Breaking News : Van Miller The Voice Of The Bills Dies At Age 87

Among Van Miller’s most memorable calls during Bills games were: “Fasten your seatbelts,” “Fandemonium” and  “Do you believe?”

Van Miller (November 22, 1927 – July 18th, 2015) was a former radio and television sports announcer from Dunkirk, New York, where he began his career at Dunkirk radio station WFCB calling play-by-play for high school football games. In the 1950s, he moved to Buffalo where he became the chief play-by-play announcer for the Buffalo Bills Radio Network, the official radio broadcasting arm of the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League from the team’s inception as an AFL team in 1960 to 1971, and again from 1977 to 2003. At the time of his retirement in 2003, Miller was the longest-tenured commentator with one team (37 years) in pro football history.

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Ben Toth and Friends at the Blue Room at Kleinhans Music Hall

Ben Toth and Friends at the Blue Room at Kleinhans Music Hall Friday, October 30, 2015

Ben Toth

Kleinhans Music Hall welcomes back Buffalo native Ben Toth for an evening of original music and selections from the American Songbook. Ben will be joined by Broadway performers Dawn Cantwell and Grace Wall.

For this special one-night engagement, Henry’s Restaurant at Kleinhans will be transformed into the Blue Room, an intimate cabaret for a dinner-concert setting. Dinner begins at 6 p.m.; the performance at 7:30 p.m. Reservations are required. Dinner-concert tickets are $125 each, with VIP tables assigned on a first-come first-served basis. A limited number of bar seats will be available for $40. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the restoration and maintenance of Kleinhans Music Hall. A percentage of the ticket price is tax-deductible.

Toth made his BPO debut as a City Honors High School senior in 1995, performing Scott Joplin’s'”The Entertainer” on a Pops program that featured Ben Vereen. Toth went on to receive a degree in modern art and architecture from Brown University. He also studied composition, voice, piano, and orchestral conducting at the Eastman School of Music.

Tickets are available online at or by calling 885-5000.

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Buffalo Ranked Third Best Food City Worldwide by National Geographic


Ever wonder what list could ever put Buffalo, New York as a superior to cities like Lyon in France, Osaka in Japan, Edam in The Netherlands and Ensenada in Mexico?

National Geographic says that list is their top 10 cities to eat in. In their book called The World’s Best Cities, they ranked Buffalo as the third best food city in the world.
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David Kowalski
David Kowalski
All things GREEN: Energy, Environment, and Economy


  • SATURDAY, July 18, FESTIVAL: Buffalo ‘City of Night’ – 6PM-12AM, along Republic Street in the Old First Ward (near Gene McCarthy’s Pub), Buffalo
  • SUNDAY, July 19, FUN-RAISER: WNY VegFest – Vegan Mexican Buffet and Beach Party – See Web link for details.  5pm – 10pm, Woodlawn Beach Tiki Bar, 3580 Lakeshore Rd, Blasdell


  • August 3, TALK: Buffalo’s SolarCity Plant – New Jobs in Clean Energy – By Christopher Schoepflin, Empire State Development, WNY Regional Director. Sponsor: Sierra Club Climate & Clean Energy Writers Group. 6:00-7:30PM, Unitarian Universalist Church, 695 Elmwood at Ferry, Buffalo

Web LINKS to all Events are in the sidebar at Re-ENERGIZE Buffalo Click Here

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UB On The Green Returns on Wednesday! Family-friendly Free Concert Series

UB Center for the Arts is pleased to be a partner for the 9th season of
UB On The Green. Hope to see you there!

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Life in WNY, One ZIP Code at a Time

Life in WNY, one ZIP code at a time
Jennifer Major walks her children Allie and Ryan to school by Green Lake in Orchard Park

Have you seen The Buffalo News ZIP code photo gallery project? News photographer Mark Mulville is making his way around the 14221 this week. Where are your favorite places in the Village that you think he should visit?

