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Meghan and Destiny Mulvihill are racing to finish their fall bucket lists before the temperature drops – portending four to five long months of cold, slush and dark. They bought pumpkins at a patch in North Collins. Then they picked apples at a nearby farm. Now, as a near-cloudless Sunday afternoon fades toward evening, the two sisters-in-law watch their kids run around…

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Western New York is a beautiful place – and each day, Buffalo News photographers will bring you a photo to prove it. Our challenge is to look at things differently, to remind us all to slow down and enjoy our surroundings. Check back each morning to see our favorite image for the day. View the images in full screen for the most impact. – Cathaleen Curtiss, director of phot…

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Crickets taste like sugar snap pea crisps. Tarantulas aren't bad, aside from their hairy texture. Giant water scorpions, though. Their thick shells just don't want to give, no matter how hard you chew. That's according to Robin Basalla of Rochester, one of three contestants in Darien Lake's 30-hour Coffin Challenge. The three climbed into their coffins at 6 a.m. Friday …

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It was a Saturday that seemed like any other when 6-month-old James R. "Tre" Weigand III settled into his Rock 'n Play Sleeper for a nap. But he never woke up. Tre died nearly two years ago because the Fisher-Price sleeper he was in was not safe for babies to sleep in, his father, James R. Weigand Jr., alleges in a lawsuit filed this week against Fisher-Price and its…

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Ricardo Rivera could appreciate the wonder of it all. He sat last week, feet dangling, on an outlook by the turret of the Emerald Channel intake. A few people in a passing motorboat idled the engine and looked up in astonishment at Rivera, atop one of Buffalo’s most visible yet least-accessible landmarks. The round brick-and-stone structure is surrounded by water, at a …

Health and Fitness

Jackie and Paul M. Thompson never expected to spend their retirement helping those who battle drug addiction. They also never expected their son, Paul H., would die from a drug overdose. The younger Thompson sought comfort from doctors for a sore back after high school, developed a dependence on the opiate painkillers they prescribed, and turned to heroin as his addi…

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Images collected during a recent tour with a mix of old ones, as well. The Buffalo Wire Works Co. on Clinton Street in Buffalo has been making metal screening since 1869 and is in the process of adding new products to their inventory, manufacturing urethane and rubber screening to supply projects throughout the world.

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Buffalo Wire Works has more than a century of history to its name. The company was born a few years after the Civil War ended, survived the Great Depression, endured a lengthy strike and persevered through five generations of ownership by the same family. Technology, customers and materials have changed, but the company's production, at its heart, has stayed the same…

Education

"You're as young as cotton candy." "You are a genius." "You make me smile." How much would you pay for a compliment like that to make your day? Fourth-graders at J.T. Waugh Elementary School in Angola already know: For $2, they can send you a necklace, magnet or keychain with an uplifting message. It's a business that started last January, and it brought in nea…

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Lake Shore technology integrator Michael Drezek and fourth-grade teacher Nicole Wegrzynowski at J.T. Waugh Elementary School in Angola presided over the Kind Kids Compliment Store, an online venture created by fourth-graders last year that is starting up again this year. The now fifth-graders are mentoring the fourth-graders, who will run the business.

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A crowd gathered at the Pembroke Community Center in Corfu Wednesday to hear the latest about the region's new veterans cemetery – including some more bad news, about yet another delay. While the first phase of the Pembroke cemetery project will result in burials starting late next year, the second – originally said to follow the first by months – now won't be under…

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Scrolling through Airbnb listings is like a mini-vacation during a stressful day. When someone yells at me, I like to escape into vacation fantasies. Did you know you can rent a luxury bamboo cabana in the Andes mountains for $40 a night? Or that there's a house shaped like a giant seashell in the Caribbean? You can even rent a giant yurt in the Swiss Alps, one you'll have…

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Art can be emotionally and psychologically liberating, and in those rare cases, it also can physically free the the artist. Valentino Dixon will talk about how his art helped free him from prison after serving nearly 30 years for a crime he did not commit. Dixon's talk will be held at 7 p.m. Oct. 10 in the Burchfield Penney Art Center, in conjunction with the opening of…

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WASHINGTON – Veterans will gather in Corfu Wednesday afternoon to hear the latest about the region's new veterans cemetery – including some more bad news about yet another delay. While the first phase of the cemetery project will result in burials starting late next year, the second – originally said to follow the first by only months – now won't be under construction u…