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City Hallways (July 26): Summer break is not just for students

Out for recess

Tuesday marked the last Common Council meeting until Sept. 5. Until then, city lawmakers will be on break.

Fillmore District Councilman David Franczyk shared with me that the concept of August recess dates as far back as Abraham Lincoln’s administration. D.C. summers would get so blistering hot – especially during August – that Congress just took off the whole month.

This was, of course, long before the air conditioning system was invented, so checking out of the nation’s capital during that time frame makes a lot of sense to me.

For one, D.C. is said to have been built on a swamp, and the weather is usually mad, crazy, sweltering hot in August. It’s not really a summer day there unless the temperature starts at 85 degrees before 9 a.m. and soars to 100 degrees with humidity by the afternoon. Beyond uncomfortable, the oppressive, sticky heat can be downright unbearable and unhealthy.

But thankfully, Buffalo summers are much, much kinder AND there’s such a thing as air conditioning.

Get out and get fit

Jump into summer fitness classes every Saturday through Sept. 2 at Martin Luther King Jr. Park.

The free classes are a mix of low and high impact dance and are held from 10 to 11 a.m.

No registration required. Check in near the tennis courts.

The activity is sponsored by Mayor Byron Brown and BlueCross BlueShield of Western New  York.

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