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The New York State Health Foundation has plowed about $150 million into efforts to improve health care across the Empire State during the last 11 years, including better primary care, more access to mental health services and programs that support post-9/11 veterans. Much of that money has been used to help treat chronic disease that crashed down on state residents, oft…

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Buffalonians think about Toronto as an adventurous way to spend a day off or even weekend; it's a massive metropolis with a breadth of different cultures, food and entertainment, it's less than two hours away, and the exchange rate is icing on the cake. But as Buffalo begins to make noise as a city on the rebound, Toronto media is suddenly more curious about progress so…

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In Blasdell, in the middle of a normal neighborhood, lies a gateway to the past. The serious past. We're not talking the 1970s. We mean the Middle Devonian Period -- a Tolkien-esque term for an era an astounding 380 million years ago in the Paleozoic Era. At that time, most of the state was covered by a shallow ocean. That means that every day in Western New York,…

Health and Fitness

Independent Health's Fitness in the Parks classes close out the summer season this week. Meanwhile, Canalside outdoor classes – presented by BlueCross Blue Shield of Western New York – will stretch into Labor Day weekend. All of these classes are free and all are welcome to participate. Below is a complete listing of remaining classes. * Independent Health classes…

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Make this a summer to remember by stepping outside your comfort zone. Skydiving is the classic dare. One option is WNY Skydiving, which operates out of the Pine Hill Airport, 4906 Pine Hill Road, Albion. Be brave and your instructors will take care of the rest. You should set aside an entire day for training and, ultimately, jumping. The cost is $219 a person, $199 a pe…

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It's "Jurassic Park." It's "Into the Woods." It's something you won't find anywhere else, that's for sure. The Griffis Sculpture Park, sprawled over about 400 acres between Ashford Hollow and East Otto, radiates weird dreaminess. Birds -- you think they're birds, anyway -- are ingeniously poised atop high sticks. You can see them from the road. You can also see a crowd …

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Officially, it's called the Gentner Commission Market. Affectionately, it's known as the Springville Auction. But no title could begin to do justice to this year-round Wednesday tradition. At the Springville Auction, you could imagine yourself back in 1939, when the market was organized by farmers Raymond Gentner and Norbert Kessler. Heck, you could imagine yourself …

Health and Fitness

Bike, family and outdoor fitness outings are among WNY Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family events in the region. To see this week’s complete calendar, click here. MONDAY Slow Roll Buffalo: Meet at 5:30 p.m., roll at 6:30 p.m., Kerns Avenue Bowling Center, 163 Kerns Ave.; also 7 p.m. Friday, Old Falls Street, Niagara…

Health and Fitness

Following is a weekly listing of upcoming public events for those interested in health, fitness, nutrition and family support. The Buffalo News is now accepting more community events than ever for an expanded online calendar. If you would like your event included, submit the information two weeks in advance online at BuffaloNews.com/submit. Mail, fax and email submissions…

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Lucille Ball had a dream. She envisioned a festival of contemporary comedy being held in her name. But the madcap heroine of "I Love Lucy" might not have imagined the scope of the annual Lucille Ball Comedy Festival, held annually since 1996 in Jamestown, where she was born on Aug. 6, 1911. The festival centers on the Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum, home to tons of "…

Lifestyles

Reddy Bike is offering a promotion through the rest of the biking season, which ends in November. Memberships are half price. The special is in honor of the bikes' one-year anniversary. Online at reddybikeshare.socialbicycles.com, use the promo code BUFFALOBYBIKE2017, and you will receive a 50 percent discount. Portland, Ore., is also celebrating a one-year annive…

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A Saturday paddle festival, two bike rides and a pair of kickboxing classes are among the WNY Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family events in the region. To see this week’s complete calendar, click here. MONDAY Slow Roll Buffalo: Meet at 5:30 p.m., roll at 6:30 p.m., Colored Musicians Club, 145 Broadway. Ten-mile guid…

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Most of the world sees steam locomotives only in movies. Here in Western New York, we have one of our own. And it's blowing its whistle. All aboard! The Arcade & Attica Railroad, celebrating its 100th anniversary, is our personal short line railroad. Its steam engine, a beauty built in 1920, leads passenger excursions Wednesdays and weekends. The journey begins a…

Health and Fitness

Following is a weekly listing of upcoming public events for those interested in health, fitness, nutrition and family support. The Buffalo News is now accepting more community events than ever for an expanded online calendar. If you would like your event included, submit the information two weeks in advance online at BuffaloNews.com/submit. Mail, fax and email submissions…

Health and Fitness

Two Frank Lloyd Wright historic site-inspired yoga classes the season's first salsa class in Delaware Park (depending on the weather) and a state pickleball tournament in Amherst are among the WNY Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family events in the region. To see this week’s complete calendar, click here. MONDAY Sl…