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Few people start to seriously about gender inequality, poverty and homelessness at age 6. Muskan Virk is a rare exception. It helps explain why the now 10-year-old, from Vancouver, B.C., has embarked on a tour to promote her first book, “365 Days of Gratitude: My Attitude of Gratitude.” “She is a very special young lady,” said Jill O’Hara, a holistic health…

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…

May 17, 1925 – June 20, 2017 James J. Dorscheid of Lancaster, a retired purchasing agent active in Infant of Prague Catholic Church, died Tuesday in ElderWood Health Care at Lancaster. He was 92. Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of South Park High School and served in the Army during the Korean War. Mr. Dorscheid worked as a purchasing agent at Hewitt Robbins …

June 19, 1935 – May 31, 2017 June E. Underkofler, who directed a nursery school in Lancaster for 25 years, died May 31 in St. Luke’s Hospital, St. Louis, Mo., from complications of sudden onset pneumonia. She was 81. Born in Buffalo, the former June Elizabeth Farr was a 1953 graduate of Mount Mercy Academy and attended the University of Buffalo. In recent years, …

Ecology & Environment's third-quarter profits jumped 44 percent as the Lancaster-based environmental services firm's cost-cutting efforts and sharply lower income tax expenses offset a 4 percent drop in sales. E&E said it earned $252,000, or 6 cents per share, during the quarter that ended in April, up from $175,000, or 4 cents per share, a year ago. While th…

Lancaster village residents soon will be walking proud on safer sidewalks, thanks to a $380,000 federal grant that will help improve visibility and traffic signals at intersections, said Mayor William C. Schroeder. The contract has been awarded to Occhino Paving Corp. of West Seneca, one of two companies that bid on the project. Funding for the Transportation Alterna…

Interesting things happened to Joel Solly after he joined and helped establish an indoor air cleaning company in 1993 and spent a couple of years perfecting how to clean ventilation ducts without using harsh chemicals. He found out the same proprietary tea tree oil blend he developed for Indoor Air Professionals made a great air purifying gel, spray and wipes for use on…

Patrick Hall has learned during his fitness career to give the people what they want. In his most recent reincarnation of Hybrid Fitness, that means Ninja Warrior obstacle courses for kids. Three years ago, Hall converted his downtown gym into a Ninja Warrior training center after he appeared on the fifth season of the popular “American Ninja Warrior” TV series. He …

A Lancaster woman is accused of drunken driving early Saturday in the City of Tonawanda after she was stopped for allegedly speeding and talking on her cellphone, police said Monday. Jaquelyn J. Schiefer, 35, was pulled over about 12:30 a.m. on Delaware Street, Police Capt. Fredric Foels said in a news release. Schiefer was charged with aggravated DWI after her bl…

Therapeutic nutrition intervention for the prevention and treatment of breast cancer will be the topic of a free Breast Cancer Network of Western New York educational seminar at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the network’s center, 3297 Walden Ave. in Depew. The seminar will feature Mary Jo Parker, a registered dietitian nutritionist, nutrition therapist and consultant. It w…

Following is a weekly listing of upcoming public events for those interested in health, fitness, nutrition and family support. The Buffalo News is now accepting more community events than ever for an expanded online calendar. If you would like your event included, submit the information two weeks in advance online at BuffaloNews.com/submit. Mail, fax and email submission…

One issue has emerged early as a priority as the Town of Lancaster and villages of Lancaster and Depew set out to develop a joint comprehensive plan – traffic. "We have a lot of it in Lancaster and not necessarily the fastest routes to get people where they need to be," Councilman John Abraham Jr. said. Public input on traffic and other issues is welcome during an …

Trees. Utility poles. Mailboxes. All have been struck by errant motorists – sometimes repeatedly – in recent years on an S-curve of Bowen Road in the Town of Lancaster, according to residents. Several residents of the 3700 block of Bowen, between William Street and Broadway, told the Town Board on Monday they're concerned for pedestrians heading to nearby Como La…