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What was Buffalo’s Legacy During the Prohibition Era?

What was Buffalo’s Legacy During the Prohibition Era?

Many of us never experienced Prohibition, but we’ve heard about it or read about it. Many think almost automatically of Chicago, but Buffalo has its own contribution to Prohibition. The prohibition of liquor was enacted January 16, 1919 by the 18th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States and repealed by the Twenty-First amendment on December 5, 1933.

William “Wild Bill” Donovan and Buffalo NY could be likened to Eliot Ness and Chicago IL, in that he sought to enforce prohibition laws in Buffalo making a name for himself in the process, however, Donovan’s success wasn’t that of Ness’s. Donovan didn't make any friends in the city with his actions as DA.

Raccoon With Rabies Found in Niagara Falls

Raccoon With Rabies Found in Niagara Falls

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y.- The Niagara County Department of Health (NCDOH) received confirmation today from the NYSDOH Wadsworth Rabies Laboratory that a raccoon submitted for testing yesterday was rabid. The raccoon had contact with a dog on 20th Street in the City of Niagara Falls and was subsequently captured by a wildlife rehabilitator and euthanized. This is the first rabid ground animal confirmed in the County this year. Previously, only three bats were confirmed as rabid in 2011. Confirmation of rabies in a wild animal in the City of Niagara Falls is unusual. However rare, rabid animals have occasionally been identified within the city over the years since the rabies prevention program began in the county .

'Wicked Niagara' Author to Sign Book About Our Nefarious History

'Wicked Niagara' Author to Sign Book About Our Nefarious History

On Saturday, July 23, from 1 to 3 p.m., author and performer Lorna MacDonald Czarnota will speak and sign copies of her new book, “Wicked Niagara: The Sinister Side of the Niagara Frontier” (The History Press, Inc., 2011). She will tell stories about the dark side of the Niagara Frontier’s history. All hidden in the region’s past are tales of a plot to invade Canada, a Mafia stronghold, madness, murder and savagery. From the blood-soaked grounds of battle, local storyteller Lorna MacDonald Czarnota brings Wicked Niagara with its and grim tales of the region’s early struggles into the light.

The event is free for Historical Society members, and free with regular museum admission for non-members. 

WHAT: “Wicked Niagara: The Sinister Side of the Niagara Frontier,” by Lorna McDonald Czarnota—author talk, reading and book-signing

WHERE: Buffalo & Erie County Historical Society, 25 Nottingham Court, Buffalo 

Baby, It's Cold Outside - FREE TOURS in January and February

Baby, It's Cold Outside - FREE TOURS in January and February

Every Friday at 10am in January and February, Buffalo Tours will offer free downtown walking tours when the temperature is 25 degrees or below.  For each degree above 25 the cost goes up $1 to a maximum of $10 per adult ($5 for students). Price is determined 15 minutes before the tour using the Weather Channel website for the 14203 zip code.  Tours meet in the Buffalo Visitor Center at 617 Main Street.