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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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The Care Connection Lactation and Wellness Center will host its third annual Diaper Drive to help families who can use a lift when it comes to their young kids. One in three caregivers experience diaper needs for their children, according to the National Diaper Bank Network, and because they are considered a hygiene item, diapers aren’t covered through government progra…

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It’s understandable that parents who look to instill healthier family eating habits rue holidays such as Easter, when candy often takes center stage, especially for the kids. It might be tempting to scrap the idea of giving out Easter baskets, but certified nutritional specialist Andrea Langston recommends a few twists on the holiday tradition that can create a happy mi…

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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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For generations, the phrase “I’m bored” has been a familiar childhood refrain during summer – but kids today belong to the first generation that can easily fill time sitting and gazing at a smartphone or computer screen. It’s not enough anymore for a parent to say, “It’s not my job to entertain you.” Today, they have to add “and you’re not getting on your phone – go fig…

Education

Every Person Influences Children (EPIC) has launched its Storytime Series at Canalside for the summer. The M&T Bank-sponsored program will offer weekly programming to children up to age 8 and their families from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Wednesday through Aug. 29. The series aims to create a positive and fun environment while promoting reading and a healthy lifesty…

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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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Nanette Pohle often finds the greatest meaning in foster parenting when it's time to give babies back to authorities so they can be returned to parents, who've addressed their troubling circumstances. Many of these babies were born addicted to drugs. They're irritable, clingy, and comforted only by the swaddling of Pohle, her husband Kevin, and their two daughters, Gret…

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Lights on four iconic structures in Buffalo will go blue at dusk on Tuesday to help raise awareness about the importance of foster care. “In Erie County alone, there are over 900 children age birth to 21 who are part of our foster care system,” said Carolyne DeFranco, president and CEO of Gateway Longview, who is also a foster and adoptive mother. “As our city lights up…

Buffalo Magazine: BufFYI

This month’s most hottest release has been preceded by months of breathless fan anticipation. The cast is as star-heavy as any film in recent memory, and the storyline boldly original. I’m of course talking about Wes Anderson’s “Isle of Dogs.” Wait, did you think I meant “Avengers: Infinity War”? That’s a biggie, too, but “Isle” is the real must-see. Must-see of the month…

Buffalo Magazine: Travel

New Orleans might not be the first place that comes to mind for a family vacation, but if you’re looking for something different, add it to your list. Last April, we visited during Easter break with my sister and cousin’s families (kids ages 10, 12, 15, 17) for a change of pace from a Florida routine. New Orleans has a vibe all its own. While it might have a reputati…

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An inspiring weight loss story, a gem and mineral show at the Erie County Fairgrounds, and Saturday health fairs in Amherst and Orchard Park are among WNY Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family events in the region. MONDAY Spring into Health: Rachel Miller lost more than 120 pounds, became a holistic health coach and p…