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Caregivers for those with dementia tend to experience isolation, a loss of sense of self, and a lack of time for other relationships and activities. Grief and guilt can come with such an unwelcome change, and family issues can arrive when family members disagree over care and end-of-life planning. As crushing as all of this can be, caregivers in the LGBTQ community ofte…

The Independent Health Foundation encourages children and families to register for this year’s Kids Run, which will take place at 9 a.m., June 3, in Delaware Park, near the corner of Colvin Boulevard and Amherst Street. The 29th annual event – which is free – aims to promote positive healthy changes and behaviors in the community, one family at a time. It will inc…

City of Tonawanda police officers and Buffalo Bills alumni have raised almost $10,500 for the family of a 3-year-old Town of Tonawanda boy battling mitochondrial disease. Ethan Ashcroft, the grandson of Tonawanda Police Detective Joseph Scarpena, was recently diagnosed with the chronic, incurable and rare illness. The money raised will help to defray medical costs fo…

WWE LIVE Summerslam Heatwave Tour is set to roll through town at 7:30 p.m. July 28 in the KeyBank Center (One Seymour H. Knox III Plaza). The summer string of dates will include appearances by WWE stars Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose, Bray Wyatt, Alexa Bliss, The Hardy Boyz, Finn Balor, Bayley, Enzo Amore & Big Cass, Cesaro and Sheamus. It all leads towar…

The weather could be better but it will continue to look more like summer this week when it comes to the top health, fitness, nutrition and family events in the region. To see this week’s complete calendar, click here. MONDAY Slow Roll Buffalo: Meet at 5:30 p.m., roll at 6:30 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Park, East Parade Avenue. Roughly 10-mile guided ride for all…

Turns out you didn’t have to watch the Buffalo Bills and Sabres to have experienced the disappointment of recent seasons. You could have just listened. “It definitely is painful,” said Patrick J. Engasser, who hasn’t let his blindness stop him from becoming a big – and eternally hopeful – fan of his hometown teams. Over the years, he’s counted on radio …

Most people only get to read the children's classic "Little House in the Big Woods." Here in Western New York, we get to live it. What a joy to unplug, and to head to Allegany State Park, near Salamanca in the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains. (Yes, the spellings are different. Isn't life around here fun?) The largest state park in New York State, Allegany has a…

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 submission…

Dozens of SUNY Buffalo State students in recent months have joined people with intellectual or developmental disabilities to walk the campus, grab lunch or take in a movie. This weekend, they'll play flag football. It's all part of the Buff State Best Buddies program, established more than a decade ago to include the differently abled in activities with students. Canisi…

The Scottsville Information Center on the State Thruway opened this week. The center – located eastbound between Rochester exits 46 and 47 – is the only stand-alone information center on the Thruway. It sits in the former Livingston County Park House near rest area businesses. Seasoned staff members provide information on destinations, accommodations and attracti…

The Fourth of July is still two months away, but Cheektowaga officials are already planning the annual Independence Day parade. "The Independence Day parade is synonymous with Cheektowaga," said Town Supervisor Diane Benczkowski. "We are thankful for our past participants and have already reached out to them to take part once again, but we are also seeking new bands, gr…

It's beginning to look a little bit like summer. Two festivals, the first Slow Roll of the season and Downtown Wellness Walks 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. MONDAY Cherry Blossom Festival: 430 to 6:30 p.m. Campus House Cher…

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 submission…

Thousands of families and local business leaders will join forces Sunday at Canalside for the March for Babies, the nation’s oldest fundraising walk, which helps the March of Dimes support newborns, including the most vulnerable, across Western New York. Those interested can sign up at marchforbabies.org. to start a team with co-workers, family or friends; or make …