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Susan G. Komen Upstate New York recently announced more than $200,000 in new community grants for Western New York efforts to help reduce current breast cancer deaths by 50 percent in the U.S. by 2026. Komen annually funds local projects to help meet critical community needs, including projects that provide breast cancer screening, diagnostic and treatment services and …

The Amherst Town Board next month could vote to borrow up to $255,000 to pay for improvements to Dann Lake Park in the town's northeast corner. It's the next step in the town's efforts to make it easier for people to fish, canoe or kayak on Dann Lake. http://buffalonews.com/2017/06/13/amherst-wants-make-easier-find-dann-lake-park/?utm_campaign=puma&utm_medium=social&…

The 37th running of the Subaru Buffalo 4-Mile Chase will start at 7 p.m. July 14 on Bidwell Parkway. Proceeds will benefit Erie County Medical Center and Police Athletic League of Buffalo. To register and for more info on the race and children’s run for those ages 5 to 10, visit buffalosubaruchase.com.

Weeks before Michael Brady died in March from an opiate overdose, he went to a local hospital emergency department seeking help for withdrawal symptoms. But the staff told the 25-year-old Lancaster man his condition was not severe enough to be admitted. It was the third time time he had been taken to the emergency department but then sent home. "The first time I brou…

For many Western New York families, the school year has ended and the weather – at least some days – has improved to the point that outdoor activities are welcome. Below are the top 10 outdoor fitness activities that adults – and in some cases kids – can enjoy in the region this week. A bonus: They're all free. MONDAY Splish Splash Summer Bash: 11:30 a.…

Erie County Youth Services will sponsor a free Summer Reading & Writing Camp. Dog Ears Bookstore, 688 Abbott Road in South Buffalo, will host the camp. The first installment, for 7- and 8-year-olds, will run daily from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 24 to 28. Others will take place July 31 to Aug. 4 for those 9 to 11; and Aug. 14 to 18 for students ages 12 and 13. Camps a…

Jason Mendola and his wife, Abbi, became interested in kayaking about a decade ago during a trip to Central America. “We were on an excursion in Guatemala. We were kayaking and wondered, ‘How come we’ve never done this at home?’ When I came back, I did what everybody else does: went to a sporting goods store, bought the cheapest boat imaginable, got out on the B…

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 event…

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…

One of the many tragic parts of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in late 2012 is that several of the 26 victims bled to death before emergency medical crews could get to them. It’s why a group of first responders and trauma care medical specialists, called the Hartford Consensus, recommended a federal effort to train the general public about how to help slow sev…

Michele Liddle is determined to show the world that the benefits of granola can vary considerably – and not only when it comes to nutrition. Liddle, an Orchard Park native who lives in suburban Rochester, a year ago launched her company, The Perfect Granola. It has steadily made its mark upstate, in bag and bar form, in more than 250 retailers, including Wegmans, D…

Even the way Steve Boyd met Mickey Osterreicher was unforgettable, and distinctly Buffalo. In 1989, Boyd was on his first day as a television reporter with Channel 7. He was a passenger in a car driven northbound by a cameraman on Interstate 190, through downtown. Boyd learned he'd been reassigned to a story about the nuclear waste dump in West Valley. Osterreicher was …

President Trump hasn't been able to lock down a travel ban, or repeal Obamacare, but he has succeeded in one area: changing school food. And local school cafeteria directors think Trump's moves to loosen Obama-era nutrition standards will encourage students to reject less of their lunches. "It doesn't put such a chokehold on the items that we can serve," said Sandy C…

Belly dancing, a new weekly Veggie Van workshop and a Slow Roll that launches Monday evening from The Buffalo News 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. Also, look online and in Saturday's print edition of WNY Refresh for our annual o…

A nonprofit group made up of public health directors and leaders across the region looks to raise awareness about the importance of childhood vaccines. “Vaccines are among the most successful and cost-effective public health tools available for preventing disease and death,” according to the Western New York Public Health Alliance. The alliance stresses immunizing c…