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By Paul Steffan What do you say to a friend who has been visited by misfortune – someone you’ve known for years who had a death in the family, lost a job or discovered he had a serious health issue? I was saddened when I read about Buffalo broadcasting legend Irv Weinstein and his battle with ALS, but I was also encouraged by the attitude he displayed as he expre…

By Barbara Blackburn Turning the calendar from October to November, I remember the memories of summer and especially those of Saturday mornings at the Williamsville Farmers Market in Island Park. Some of the food items I have carried home  still preserve those memories. My first stop is the area of Ben Gehl, who specializes in organically raised animals, the latest …

By Marge McMillen My husband and I were no strangers to lunch out at McDonald’s, Wendy’s or Burger King, but it usually took a special occasion to entice us to visit an upscale restaurant for dinner. And it was a very special occasion, indeed, when we savored a delicious meal at Salvatore’s on Oct. 18, 2015. Bob and I smiled as we toasted each other as a means of …

By Jim Schneegold Psychologists would tell you that, as an adult, the way you view the world is shaped from childhood experiences. When I think back to being a 9-year-old paperboy, I realize two things: I avoid confrontation and don’t like being taken advantage of. Back in the ’60s, delivering The Buffalo Evening News to 32 customers wasn’t hard work, but it ta…

By Angie R. Lucarini The other day, my daughter pulled out a book and looked at me in a strange way. She then held up the book and asked, “What’s this, Mom?” I looked over and couldn’t believe my eyes. The book in question was a phone book. It was in that moment that I realized, why would my 10-year-old daughter know what a phone book was? In her world, it is p…

By Ashley Johnston “But you’re so young.” These words have resonated loudly in my mind over and over again in the last year. Yes, statistically, a 28-year-old should be planning other major life events that do not include a double mastectomy, 16 rounds of chemotherapy, radiation, endocrine therapy and several reconstructive surgeries. I can’t help but think abou…

By Iswara Parvathaneni Imagine spending years without going to the dentist, not knowing if the pain in your mouth is just a small inconvenience or a larger issue you can’t afford to get treated. Well, for one local veteran, this circumstance was all too real. His name is Leonard and he and his wife had been looking for affordable dentistry for two years – never b…

By Lee Coppola “Is that Lee’s wife?” someone asked about the woman, 26 years my senior, sitting next to me in church. It was an understandable mistake. As we live to riper old ages these days, Mary Saraceno sets the standard for growing old gracefully. She’s 99, looks 30 years younger and dresses and acts accordingly. What’s your secret, she was asked repeat…

By Lucia Dashnaw School bells are not ringing this fall at Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School in Kenmore for the first time since 1928. Parking my car near my childhood home on Washington Avenue to attend the school’s closing celebration, I was heartened to see many students and families in attendance. As I entered the center doors, I was whisked back in time to …

By Mildred Blaisdell I’m not a natural traveler. I don’t look forward to experiencing new toilets, strange food, even stranger smells or hikes up terrifying cliffs for a view. My husband and I just returned from two weeks in Warsaw and Krakow, Poland, and Vienna, Austria. This trip has made me think about how my attitude about travel has changed over the years. Wh…

By Ron Gawel “Like a wind crying endlessly through the universe, time carries away the names and the deeds of conquerors and commoners alike. And all that we were, all that remains, is in the memories of those who cared we came this way for a brief moment.” – Harlan Ellison My best friend, Greg Olson, would have turned 56 this past July. I first met him on Goat I…

By Cynthia Balderman I was born to shop. My maternal grandmother, her violin abandoned in the ashes of the Holocaust, enthusiastically embraced retail sales in her new country. She sold draperies, about which she talked incessantly. The fabrics, the styles and the tastes of her many loyal customers were never far from her thoughts. She described the benefits and drawbac…

By Susan Clements “Was that the bus to Augusta?” I asked a goateed man who looked like a veteran traveler. The tail end of a Concord Coach Lines shuttle was disappearing in a blue cloud as I stomped out to the ground transportation hub at Boston’s Logan Airport. I felt a wave of panic. “That was the Manchester bus. You’ve still got a few minutes.” I he…

At our class reunion, my husband, Ken, and I won a prize for the “best feel-good story.” We met at St. James School, in the first grade, and went all through grade school together. We were members of this reunion committee, and had such a great time celebrating our 50th reunion with many classmates. We have been blessed with three children and three granddaughters.…

Opinion

By Gary Siddall The Aquarium of Niagara has been a family favorite attraction in our community for more than 50 years. To ensure its longevity for future generations, we’ve started a significant transformation by renovating large sections of our first-floor fish and invertebrate gallery as well as updates to the facility’s overall infrastructure. While these may …