Western New Yorkers have a lot in common. Snow tales. Cheering for the Bills and Sabres. Knowing where the best wings are. But we all come from different places.

This summer, we will celebrate those differences with weekly photo essays that show life here, segmented by ZIP code. Check back each Sunday for the latest addition to the ZIP Code Project.
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Trump Campaign Sets His Personal Fortune at $10 Billion

Donald Trump

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump unveiled new documents Wednesday setting his personal fortune at more than $10 billion and an annual income of more than $362 million.

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Announcing the 2015-16 Jazz Series

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Subscribe & Save 20% — Three great concerts for $75
Full Series & Individual concert tickets go on sale Friday, July 17 at 10:00am

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National Ice Cream Day

A boy and his sister enjoying their ice cream outside.
A boy and his sister enjoying their ice cream outside.

July 19, 2015 in the USA

National Ice Cream Day is observed on July 19, 2015. Ice cream is a frozen dessert usually made from dairy products, such as milk and cream and often combined with fruits or other ingredients and flavours. Most varieties contain sugar, although some are made with other sweeteners. In some cases, artificial flavourings and colorings are used in addition to, or instead of, the natural ingredients.

Ice cream is an extremely popular dessert in the United States. Americans consume about 13 liters of ice cream per person per year – the most in the world. As a foodstuff it is deeply ingrained into the American psyche and has been available in America since its founding in 1776: there are records of Thomas Jefferson serving it as a then-expensive treat to guests at his home in Monticello. In American supermarkets it is not uncommon for ice cream and related products to take up a wall full of freezers.

In the United States, ice cream made with just cream, sugar, and a flavouring is sometimes referred to as “Philadelphia style” ice cream. Although chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry are the traditional favorite flavors of ice cream, and once enjoyed roughly equal popularity, vanilla has grown to be far and away the most popular, most likely because of its use as a topping for fruit based pies and its use as the key ingredient for milkshakes.

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California Water District OKs Tom Selleck’s Settlement Offer

FILE - This March 21, 2012, file photo Actor Tom Selleck poses for a portrait in New York. A Southern California water district has accepted Selleck's offer of more than $21,000 to settle a lawsuit that accused the actor of taking water he wasn't entitled to for his 60-acre ranch. (AP Photo/Carlo Allegri, File)
Tom Selleck:   A Southern California water district has accepted Selleck’s offer of more than $21,000 to settle a lawsuit that accused the actor of taking water he wasn’t entitled to for his 60-acre ranch.

A Southern California water district voted Wednesday night to accept Tom Selleck’s offer of more than $21,000 to settle a lawsuit accusing the “Magnum, P.I.” star of taking water he wasn’t entitled to for his 60-acre ranch.

The vote, taken during a closed session, was 3-0 with two members of the Calleguas Municipal Water District’s board of directors absent.

The district, which provides water to Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks and several other Ventura County cities, sued Selleck and his wife earlier this month after officials said a private investigator discovered a tanker truck bound for their ranch was regularly filling up at a Calleguas fire hydrant.

The board’s acting president, Thomas Slosson, said state and local law prohibits taking water outside a district’s boundaries.

The ranch, in nearby Westlake Village, is just outside the Calleguas area.

“Underpinning these laws is the concept of basic fairness,” Slosson said after the closed-door vote. “That is, residents and businesses within the district – the rightful users of district water — paid for the construction, maintenance and operation of the public works necessary to meet their water needs, not those of other landowners outside Calleguas’ legal boundaries.”

A representative for Selleck did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.

Slosson said Selleck has agreed to pay the district $21,685.55, which covers the cost of hiring the private investigator.

District officials said water was taken from the hydrant more than a dozen times over two years and that they sued after a cease-and-desist order was ignored.

The public works director for the city of Thousand Oaks recently said the water was paid for.

Calleguas’ general manager, Susan Mulligan, said Wednesday night that didn’t matter because it is illegal to take water outside the district, paid for or otherwise.

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