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The titanium screws inserted in Amber Simone Baker Chinn’s skull when she was 6 months old are still in her head. And they probably will be for the rest of her life. But that hasn't stopped the singer/songwriter from performing on TV or wanting to give back to the hospital that made an imperfect baby look "fine." Baker Chinn was born with a rare condition with…

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As with most things in life, "What’s good for the goose is good for the gander." After years of being barred entry to the man cave – that mysterious lair for sports watching, video game playing and general tinkering – the ladies have responded with their own private sanctuaries. The escapes for those of the female persuasion are typically well-appointed and sunlig…

Nick Bond’s "Quinn Time" starts every morning at 7:00. He walks into his son’s bedroom and lifts him out of his crib, and after a quick diaper change, they lie in bed and watch an episode of The Lion Guard, Quinn’s favorite TV show. Then it’s playtime while Nick feeds him breakfast. Their hour and a half of uninterrupted one-on-one time is baked into Quinn’s d…

A few generations ago, dressing up in costume was something you did on Halloween…until you grew out of it. But in Peter Pan fashion, an increasing number of adults don’t want to grow up. Somewhere along the line — perhaps when superhero movies started being released annually — dressing up became an adult thing, too. When it goes beyond the annual Halloween pa…

There are so many meaningful organizations that need our help. Recently, a friend asked if I’d help promote awareness for breast cancer research for the local Susan G. Komen chapter. If you’re like me, breast cancer has touched someone you know, and you’ve witnessed the challenges that go along with it. My wife’s cousin, Doris, has been my inspiration; she…

Aubrey Hlavaty
 Mint Berry Market Accountant-turned-artist Aubrey Hlavaty is the creative force behind Mint Berry Market. Drawing inspiration from her young daughters as well as vintage items, Hlavaty turns her charming hand-drawn and painted designs into digital images, which she then reproduces to create one-of-kind baby, toddler and adult apparel and accessories…

What do you do when you love food, want to be healthy, and have an insanely busy schedule with little time for food prep? Take advantage of one of the new wave of prepared meal services available in WNY. These aren’t make-it-yourself meal kits (á la Blue Apron) or processed frozen dinners. They’re single-serving meals sold in to-go locations most often found in …

Jon Duffie spends a lot of time at home working on his projects. While others might toil away fixing up a car or motorcycle, Duffie’s focus is decidedly more otherworldly. He builds droids. "I’ve been working on my R2 unit for nearly a decade," said Duffie. "I spend a lot on parts. He usually needs repairs for something." What Duffie has built is highly impres…

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…

Forget sinking into a rocking chair and watching the world whiz past. Seniors from their early 60s through their 90s want to stay active and pursue multiple passions — be it gentle yoga or kayaking. Developers of the area’s senior rental housing have taken note. Last December, Mary Behnke, 75, swapped her apartment of 10 years for a spot in Forestview Active Living, …

The locale: A former coal-mining borough of 4,600, about 5 hours to the southeast. The scoop: This vibrantly painted Victorian town attracts an eclectic vacation crowd of outdoor adventurists, history buffs, shoppers and sports enthusiasts drawn by its namesake’s tomb. Olympic legend and NFL founder Jim Thorpe was buried here, 1,300 miles from his native Oklahoma, bec…

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…

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…

Imagine having to leave your home and family with no notice, with only the clothes on your back and a personal item or two stuffed into a garbage bag. That’s exactly what happens to many children suddenly placed into our foster care system. And it’s why Paul Snyder III, deacon of St. Mary Parish in Swormville, and his wife, Susan, have started a special mission to h…

Early on a Saturday morning, Dr. Laura Wade is already hard at work, tending to a rabbit that’s recovering from an amputation. At her Clarence-based veterinary practice, Specialized Care for Avian & Exotic Pets, Wade and her staff treat birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and small mammals — everything from a tiny hamster to a pair of 125-pound emus Wade once wrangle…