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The Enormity Of The Sun

We don’t see it every day especially in this part of the country, but it’s there. It brings us light, sometimes it brings us warmth. It’s the sun. We see it as a flaming ball of fire in the sky, but it’s the largest thing in our solar system. In fact of all the planets, the asteroids and everything else in the solar system the sun accounts for more than 99.8% of it.

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International Day of Happiness

There's a good reason to smile and be happy today. By a proclamation of the United Nations, today is the International Day of Happiness. The U.N. says happiness is all about celebrating peace, human rights and higher standards of life and every person in the world has a right to it.

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A Day To Share Food

Today is the feast of St. Joseph in the Catholic religion - celebrated on March 19th every year.

It commemorates the life of St. Joseph, the step-father of Jesus and husband of the Virgin Mary. March 19th is believed to be Joseph’s birthday.

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Buffalo’s Historical California Connection

At the corner of Fargo Avenue and Jersey Street on Buffalo’s west side you’ll find an historical marker on the spot where the Fargo mansion once stood. It took up the entire block of land and among the visitors were Presidents Grant and Cleveland and author Mark Twain.

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The Country’s Oldest St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Buffalo always has two St. Patrick’s Day parades – the one in the old First Ward on the Saturday closest to St. Patrick’s Day and then the one down Delaware Avenue the following day.

This country’s oldest and largest St. Patrick’s Day parade is in New York City.

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National Potato Chip Day

March 14th is National Potato Chip Day. There’s no official government proclamation – it’s probably a creation of snack food companies to celebrate the nation’s favorite snack food.

Americans eat 1.2 billion pounds of potato chips every year. Regular or plain potato chips are the most popular, but some of the other top sellers are barbeque, sour cream and onion, salt and vinegar and ranch.

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Salt Is Big Business In WNY

With this year’s brutal winter Buffalo area towns and villages are using much more rock salt than they have in the last couple of winters combined. Many are three or four times over what they had budgeted for salt, but they have no choice. Luckily the largest salt mine in the United States is about an hour’s drive away.

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Electronic Era Presidential Firsts

It was just 8 days after he was inaugurated that President Franklin Roosevelt gave his first national radio address, speaking directly from the White House. The U.S. was at the lowest point of the Great Depression with between 25 and 33 percent of Americans unemployed. The country was worried and Roosevelt went on the radio to assure them he was prepared to lead the country back to prosperity.

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The Winter Storm Of Storms

With up to 12 inches of snow possible coming our way over the next 24 hours to 36 hours it's just a reminder that the month of March can bring some pretty severe winter storms.  And probably none was worse than the blizzard of 1888 that killed more than 400 people and dumped as much as 55 inches of snow in some areas. New York City ground to a halt in the face of huge snow drifts and strong winds. 

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Mustang – One Of The Longest-Selling Cars in History

One historian says no new car ever got the publicity and attention that this one did. It made the covers of Time and Newsweek, and the car appeared in every major business and automotive publication.

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Bet You Didn’t Know This About the Hula-Hoop

It’s one of those toys I never could get the hang of, so I never really bothered with it. I guess I couldn’t get my hips to swivel good enough to work a Hula-Hoop.

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Ashes and Penance — What Does It All Mean?

You may see people with smudges on their forehead today. This is a heavily concentrated Catholic area, so it’s pretty common to see it.

Today is Ash Wednesday – the beginning of Lent – a period of 40 days of penance, reflection and abstinence, not including Sundays, leading up to Easter.

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