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by Kristi Runyan Many of us fondly remember our magical summer camp experiences — sitting ‘round a campfire in the dark next to a new friend, learning a new skill, just reveling in the joy of being young. But it’s more than just having fun; experts say the experience of summer camp can help children grow in beneficial ways. “Having some structured playtime…

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“What’s the best investment option for my money?” Investment advisors are frequently asked this question, and most agree it’s comparable to being asked, “How big of a house should I build?” There’s no simple answer and no one-size-fits all solution. Experts say to begin with some soul-searching. “The ‘best option’ depends on a few variables, su…

by Cherrie Messore Thirty-somethings Dave and Ashley Segal of Kenmore have been married for a couple years. They have good jobs, a nice house, three dogs…and no estate plan. Their views on the topic differ. Dave thinks it’s too expensive. Ashley doesn’t think it’s a priority unless you have dependents. While they know it’s a future consideration, it’s not…

Your garage band has been dreaming of a national road tour for awhile, but you’re flat broke. You think your new invention will make you the next Mark Zuckerberg, but you have no way of financing it. Just a few short years ago, projects like these may have seemed impossible. Today, the Internet, social networking and limitations of traditional financing have given way…

Last month I began a four-part column about our wine trip to Walla Walla, Washington. This month I detail three wineries we visited: Doubleback, Delmas/SJR and Rasa. Buffalo Bills fans likely remember Drew Bledsoe, our team quarterback from 2002-2004. Retired, he’s now back in his hometown of Walla Walla making wine at Doubleback Winery. When Bledsoe was quarterback, we…

The locale: A community of 1,800, about 4 hours east on I-90. The scoop: If ever a village were synonymous with its main attraction, it’s Cooperstown, home of the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Several businesses and attractions play off the brand — Cooperstown Bat Company, Doubleday Field, Heroes of Baseball Wax Museum, 7th Inning Stretch Memorabilia Shop. But thi…

For many families, the Orlando experience is a rite of passage. Disney is the dominant force, including its 43 square miles of theme parks, water parks, golf courses and resorts. But Orlando as a destination has become an entire playground of family fun, with attractions like Universal Orlando Resort catching up to Disney in popularity. Our family has visited Orlando…

Like most of us, well-known WNY personalities have tried-and-true eateries that keep pulling them back. We asked them to let us know their favorite spot, but instead got back an abundance of excellent suggestions. When you don’t know where you want go to, go where they go: When he isn’t tracking the weather, Don Paul of WKBW Channel 7 may want to consider writing a …

Rosa González never expected to publish a cookbook. With a background in nuclear engineering, she serves as chair of Erie Community College’s Emergency Management and Fire Protection Technology departments and operates her own consulting firm. A Cuban immigrant, González was the first Latina to earn a bachelor’s degree in nuclear engineering sciences in the United…

by Kevin Snow There’s something for everyone in the Elmwood Village, including a pair of unique stores that have added another level of style to the hippest part of Buffalo. High-end kicks To refer to Sole High as a store that sells athletic shoes would be doing a disservice to the footwear industry. While the store carries a full line of sneakers at various …

by Devon Dams-O'Connor As a teenager, Jason Jerome played football and ran track at a large public high school in Aurora, Illinois. But while many varsity players dream of becoming world-class athletes, Jerome worked his way up the ranks to become a world-class strength and conditioning coach for professional and Olympic stars instead. And now he’s in Buffalo. J…

As the elevator begins its ascent, a young man extends a hand. “Hey Thurman. Tough season, but we’ll get ‘em next year.” With a smile and a nod, Thurman Thomas offers the requisite kind words and exits the elevator en route to his office. It’s the kind of encounter that’s commonplace when you are a Hall of Fame running back who rushed for more than 12,000…

by Jana Eisenberg In a different angle on recent “coming home” stories, interior designer Philippa Radon has officially moved to Buffalo after first visiting here with her husband Peter, a Lackawanna native, almost 20 years ago. “I felt instantly at home here, even as my flight landed for the first time on a snowy tarmac,” recalled Radon, a native of the U.K.…

From a modest second-story converted pigeon coop in Wyoming County, far from the recognized centers of architectural discourse, a Western New York firm is drawing widespread praise for its progressive work designing rural dwellings, and for its environmentally conscious design of a research facility on the edge of the rainforest in Madagascar. The firm has also taken on…

As part of this year’s Athena Awards, The Buffalo News (publisher of Buffalo Magazine) has the honor of naming the first-ever [BN]spired winner, an award given to a local “Say Yes” college scholarship recipient who has achieved the highest levels of academic, community and personal success. The winner is Danielle E. Burruss, a junior Public Communications major at…