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Scott Scanlon

Scott Scanlon is an award-winning reporter who is editor of WNY Refresh, which focuses on health, fitness, nutrition and family matters. He is aware of the contradictions that may appear to come from writing pieces here and there about beer, wine and travel. He does so in moderation.


Those who tip a pint – or more – during Buffalo Beer Week should know that a peanut farmer, TV news reporter, two governors and pair of Colorado breweries figure into the Western New York craft-brewing boom. “It’s taken something of a different path than I thought but I hoped there would be more breweries,” said Tim Herzog, who watched the boom ferment, in fit…

Dan Syracuse and Tim Herzog have been throwing beer-tasting gatherings every fall in Western New York for the last 28 years. Let's just say that the co-owner of Pizza Plant and leader of Flying Bison Brewing Company have had lots of company in recent years. They are among the old guard of a regional craft movement that got its start three decades ago – with the ope…

Farmers' markets, a bike ride and several hikes are among WNY Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family events in the region. To see this week’s complete calendar, click here. MONDAY Clinton Bailey Farmers & Flea Market: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; same time other weekdays, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, …

Following is a weekly listing of upcoming public events for those interested in health, fitness, nutrition and family support. The Buffalo News is now accepting more community events than ever for an expanded online calendar. If you would like your event included, submit the information two weeks in advance online at BuffaloNews.com/submit. Mail, fax and email submission…

Stacie Bliss will start nursing school in the spring, something that seemed improbable 18 years ago when doctors at Women & Children's Hospital sent her home for the holidays fearing it might be her last Christmas. Instead, doctors confirmed come the January afterward that her acute lymphoblastic leukemia was in the early stages, and knocked out her cancer in one ro…

Slow Roll, indoor fitness and a busy Saturday with fundraising walks and a run are among WNY Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family events in the region. To see this week’s complete calendar, click here MONDAY Slow Roll Buffalo: 5:30 p.m., roll at 6:30 p.m., Buffalo Fire Department Engine 20, 157 Ohio St. Roughly 10-…

Mayda Pozantides slings burgers two nights a week in an Allentown restaurant but her career aspirations involve something much more grounded. She wants to be a full-time farmer in the City of Buffalo. Pozantides, 30, and her boyfriend, Anders Gunnersen – operations director with Buffalo Reddy BikeShare – bought a patch of land three years ago on the East Side. Th…

Chris Manca misses the beer, cheese and pickles he discovered in Western New York – and he's been gone only a few weeks. "There's definitely an up-and-coming food and beverage scene," said Manca, who lives in the New York City suburbs and hadn't set foot in the region until early this year. "That's starting to translate into more entrepreneurship going on in terms o…

Following is a weekly listing of upcoming public events for those interested in health, fitness, nutrition and family support. The Buffalo News is now accepting more community events than ever for an expanded online calendar. If you would like your event included, submit the information two weeks in advance online at BuffaloNews.com/submit. Mail, fax and email submission…

Slow Roll is twice as nice this week, most fitness classes move indoors and Food Truck Tuesday rolls on several more weeks. These are among the WNY Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family events in the region. To see this week’s complete calendar, click here. MONDAY Slow Roll Buffalo: 5:30 p.m., roll at 6:30 p.m., LaS…

It took degrees, two student teaching gigs and two years of substitute teaching for Paige Rockwood to land her first teaching job. Rockwood, 23, grew up on Grand Island and attended schools in the district where she will co-teach with Casey Steck-Comeau, an 18-year-teaching veteran, at William Kaegebein Elementary School. She rose to the top during a hiring process t…

Following is a weekly listing of upcoming public events for those interested in health, fitness, nutrition and family support. The Buffalo News is now accepting more community events than ever for an expanded online calendar. If you would like your event included, submit the information two weeks in advance online at BuffaloNews.com/submit. Mail, fax and email submission…

Nearly 85 percent of parents in Western New York believe their children should regularly be involved in sports, yet only 16 percent of school-aged kids in the region get the hour of daily physical activity recommended by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The disparity is among the more striking findings in a "State of Play" report issued this summ…

Alexandria Fazio and Nick Schielke are determined this school year to be among Depew High School students who meet daily recommended physical fitness guidelines. "I want to be healthier," said Schielke, who hopes to make the varsity football team as a lineman this fall and looks to spend as much time as his schedule allows in the new 4,000-square-foot high school fitnes…

Valentino Shine Jr. was a senior at Medaille College when his oldest son was born. He remembers taking him to some of his classes a decade ago, but knows a decision he made when both his sons were 3 years old has been key to their early academic success. He and his wife, Tasia, enrolled Valentino III, now 10, and Jackson, 6, in the Parent-Child Home Program. The family …