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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…

Drawings of what Hamburg's west end and Lake Street corridor could look like will be on display Tuesday, June 27. An open house will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Hamburg Volunteer Fire Department, 301 Union St. Billed as "Underutilized Sites Strategy," the initiative is to create opportunities for repurposing and redeveloping underutilized Hamburg …

Hamburg Central maintenance and clerical workers and the school district have agreed to contracts with annual pay increases of 2.5 percent. The three-year pact with the 57-member Local 200, Service Employees International Union, which represents maintenance workers, also addresses the use of personal time and vacation scheduling. It provides two additional days of berea…

Banh mi sliders, churrasco and mapo burgers, veggie and lamb burgers: It almost doesn't sound like BurgerFest. This year's BurgerFest in the Village of Hamburg will feature intriguing ethnic twists from food trucks, but there still will be plenty of traditional beef burgers at the festival, from 11:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. July 15 on Main and Buffalo streets and in the mu…

Frontier Central School Board members approved a 2 percent raise for Superintendent Bret Apthorpe Tuesday night, the first raise he's had in two years. Apthorpe was given a three-year contract when he was hired in 2014. The following year the board extended his contract and gave him a raise, while last year the board did not increase the superintendent's salary or exten…

A Hamburg man was assigned Thursday to the state prison system's boot camp-like "shock incarceration" program for his role in a 2016 burglary on Brayley Road in Porter. Patrick M. Stevens, 24, of South Park Avenue, had pleaded guilty to third-degree burglary in connection with the Feb. 15, 2016 break-in. He will serve one to three years in a regular cell if he doesn…

Hamburg's therapeutic pool is in good condition, according to an engineering report, but senior citizens who use the pool in the Iris Apartments say it is too small. The pool's size was not reviewed in the report, but some seniors say it is crowded during some exercise sessions. The Town Board voted in 2015 to borrow money for a new pool at the senior center, but last y…

Town of Hamburg highway superintendent candidate Ted Casey accused the office's incumbent of placing political signs at work sites and asked that they be removed. Casey spoke at Monday's Town Board meeting, and referred to Highway Superintendent Tom Best Sr., who is running for reelection, as the "current, but outgoing" superintendent in questioning the appropriateness …

WNY Refresh will publish its annual cover story about outdoor summer fitness June 24. It will include a listing of related daily, weekly and special events.. Those planning such events who would like to be included in the listing should email the following information to refresh@buffnews.com by June 19: Name of the event, a short description of the fitness or family act…

A Slow Roll that starts in Larkinville, family help with addiction, and the introduction of yoga at the Elmwood Village Farmers Market are among WNY Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family events in the region. MONDAY Slow Roll: Riders gather at 5:30 p.m. and ride starts at 6 sharp on Monday at Larkin Square, 745 Seneca…

A downed power line has left 4,731 customers – 3,870 of them in the Town of Hamburg – without power Sunday afternoon, according to NYSEG. The outage also affects 853 customers in the Village of Hamburg, seven in West Seneca and one customer in Orchard Park. Power to all of the affected customers was expected to be restored by 4:15 p.m. Sunday, according to NYSEG.

Easton Jordan has seen Lauren Walier only twice, but she already has made a powerful impression. When the two spoke last month, 5-year-old Easton showed Walier a video of him using his walker without a sling to hold himself up – one of his latest milestones. "He continually tells people, 'One day, I won't need a wheelchair. I won't need a walker. I will run across …

The Erie County District Attorney's Office found no evidence of a bribe being offered in connection with a Toronto developer's proposed Hamburg sports complex. "The district attorney’s office has determined that there is no credible evidence of a bribe, an attempted bribe or any other inducement to commit an unlawful act," the office said in a written statement. Ma…