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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.


Business

It's time for grandparents to dust off their pilsner glasses and brush up on beer-drinking stories from decades long ago. A retro version of one of their old standards is about to hit regional brewing circles. Community Beer Works is at work on a new, $1.5 million brewing operation on the West Side that looks to bring the Iroquois Beer brand back in force come late spri…

Family

Outdoor fun and fitness, free indoor yoga and barre classes, and a mental health first-aid class that will help adults help young people struggling with behavioral or substance abuse challenges are among the top picks of the week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family events in the region. TUESDAY Holistic Lecture Series: “Posture Matters: Quick and E…

Health and Fitness

Alexis, Audriana and Abigail Kagels decided last year they wanted to explore more of what life has to offer. Their mother, Andrea, started looking for a gym where the girls – now ages 8, 6 and 4, respectively – could start gymnastics without the early pressure that can come with the sport. “We also dance and I couldn’t do something that was so time-consuming that you co…

Health and Fitness

A national leader in the community walkability effort will join Western New York public health leaders next weekend for the second Building a Healthy Buffalo and WNY. The event, hosted by the Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo and community partners, will run from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. next Saturday, Feb. 3, in the parish hall at St. Teresa Catholic Church, 1974 Seneca…

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There was good reason that "Buffalo Mack," the human-sized "groundhog" who has taken center stage at the annual Buffalo Groundhog Day beer bash the past few years, gained so much weight in recent months. Mack turned out to be a she – and a pregnant one at that. According to the latest in a hilarious series of short videos, the Groundhog Day mascot recently gave birth…

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A new addictions group will meet, Larkinville will throw its annual ice festival and there will be chances to ice skate outdoors and watch Disney skaters at KeyBank Arena this week. These 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. TUESDAY …

Family

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…

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Marina Mukandala found yoga after graduating in 2002 from Clark University in Worcester, Mass. and going into the work force. “I was under a tremendous amount of stress making that transition into the real world and developing a lot of anxiety,” the Black Rock native said. Mukandala and her husband, Magezi, moved back to her home region a decade ago. She went to work as…

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The fear, pain and uncertainty that come with going to the dentist can unnerve even the healthiest among us. Imagine what it can be like for those with autism, dementia, physical limitations, developmental disabilities or cancer. These are the patients in the working world of Drs. Elizabeth Kapral and Maureen Sullivan, two of a dozen dentists who help staff three den…

Business

Campus WheelWorks over the years has looked to do what it can to keep its business rolling through the winter. They’ve tried selling brewing equipment, downhill skis and other accessories, with limited success. In the middle of this "New Buffalo" decade, the cycling shop tried its hand at cross-country skis, snowshoes and fat bikes, a combination its staff believes h…

Health and Fitness

There’s plenty to love about Western New York winters, including the following health, fitness and family related special events and outdoor venues for residents and visitors alike. SPECIAL EVENTS CROSS COUNTRY SKIING Urban Cross-County Ski Night: 7:45 p.m. Thursdays when snow in the city from Campus WheelWorks, 744 Elmwood Ave.. For more info, visit campuswheelwo…

Food and Drink

Those of a certain age might remember "Murphy Brown," a 1990s sit-com about a fictional CBS television news show with an eclectic cast of characters. A craft beer emporium in Clarence may share the same name but, FYI, has little else in common – unless you consider its eclectic cast of beers. Craft beer is the star at Murphy Brown's, a quieter alternative to several …

Family

Outdoor winter activities, and allergy support and tai chi indoors 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. As the weekend approaches, also read our outdoor winter in WNY story in Refresh. MONDAY Cross-country skiing: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m…

Health and Fitness

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…

Health and Fitness

When Michael Kearns looked at the analytics of his 142nd Assembly District three years ago, he didn't like what he saw in terms of health and well-being. Erie County – including much of the Southtowns and Buffalo, which make up the district – ranked 54th out of 62 counties in the New York State health rankings. It would fall to 57th the following year. Despite ebbs a…