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George Smith has seen some monster snowfalls in Western New York. A little more than two years ago, when parts of the region received up to seven feet of snow in an almost unimaginable November storm, Smith stumbled and fell while walking across the back yard of his Southtowns home. Now in his 70s, he copes with stenosis of the spine, a degenerative condition. The snow …

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I feel like I'm always telling my kids things like "I used to do that when I was a little girl." or "I used to love that when I was little." I like when my kids like what I used to like. I'm not alone. When my 5-year-old recently announced that she wanted to play guitar, my husband began jumping for joy - in a cool musician kind of way. It's a great way to make memories…

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As long as I can remember, taking my kids ice skating has always been a favorite part of what can be a dreaded Buffalo winter. Once you lace up and bundle up, not much can beat it. You don't even have to be out there all that long. In fact the kids tire rather quickly. Still, there's something about that time on the ice. Your little sweetie doing her best to balance. Th…

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Jon Hitchcock glimpsed the Golden Snowball only once. In the early 2000s, he was a student volunteer with the National Weather Service in Buffalo. The famous trophy, at the time, was still a fixture in the office. Yet when Hitchcock returned a few years later to take a job as a full-time meteorologist, the snowball was gone. This morning, with almost 10 inches of new sn…

NIAGARA FALLS - As the temperatures are expected to drop dangerously next week, Niagara Falls Police Department Chief E. Bryan DalPorto and Mayor Paul A. Dyster are reaching out to make sure those in need are aware of city warming centers. Shelter sites include: Community Missions of the Niagara Frontier, 1590 Buffalo Ave., which is open 24 hours a day, seven days …

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[Update from Heart & Soul race director, 11:30 a.m., Feb. 13: "After careful consideration and planning with Buffalo PD, event organizers and our timing company, we have rescheduled our race for Saturday morning February 27th at 8:00am. Holding the race at 8:00am in the morning will allow runners who were planning to compete in the Ice Man 2-Miler to run both races and…