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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.


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History – and a really good recipe for fudge – convinced Tara Porter to accept a job at Compeer Niagara two years ago, after she landed a bachelor's degree in leadership development from Houghton College. Her previous work, at People Inc. group homes and a day program for the intellectually disabled, underlined her desire to work where those with limitations were encour…

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Outdoor fitness classes, health-related author talks and healthy food truck options have become popular fare as Larkin Square has ramped up its wellness offerings during the last six years. Visitors welcome better weather with free use of Hula-Hoops, pickleball courts and a mini-golf course in the revitalized neighborhood several blocks east of downtown. Larkin Square l…

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Concern over the growing threat of tick-borne illnesses has prompted state leaders to announce a new, aggressive tick control plan and hold a Lyme disease summit this summer. Gov. Andrew Cuomo also announced plans  to raise awareness about the dangers of these diseases, particularly among hunters and hikers – two groups most likely to encounter ticks – and reduce tick n…

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Slow Roll Buffalo will offer two rides this week and Cornell Cooperative Extension master gardeners will present their annual plant sale. Registration for the Buffalo Marathon closed at the end of the weekend but you can still sign up for a related 5K. These are among the WNY Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family events in …

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Yoga teacher in training Ashley Feneziani wasn't sure she was ready to lead her first class at Turning Point House, an addictions recovery center for men in the Southtowns. "When I go to yoga classes, it's usually me surrounded by a group of other women in Spandex pants," said Feneziani, a high school French teacher in the Williamsville school district. Turning Point…

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HEAL Bflo co-founders Cheryl Erbacher and Jocelyn Kowalczyk have seen the powerful connections yoga can forge as they've organized a series of community wellness events during the last four years. Two visits by Dan Nevins stand out. Nevins lost both his legs to an improvised explosive device nearly 14 years ago in Iraq. He reluctantly tried Baptiste yoga four years ago,…

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Slow Roll Buffalo, Food Truck Tuesday and the Elmwood Village Farmers Market continue their new seasons this week, and Bishop Timon will host its first Tiger Trot 5K. 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. MONDAY Slow Roll Buffalo: Riders can start to gather at 5:30 p.m. fo…

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"Person-centered care" is a buzz term in health care circles but its principles hold true in other arenas, too. Take housing. West Side & Black Rock-Riverside Neighborhood Housing Services will unfurl its second annual Vet Fest next weekend, part of a growing attempt to bolster communities where it offers grants and loans for first-time homebuyers and those looking …

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Nanette Pohle often finds the greatest meaning in foster parenting when it's time to give babies back to authorities so they can be returned to parents, who've addressed their troubling circumstances. Many of these babies were born addicted to drugs. They're irritable, clingy, and comforted only by the swaddling of Pohle, her husband Kevin, and their two daughters, Gret…

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Anne Walters quit nursing school the day her first patient handed her a pair of just-used dentures. It was enough to make her realize that the human condition presents itself in all of its forms when people are vulnerable and feel lousy. She wasn't up for that – yet still told her youngest daughter to pursue a nursing career. "My mom wanted me to be a nurse so I w…

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Slow Roll Buffalo starts its fourth season this this week, Food Truck Tuesdays keeps rolling and the Elmwood Village Farmers Market starts its 20th season. 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. MONDAY Slow Roll Buffalo: All are welcome to Slow Roll's opening ride of the se…

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Joe and Doris Duffey, both 92, don't get around as well as they used to. "It could be old age – too many miles on the car," Joe Duffey said with a smile last week. He and his wife both struggle with knee osteoarthritis. He uses a cane because his arthritis has weakened his left knee; she sometimes gets pain in both of hers. The Williamsville couple was among 170 p…

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Brian Conn started last year struggling with the suicide of his father, trying to soothe the pain through long hours on the job, followed by too much time away from home with friends. Scott Dodson pushed through the year afraid for his life. His kidneys were failing, prospects for dialysis neared and a transplant was the only thing that could save him in the long run. …

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Park Country Club Golf Course Superintendent Scott Dodson has much to be thankful for when it comes to receiving a kidney from a living donor, but leaders of two Western New York transplant hospitals say those in need of a kidney can do almost as well when receiving a kidney from someone who has recently died. "The sooner somebody gets a kidney transplant – any kidney t…

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Lynne Jakubowski has felt the sting of pancreatic cancer twice. Her husband, John, 55, a group vice president with M&T Bank, died four months after he was diagnosed in early 2014. Her brother, Mark J. Czarnecki, former president and chief operating officer at M&T, died in February 2017 after a 20-month battle that included surgery, one of few treatments availabl…