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Scott Scanlon

Scott Scanlon, an award-winning reporter, is editor of WNY Refresh, which focuses on health, fitness, nutrition and family matters. A Western New York native, he is a graduate of the University at Buffalo and received his master's in history from Binghamton University.


Health and Fitness

A significant boost in law enforcement, fire and emergency service personnel will be present Thursday on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, but others who work or visit the campus need not be alarmed. The University at Buffalo Emergency Management Department – collaborating with local, state and federal emergency responders – plans a full-scale exercise that looks to e…

Health and Fitness

Sometimes, Denise Rodriguez gets to use a cellphone to play games or look at YouTube videos, but she’d rather be outside riding her bike or playing soccer. That’s why the 9-year-old was among a gaggle of kids holding lacrosse sticks and kicking soccer balls outside the Isaías González-Soto Branch Library Friday afternoon. About two dozen children were among the earli…

Health and Fitness

Robert Shanahan needed surgery only twice in his life coming into this year, once to remove his tonsils when he was young, the other more recently when he needed a stent to open one of his blood vessels. That changed in January, when his cardiologist discovered that his aortic valve had narrowed so badly it would need to be replaced. Shanahan and his wife, Patricia, …

Health and Fitness

Kelsey Gratien isn’t unusual in that she tends to post her best times in competitive running races, not training runs. “It's all of these people out there trying to push their body to the limits and other people out there cheering,” said the 32-year-old mother of three who lives in Amherst. “It's really cool to see that, and be part of it.” Gratien stands out because…

Business

Big Ditch Brewing Company released a small batch beer this week to give a nod to the 40th anniversary of Camp Good Days of Western New York. Good Day IPA features a twist on one of the brewery’s flagship beers, said Matt Kahn, Big Ditch co-founder and president. “We sort of took Hayburner and dry hopped it with some new hops, Eldorado and Azacca, which gives it sort …

Health and Fitness

A University at Buffalo-led telemedicine study that can provide lifesaving treatment of Hepatitis C to those recovering from drug addiction has shown such promise that it has expanded across New York State. Intravenous drug users put themselves at greater risk to contract Hepatitis C and HIV, two conditions that can be fatal if left untreated, and often are so focused o…

Business

One of the largest U.S. franchise holder in the Planet Fitness franchise chain celebrated the 100th grand opening of its newest “judgment free zone” Tuesday evening in Clarence. Connecticut-based ECP-PF Holdings Group Inc. opened its 12th franchise in the Buffalo-Rochester region last month in the vacant Tuesday Morning store in the Transitown Plaza, 4295 Transit Road. …

Business

An executive with Caris Life Sciences, the first company to offer comprehensive tumor molecular profiling to help personalize cancer treatments, will speak at 4 p.m. Thursday in the M&T Auditorium at the University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. Dr. David Spetzler, president and chief scientific officer with Caris, will talk about the …

Gusto

Williamsville is closing in on its first brewery of the new craft beer era. The brewing system was delivered and installed this week on a patch of land along Ellicott Creek that once was home to a blacksmith shop. Britesmith Brewing Company will open sometime in the fall. “That gives me until Dec. 20,” principal owner David Schutte said with a smile this week, as …

Food and Drink

Patricia McGowan raised four children before her husband, Al, lost a job in the tourism business and decided to buy a restaurant in the mid-1980s. McGowan, 84, has worked in the restaurant – which her husband playfully named Al-E-Oops – almost every day since. “She has been the reason this staple of Lancaster runs so smoothly,” said her granddaughter, Kate Glaser. …

Local News

Antoinette Steinbarth has had nearly 19 years to think about the day her husband jumped off the Skyway to his death. She knew her husband, Andy, had bipolar disorder, but it was largely under control. The young couple had just spent a great weekend together – the happiest they’d had in months. She thought nothing of letting him take the family car to work instead of dri…

Business

Robert Ganley last played golf at Park Country Club at an invitational tournament on Aug. 10, 2003. He hasn’t had much time, he said – not to boast, but by way of explanation. Ganley has been global CEO since 2003 of Ivoclar Vivadent, a company with roots in Buffalo that has become the world leader in aesthetic dentistry. The only exercise he’s managed to squeeze …

Local News

The Buffalo Police Department Neighborhood Engagement Team and Police Commissioner Byron C. Lockwood will take their offices to the streets next week. Lockwood and fellow officers ask city residents to share concerns with them during a gathering from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday at Theodore and Block streets in the Schiller Park neighborhood. There will be a complimen…

Crime

A Washington, D.C. man visiting the region was charged Thursday with boating while intoxicated after a collision on the edge of Chautauqua Lake. Chautauqua County sheriff’s navigation patrol deputies responded shortly after 2 p.m. to the Sports Club Dock at the Chautauqua Institute and learned that Matthew G. Lockwood, 42, was operating a vessel southbound through the d…

Health and Fitness

Daniel Pacana started taking painkillers 20 years ago after a bike crash and has spent most of the time since addicted to opiates. He’s looked forward to this weekend, when he makes a story in The Buffalo News for something besides being arrested. Pacana, 38, director of program development for Buffalo Adult and Teen Challenge, is organizing a golf tournament this month…