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A fight between a dog and a raccoon Saturday in Royalton ended with the dog's owner shooting the raccoon to death, Niagara County Environmental Health Director Paul R. Dicky said Thursday. The raccoon later tested positive for rabies, making it the second confirmed case of a rabid animal in the county this year. The incident occurred on Mountain Road, about a mile so…

Education

Sometimes, it doesn’t seem so long ago that Peg Barrett and Joan Conti graduated together from the University at Buffalo and went to work as school social workers. Then they tick off the changes they’ve seen during more than three decades on the job. The rise of social media, the divorce rate, poverty. The opioid crisis. The ability of people, including students, to ope…

Health and Fitness

Ashley Rapsinski knows it can be hard to get to the gym when you have a 2-year-old. It’s why she was so delighted several weeks ago to find one that allows her to exercise alongside her daughter, Lyra, under the watchful direction of the owner. “I have a lot more energy, which is good,” said Rapsinski, a part-time educator. “I used to wake up tired, and wait till Lyra w…

Health and Fitness

When your daughter is fighting a pair of rare and painful diseases, it helps to gather some of the best doctors from around the world to compare notes. That’s the idea behind the CSF Flow at Niagara Falls Conference next week at the Hyatt Regency Buffalo Hotel and Conference Center. More than 100 neuroscientists from 19 countries will be on hand to talk about chiari …

Business

Those who fear they may have suffered a concussion during a fall or collision may be able to save themselves the time and expense of a hospital emergency room visit because of new tools available in a Southtowns urgent care center. WellNow Urgent Care – a Syracuse-based health company that bought seven MASH Urgent Care offices in the region last year and renamed them – …

Crime

It’s a far cry from legalization. But without enough votes to pass the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act, state legislators are considering further decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana. The decriminalization bill, endorsed by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo but still under negotiation Wednesday, would reduce the charge of having marijuana in a public pla…

Erie County

Erie County is one of four New York counties participating in a suicide prevention study that researchers hope will identify new strategies to stop individuals from killing themselves. A similar study in an Oregon county identified two patterns: Some people dropped off their pets at animal shelters just prior to killing themselves, others died by suicide shortly after r…

Health and Fitness

Adults in upstate New York who have diabetes are better at managing their disease than they were just a few years ago, according to a review of self-reported patient data by Univera Healthcare. More adults with diabetes are measuring their blood sugar daily, having an A1C blood test twice yearly, scheduling annual foot exams, getting regular exercise, taking diabetes ma…

Food and Drink

Flying Bison Brewing Co. will launch a new monthly community giving program – Yoga on Tap: Charity Yoga. The first class starts at 6 p.m. Monday at the brewery, 840 Seneca St., and will benefit the It Happened to Alexa Foundation. “This is another way Flying Bison is working to make a direct impact in our community,” Parrish Gibbons Herzog, Flying Bison's special events…

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An Albany bill that would legalize the recreational use of cannabis would allow up to six marijuana plants to be grown in a person's home or yard. That's a key difference from the legalization plan Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposed earlier this year as part of his budget package. Cuomo called for allowing only patients enrolled in the state's medical marijuana program to be al…

Health and Fitness

WNY Refresh will publish its annual outdoor fitness edition on June 29. Those organizing outdoor fitness-related events are welcome to email details to refresh@buffalo.com to have their event included in a related community calendar. Please provide the following: Name of event; time, date and address; if a weekly or recurring summer event, the frequency and end date; an…

Health and Fitness

We all could use a calming place when life gets too overwhelming – even those in grade school. That’s the idea behind the new calming room opened earlier this year at Spruce Elementary School. It’s one of two such spaces in the North Tonawanda school district that give students in the early grades a refuge to soothe their emotions. “It’s proactive, because it can …

Health and Fitness

Had Amy O’Connell endured carpal tunnel surgery a decade or two ago, she would have weathered several doctor’s appointments, an uncomfortable diagnostic test and surgery in a hospital. An orthopedic surgeon would have cut open her wrist to address the nerve damage that caused the condition, costing O’Connell a few weeks away from work and a few more to heal. Instead, sh…

Business

The federal government has fined a Buffalo nursing home $47,827 after it incorrectly administered insulin injections to a resident. State Health Department investigators determined the failure to properly care for the Humboldt House Rehabilitation and Nursing Center resident resulted in "actual harm." The fine imposed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services…