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Tobogganing at Chestnut Ridge was on our initial list of 100 Things. We couldn't get to it until now. One reason was that it was tough to get the timing right. The chutes are open only on weekends. The hill must be groomed. You need a firm layer of snow. The other reason was ... well, stand under the toboggan chute and look up. It's a daunting sight. "Everybody re…

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Ah, the memories of 2016. Being yelled at through a bullhorn at Attica State Prison. Riding the Viper at Darien Lake five times in a row, upside down and screaming. And, most shockingly, going to the Porter Cup in Lewiston, and enjoying it. All my life, I had laughed over this quote by the legendary newspaperman H.L. Mencken: "I would never trust a man guilty of g…

  An evening indoors will benefit Chestnut Ridge Park. The Chestnut Ridge Park Conservancy is hosting its fourth annual gala starting at 6 p.m. Saturday at Orchard Park Country Club. Paintings by renowned artists will be included in a silent auction. The Raymond A. Fabiniak Guardian Award will be presented to Justine LeFauve, a founding trustee of the Conservancy.…