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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…

The Explore & More Children’s Museum isn’t scheduled to open at Canalside until next summer but the museum aims to make its presence felt at both its current site in the Southtowns and on the Buffalo waterfront. Free Family Fun Fridays will take place at Canalside and Wander the World Wednesday (WOWs) at the museum, 300 Gleed Ave., East Aurora. Both will stre…

Orchard Park Central students can thank Bono for an extra day of summer vacation. The Orchard Park Central School District decided to postpone the first day of school from Tuesday, Sept. 5 to Sept. 6 because of extra traffic expected in the town for the U2 concert at New Era Field, which is scheduled at 7:30 p.m. "On the first day of school, transportation is usually…

Westermeier Martin Dental Care will provide free dental care at its East Aurora office on June 16. Dentistry from the Heart, which will provide basic dental care to low-income families on a walk-in basis, will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 950 Main St. Children under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Those who plan to seek dental care are asked to br…

Getting a paper chain to stretch almost 2 miles from Eggert Elementary to South Davis Elementary in Orchard Park presented some logistical challenges, so the celebration had to happen in another way. More than 800 kids from the two schools gathered Monday at The Hub in Hamburg to celebrate the more than 10,000 acts of kindness they performed through the Rachel’s Chal…

Terri Rozewicz wanted her 14-year-old daughter, Sam, to get out on the lake and get some fresh air. It was the first time being in a kayak for Sam, who has Asperger's syndrome, and even the video game enthusiast had to admit in the end it was "pretty fun." Taylor Dunford, who is 17 and on the autism spectrum, went kayaking when she was a little girl. So the chance t…

Team River Runner's local chapter has been practicing adaptive kayaking, first on dry land, then at a local high school pool. Sunday the group is ready for open water, and is inviting members of the public who might want to take part in the activity to go to Green Lake in Orchard Park. The kayak, paddles and life jacket will be provided from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the …

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 …

Children don't leave bullying and poor behavior behind at school when summer comes. It follows them to the playground and summer recreation programs. It can be pushing and shoving, even spitting, or not including a peer in the lunch group. Last year, one of the campers in an Orchard Park Recreation day camp made a video criticizing a counselor, and showed it to other…

The Orchard Park man accused of using a stun gun and chasing a driver was arrested a second time in connection with another incident, town police said. Police executed a warrant Thursday evening and arrested Michael Overton, 18, on charges of second-degree menacing, fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon and endangering the welfare of a child. At about 4 p.m.…

A household hazardous waste drop-off will be held June 3 at Erie Community College's South Campus in Orchard Park. Items may be brought for free, proper disposal. There is a two-gallon limit on pesticides, fertilizers, pool and household chemicals/cleaners, paint thinner, stripper and solvents. There is a 10-gallon limit on oil-based paints, spray cans, oil, gasolin…

Dennis J. Kulczyk had hoped to become an electrician after graduating from Boys Vocational High School back in the early 1960s, but jobs were few in his trade. So he instead worked at N.L. Kaplan, one of Buffalo's biggest furriers. His duties included picking up fur coats for summer storage and placing them in a sprawling refrigerated vault inside a downtown Perry Stree…

A 26-year-old Town of Boston woman faces numerous charges after Orchard Park police say she drove off the road, over a guardrail and two mailboxes, through a traffic sign and into a ditch before knocking down a utility pole Saturday in Orchard Park. Officers said Ashley McNamara was uninjured in the crash that left nearby homes without power Saturday afternoon. Damages …

The Orchard Park Town Board has put the brakes on any new private parking facilities springing up near New Era Field. Board members unanimously approved Wednesday a local law that places a moratorium on the expansion of parking facilities within a mile of the Buffalo Bills stadium, formerly known as Ralph Wilson Stadium. For decades, some homeowners around the stadiu…