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Youth groups from Western New York left early last Monday morning to meet with teens from all over New York State at the 2013 Albany Youth Leadership Forum, held by the Association of New York State Youth Bureaus. After a six-hour bus ride, Western New York teens arrived at the Capitol and first listened to keynote speaker Dr. Stephen Birchak. He spoke about making choices…

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“Undecided” is one of the most common majors declared by students in their sophomore year of college. These students may simply not want to commit to a major or have absolutely no idea what they want to pursue for the rest of their lives. Few students have a very specific idea of the field they will pursue in college, and even fewer stick with that original idea as they mo…

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If you love tangerines but could do without all the seeds, consider the tangelo.Tangelos were discovered in Southeast Asia some 3,000 years ago, thought to be the product of accidental cross-breeding between tangerines and pomelos, the plus-size cousin of the grapefruit. With relatively few seeds, the citrus fruit was not as fleshy as its progenitors but prized for its vib…

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The “what” of Burger Bowl 2013 will be instantly familiar to anyone who has watched cooking competition shows like “Iron Chef.”Eight teams, cooking two at a time, will race against the clock Saturday to make the best burger. Teammates have 45 minutes to make the most delicious meat patty possible, using a charcoal grill, smoker, griddle, deep-fryer or anything else in the …

Romance, Buffalo-styleIf Trader Joe's wants to cut it here, they should study Camillo's Sloan Supermarket. The little corner store that had a Valentine's Day Sweetheart Special – for $20, you got dinner for two including two 8-ounce strip steaks, a bag of shrimp, two 3-ounce lobster tails, salad, two twice-baked potatoes and two packaged cookies 'n' cream pie. On Feb. 13, …

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It is just so alarming!Out of the blue, blood starts pouring out of somebody’s nose. A Kleenex turns crimson. A paper towel gets soaked. Ten minutes later, panic takes over. It’s still bleeding. It’s a mess! It’s a catastrophe!It’s normal.The good news about nosebleeds is that they’re almost always nothing but a nuisance. Dr. Richard Dudrak, medical director of Urgent Care…

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Paying taxes is painful enough. Figuring out how much you owe can only add to your misery.But filing your income taxes doesn’t have to be excruciating – or costly. Tax software can take a lot of the uncertainty out of a tax system that can be far too complex and intimidating for taxpayers with fairly run-of-the-mill finances.Tax software walks you through an interview proc…

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For many people living paycheck-to-paycheck, a big, fat federal income tax refund just cannot arrive soon enough.This season’s tax refunds, though, are going to be one week late because the Internal Revenue Service couldn’t begin processing the vast majority of returns until Jan. 30. Blame Washington for dragging out the “fiscal cliff” debate and tinkering too long with th…

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Diana Macaluso styles hair in creative ways. A photograph of one of Macaluso’s more exotic creations – she called the design Maneater – earned a place on the January cover of Modern Salon magazine. Not bad for a 28-year-old dynamo who grew up wanting to be a dancer.A member of the Clarence High School Class of 2002, Macaluso started dance lessons at age 7, but after an aut…

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A tea revolution is brewing.You can hear it in the pots burbling away at Teavana, a specialty tea shop in the Walden Galleria.You see it at restaurants. Serene Gardens, on Grand Island, boasts: “Our Premium Japanese Green Tea comes from the Kyoto Obubu Tea Plantations.”You can sense it in the wider variety of teas crowding the shelves of supermarkets.And, of course, you ca…

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Three generations of women gathered one recent afternoon in a Hamlin Park home to share their personal stories of growth. They are all members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, the largest African-American organization for women in the country. This year marks 100 years of community service for the group that started on the campus of Howard University in 1913 with 22 young wo…

Only a few years ago the topic “ecological landscaping” would have elicited eye-rolling or skeptical sighs among many in the landscape community. But a week ago it was the focus of education day for the CNLPs (Certified Nursery & Landscape Professionals) of our region. Lynda H. Schneekloth, professor emerita and director of landscape in the Urban Design Project at the Univ…

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Sky-high stilettos are a given on fashion runways, but something more down to earth showed up during New York Fashion Week. Flats! Certainly not in every show – nor with every outfit – but flats (mostly pointy) or lower kitten heels could be found on catwalks during the Fall 2013 collections.Other trends that emerged during the eight-day previews, which ended Thursday: Pep…

It’s the first Monday back, and your teacher is asking people what they did over winter break. You sink in your seat, hoping that you’ll slide under the radar, but to no avail. You’re called on. You flush and stutter and say something about doing your homework, while other kids snicker with their cinnamon-colored tans. Don’t be that guy (or girl). There are a lot of fun wa…

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Valentine’s Day often causes a lot of thought for teens. For those who are single: When will I find “the one?” For those in relationships: Is this “the one?” That was never a question for Patricia and Larry (Herby) Herr of West Seneca. When Patricia was 15 years old and Herby was 19, the two met and started dating. Although Herby was Pat’s first boyfriend, they got married…