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Fire Fighting in The Horse Drawn Era: Buffalo Engine House 26

Fire Fighting in The Horse Drawn Era: Buffalo Engine House 26

BRAVE CAPTAIN MACK AND HIS DARING BOYS GUARD THE LUMBER YARDS

   The company is located at the corner of Tonawanda and Martin Streets. (now Progressive Ave.) It is surrounded by several large lumber yards. Outside the danger from the lumber yards along the riverfront, the district is entirely free from inflammable material. The section is purely residential.  The firehouse itself is a brick structure, two and one-half stories high, with a large tower in the rear for the purpose of drying hose after returning from fires.  The building was built in 1894 and went into service in 1895. It is one of the best firehouses in the city and also one of the newest.

Just Buffalo Literary Center: BIG NIGHT tribute to Millie Niss with poet Kazim Ali & more, 2/19 @ 8!

Just Buffalo Literary Center: BIG NIGHT tribute to Millie Niss with poet Kazim Ali & more, 2/19 @ 8!

Just Buffalo Literary Center is pleased to announce February’s BIG NIGHT:  TRIBUTE TO MILLIE NISS featuring KAZIM ALI at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 19th at Just Buffalo @ WNYBAC, Western New York Book Arts Center, 468 Washington St. at Mohawk, Buffalo. $5, FREE for UB Students & members of Just Buffalo, WNYBAC, CEPA & Big Orbit galleries.

Celebrate the posthumous publication of City Bird: Selected Poems 1991-2009 (BlazeVOX, 2010), by Millie Niss with Poetry by Kazim Ali, Video by Millie Niss and other artists, Poems by Millie Niss read by friends, & Food by Geoffrey Gatza!

NEW Asthma Screening Program Kicks-Off At The Belle Center

NEW Asthma Screening Program Kicks-Off At The Belle Center

The Asthma Screening Program at The Belle Center kicked-off this week on MLK Day. (Sponsored in part by the New York State Department of Health, Office of Minority Health)  It addresses the high rates of Asthma in the Buffalo community by developing Asthma management strategies for children residing in Buffalo’s West Side through education, screening and at home assessments.

"They Kept Their Word": An Exhibit on Historical African American Women's Literary Societies

"They Kept Their Word": An Exhibit on Historical African American Women's Literary Societies

The Buffalo & Erie County Historical Society presents an exhibit delving into the rich and influential history of African American Women’s Literary Societies in the Buffalo region. “They Kept Their Word: African American Women's Literary Societies and Their Legacy” opens with a reception on Sunday, Jan. 16, 2011 at 2 p.m.

This opening reception coincides with a Martin Luther King program at the Historical Society, sponsored by the Afro American Historical Association of the Niagara Frontier, which will take place at 3 p.m. on the same day. ("African Americans, the Civil War & Martin Luther King's Legacy" is the theme of the MLK program; speaker Harry Matthews Bradshaw will offer a talk on the subject.)

Mark Twain at the Buffalo Express - 1869

Mark Twain at the Buffalo Express - 1869

"Salutatory" Mark Twain's First Signed Commentary in The Buffalo Express - August 21 1869

    Being a stranger it would be modest and unbecoming in me, to suddenly and violently assume the associate editorship of the Buffalo Express without a single explanatory word of comfort or encouragement to the unoffending patrons of the paper, who are about to be exposed to constant attacks of my wisdom and learning.  But this explanatory word shall be as brief as possible.  I only wish to assure parties having a friendly interest in the Journal, that I am not going to hurt the paper deliberately and intentionally at any time.  I am not going to introduce any startling reforms, or in any way attempt to make trouble.

Happy New Year! 100 Years Ago - January 1st MCMXI

Happy New Year! 100 Years Ago - January 1st MCMXI

  Tottering Painfully up the street with one foot dragging heavily after the other as if each step was his last, an old grey haired man made his way up Main Street a few moments before midnight. His shoulders were bent beneath the cares an wary that were reflected upon his pallid, wrinkled face.  His emaciated form shook and swayed and collapsed in a heap. A sympathetic crowd gathered around the old man and a cop pushed his way through the crowd to administer his wants. The lights were dimmed and a transformation took place. There where the old man had lain was a bright little cherub, smiling optimistic. It was the departure of the old Father Time of 1910 as the chimes rang, whistles blew and horns tooted. His cycle was completed and in his place came the new baby, MCMXI. His arrival was the signal for an outburst of noise. The Waterfront shrieked with sirens. Factory watchmen opened the whistles and they bellowed for the grand tidings of a new year.

"MY CHRISTMAS MIRACLE" - Taylor Caldwell

"MY CHRISTMAS MIRACLE" - Taylor Caldwell

A True Christmas Story by Buffalo’s Taylor Caldwell, 1920’s Buffalo NY

 "My Christmas Miracle" by Taylor Caldwell

  For many of us, one Christmas stands out from all the others, the one when the meaning of the day shone clearest. Although I did not guess it, my own "truest" Christmas began on a rainy spring day in the bleakest year of my life. Recently divorced, I was in my 20s, had no job, and was on my way downtown to go the rounds of the employment offices. I had no umbrella, for my old one had fallen apart, and I could not afford another one. I sat down in the streetcar, and there against the seat was a beautiful silk umbrella with a silver handle inlaid with gold and flecks of bright enamel. I had never seen anything so lovely.

   I examined the handle and saw a name engraved among the golden scrolls.