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Amy Schule understands the challenges that can come with kids and summer. More places to drop off and retrieve children, often at less convenient times. Messier homes to clean. More worries about how sons and daughters are spending time while parents are at work. "My husband and I feel like we've had two families: our poor older kids, who we were a mess with, and the…

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I've been going to Lewiston regularly since moving to Buffalo in 1990. Yes, it was Artpark that drew me first, its broad roster of concerts appealing to my eccentric musical taste, running the gamut from jazz to heavy rock, R&B to folk, and nearly everywhere in between. It didn’t take me long to ascertain a sort of "sub-vibe" in the region, however. On its surface, …

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It wasn't an easy six months for the Catholic Charities Appeal, but on Tuesday when diocesan officials announced they exceeded their goal of $11 million, the immediate reaction was relief. “When we launched this year’s appeal back in January we knew it would be a challenge, but none of us knew just how big of a struggle it would be,” said Bishop Richard J. Malone. Th…

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You slogged through the latest Western New York winter sitting around the house, binge-watching TV and using your treadmill as a clothes hanger. Or you did use that treadmill – almost daily – during the mostly indoor months, or tackled the same fitness class or circuit training session routinely, wishing you could expand your exercise horizons and enjoy more time with frie…

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Some of the most rare and vintage automobiles in the world are about to descend on Buffalo. They're coming for the 2018 Great Race, which will bring more than 120 antique cars and possibly tens of thousands of onlookers to the Buffalo Transportation Pierce-Arrow Museum on June 23. It's there, at the corner of Seneca and Michigan streets, that the 2,300-mile Great Rac…

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One thing Buffalo and Western New York don't lack? Summer festivals. Here's a look at what's coming through September. Skip to July  |  August  |  September JUNE June 15: Buffalo River Festival. 6 p.m. Buffalo River Fest Park, 249 Ohio St. Family event with live music, games, craft vendors, concessions and historical waterfront memorabilia and photos. June 16: Buff…

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Cynthia Gromada-Dominske launched an exercise routine late last year after a battle with breast cancer, but a new opportunity to ramp things up came this spring in the form of the Hope Chest Buffalo Dragon Boat Festival. The 55-year-old Grand Island resident will be among 80 fellow breast cancer survivors from the region to participate Saturday in a series of races on t…

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Free fitness classes are underway across the region, Slow Roll Buffalo plans two bike rides, and runners have race options this week in Western New York. These are among the Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family events in the region. MONDAY Slow Roll Buffalo: Biking enthusiasts can ride twice this week with Slow Roll,…

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There is so much free fun on tap this week, let’s get right to it. • Thunder of Niagara International Air Show. The free air show features jaw-dropping aerial demonstrations, as well as ground displays and vendors. The main events are the formation military jet demonstrations from the United States Air Force Thunderbirds and Canadian Forces Snowbirds, doing aerobatics a…

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Dr. Ann Marie Sullivan, commissioner of the state Office of Mental Health, formally opened the new $1.5 million Zoar Valley Clinic on Wednesday in Gowanda. The 9,500-square-foot mental health clinic, at , 49 S. Water St., replaces a temporary nearby clinic that was half its size. “The new, updated Zoar Valley Clinic is a spacious, modern facility in a more convenient…

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Lauren Walier pushed through the challenges of cerebral palsy to learn to walk, ballroom dance and start her own nonprofit. She isn’t about to let a recent health setback keep her from the fifth annual Walk/Run/Roll in Lauren’s Shoes on the Buffalo Outer Harbor this weekend. “Hopefully, it will bring some positive energy and good vibes,” the 20-year-old Walier said d…

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Exercise on New Era Field, take a yoga class at the Botanical Gardens or hear a world-renown meditation expert in the region this week. These are among WNY Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family events in Western New York. MONDAY Slow Roll Buffalo: Riders can start to gather at 5:30 p.m. for a 10-mile guided excursion …

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The Western New York office of the American Lung Association has become known in the region for its Fight for Air Climb, a fundraising challenge that can gas those who climb 37 flights of Seneca One Tower, giving them the sense of what lung disease can do. But the association plans to take greater steps this year. It has ramped up the focus on prevention and treatment o…

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Jason Batch has had to quit his job, and the transmission on his 2007 Dodge Nitro SUV is about to go, but those setbacks pale compared to his need for a kidney transplant. Batch, 29, of Amherst, was born with a kidney condition – peripheral glomerulonephritis – that has slowly sapped both his kidneys. He was forced to go on dialysis in January, take a leave this mont…

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The Erie, Pa., Sports Commission announced it will add two new rides – Good Morning Star Shine Ride and Oscar the Grouch’s Gravel Grinder – to its second annual Lake Erie Cyclefest, which will run in conjunction with the Erie Blues & Jazz Festival on Aug. 2-5. Rhythm and Ride Weekend will feature six total cycling events. Proceeds from Cyclefest will benefit EmergyC…