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Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy announced a season of park events that include movie nights, walking tours, Bark in the Park and more. See the schedule of events, and buy tickets, at bfloparks.org/summer2019. Highlights include: West Side Bike Tours: The rides roll from 2 to 4 p.m. the fourth Saturday of each month, through August, from Rich Products, 1 Robert R…

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Olin “Buddy” Campbell Jr. got introduced to the YMCA six decades ago, in a way still common today. He learned to swim there as a child. His introduction to work life at the Y was another matter. “When I turned 16, my parents gave me a month to get a job,” he said. He missed the deadline, so his mom found him work as busboy, a gig he hated so much that he turned…

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Don Mueller began to count on the Southtowns Family YMCA a dozen years ago to help him address the arthritis and stiff knees that took hold during retirement. “If you don’t use it, you’re gonna lose it,” said Mueller, 94, once a three-day-a-week regular at the club, participating in yoga, tai chi and other group fitness classes, and taking turns at the stationary bikes …

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Josephine Bila and her family figure she has needed more than 2,000 needle sticks and 1,200 blood transfusions to stay alive. Bila was diagnosed at age 2 with beta thalassemia, a rare disorder that prevents the body from producing enough functioning red blood cells. As a result, the 42-year-old web producer for a television network in New York needs a blood transfusi…

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In 2017, blues vocalist and Buffalo Music Hall of Fame inductee Patti Parks was invited to Memphis to speak as part of a panel during the Blues Foundation’s annual International Blues Challenge Festival. The symposium, “Blues as Healer,” found the singer sharing her experience of music’s restorative powers, much of it witnessed during her day gig hours as a nurse, and s…

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Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center on Tuesday announced a new statewide alliance that will help standardize cancer care from Buffalo to Long Island, making it easier for patients in even remote places to plug into top specialists and clinical trials for the most advanced treatments. Roswell Park will provide treatment with partners across the state – at sites in O…

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When police officers approach a car they've just pulled over, the smell can be instantly recognizable – marijuana. It’s that particular odor that law enforcement here and across the country often cite as a reason to search the vehicle. Sometimes officers just find a small amount – a joint or a baggie – and sometimes they find other drugs and even guns that help them …

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An educator told Michele Delo in fourth grade that she should try to talk more slowly because of her stutter. Delo became a very good listener, instead. “I became a covert stutterer,” the Town of Tonawanda native said. Delo avoided reading and making presentations in class. She passed on after-school clubs and sports. She got fast-food jobs in high school and afterwa…

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Tanisha Simmons packed on more than 80 pounds in the decade after she graduated from the Buffalo Academy for the Visual and Performing Arts. “I call myself a mall baby because the majority of my jobs during those years were in the mall,” Simmons said. “When you’re on your own and you’re working, you want the quick food.” The 29-year-old SUNY Buffalo State fashion maj…

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A Buffalo nursing home administrator suffered an apparent neck injury Tuesday morning when a diabetic resident's daughter attacked her during an argument over insulin withheld from her mother, according to several people familiar with the incident. Sharon Zeames, administrator of Safire Rehabilitation of Southtowns, was transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital where s…

Rene Mount, director of nursing at Elderwood at Cheektowaga, has been honored as the 2019 Registered Nurse of the Year by the New York State Health Facilities Association/New York State Center for Assisted Living. “Rene’s compassion and love for her profession, combined with her insatiable thirst for advanced knowledge in every sector of nursing related to long-term car…

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The push to legalize the adult use of recreational marijuana seems to have gone up in smoke. Gov. Andrew Cuomo doused hopes Friday as he said in a radio interview that it didn't have the legislative support to pass. But what about the state's existing medical marijuana program? It may get bigger and more flexible. Last week, State Sen. Diane Savino and Assembly…

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By Judith Whitehead – Contributing Writer May is dedicated to practicing ways in keeping our eyes in good health. Here are several ways prevention can help preserve our precious eyesight: 1. Regular comprehensive dilated eye exams: These are a first-and-foremost effort to insure there are no silent diseases affecting our eyes. When we are dilated, the pupils enlar…

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The Independent Health Foundation Kids Run will be held rain or shine at 9 a.m. June 1 in Delaware Park. The 31st annual free event will include a mini-dash for children ages 2 to 5 and a 1.8-mile family run/walk for all ages. A diaper derby will be held for all babies who crawl. Nickel City Reptiles and Exotics, the Buffalo Soccer Club and several health and wellnes…