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1.6 million moved out of state in past decade

ALBANY -- A think tank reports that New Yorkers moving to other states in the last decade totaled more than the populations of Buffalo, Rochester, Yonkers, White Plains and West Babylon combined.

The Empire Center for New York State Policy found 1.6 million New York residents moved to other states between 2000 and 2010.

Percentagewise, that's the greatest loss of residents to other states than anywhere else in the nation.

While many New Yorkers continued to seek out hotter economies and warmer retirements, U.S. Census Bureau numbers show the state's population grew by 2 percent over the decade to 19.4 million. That was largely fueled by immigrants moving to New York City.

All eight Western New York counties lost residents to other states during the past decade: Erie County lost 46,514; Niagara County, 5,407; Allegany, 1,866; Cattaraugus, 5,386; Chautauqua, 6,051; Genesee, 1,401; Orleans, 2,253; and Wyoming, 2,012. See the report online at www.empirecenter.org

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'Kick-A-Thon' Thursday to benefit ALS fight

The Pride Martial Arts Academy will host its first annual "Kick-A-Thon" on Thursday to benefit those suffering from Amyotrophid Lateral Sclerosis, commonly known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.

Academy students will throw 50,000 kicks in an hour to help fund patient and family services at 6:30 p.m. in Williamsville Place Plaza, 5451 Sheridan Drive, Amherst. A cookout will follow.

The event is a companion to the "Walk to Defeat ALS" at 9 a.m. Saturday in Delaware Park.

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BrewFest will be held Friday at HSBC Arena

This year's Buffalo BrewFest will be held from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday in the pavilion and plaza of HSBC Arena.

The annual event is a fundraiser for Buffalo Hearing & Speech Center.

"We listened to many comments from people who attended Buffalo BrewFest in the past and really focused on making the experience better this year," said Joseph Cozzo, president and CEO of Buffalo Hearing & Speech Center.

Five thousand tickets will be sold to ensure that everyone attending gets a chance to sample some of the 100 microbrews. Admission is $35 and includes a souvenir sampling glass and 20 tickets to taste the specialty brews.

Presale tickets can be purchased for $25 at all area Consumers Beverages locations and at Tickets.com.

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Flying Knights to present radio-control model show

The Flying Knights of Hamburg will present their 30th annual radio-control model show Saturday and Sunday at the Hamburg Recreation Center on Lake View Road.

The show will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. The event benefits Camp Good Days and Special Times.

The Flying Knights have been presenting shows to families, area schools, Scouting groups and churches for more than 30 years.

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