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Jon Duffie spends a lot of time at home working on his projects. While others might toil away fixing up a car or motorcycle, Duffie’s focus is decidedly more otherworldly. He builds droids. "I’ve been working on my R2 unit for nearly a decade," said Duffie. "I spend a lot on parts. He usually needs repairs for something." What Duffie has built is highly impressive…

Buffalo Magazine: BufFYI

Get out," the voice hissed. The woman rewound the recording, all but certain her ears were playing a trick on her, and listened again. "Get out," it hissed for the second time. That was Jennifer Maldonado’s first — and only — trip to the Iron Island Museum on Buffalo’s East Side. She’d made sure to avoid the rest of the group — and its noise — as she explored the …

Buffalo Magazine: BufFYI

Imagine having to leave your home and family with no notice, with only the clothes on your back and a personal item or two stuffed into a garbage bag. That’s exactly what happens to many children suddenly placed into our foster care system. And it’s why Paul Snyder III, deacon of St. Mary Parish in Swormville, and his wife, Susan, have started a special mission to help.…

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Early on a Saturday morning, Dr. Laura Wade is already hard at work, tending to a rabbit that’s recovering from an amputation. At her Clarence-based veterinary practice, Specialized Care for Avian & Exotic Pets, Wade and her staff treat birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and small mammals — everything from a tiny hamster to a pair of 125-pound emus Wade once wrangled du…

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William Ostrander has been a part of the Western New York community his entire life. Whether through high school in Lancaster, college at Canisius and a professional career throughout the Buffalo area, he knows the region. But with decades of experience in all facets of the radio business, there’s one thing the man known more commonly as Buddy Shula may understand bette…

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On stage, George Scott is the high-energy bandleader who fronts the George Scott Big Band and performs for large crowds at Canalside, Curtain Up and other shows. Off stage, as president of the Colored Musicians Club, he’s one of the guiding forces who has helped the club become the oldest of its kind in the United States, a living testament to Buffalo and music history. …

It’s always hard to say goodbye, but these events will help you send summer off with a bang. From harvest festivals and equinox celebrations to fashion shows and artist demonstrations, there’s plenty to look forward to this fall in Western New York. Sept. 15: Riedel Wine & Beer Tasting Experience Buffalo Niagara Convention Center, 153 Franklin St., Buffalo Join …

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What happens when gold leaf flakes from a medieval manuscript, a Picasso has been found languishing in an attic, or a modern pop culture treasure needs a little TLC? An art conservationist is called, and there’s a good chance that person learned what to do in Buffalo as a graduate of the Patricia H. and Richard E. Garman Art Conservation Department at Buffalo State Coll…

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Donald Jones has been to New Era Stadium before. When he was in junior college, he played in front of a crowd of 200 people for a playoff game. As soon as he stepped out onto the turf during warmups, he called his father. "I told him, ‘I’m standing in the middle of the Buffalo Bills home field and one day, I might play here.’" Jones’ prediction came true. After trans…

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It seemed like it would never get here, but summer is finally in full swing. From old favorites like the Erie County Fair to a new BPO show at the Richardson Olmsted Complex, these events will help you make the most of the rest of the season. July 13-16: Galbani Buffalo Italian Heritage Festival Outer Harbor, 225 Fuhrmann Blvd., Buffalo After 29 years on Hertel Av…

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The idea for Oogie Games, a local chain of video game stores, began with a single gaming system — a broken Nintendo NES that Kevin McMullen bought online, repaired and sold for a profit. “After that, I started asking my friends for Nintendos, putting ads in the paper and hitting garage sales,” said McMullen, 35, founder and CEO. “I was never a huge gamer, but I found a …

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Shuck, salivate, slurp. Feeling clammy yet? That may not be a bad thing, especially when it comes to summertime traditions like clam shacks in Western New York. When the “Open” sign clicks on after a long winter, dining on shellfish alfresco is a sure sign that the living is easy and the heat is on. While the number of clam shacks in the region has diminished over th…

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There’s something tranquil and enchanting about horses. Their steady, slowly swaying gait gently rocks riders around the ring, providing a regal vantage point that lifts them above their troubles and positions them, momentarily, in the imaginary saddle of a knight, cowgirl or king. At Lothlorien Therapeutic Riding Center in East Aurora and Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Cen…

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As the proverb goes, “necessity is the mother of invention.” In the case of Christian Johnson, the necessity was having a son who was about to get his driver’s license. Like most parents, Johnson was terrified thinking of her teenager behind the wheel. She knew she couldn’t always be in the car with him, so the 40-year-old Buffalo native did the next best thing — she in…

Buffalo Magazine: BufFYI

Whether you think of them as a smaller motorcycle or a powerful bicycle alternative, scooters are beloved for one thing: fun. Touted as a starter ride, commuting vehicle, or backup transportation, scooters have more going for them than just kicks. High fuel efficiency, lower insurance cost and easier parking are among the other benefits. Steve Sortisio, owner of Erie Co…