough to wake me out of a sound sleep.  As I crept downstairs to sneak a peek at this party, I noticed that the lights were not on.  No one was down there.