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With Canada in their name, two new residents of the Buffalo Zoo should feel right at home in a community that embraces Tim Hortons and ice hockey. The zoo this weekend introduced to the public two female Canada lynx, 10-month-old sisters named Rosie and Hazel. They arrived in November from the Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport, Conn., where they were born in April, and they r…

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The number of riders using Reddy bikeshare nearly tripled last year, according Shared Mobility Inc., the parent corporation of the Buffalo bikesharing service, and its partner, Independent Health. “While the numbers from 2016 don’t reflect a full season, we are still incredibly excited about the interest and participation during the past year,” said Jennifer White, mark…

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Why go to the Buffalo Zoo this time of year? Two reasons. First, admission is just $5, across the board, through February. And parking is free. Second, you will see the winter differently. The tropical animals will be inside, and you may share in their tropical comfort. The animals who are outside are there because they want to be. Because they love it. Luna th…

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We're getting to that time of year again. The time of year when Buffalo starts looking less like a beautiful snow globe and more like a salt-smudged wasteland. Those pretty, cheery Christmas lights are gone. Hawaii and Florida are looking pretty good. Or a Caribbean cruise -- or a Gulf coast getaway, or --- or --- But what if you can't get away? You'll have to enj…

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Multicolored lights will bathe the Botanical Gardens' three Victorian glass domes and connecting greenhouses for the next three weeks. But that's only one of the senses.  The eighth annual "Lumagination" also brings together music, sound effects, theatrical design and interactive displays to the indoor nature attraction's sedate environment for this year's theme, "Under…

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The Buffalo Museum of Science has a fine permanent resident in Stuffy. He is a figure of a bison that came to the Buffalo Society of Natural Sciences in 1895 and even presided for a few years over Central Terminal. But the museum's true mascot is even more impressive. That would be the huge Alaskan grizzly bear donated by Amherst physician Dr. Joseph K. Link, who sho…

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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 …

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A 1-year-old male snow leopard has a new home at the Buffalo Zoo. Altai arrived at the zoo in October and has cleared health quarantine and been introduced to a new habitat, the zoo announced Friday. Altai was one of three snow leopards born at the Akron Zoo on March 5, 2016, and is named after the Altai Republic in Siberia and Altai Mountain Range in Central and Eas…

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The Hotel @ the Lafayette is at the heart of downtown. You could say it is the heart of downtown. Because as Buffalo goes, so does this hotel. When it opened in 1904 as the Lafayette Hotel, Buffalo was the eighth-wealthiest city in the country. A century later, things weren't looking so good. The grand hotel in the heart of downtown had fallen on tough times. You …

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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…

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Bird Kingdom, in Niagara Falls, Ont., looks like just another tourist attraction. It is not. It is the most fanciful thing this side of fiction. You might find yourself high in the middle of a giant rain forest, inches from two serene, Victoria Crowned Pigeons, with no glass between you. Named for Queen Victoria, they are giant blue birds, round as a globe, with extr…

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Once, Buffalo rode on the wheels of a dream. That dream comes to life in the Buffalo Transportation Pierce-Arrow Museum. Not into cars? Go anyway. Every once in a while, James Sandoro -- who opened the museum in 2001 with his wife, Mary Ann -- sees someone parked outside. That someone is usually a woman, waiting for the menfolk in her family to emerge. "Come insid…

Revelers visiting downtown Sunday night for New Year's events can expect to see more police officers patrolling, especially around the entertainment district. "Every year we work not only with the state, but with our federal partners, who are monitoring the events,"  Capt. Jeff Rinaldo said during a security briefing Saturday in City Hall. "We're confident that we have …

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Tobogganing at Chestnut Ridge was on our initial list of 100 Things. We couldn't get to it until now. One reason was that it was tough to get the timing right. The chutes are open only on weekends. The hill must be groomed. You need a firm layer of snow. The other reason was ... well, stand under the toboggan chute and look up. It's a daunting sight. "Everybody re…