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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.


A worker injured Friday in an industrial fire at a chemical plant near the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station was flown to Erie County Medical Center for treatment of burns.The fire occurred at about 2 p.m. at the Saint-Gobain Ekonol plant on Walmore Road.Niagara County sheriff's deputies said the victim backed a fork lift into a pallet, triggering a fire."We believ…

Two armed, masked men burst into the home of a sleeping Wilson couple early Friday, told them they had kidnapped their granddaughter, and robbed them of more than $1,000 in cash and jewelry.The 71-year-old man and his 69-year-old wife told Niagara County sheriff's deputies they were awakened at about 2:30 a.m. in their Randall Road home by two masked men -- one w…

Hundreds of students from all grade levels across Western New York most notably at the University at Buffalo -- have spent the last several weeks raising money to educate young people half a world away.These students have embraced a simple belief, symbolized in the life's work of Greg Mortenson, that America can make more lasting headway in the Middle East by build…

The most difficult school budget year in memory will move toward closure Tuesday when voters in Niagara County and across the state go to the polls.Most of the difficult choices already have been made.Ten public school districts across this county crafted budget proposals under the cloud of a state budget crisis, bracing for cuts in aid from a state budget that alr…

Western New York winters are long, hard and cold. Yet, it turns out that our winter is good for a few things. Among them: Late harvest and ice wines.Now is a great time to enjoy some of these specialty wines. They aren't cheap, but a little goes a long way, and part of the fun is drinking them in tasting rooms beside the vineyards where they were grown.There are several…

Daniel Hogue grew up on a cattle ranch near Topeka, Kan., spent five years in the Army and, seven years ago this month, married a civil engineer from Ukraine whom he calls "walking sunshine."After graduating in 1975 with an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, he helped start a company that sells contact lenses, dabbled in the rent-to-own and jewelry trad…

He grew up in New York City, worked for corporate giants and sold Communion wine to Catholic churches across the country, but it wasn't until Domenic Carisetti started working the small vineyards in Niagara and Orleans counties that he garnered his nickname.The Dominator.He was given the name at a trade show about five years ago, when four salesmen blurted it out all at on…

There's an old saying in the wine business: "In the good years the wine carries the winemaker, and in the bad years the winemaker carries the wine."After a growing season like the one we just had in Western New York, this was a year the winemaker will carry the wine.Hard frosts in late spring and early October heavily damaged several varieties of grapes. Many that survived…

The sour national economy has been good for school districts across New York State, including Niagara County, at least at budget time.Several districts across the county that fretted a few months ago have seen their bottom lines buoyed by federal stimulus money, which will be filtered through the state as increased government aid.That means voters across the county will lo…

About 135 years after Harriet Tubman ferried escaped slaves across the Niagara Gorge to Canada, Buffalo native Kevin E. Cottrell pitched an idea to build an Underground Railroad interpretive center near where those journeys ended.In that context, maybe the 22 years he's waited for the idea to catch fire isn't so long.State Parks Commissioner Carol Ash and Falls Mayor Paul…

Three separate United Way agencies that serve Niagara County and part of Erie County have voted to merge, but not without a calculated move to pad the vote in the Tonawandas. That has led to some hard feelings.The new organization will be called the United Way of Greater Niagara -- Serving Niagara County and the Tonawandas, and will combine the United Way of Niagara, the E…

It's much easier to understand why ice wine costs $40 or more for a small bottle when you're standing for a couple of hours in the middle of a frozen field on a morning when the Buffalo Bills would beg to play indoors.That is what runs through your mind as you shiver and snip away at the clusters of frozen grapes in a Niagara Landing vineyard on ice wine harvesting day -- …

Niagara Falls Catholic High School will be the first school in the state to find out what students think about a four-day school week.School officials aren't very worried.When students were told about the plan last month during an interdenominational Thanksgiving service, the reaction was predictable."I thought the kids were going to walk across the ceiling of the gym," Pr…

Most people who would like to see Niagara Falls, N.Y., redevelop as a tourism powerhouse don't necessarily envision the kind of carnival atmosphere of its neighboring city across the Niagara Gorge.There are enough tourist trappings on the Canadian side -- with more, and bigger ones added routinely -- to turn the stomachs of those who seek a more environmentally friendly Am…

Niagara Falls is a city scorned.Again.Robert Moses, organized crime and do-little developers have all had their way with the city during the last half century.Now, Eliot Spitzer has taken his turn.This untransformed Cinderella of a city -- beautiful underneath, exploited by forces that have kept it poorly dressed and beholden for years -- thought it had found a new prince …