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Most teenagers have hobbies outside of school, but 16-year-old Joshua Fraass is one of the few who has managed to turn his passion into profit.Joshua, a junior at St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute, has been interested in art and design since he was young, and over the past few years has started to make home and décor items to sell at local craft shows. He is currently prep…

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As the middle of five siblings, Shandra Spicer grew up watching her mother cook for their family of seven.Besides things like bacon and eggs for the kids, Sandra Roberson took care of the black bass, perch and catfish her husband Willie Roberson Sr. brought home from fishing excursions. “Dad would bring it home and she would fillet it and fry it up for us,” said Spicer, Th…

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Parsnips are a quintessential cold weather vegetable. They look like carrots but are white and somewhat sweeter, characteristically starchy with a hint of citrus.Like many of the tastiest foodstuffs, parsnips were once a staple among the poor in Italy and elsewhere in Europe. When the potato came from the New World and disseminated throughout the Continent, parsnips fell o…

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The only time the small, reddish, mixed-breed dog named Teddy wears a leash these days is to go for walks with his new owner, Ann Murphy of North Tonawanda. That’s a big change for Teddy, who spent the first 21 months of his life tethered by a cable to a ramshackle box outside a house in rural Ohio. “It took a village to save this one little dog from Harrison County, Ohio,…

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By Dr. Howard LeWine / Harvard Health Letters

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Mon, Nov 19, 2012

Red meat isn’t just a type of food – it’s a deep-rooted part of our culture. Many of us were raised at a time when no dinner was complete without a hearty portion of meat and potatoes. Every July 4th, we fill our grills with hot dogs and hamburgers, and from November through New Year’s, meat is often the centerpiece of holiday meals.Though we may love the taste of bratwurs…

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If you’re serving cocktails at your holiday party or gathering, and one of your guests gets into an accident driving drunk, you could be held responsible.There are easy ways to limit your risk and create a safer environment for your friends and family. The Insurance Information Institute, an insurance group, has these tips:• Check how much coverage your homeowners policy i…

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Are you ready for Black Friday?While the traditional start to the holiday shopping season is pushing into Thanksgiving this year, with stores like Sears, Walmart and Target launching their door-buster specials on Thursday, savvy shoppers can snag deals even sooner. And with the inevitable crunch of shoppers crowding store aisles and limited supplies of some of the sweetest…

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Right about now, in keeping with time-hallowed practices of past years, I’m supposed to warn you to throw out your old spices.Food writers have Thanksgiving traditions too.But a funny thing happened on the way to the trash bin. An office conversation about the oldest spices in our cupboards led to wondering what our readers would say. What if we asked for the stories of th…

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Dr. Myron Glick founded Jericho Road Family Practice on the city’s Lower West Side with his wife, Joyce, in 1997. They were drawn to Buffalo by the area’s growing refugee population and the critical need for medical care. In 2003, Jericho Road Ministries was created to address the community’s nonmedical needs.Born in Lancaster, Pa., Glick was raised in a family of missiona…

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If you’ve ever witnessed an extended Bruce Springsteen guitar solo in concert and realized it was as much exorcism as celebration; if you’ve been flabbergasted by folks who treat a subdued, introspective in-concert rendering of “Mansion On the Hill” as an opportunity to talk loudly or head to the refreshment stand for yet another beer; if you realize that the late career, …

The word is out: The Knox Summer Estate at Knox Farm State Park outside East Aurora has been chosen as the 2013 Decorators’ Show House, The Buffalo News and the Junior League of Buffalo announced this week.The 14,400-square-foot home has 26 rooms, and by the time the doors open to the public next spring, more than 50 spaces, including closets and nooks, will be decorated.T…

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Step inside Todd Belfield’s home, and you know you’re in a different place – possibly even a different time. Housed upstairs in a former 1850s gristmill north of Medina, the loft features 150-year-old wood floors, a mix of midcentury furniture and antiques and a high ceiling so unusual, it takes a hint from the host that it’s constructed from metal roofing.The exterior wal…

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The “New” WJYE-FM 96.1 has a fresh voice in the morning, the latest in a series of personnel and programing shifts by station executives, who hope to appeal to a younger audience.Laura Daniels, 37, brings 15 years of experience to the morning show. Originally from Jamestown, Daniels spent 15 years in Albany, hosting the morning show on WYJB-FM 95.5 since November 2006. She…

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By Emma Retzlaff / NeXt Correspondent

Wed, Nov 14, 2012

What is a great way to see the coast of Maine, the mysterious sights of Europe and all the wonders of our great nation? By bicycle, of course.A Buffalo company called Teen Treks realized this several years ago and has been changing the lives of teens ever since.For the past 13 summers, Teen Treks has been providing teens with fun adventures.Cliff Madell started Teen Treks …

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Bounded by India, Bangladesh, China and Thailand, the nation of Burma has been one of the lesser understood crossroads of Asian cuisine.After traveling, eating and cooking in Burma for more than 30 years, Naomi Duguid has produced a work that transcends cookbook status. “Burma: Rivers of Flavor” serves as an incisive primer to a complicated, vibrant nation and its deliciou…