Heritage Moments: A boy leaves home and crosses the ocean, with no idea he’ll become a hockey star

Mar 12, 2018
St. Catharines Museum

As a little boy growing up in Sokolče, a small village in postwar Czechoslovakia, Stanislav Gvoth didn’t know anything about hockey. He didn’t even know how to skate, and he didn’t particularly care. He was just a kid, with an older brother and recent wartime memories of German soldiers bivouacking in the small family house. Young Stanislav had no inkling he would grow up to be Stan Mikita, one of the greatest hockey players of all time.


New York wildlife researchers are taking a new approach to gathering citizen input to guide deer management objectives.


The beginning of the NFL free agency period begins this week, followed by the draft in late April.

Governor's office

As a jury continues to deliberate in the bribery trial of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s former top aide, Cuomo has been keeping his focus on other matters, including appearing with former Vice President Al Gore to talk about energy and the environment.

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Congressman Chris Collins is backing President Trump's decision to impose a 25 percent tariff on imported steel and a 10 percent tariff on aluminum imports. The levies will take effect in about two weeks.  

Cuomo urges Dems to reject border wall

Mar 11, 2018

Governor Andrew Cuomo is urging congressional Democrats to reject President Trump's plan to build a wall along the Mexican border. He addressed the 2018 SOMOS gala in Albany Saturday night, saying the border wall is a symbol of the Trump's administration's anti-immigrant policies. Cuomo said Democrats embrace diversity.

North County Public Radio

At just after 10 p.m. Saturday night, after one of the strangest political races in Canadian history, Doug Ford was announced as the winner of the race to lead the Progressive Conservative (PC) Party of Ontario (aka “Tories”).


A female teen has been reported missing by the Town of Tonawanda Police.

A busy portion of Chippewa Street was closed temporarily this morning when a manhole cover was blown into the air.

Bills trade QB Tyrod Taylor to Cleveland

Mar 9, 2018

The Buffalo Bills have traded starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor to the Cleveland Browns in exchange for the first pick in the third round in the upcoming NFL draft.

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Two State Senators who serve Western New York are urging Albany to increase funding to Erie County for a child care subsidy program that could help families who cannot afford child care on their own but earn too much to be eligible for other child care support.

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Young patients at John. R Oishei Children’s Hospital received a warm and fuzzy gift Friday morning. The good tidings came in the form of thousands of blankets donated by Western New Yorkers.

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Burgard High School in Buffalo has new opportunities to train for advanced manufacturing. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley attended a grand opening Friday of the school's new welding, auto and machine tool labs. 

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The high price of sugar in the United States is hurting local food manufacturers, including an Akron based company.


The religious community is coming together in response to the "Black Lives Matter" sign at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Amherst being vandalized last year.

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The days leading up to Easter Sunday are the busiest for Buffalo's Broadway Market. While its official Easter shopping season doesn't begin until next week, the East Side landmark is offering a "sneak peek" this weekend to give the public an introduction to the vendors - and the improvements - they can expect this year.

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A national group of scholars is calling for 'prevention' over 'reaction' in wake of the mass shooting at a school in Parkland, Florida last month. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley talked with a University at Buffalo expert who has joined the national 'call for action' to prevent gun violence.

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Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz says the county is doing pretty well: jobs are up and county agencies are showing how well they can help members of the public. However, delivering his annual State of the County address Thursday, he said more needs to be done.

Buffalo Challenger

The Paul Robeson Theatre's 50th anniversary season continues with Mikki Grant’s 1970’s musical revue DON'T BOTHER ME, I CAN'T COPE on stage through March 25, 2018 (note that several shows are already sold out).  It's a particularly fine month for theater in Buffalo with excellent ensemble performances from the Robeson, to the Kavinoky (BEN BUTLER), to the Irish Classical (THE NIGHT ALIVE), to Shea's (Anthony found the touring production of SOMETHING ROTTEN much more engaging than the original Broadway show).

Acclaimed author Margaret Atwood to appear at UB

Mar 9, 2018
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She has spun tales of dystopia through her many works of speculative fiction, some of which have found new life in recent television productions. Canadian author Margaret Atwood, best known for her 1985 classic The Handmaid's Tale, will appear at the University at Buffalo Friday evening for its program, "Humanities to the Rescue."

U.S. Attorney's Office

A federal grand jury has returned a 14-count indictment against a Jamestown man for child pornography and trafficking.

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The chairman of the Erie County Legislature's Government Affairs Committee was hoping to hear directly from ECWA leaders Thursday and provide answers to questions including what some deem a "golden parachute" in the contract of its executive director. ECWA leaders, citing a "scheduling conflict," did not show up for Thursday's committee meeting.

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Active shooter training will be provided at Buffalo community centers, ice rinks and pools under a resolution passed by the Common Council.

Wyoming County Sheriff

A Wyoming County councilman and retired sheriff's deputy is in the county jail, charged with murder.

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The Buffalo School Board Wednesday talked about trying to change meetings so they work better and end earlier, but it turned into a couple of shouting matches.

Mike Desmond

As the fight over transferring teachers out of City Honors slow-walks through the court system, the Buffalo School Board on Wednesday was briefed on why 5.5 teachers being transferred out requires 16 teacher aides to replace them.

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New government data shows a spike in opioid-related deaths in Ontario for much of last year compared to 2016.

National Public Radio

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he’s unconcerned about the possibility of a primary from the left by Cynthia Nixon, and even made a joke linking to the actor and Russian interference in the U.S. elections.

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A local theater company is celebrating women’s history month. WBFO’s senior reporter Eileen Buckley says O’Connell and Company has created a special ‘Diva by Diva’ performance to mark the 100th anniversary of Women’s Suffrage in New York.

On this week’s edition of WBFO’s Behind the Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about an embarrassing loss to the Calgary Flames after a string of impressive victories and the end to Chad Johnson’s hot streak. With the Sabres on the verge of falling to last place in the NHL, what do fans have to be hopeful about moving forward?