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For many in Western New York, biking is a warm-whether activity, something you do to enjoy summer vibes whether pedaling to work or strapping on your Bern helmet for a casual weekend cruise along the waterfront. But for a region that has made long-overdue improvements to its implementation of biking infrastructure and support of cycling culture over the past 10 years, l…

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Each Labor Day weekend, people travel from across the nation – and beyond – to experience the National Buffalo Chicken Wing Festival at Sahlen Field. The best of the best from across the Buffalo area, and even vendors from across the pond, come together to deliver some of the most unique flavors and delicious originals to festivalgoers. As you’re filling your stomach wi…

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Some names we know from history class, others we have seen high atop buildings and many more are attached to our streets and schools. These are some of the people who have been Buffalo's "History Makers," now featured in an exhibit at the Buffalo History Museum (One Museum Court). The 20 figures included in the exhibition are an eclectic mix: presidents from Buffalo (Gr…

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On July 12, the New York Times published an article called "Move Over, Therapy Dogs. Hello, Therapy Cows." in which the writer visited Mountain Horse Farm in the Finger Lakes region. It's a bed and breakfast recently making the media circuit for its unusual (and adorable) therapy practice involving cuddling with massive, soft, fluffy cows. When The News reached out to o…

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It's fair time. The 180th Erie County Fair returns Aug. 7 and runs through Aug. 18 at the Hamburg Fairgrounds (5600 McKinley Parkway) so we've pulled together information you will need on gate times, discounts, rides and what you can/can't bring. Hours The fair opens at noon Aug. 7. For other days, gates are open 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., buildings from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. an…

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What’s 80-feet tall and double the fun of a Ferris wheel? A double Ferris wheel, of course, and the Erie County Fair has one. The towering Sky Wheel is one of the most talked-about "new" attractions to check out at the 180th Erie County Fair, held from Aug. 7 to 18 at the Hamburg Fairgrounds. OK, Sky Wheel isn't quite new since it debuted at the Fair in 1963 where it…

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Tifft Nature Preserve is trying to destigmatize insects with its 9th annual summer festival, Insectival, on Aug. 4. "We find that educating people on things they might find scary or not like is the way to change people's opinions and attitudes," said Meghan Dye, director of Tifft Nature Preserve. At Insectival, insects are collected, studied and yes, eaten. If it sou…

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When then-Pilot Field opened its gates on April 14, 1988, it not only debuted a premier downtown park that would influence the design and direction of professional parks in the decades that followed. It also established a summertime destination that connected locals and visitors alike to the ethos of the city—one often defined by sports fandom, frothy brews and culinary…

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Since 1986, Kingdom Bound, the yearly Christian music festival launched by the late concert promoter Fred Caserta and area musician Michael Caputy, has made the Darien Lake Amphitheater and theme park a gathering point for fans of the genre. Now widely regarded as one of the biggest annual festivals of its type, the fest returns to its home venue for four days of music,…

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One of my favorite ways to enjoy summertime in Buffalo is lacing up my hiking boots and hitting the trail. Within 90 minutes of downtown Buffalo, there are numerous hiking destinations fit for hikers of all levels of experience. From craggy ridges to swampy marshes and cascading waterfalls, Buffalo's diverse geology offers outdoor enthusiasts with a myriad of options fo…

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There’s something to be said for those long, lazy days of summer — luxuriating in the feel of long-craved sunshine on your skin, soaking in the crackle and pop of a backyard fire pit, relaxing the hectic pace of life for a few months. Sometimes, however, you can’t beat the rush of adrenaline that comes with challenging yourself to take on new adventures. The relaxing ca…

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Going to eat somewhere outside, like one of those patios draped in string lights with candles on the tables, is great, but likely expensive. Cooking at home, while also great, can be time-consuming, hot and requires too much cleanup. Grabbing fruit, a block of cheese, crackers and wine is neither costly nor laborious, but combines the best of both worlds. We dragg…

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There's an ample contingent that welcomes summer months as a time for laid-back ease, with days and nights best spent with no agenda, no concerns and no care for the constraints that clamp down throughout the region's less idyllic months. This may sound lazy to some. To others — such as the late English banker, scientist and scholar Sir John Lubbock — it's entirely purp…

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#Picnic has 6,265,314 posts on Instagram. The outdoor arrangement of blankets, baskets and food has been popular for centuries. The Atlantic wrote that picnics arose during the period of romanticism immediately following the Industrial Revolution. Apparently, picnics used to be more popular back then, although six million Instagram photos might beg to differ. Around …