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By Kevin Snow Long after many of us have turned in for the evening, their night is just beginning. These men are also weekend warriors, rising early on a Saturday morning just to play the game they grew up loving as a child. From Riverworks to Lockport and everywhere in between, the hockey rinks of Western New York are full of grown men who continue to be intoxicated by…

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By Will Homan Picture this: a family sits down for a holiday meal. The table is set, anticipation for the meal has been growing throughout the day, and stomachs are growling as visions of holiday staples fill their heads. Only there’s no food. It’s a situation many families face in WNY – during the holidays and throughout the year. In any given month, the Fo…

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By Lynn Frehill-Maye As all the backcountry campers plodded past us, my husband and I should have known something was different in the Allegheny National Forest. I’d never seen as many trekkers loaded down with gear for multiple days in the woods. There we were, a pair of urban-dwelling tent-and-car campers not prepared for much more than a couple hours’ hike. And t…

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By Kevin Snow You’ve probably never been to "Duke’s Pub" in Blasdell. It’s likely you’ve driven right by without knowing what you’re missing. That’s because Duke’s is a man cave, the brainchild of Joe Best. It’s been two years since the 48-year-old Best turned his garage into a full bar complete with a big screen TV, walls covered with Buffalo spor…

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By Will Homan Get out," the voice hissed. The woman rewound the recording, all but certain her ears were playing a trick on her, and listened again. "Get out," it hissed for the second time. That was Jennifer Maldonado’s first — and only — trip to the Iron Island Museum on Buffalo’s East Side. She’d made sure to avoid the rest of the group — and its…

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By Bronwen Battaglia Parents’ wellness often takes a backseat to their children’s activities. Running from school to music lessons and from playdates to the soccer field can make it challenging to carve out "me-time" for exercise. That can leave parents and caregivers feeling even more depleted. One local organization had that in mind when they organized and over…

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By Devon Dams-O'Connor The connection between holiness and health is a sentiment that has resonated across faiths forever. But as the American list of lifestyle-related illnesses like heart disease and obesity grows longer than a Lutheran Christmas carol, faith and fitness leaders around the country are coming up with new ways to help the faithful rehab those neglected …

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By Devon Dams-O'Connor What happens when gold leaf flakes from a medieval manuscript, a Picasso has been found languishing in an attic, or a modern pop culture treasure needs a little TLC? An art conservationist is called, and there’s a good chance that person learned what to do in Buffalo as a graduate of the Patricia H. and Richard E. Garman Art Conservation Depa…

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By Devon Dams O’Connor Aimee, Liz, Sonya and Meghan. These four Western New York women are 40 and over with families and leadership roles in health-related professions whose work weeks far exceed 40 hours. And all of them count workouts as appointments not to be missed. These aren’t superwomen. They don’t have entourages to handle their have-tos. They’ve j…

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By Jim Cobran Sometimes it takes a little while for trends to catch up in WNY. But, when they do, they really do. Right now we’re in the midst of a burgeoning mass of bike trails — both on-road (a.k.a. streetscape bicycle lanes), and off-road hike/bike paths. I’ll admit to being a latecomer, rejoining the area’s cyclists three summers ago. But with the …

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One of the best things about summer is Western New York’s farmers’ markets. Here’s where to get your hands on fresh produce, homemade goodies and more from spring through fall. Buffalo Clinton/Bailey 1443 Clinton St., Buffalo Sunday–Friday, 7 a.m.–6 p.m.; Saturday, 6 a.m.–6 p.m. Clintonbaileymarket.com Downtown Main Street between Court & Church s…

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By Devon Dams-O’Connor There’s something tranquil and enchanting about horses. Their steady, slowly swaying gait gently rocks riders around the ring, providing a regal vantage point that lifts them above their troubles and positions them, momentarily, in the imaginary saddle of a knight, cowgirl or king. At Lothlorien Therapeutic Riding Center in East Aurora and …

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By Devon Dams-O’Connor All is well inside the calm confines of a greenhouse. Bone-chilling winds could be whipping hail sideways, but under nurseries’ silver-framed translucent cloches, filtered sunlight warms the skin and relaxes the shoulders. The air is humid and alive – an organic aromatherapy spa fragrant with moss, peat, minerals and subtle earthy perfumes. …

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By Kristi Runyan It makes sense that WNYers love outdoor fitness classes. “When people can finally get outside after being stuck inside after a long winter, they do,” said Julie Leatherbarrow, owner of Budding Tree Yoga in Elma. Leatherbarrow, a certified yoga instructor, is the creator and lead director of the annual Budding Tree Yoga Festival, which offers o…

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By Lynn Freehill-Maye An hour southeast of Buffalo along Highway 20A where Western New York’s flatlands yield to dramatic sweeps and valleys, you come to a building that’s stop-the-car handsome. Near Silver Lake in Perry, it’s gray stone with rustic board-and-batten siding and a long balcony near the top. The place looks like a chalet. Swap out the rolling Dansvil…