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Bob D. McFarland never served in the military but his life’s work has revolved around veterans. McFarland, of South Buffalo, worked for three decades as a licensed practical nurse with VA medical centers in Batavia and Buffalo. After his retirement, he became chief docent in 2012 at the Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park (buffalonavalpark.org). He beca…

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Of all the places I visited last summer while doing research for a travel guide, one of the most “backroads” places we visited was the Shawangunk Mountain Scenic Byway in the Catskill Mountains, about a six-hour drive from Buffalo. This route, which was designated a scenic byway in 2006, has four distinct sections. While it is possible to drive the almost 90-mile byway …

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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 submissions…

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Seven local country, rock and blues bands will perform Sunday at a music and art event at Silo City, to benefit the Sportsmen's Americana Music Foundation. The "bike and kayak friendly" event will be held at 100 Silo City Row along the Buffalo River from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m.. Tickets will be $7 for adults, with no admission fee for children. Works of local artists will b…

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Canalside has become the center of the summer outdoor fitness craze in Western New York, but those who don’t often frequent the downtown Buffalo waterfront won’t be left in the cold in the coming weeks. Independent Health will continue to sponsor Fitness in the Parks group fitness classes in several counties. State parks have a slate of hikes, kayaks and other events. E…

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Shirley Carnall’s family wasn’t sure what to make of it five years ago when she joined the Buffalo Outdoor Meetup group. “My dad put it this way: ‘You’re meeting people online and going into the woods with them?’” Carnell was in her late 40s when she clicked on Meetup.com and gained access to dozens of groups for hundreds of outings. It was a welcome opportunity f…

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The Fort Erie Museum and Cultural Heritage Advisory Committee is asking for photos to help celebrate the Point Abino Lighthouse's 100th birthday this summer. These unframed photographs, no larger than 8 inches by 10 inches, will be used "to tell the lighthouse story," illustrating its legacy as both a lighthouse and a photo destination, according to a news release. The …

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The Buffalo News will host the next Slow Roll on Monday, June 19, and plans to add a few bells and whistles to the weekly all-ages bike ride. Participants can gather at The News, at Scott and Washington streets, at 5:15 p.m. Monday to learn how to stay healthy and active this summer with help from the American Heart Association, Theatre of Youth and the Wellness Institu…

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A 5K run, yoga classes and meditation are on tap in the Outer Harbor on Saturday during the first Chase the Sun Yoga Festival. Love in Motion Yoga co-owners Kate Rogers and Kathleen Engelhardt came up with the idea for the festival, which will start at 9 a.m. with the run. “We had this idea of doing a 5K, having a recovery yoga class after the 5K and giving people a …

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WNY Refresh will publish its annual cover story about outdoor summer fitness June 24. It will include a listing of related daily, weekly and special events.. Those planning such events who would like to be included in the listing should email the following information to refresh@buffnews.com by June 19: Name of the event, a short description of the fitness or family act…

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The Hudson Valley area of New York, about a six-hour drive from Buffalo, has a wealth of history and is the perfect place to spend a few days visiting landmark sites located along the Hudson River. Some of these sites include the Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site, which consists of Roosevelt’s presidential library and home in Hyde Park. Nearby are the…

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Patrick Hall has learned during his fitness career to give the people what they want. In his most recent reincarnation of Hybrid Fitness, that means Ninja Warrior obstacle courses for kids. Three years ago, Hall converted his downtown gym into a Ninja Warrior training center after he appeared on the fifth season of the popular “American Ninja Warrior” TV series. He swit…

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Few people could have predicted how massive the “Star Wars” phenomenon would become when it was released 40 years ago. It certainly boosted the profile of Peter Mayhew, the 7’3” English actor who played the iconic Chewbacca in the space adventure series. Mayhew will be one of the featured guests at Niagara Falls Comic Con June 2-4. During a recent phone interview, Mayhe…

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During a 2015 visit to northern California, my fiancée and I had the good fortune to visit Yosemite National Park and land a table for lunch at the back of the Ahwahnee Hotel dining room, where Queen Elizabeth enjoyed a meal in 1983. We also had the good fortune to be waited on by Rick Agnew, who served as wine steward for the queen and her royal party in the same spot …

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As superheroes and sci-fi heroes continue to dominate movie screens during the summer, many local fan events are filling up the calendar featuring celebrity guests, costumes and even baseball. “Flash Gordon,” 7 p.m. May 18 at the North Park Theatre. The 1980 sci-fi pulp film with the classic Queen soundtrack returns with a special screening at the North Park Theatre (14…