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We can dream, right? Buffalo's latest ever snowfall

We hit 91 degrees on May 30, and even the most summer-loving of us saw our patience– and our antiperspirant– tested.
 
So, here are a few thoughts to try to cool things down– or at least make you a little more thankful for the heat.
 

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Necco wafers– and sweet childhood memories– safe at Vidler's

Either you love them or you hate them, but the thought of never eating a Necco wafer again was too much for many people around the country to bear.
 
Steve Cichon talks with Don Vidler at Vidler's 5&10 in East Aurora about Necco wafers and other candy memories. Listen and Read more:
 

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Remembering WNYers killed in Vietnam

This morning, we're looking at one man's quest to make sure the memories of the 532 WNYers killed in Vietnam live on.
 
Promises of peace came and went several times during the decades that American soldiers were in Vietnam.
 
Peace was fleeting, too, for many if not most of the men and women who retunred home from Southeast Asia. A huge project and labor of love started with a simple thought in the mind of Historian and Vietnam Veteran Pat Kavanagh.
 

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Sacrifices at D-Day

With Memorial Day around the corner, we're remembering those who fought and died for our freedom.
 
Often, the stories of those who made it home help us put into perspective the sacrifices that have been made for our freedom.
 
The late Michael Accordino was a member of the 299th Combat Engineer Batallion on D-Day. I spoke with him in 2011.
 

 

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Buffalo's Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers

Many of us are making plans for a three-day weekend, but in this run up to the Memorial Day weekend-- we're remembering the sacrifices made in Buffalo and by Buffalonians.
First, it's the story of Buffalo's own Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers. 300 US Army volunteers, buried in a mass unmarked grave in the middle of what is now the Delaware Park Golf Course.
About 300 soldiers, who came to Buffalo to protect our national border during the War of 1812 and died of hunger and disease as they spent the winter of 1814 in tents in middle of what is now Delaware Park-- but what was then America's frontier.
 
 

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Wrestling at The Aud: from The Hulk to Gorgeous George

Hulk Hogan is going to be in Buffalo this weekend, and had some nice things to say about Buffalo Wrestling and the fans here. Steve Cichon has more from the Hulk and wrestling’s glory days in Buffalo.

 

Wrestling at The Aud: from The Hulk to Gorgeous George

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Buffalo, 1913: Ike Slept here

Long before he was President Eisenhower, he was Cadet Eisenhower at West Point... and he didn't have a ticket to Kansas to get home for Christmas. So he hitched a ride to Buffalo with a buddy to spend the holiday here.

Read more & Listen here:

Buffalo in 1913: Ike Slept Here

You can visit the home where Ike celebrated Christmas 1913 on the Parkside Tour of Homes this weekend.

 

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Harv Moore & Brandy: The Boy Next Door makes a hit record

Disc Jockeys are known for telling a lot of stories and taking credit for things, but in the case of WECK's Harv Moore, he doesn't have to take credit for a hit song we all know because the band is the ready to give him all the credit in the world.

Listen: Steve Cichon Reports, Harv & Brandy

Read more: Harv Moore & Brandy: The Boy Next Door makes a hit record

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Happy Birthday, Danny!

Beyonce. Bono. Cher. Some personalities are so renowned and celebrated just one name will do.  Such is Buffalo’s Danny.

Happy 80th Birthday to one of Buffalo's all-time favorite guys... Danny!

Buffalo in the ’70s: Danny Neaverth, one of Buffalo’s greatest pop culture stars

 

 

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Did you drop off your film at Fotomat?

In 1980, there were 44 Fotomat locations in Buffalo... did you ever drive up to one of those little kiosks to drop off your film?

More on Fotomat, what ever became of those little huts, and a Buffalo News coupon for film developing:

Buffalo in the 80s: Get half-off on film developing at Fotomat

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Bicycle Safety in Buffalo, 1940s style

Bike saftey rules don't change, do they?

On the day of Buffalo's first Slow Roll on the 2018 season, we take a look back at bicycle safety, as it looked in 1940s Buffalo.

Remember, if you're slow rolling, don't ride on the handle bars!

Buffalo in the ’40s: Bicycle safety on The West Side

Complete Slow Roll 2018 schedule

 

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Highlights of a trip to Crystal Beach

Darien Lake opens this weekend with a new roller coaster coming soon, but I know I'm not alone knowing my coaster days are in the past-- and thinking the greatest coaster thrill came from feeling like you just might fly off the rails into Lake Erie.  
 
If you're over 40 and grew up in Buffalo, chances are pretty good you remember those summer time trips across the Peace Bridge to Crystal Beach. 
 
Chances are also pretty good that you didn’t need an ad in the newspaper to entice you to beg mom and dad for that trip, yet from Memorial Day to Labor Day, from the 1940s to the 1980s, those ads were there, almost every day.
 
Here’s a look back at a few of those ads showing off all that Crystal Beach had to offer:

Dancing, swimming, and of course the rides: Highlights of a trip to Crystal Beach

 

More of the sights and sounds of Crystal Beach:

Remembering Crystal Beach

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Happy Birthday, Tom Donahue!

On Tom Donahue's birthday, we're taking a look back (and listen back) at his 40-something year long radio career in Buffalo.

Happy Birthday, Tom Donahue!

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