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Vision is the ability to see. How expansive the sense depends on the individual. Just because a person can see doesn’t mean he or she can always envision the infinite possibilities in the most casual encounters, blank pages or vacant spaces. But sometimes, those who walk through life with eyes wide open can picture such possibilities, whether inside a Christmas-decorated …

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The two-day drive from Buffalo to Kansas City with a four-month old and a 4-year-old is, by any definition, a challenging trip.  But a job in radio programming lured Joe Russo to America’s heartland, so last fall, the young family loaded up the car and set out on the 18-hour trek. Joe, who worked locally at Jack-FM, grew up in West Seneca, while his wife, Alison — a forme…

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Dr. Timothy Quinn has always felt a strong connection to Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Quinn, 33, volunteered at Roswell Park as a high school student, and he worked there as a summer intern while attending medical school at Georgetown. So when a full time anesthesiologist position became available at the same time Tim and his wife, Marie, were contemplating a move back t…

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John Schaller is one happy guy. The 41-year-old works at Shea’s Performing Arts Center as director of fundraising and development, and he’s excited to go to work every day. After all, it’s his dream job. “It’s hard not to come into Shea’s and not get energized about what you are doing. It has so much history and tradition," he said. "I get to see all the young kids coming…

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John Schaller is one happy guy. The 41-year-old works at Shea’s Performing Arts Center as director of fundraising and development, and he’s excited to go to work every day. After all, it’s his dream job. “It’s hard not to come into Shea’s and not get energized about what you are doing. It has so much history and tradition," he said. "I get to see all the young kids coming…

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Six years ago Mike Sweeney’s then-fiancee, Danielle, made an agreement with him. She said she’d give Buffalo a one-year trial period and see where things stood after that. “After all this time, getting married in 2011, having a house, a dog and a kid — I can’t foresee any scenario where she’d leave even if she wanted to,” jokes Mike, 34. Mike first met Danielle in a bar …

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Suzanne Eberhardt and Dante D’Anthony, both in the their mid-50s, grew up in Buffalo. They attended SUNY Buffalo State at the same time in the early '80s, and they both majored in some aspect of design. But despite having some of the same professors, hanging out with similar friends and working under the same mentor, they had never met. Eberhardt spent most of her childho…

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In 2007, after retiring from a management job at Walt Disney World in Florida, MaryAnn DuKane returned to Western New York to care for two elderly aunts. She grew up in the 1940s and '50s in a large white house on the corner of Camp and Lake Shore roads in Athol Springs, Hamburg. After marrying Adam Domanski, they moved directly across the street, remaining within sight o…

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As she sips on a glass of chardonnay at the kitchen table, Tracy Fennell-Hassett shakes her dirty-blonde head at the thought. Moving her entire family from Greensboro, N.C., back up to Buffalo was a whirlwind, no doubt. “Basically, she just said one day that she wanted to move back to Buffalo,” jokes Tracy’s husband, Jon. The two quibble playfully over the details, but o…

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As she sips on a glass of chardonnay at the kitchen table, Tracy Fennell-Hassett shakes her dirty-blonde head at the thought. Moving her entire family from Greensboro, N.C., back up to Buffalo was a whirlwind, no doubt. “Basically, she just said one day that she wanted to move back to Buffalo,” jokes Tracy’s husband, Jon. The two quibble playfully over the details, but o…