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The Forester I can picture "Woody" even now, sitting behind that small oak desk, in a pine paneled office at the Forestry Preserve in Sardinia, N.Y. Edward Woods is a thoughtful man, whose knowledge of woodland lore had made him a figure of some respect in the rural hinterlands surrounding the metropolitan area of Buffalo, N.Y. Ed was also the local Justice of the Peace. It made for a formidable presence in the area.

Pheasant House

The Pheasant House In the late 1960's,while attending college at S.U.N.Y Geneseo, I worked a few summers as seasonal help in Erie County's Chestnut Ridge Park. It is a thousand acre sprawling expanse of park and woodland some 12 miles South of Buffalo,N.Y.. The most prominent feature of the park is a large hill, atop which sits an attractive stone-flagged casino that is a mirror image of a baronial manor in the Black Forest of Bavaria, in Germany. The enormous toboggan runs and sled hill here have been a source of Winter fun to hundreds of thousands of Western New Yorkers since the park's creation in the 1930's.

Christmas Comes To Kevin Leary

Christmas Comes To Kevin Leary Kevin Leary was a bum. He wasn't a homeless person, nor an individual set adrift by physical or mental difficulties, he was just a plain and ordinary bum. He didn't work and he didn't want to. He was a small time pool hustler and an errand boy for a number of local gangsters. He did whatever they needed and he didn't care who got hurt in the process.

Windy City

THE WINDY CITY As we walked along the banks of Cazenovia Creek, the wind howled around us like a Banshee's wail. The water here is swift moving and clear. The vee, of tiny ripples, disturbed the surface only when flowing around the odd rock or obstruction in the stream bed. The leaves onshore whirled around us in miniature cyclonic eddies, like a special effect from the movies. It is Fall in Western New York. I pulled my coat tighter around me and leaned into the gale. It gets like this in Buffalo sometimes.

Falling Water

"Falling Water- A Frank Lloyd Wright Legacy The Buffalo Area is fortunate in deed to claim possession of two superbly designed residences of note,The Darwin Martin House and "Greycliff. Both are fine examples of the genius of America's premier Architect, Frank Lloyd Wright. The angular plains and prarie style lines stand out visually as distinctive and attractive representations of Wright's genius. I was fortunate to recently visit perhaps the premier example of Wright's vision in another residence of note,Wright's masterpiece of "Falling Water in Mill Run, Pennsylvania.