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Some of the top outdoor fitness instructors at Canalside will return to the downtown waterfront park this weekend for one last summer hurrah. “We talked about it and said, ‘Let's end with a big splash,’ ” said Maureen Hanagan, manager of community relations with BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York, which sponsors health and fitness activities at Canalside. The E…

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Clusters of friends are huddled around computers and flat-screen televisions, bent over the edge of their chairs and cushy couches. They rarely break eye contact, yet maintain animated conversations. Nearby, a solitary gamer is intensely concentrating as he plays "League of Legends." Lime green walls and tall drop-ceilings frame this video-game oasis, where there are as…

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Organizers expect a crowd of 35,000 at the 61st annual Niagara County Peach Festival, which begins at 6 p.m. Thursday at Academy Park in Lewiston and runs through 11 p.m. Sunday. Buffalo’s three professional sports teams’ mascots, new-look Billy Buffalo, Sabretooth and Buster Bison will be at Academy Park when the festival opens. Fresh peaches from Bittner-Singer Far…

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A long-awaited playground at ECO Park in Eggertsville opened to the public last week. The project — in the community park on Crosby Circle, off Eggert Road — had been in the works for several years, said Assemblyman Raymond W. Walter, R-Amherst, whose office secured $100,000 for the work. The Town of Amherst also contributed funding. The playground features KOMPAN eq…

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In 2017, the Danielewicz Farm was not prepared to host a social media phenomenon. Thanks primarily to Instagram's popularity and a selfie-centered generation, more than 2,000 people visited the Sanborn farm last summer to frolic in a field of blooming, yellow sunflowers. Artsy selfie photos were just the start, fueling the viral craze that briefly made Sanborn the pl…

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Nick Peters has spent much of the summer preparing for freshman year at the University of South Carolina, more than 750 miles from his home in Western New York. Two weeks out, he’s already used a school Facebook page to find a roommate with similar interests, learned more about the school hockey and golf club teams, and downloaded the Barnes & Noble app to buy books…

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I don’t know how this happened, you guys. Summer is almost over. I know, technically there is more than a month before summer turns to fall. But the countdown back to school is on, and everyone knows that’s the true death of summer. The days are already getting shorter. Before you know it, we’ll be back into that post-work, dinner-homework-bathtime crunch. No more la…

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John Kennedy Kane was 8 years old when he knew what he wanted to do with his life – join the circus. His family may have thought he was kidding at such a young age, but it was in his blood from the time he saw his first circus at Melody Fair. And it has stayed there through a 35-year career that will find him at the Erie County Fair as the ringmaster for “Cyrk Live!” …

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When you make summer plans to attend carnivals, festivals and amusement parks, you’ve probably noticed how much it costs to actually go on the rides. But if you have small children, there’s a classic park in Olcott Beach that feels like a carnival from another time. Overlooking Lake Ontario, the Olcott Beach Carousel Park offers visitors carnival fun at a quarter of the…

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Horses, cows, rides and food – lots of food. Those are some of the things we normally associate with a fair. And though the 179th edition of the Erie County Fair will have all of that and more when it returns from Aug. 8 to 19 at the Hamburg Fairgrounds, fairgoers can expect the unexpected, too. You'll be able to scuba dive, meet Molly the Ketchup Robot and even get alert…

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The 179th Erie County Fair kicks off Aug. 8 and runs through Aug. 19 at the Hamburg Fairgrounds, 5600 McKinley Parkway. Here's what you need to know. Hours The fair opens at noon Aug. 8. For other days, gates are open 9 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.; buildings from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; the midway from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Cost Gate admission: $10 adults, $7 seniors (60 and older); f…

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Playgrounds might not be as ubiquitous a sight in Western New York as pizza places, but it’s close. That is, if you are looking for them. Parents, grandparents, guardians, and aunts and uncles know how essential it is to find new playgrounds for the little ones. So they are always on the lookout. Listed here are some favorites of my kids, as well as spots recommended by…

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A new $18 million Seneca-Iroquois National Museum will open today with more exhibits in a building that's three times as large as the museum's home for four decades. The 10,000-square-foot museum is moving into a 33,000-square-foot cultural center with a state-of-the-art climate control system to improve preservation efforts, said Todd Gates, president of the Seneca Nat…

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The revitalization of Buffalo was on full display last weekend during National Dance Day. Cynthia Cadwell Pegado — a dance instructor who specializes in working with those who have Parkinson's disease — led a joyous group in marking the celebration on the boardwalk at Canalside. Several of her students with Parkinson's were there. So were Buffalo Public School studen…

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One of every 13 children has food allergies. “More people are touched by it directly now ... so I think people are understanding it more,” said Tracy Hurley, 40, of Snyder, whose 11-year-old son, Conlen, has allergies to peanuts, tree nuts and dairy. “If you go to a restaurant and somebody 18, 19, 20, is ready to take your order, it’s not this foreign concept,” Hurle…