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Mark Mitri rode a Kawasaki Vulcan 750 motorcycle for the last half-dozen years and planned to trade up this year to a Harley-Davidson. The rise of bicycle riding in the region changed his mind. Mitri, and his closest friends and family members, caught the bug in the spring of 2018, at the start of Slow Roll Buffalo season. They soon forged a new biking club, Slow …

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A University at Buffalo researcher’s Veggie Van project will rev up nine organizations in four states, including two in Buffalo. The van will help each organization either start or expand a mobile produce market as it studies ways to include such a model to promote healthier eating. A total of 32 community sites will be studied. “We want to know if having these mobil…

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Dave Gonlag remembers living in the same house during the 1960s with his great-grandmother, who was bedridden with dementia. His great-aunt succumbed to the disease in the 1970s. His grandmother struggled with it a decade later. “She was the sweetest lady ever,” Gonlag said of his mother’s mom. “I never heard her swear in her life until that happened, and then it was ki…

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The state director of AARP visited Buffalo on Wednesday to open the fifth outdoor fitness park in the nation sponsored by the advocacy group for older Americans. AARP plans to sponsor a fitness park in every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands to commemorate the association’s 60th anniversary. Horace “Billy” Johnson Park – at Hage…

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John Klatt was relaxing at home with a magazine last February when he decided he wanted to go on a trip to Iceland this summer. “My wife looked at me like, ‘You got chemo brain again or what?’ ” he recalled this week. The magazine, Cure, is a patient-friendly publication that focuses on cancer research and treatment. The vacation desire: a demanding three-day hike…

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Jonathan Szucs was among 10 volunteers with the global sales team at Ingram Micro who spent a recent afternoon packing meals and weeding the community garden in the Food Bank of Western New York. “When you can be outside during the summertime, it's always good, and we love to give back,” said Szucs, whose Williamsville company allows employees to spend a few working hou…

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Moshé Feldenkrais, a Russian emigrant and renowned physicist, suffered a chronic left knee injury during a soccer match in 1929. He spent the decades afterward, mostly in Israel, using his knowledge of mechanics to create a method that he claimed promoted a greater sense of well-being through gentle movement and directed attention. “He wasn't so much interested in flexi…

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Robert Shanahan needed surgery only twice in his life coming into this year, once to remove his tonsils when he was young, the other more recently when he needed a stent to open one of his blood vessels. That changed in January, when his cardiologist discovered that his aortic valve had narrowed so badly it would need to be replaced. Shanahan and his wife, Patricia, …

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Kelsey Gratien isn’t unusual in that she tends to post her best times in competitive running races, not training runs. “It's all of these people out there trying to push their body to the limits and other people out there cheering,” said the 32-year-old mother of three who lives in Amherst. “It's really cool to see that, and be part of it.” Gratien stands out because…

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An executive with Caris Life Sciences, the first company to offer comprehensive tumor molecular profiling to help personalize cancer treatments, will speak at 4 p.m. Thursday in the M&T Auditorium at the University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. Dr. David Spetzler, president and chief scientific officer with Caris, will talk about the …

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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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Daniel Pacana started taking painkillers 20 years ago after a bike crash and has spent most of the time since addicted to opiates. He’s looked forward to this weekend, when he makes a story in The Buffalo News for something besides being arrested. Pacana, 38, director of program development for Buffalo Adult and Teen Challenge, is organizing a golf tournament this month…

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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…

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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…