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The Flower Pedaler

photoHere are a couple snapshots of Denis P. Guerin with his cool, custom Workcycles cargo trike. You can read all about how this enterprise came to be by checking out Newell Nussbaumer’s account over at Also visit Petrichor Flora on facebook.

They’re nice flowers, and very affordable. Great as an impulse buy if you see him on the street—or, for those of you who are even more romantically inclined, get in touch with him to see about arranging a delivery as you sit with your date at a sidewalk bistro. See phone number in the photo below.




Attention Cheektowaga Voters: Read the Vito Letter

Any citizen or taxpayer residing in Cheektowaga should be interested in this investigator’s report summarizing the situation in the Highway Department .    It appears that Peter M. Vito & Associates, Inc. did a very thorough job of describing the warring political factions and alliances.  

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It is fascinating that this document was not released when the main bulk of documents was divulged in response to a FOIL request by my ever litigious wife, Ellen, seen here searching for the Niagara Falls Grand Hamister HotelIMG_9475  



Penn State Serves Up Fracking Kool-Aid to Freshmen

Filed under: Energy, Environmental

On his No Fracking Way blog, Chip Northrup reports how Penn State gives all 7,000 incoming freshmen this reading assignment.  

Students can then write a 1,000 word essay about it, and the top two entries will receive a $100 Amazon gift card.

What do you expect from the big state college in a big fracking state like Pennsylvania?

This is the kind of higher education we would be getting in New York if the state had moved to allow fracking. Thankfully, all we had to suffer through were the pathetic fracking institutes that briefly existed at the State University of New York at Buffalo and SUNY College at Fredonia.



And don’t miss this fascinating video by Penn State’s frack booster Terry Engelder, promoting the reading project to incoming students. The video is packed with interesting facts…like, did you know that Engelder spent his first night at college sleeping with his mother? (At 1:57)

You’re welcome!

AV Podcast: Episode 3

podcast_squarePodcast Episode 3: September 3, 2015

On this week’s show we talk with Jackass and Wildboyz star Steve-o about his life pre-jackass and his stand up comedy show. The Providence Social is our food feature, Mike Brady of American Low is in our music spotlight, and Pete talks with Tilke Hill about what it’s like being a woman filmmaker here in Buffalo.



Listen to Episode 3:

This Modern World: The Routine

Filed under: This Modern World


Photo Gallery: Peepshow 2015 – The Dirty Thirty!


This past Saturday, August 29, Squeaky Wheel celebrated it’s 30 year anniversary with their Peepshow event. The event featured art installations, live performances and more from 30 local and regional artists. Photographer Glen E. Murray captured these photos of the festivities and shared them with Artvoice.


QCRG: Furies 30 Days Out From Omaha, League Looks to Recruit and Grow


While Division 1 WFTDA Playoffs begin this weekend in Tucson, AZ, the Lake Effect Furies are still 30 days from their first ever Division 1 appearance in Omaha, NB. Watching Division 2 playoffs so far, which began two weeks ago, the Furies should be mindful of the higher level of scrutiny from the refs in playoffs. With 2 playoff tournaments completed, the team with fewer penalties has won 24 of 33 bouts (1 bout had a tie in total penalties). The Furies have struggled with penalties all year and are frequently the most penalized team, even in wins. With a higher level of competition and scrutiny, they will need to tighten up their discipline on the track.

All of this extra time to train and prepare is definitely a luxury for this team though and has provided ample time for skaters to rest injuries, work on conditioning, and scout potential opponents. Their first opponent in Omaha will be a familiar foe in Toronto Roller Derby’s CN Power. CN are a perennial D1 team – but they are stumbling into playoffs after a season with large roster turn over and two of their core players, BiggleySmallz and jammer Smoka Cola will be out with injuries. They have brought up 4 B Team skaters to fill the void and round out their tournament roster, which should help with their depth, but the advantage they held in tournament experience is slipping away as their roster is rounded out more and more by skaters who will also be skating in their first ever D1 Playoff.

A year of first for the Furies, the Furies also finally have their first sponsored skater as Juice Wheels has sponsored Furies vet Pepper Stix. As a jammer turned blocker, Pepper represents the best of QCRG and the best of a derby generation that has lived through different rule sets to thrive. Her communication skills, high track IQ and overall positive attitude make her an integral part of this team and a great choice for Juice Wheels. I expect some more sponsorships to follow after this teams first D1 playoff.

While the Furies are still preparing for D1 Playoffs, the league is quietly restructuring and preparing for the upcoming 2016 home league season. Active recruitment call outs are out for new skaters (fresh meat) for both the home adult league and the Jr. League. The adult league is hosting a boot camp for new skaters on Sunday September 13th at Rainbow Rink in Tonawanda and the Jr. league is currently recruiting for girls aged 10-17. You can always find more information about the leagues on their sites – the QCRG Jr. League and QCRG.

Even though it seems like a quiet offseason, the Queen’s Court has still been practicing and scrimmaged recently to a 101-90 win over a mix team from Niagara Roller Girls, and the Furies exorcized some demons in a scrimmage against Tri-City who upset them earlier this year at Beaver Fever. League practices start back up this month and fans and skaters alike should be excited for the 2016 season at Riverworks. For those who can’t wait – a short clip below from the Furies v Tri City scrimmage. Furies blockers do a great job of swallowing Tri City jammer Crazy Squirrel on the back line, while Murphy pushes the pack forward and blocker Midnight comes up to make an assist and release her. Filmed from the mezzanine – which feels so damn good to watch bouts from!

Midnight with the sweet assist for Crista. Felt so good to watch derby again today. #qcrg

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Feroleto Appointed Delaware District Council Member

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Following a committee interview as the only applicant for the vacant Delaware Council Member seat, Joel Feroleto was unanimously appointed to fill the remainder of the term of the departed Council Member who took another job elsewhere.    There is no Primary Election in Delaware, so Feroleto will be the Democratic nominee on the ballot in November and a heavy favorite to win a full four year term.   Current Council Members were surprised by the amount of government experience which Feroleto has, having served as staff for two Council Members in Masten and Delaware and two state Senators.    They also expressed satisfaction with having another attorney on the Council.   Joel pledged to perform his duties on a full time basis, emphasizing constituent services in the most affluent of Buffalo’s nine Council Districts, while acknowledging his role as a guardian of the welfare of the entire City of Buffalo.

Once Mr. Feroleto was appointed, he was immediately sworn in and began his tenure as the ninth Council Member.   In a poignant scene, Joel was sworn in by his mother, Supreme Court Judge Paula, assisted by his father, attorney John, who held the ceremonial bible.



It was a pleasant day in Council chambers which left everyone wondering why this mystery man is frowning?



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