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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…

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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…