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The largest U.S. franchise holder in the Planet Fitness franchise chain celebrated the 100th grand opening of its newest “judgment free zone” Tuesday evening in Clarence. Connecticut-based ECP-PF Holdings Group Inc. opened its 12th franchise in the Buffalo-Rochester region last month in the vacant Tuesday Morning store in the Transitown Plaza, 4295 Transit Road. It's…

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Patricia McGowan raised four children before her husband, Al, lost a job in the tourism business and decided to buy a restaurant in the mid-1980s. McGowan, 84, has worked in the restaurant – which her husband playfully named Al-E-Oops – almost every day since. “She has been the reason this staple of Lancaster runs so smoothly,” said her granddaughter, Kate Glaser. …

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When you land first place in the Healthy Options category of the Taste of Buffalo, what do you do for an encore? In the case of Lloyd Taco Truck, you stick with what brought you success – at the festival, at your food trucks and at brick-and-motor locations. Lloyd will again offer its black bean taco during the 2019 Taste, which will take place next weekend in and ar…

Health and Fitness

Move over, Canalside. When it comes to competition for outdoor summer fitness on the Buffalo waterfront, you have company. The Outer Harbor beckons across the Buffalo River with a new bike park, 3-mile wellness trail and growing number of outdoor group exercise classes along the Lake Erie shoreline. Further upriver, a new public-private partnership between Buffalo Ni…

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A pair of veteran paddling instructors will help open the quiet bends of the Buffalo River to more exploration. Jeff and Laura Liebel, husband-and-wife owners of Wekanu canoe and kayak instruction, will join forces with RiverWorks next week in a new venture called Buffalo Paddleworks. The business – centered this year at the east end of the 1,000-foot-long RiverWorks…

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…

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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…

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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 …

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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 – …

Sports

Finally, the weather is improving and most of us have had a chance to get out and play. How are you doing?  Are you happy with your game? Hitting it the way you like? Getting it up and down? Making most of your putts? Or, are you struggling?  That slice just has not disappeared.  Maybe you are continuing to chunk your chips? I have had the honor of witnessing an extreme…

Health and Fitness

The United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution late last year creating the first World Food Safety Day – on June 7 – to draw attention and direct efforts to reduce the estimated 600 million cases of annual foodborne illnesses across the globe. Roughly 48 million Americans get sick every year from a foodborne illness, 128,000 are hospitalized and 3,000 die, acc…

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Dr. Anthony J. Billittier IV, former Erie County health commissioner, will become the new executive vice president and chief medical officer with Independent Health. Billittier will provide clinical leadership for the region’s second-largest insurer, and set the tone for programs that help employers and members better manage health and wellness. He starts June 10, and r…

Health and Fitness

Nearly one of every $5 spent in the United States goes to health care. That's almost $10,000 per person annually, roughly $2,000 more than second-place Switzerland and twice that of Canada. Despite that spending, the U.S. generally lands at, or near, the bottom of health outcomes for its citizens when the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health releases ranki…

Family

The public is invited to try the YMCA Buffalo Niagara for free Saturday through June 8, and if a person joins they pay no join fee. The Y includes six branches – the Southtowns Family Y in West Seneca, Delaware and William-Emslie branches in Buffalo, the Ken-Ton Y in the Town of Tonawanda, the Independent Health Family Y in Amherst, and the Lockport branch in the Town o…

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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…