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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…

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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…

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Co-owners Lauren Kostek and Paula Paradise, best friends for over 20 years, had some definite ideas when they founded Paradise Wine in Buffalo’s Five Points neighborhood on the West Side in March 2015. Paradise, a food and wine expert (and former pastry chef) who worked at Premier for many years, and Kostek, a real estate broker and West Side advocate, wanted their shop…

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As a young boy at summer camp in Haliburton, Ontario, Neil Garfinkel formed friendships with several boys from Mexico — and also a habit for putting hot sauce on virtually everything, as he had seen them do. “That’s what got me started,” said Garfinkel, owner of Sgt. Peppers Hot Sauces, Etc., who named the Lewiston specialty foods emporium after the first album he ever …

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A garden is much more than a collection of plants. For young people in the Massachusetts Avenue Project’s Growing Green program, a garden is a way to develop job skills and learn about food justice. For individuals served by Grassroots Gardens, another local not-for-profit organization, a garden builds community and can help them heal from tragedy. And, for the neighborhoo…

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Chances are you didn’t make it outside much during the relentlessly wet and unseasonably cool Western New York spring. Now’s your chance to make up for it. Here are some events to get you out the door and in a summer state of mind. June 16: BBQ and Blues Bash Illinois St., Buffalo (next to Key Bank Center) Grab a lawn chair and head down to the historic Cobblestone …

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Before he started grilling some of WNY’s favorite hot dogs for a living, Dennis McNaney was an industrial arts teacher. But when his position at Maryvale High School was eliminated in 1980, it left him at a crossroads. Despite months of searching, things weren’t coming together. But Dennis had noticed that Red Top — a Hamburg hot dog stand on the lake — was for sale. He…

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When some of us think “wallpaper,” we get a soothing vision of quaint floral or fruit prints from our grandmother’s kitchen. Or, if you’ve ever tackled renovations on an older home, discovering layers upon layers of old wallpaper to painstakingly remove, it may be a word that’s not quite so sweet. But one look at today’s options for the centuries-old decorative techniqu…

From the debut of a pierogi festival to a nearly 20-year-old historic homes tour, there’s plenty to eat, experience and explore in WNY. Satiate your appetite for fun with these enticing events, and support some worthy causes while you’re at it. May 10: Women Who Move the City Hotel Lafayette, 391 Washington St., Buffalo It takes a village. Celebrate the amazing wome…

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If the eyes are the window to a person’s soul, says architect John Wingfelder, the front door is the window to the soul of your home. Many homeowners take pride in creating a unique look for their front door,  a literal and symbolic welcoming or “statement.” A look at the choices folks are making reveals the vast array of materials and technology available to today’s homeo…

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For 30 years, Dick O’Neill has been providing customers the kind of honest, gimmick-free automotive service that reminds people of the good old days. Employed at the South Park Avenue garage since he was 16, O’Neill took it over when the previous owner, Paul Wiles, became ill. “I just couldn’t bear not to come in anymore,” said O’Neill. As it turns out, there are qui…

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Chris Kreiger, co-founder of the non-profit veterans’ assistance organization WNY Heroes, Inc., knows all too well the obstacles veterans face upon returning home from combat duty. A 10-year U.S. Army veteran, Kreiger served a 12-month combat tour in Iraq. He returned home with injuries to his right leg and lower back, hearing loss in both ears and a traumatic brain …

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It’s a frigid Tuesday evening and inside an old stone church in the heart of the Elmwood Village, Garrett Martin gathers his sheet music and readies his baton. On this night he will lead an eclectic group of 70 men through a rigorous rehearsal. Martin, a transplant who arrived here from Tennessee by way of Austin, Texas in 2013, is the artistic director of the Buffal…