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Skating Athletes Bold at Heart. Those five words give the ideal introduction to the SABAH program. From sequins to smiles, SABAH cherishes its well-known commodity for those who think that differences are meant to be embraced and compassion is a virtue.For those unfamiliar with SABAH, it can be defined as a recreational therapeutic program for individuals with disabilities…

The rutabaga does not woo the eater with a sweet disposition or a pretty exterior. The cannonball-sized tuber is usually carrying a coat of wax, which improves its storage life but not its curb appeal.A cross between the cabbage and the turnip, the rutabaga owes its appeal across Europe to its storage life. Scots, Scandinavians and Russians alike long ago learned to apprec…

As I swallowed another spoonful of bird spit soup, I wondered, not for the first time, about what makes people prize one dish above all others.Take this soup, for instance. Properly known as bird’s nest soup, it’s been a prized delicacy in China and among Chinese people for 1,200 years. The best nests were reserved as gifts for emperors and empresses, who ruled China a…

Several personalities are taking a major plunge, to their own surprise as well as others’.In January, Fox tried a celebrity diving special that – pardon the phrase – tanked, but ABC is forging ahead with a weekly variation. Premiering at 8 tonight, “Splash” is to diving what “Dancing With the Stars” has been to another pursuit, as several famous faces attempt…

Step right upCrowds of Buffalonians, carrying yardsticks and beers. It can mean only one thing: the Home Show. This year’s show in the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center was full of magic and mystery. What was skydiving doing there? Maybe they figured you could land on someone’s home. The Shen Yun Chinese dance exhibit – what would a Home Show be without dance? – b…

And so there will be a “Veronica Mars” movie, because on Wednesday some 30,000 fans (and counting) pledged $2 million (and counting) via Kickstarter, the popular crowd-funding website, to make it so.I very much liked the show, which was created by Rob Thomas (“Party Down”) and starred Kristen Bell as a teenage girl detective in fictional, coastal Neptune, Calif. (I…

Many taxpayers think that getting a federal refund is a big deal. They look forward to it all year.It’s the largest lump sum lots of people receive, according to the American Tax and Financial Center at TurboTax, the tax software company.Last year, the average federal tax refund was about $2,800, about $100 less than in 2011, according to the Internal Revenue Service. In…

If you’ve bought a home, you might be tempted to tackle what in many cases is that looming six-figure mortgage and pay it off in less than three decades.But retiring your mortgage early doesn’t always make the best financial sense, experts say. Especially when mortgage rates are at near-record lows.“From a logical and pure financial standpoint, it would make the most…

Samuel Langhorne Clemens – Mark Twain – spent just 18 months of his 74 years in Buffalo.But what a tumultuous year-and-a-half it was.Twain arrived in Buffalo in mid-August 1869 as a bachelor and left as a married man with an infant son.He arrived as an enthusiastic co-editor and co-owner of a newspaper and left as a man who would never practice journalism again.Twain…

Mary Kay Heneghan calls it the journey of Irish dance, the path taken by the high-stepping students of Rince Na Tiarna. Many of her dancers begin lessons at age 4 learning in Gaelic to count the steps they will perform on stage. Heneghan, 46, started Rince Na Tiarna 27 years ago, taking its name from a Gaelic phrase that means “Lord of the Dance.”Each week Heneghan tea…

Buffalo real estate broker Cristen Gregory learned early that vegetables could become the focal point of a tasty meal. That's what happens when your parents favor a European diet.“The main emphasis of the meal was never meat,” said Gregory, a Toronto native and vegetarian whose business card, unsurprisingly, is green.For lifetime veggie lovers like her, it's easier to …

As a little girl, I matched love with stories. Into the world of books, where magic is the norm, two people overcome obstacles and then “live happily ever after.” When small, when that ending arrived, I wondered no more about what came next.As I grew up, I puzzled over the “after.”“What will we find to talk about?” George asks his father on the morning of his w…

Not long ago, while a few of the presidents of Buffalo’s collection of international Sister Cities got together to brainstorm, the head of the Kanazawa, Japan, group started to hum “La Vie en rose,” and suddenly it was settled. The song about how love makes life rosy would be the theme of next Friday’s 14th annual banquet tribute to Buffalo’s warm relationships w…

There are few modern comedy legends on the level of Bill Cosby. Known and beloved by practically all, he is everyone’s neighbor, everyone’s husband, everyone’s father. After all, he’s been making the American public laugh for almost five decades – it’s no wonder we feel like we know Bill Cosby and that he knows us. His performance Friday night in Kleinhans Musi…

Every morning as I walk half-asleep into the dark living room before sunrise to check the thermostat setting, I am startled by the cello case standing in front of me.This hard case on wheels recently replaced a soft-style one, and the cellist in the family has taken to storing it upright – empty and partially opened – smack in the middle of the room. Since the actual c…