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North American Pairs qualifying games, offering extra points, half red, will be held at three local bridge clubs during the coming week: – At Bridge Club Meridian at 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 24. – At the Bridge Center of Buffalo from Tuesday, July 25, to Friday, July 28. – And at the Airport Bridge Club today, Saturday, July 22, and Monday through next Saturday,…

Most of the world sees steam locomotives only in movies. Here in Western New York, we have one of our own. And it's blowing its whistle. All aboard! The Arcade & Attica Railroad, celebrating its 100th anniversary, is our personal short line railroad. Its steam engine, a beauty built in 1920, leads passenger excursions Wednesdays and weekends. The journey beg…

Wild Birds Unlimited, a retail franchise specializing in regional backyard bird feeding, will open in East Amherst Aug. 5. The store is located at 8485 Transit Road. In addition to selling high-quality bird food, bird feeders and feeding supplies, it will sometimes host educational events. The franchisee is Clarence resident and bird watcher Angel Swann. Another loca…

I like our yard. I like the shade garden in the back corner with a path leading to a bench. I like the patio with the white wicker furniture and the green awning that we can lower on one side when it rains. I love the magnificent Sargent crabapple and the red maple that we planted years ago in memory of the family dog, the late, great Rascal. The tree has grown so sp…

"The Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway: The Hemingway Library Edition" with a personal forward by Patrick Hemingway and a new introduction by Sean Hemingway Scribner 576 pages, $30 Very few American publishers have a legacy as valuable and important as Scribner in its stewardship of Ernest Hemingway’s work. More than a half century after a depressed Hemingway p…

CHILDREN'S NONFICTION Wicked Bugs: The Meanest, Deadliest, Grossest Bugs on Earth by Amy Stewart; Algonquin Young Readers, 192 pages ($19.95) Ages 8 to 12. (Aug. 8 publication) ... Amy Stewart's young readers edition of her New York Times bestseller is at once fascinating, entertaining, informative and horrifying.  One example of her amusing, accessible style: "The bed…

MEMOIR Are You Anybody?: A Memoir By Jeffrey Tambor Crown Archetype 280 pages, $27 You get the sense character actors everywhere find space in their tiny sublets for shrines to Jeffrey Tambor. After all, most pray for one iconic defining role.  Tambor has had three, on beloved, ground-breaking television shows. First, he was Hank “Hey Now” Kingsley, …

FICTION South Pole Station By Ashley Shelby Picador 362 pages, $26 No sooner had "South Pole Station" gone on sale early this summer than real-life scientists announced a trillion-ton iceberg had broken off an Antarctic ice shelf and is floating around the Weddell Sea. An ice shelf is thousands of square miles of floating ice. The newly split-off berg it…

NONFICTION When the World Stopped To Listen: Van Cliburn's Cold War Triumph and Its Aftermath By Stuart Isacoff Knopf 290 pages, $27.95 It was one of the strangest dramas of the 20th century. The Russians -- and this was in 1958, in the depth of the Cold War, when the Soviet Union was our mortal enemy -- were holding a new competition, the Tchaikovsky C…

The 15th annual Ken-Ton Garden Tour will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 22 and 23. The annual Night Lights evening tour is planned for 8:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. July 21 and 22. Gardens are located in the Village of Kenmore and Town of Tonawanda. Tour day headquarters is at the Aquatic and Fitness Center, 1 Pool Plaza, Town of Tonawanda. The event is free. The West Se…

The Airport Bridge Club will award extra points, half red, at all of its games today, Saturday, July 15, and during the coming week. Bridge Club Meridian will have an extra-point game at 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 17. * * * Starting time will change to noon for all games at the Airport Club beginning Tuesday, July 18, and continuing through Monday, Aug. 14. The game on Mond…

Summer is in full swing and so are the garden walks and tours. There are self-guided weekend walks, including some in the evening. There’s the Open Gardens event in which residents welcome visitors to their gardens during certain hours on Thursdays and Fridays in July. And there are guided bus tours. The Buffalo Beyond Flowers: Sustainability in Action tour on Aug. 5 …

It’s been a busy summer in our suburban abode, but I’ve recently noticed an increase in a habit that baffles me: People leaving drawers and cabinet doors open. I can’t blame the dog. “What’s with this?” I’ll say with an exasperated sigh, shutting the door to the cabinet next to the sink where we keep the glasses. Someone needed a pen, I’ll mumble t…

THE PRESIDENCY THE ROAD TO CAMELOT: Inside JFK's Five-Year Campaign By Thomas Oliphant and Curtis Wilkie Simon & Schuster 448 pages, $28 We can only imagine the meeting between Joseph P. Kennedy and his son, John F. Kennedy, in a small study off their Cape Cod living room on that Thanksgiving afternoon in 1956. While dishes were washed in the kitchen …