The Airport Bridge Club will offer extra point games at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, to Friday, Feb. 24, and at noon next Saturday, Feb. 25. The club also will celebrate Presidents Day on Monday, Feb. 20, with pairs games at 10 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. with a free lunch. *  *  * Congratulations to Christy Kellogg and Bert Hargeshimer, the most successful Buffalo area players …

Recently, when perusing the Apartment Therapy website, I came across an old post entitled “Don’t Fall for It: 5 Things You Really DON’T Need At Home.” Topping the list: Top sheet. “Forgoing a top sheet has made zero difference in my sleeping comfort, but a major difference in my laundry load and morning bed-making time. I’m a convert,” wrote contributor…

FICTION The Refugees By Viet Thanh Nguyen Grove Press 209 pages, $25 In America, “where possessions counted for everything, we had no belongings except our stories.”  - Viet Thanh Nguyen The author dedicates this book of short stories to “all refugees, everywhere.” And for good reason: Our brothers and sisters are in need of validation. Puli…

NONFICTION City of Sedition: The History of New York City During the Civil War By John Strausbaugh Twelve 423 pages, $30. The City of New York holds a curious fascination for countless Americans, author John Strausbaugh among them. For some, it’s the excitement of the bright lights and tall buildings.  For others, it’s the tremendous wealth pulsing t…

“Norse Mythology” by Neil Gaiman, Norton, 293 pages, $25.95 In a recent edition of the classic “Bulfinch’s Mythology,” 292 is the number of pages devoted to Greece, Rome and the mythology of Southern European climes. Twenty-seven is the number of pages devoted to myths of the snowy North – without England, that is. As old Thomas Bulfinch smartly noted, no on…

Dick Hirsch has been sharing his dry and occasionally wry sense of humor for decades  in columns. The 84-year-old Buffalonian began writing columns in 1957 for the Buffalo Courier-Express. Later, he hosted and produced three TV shows on PBS -- "Call 17," "In Person" and "Man in the News" -- from 1968 to 1987. He also worked 25 years for a printing company, and owned a …

Creative juices were flowing and so were the fabrics during New York Fashion Week, which ended Thursday. As designers presented their collections for next fall and winter, styles ranged from crisp white blouses to embellished eveningwear. Menswear plaids and autumnal shades of camel, gray, navy and, of course, black filled the runways but floral prints and colors more o…

Sometimes I teach vegetable gardening, as it was my original gardening passion and the topic of my first book writing for Rodale. I have learned to clarify some basic premises to make vegetable gardening easier for new gardeners or the experienced-but-confused. One of the most helpful things to understand is which plants are worth starting from seed, and which ones do best…

Smallwood Garden Club will meet at 7 p.m. Monday in Williamsville United Methodist Church, 5681 Main Street (at Oakgrove), Williamsville. Donna Lipowicz will present "Floral Serenity: Orchids! Orchids! Orchids!" She has 20 years of experience growing and showing orchids and is a fourth-year student orchid judge. If you have a submission for Garden Notes, please send i…

Robert Zuccari and Kelsey Walck were married at 2 p.m. on Oct. 22, 2016, in St. Vincent de Paul Church, Niagara Falls. The Rev. Bob Hughson, pastor of the parish, heard the couple’s vows. Guests gathered for a reception at Samuel’s Grande Manor, Williamsville. The bridegroom is the son of Robert P. and Joan Zuccari of Niagara Falls and the bride is the daughter of Bren…

Mr. and Mrs. Leo Juszkiewicz of Cheektowaga celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a small family dinner celebration with their children and grandchildren. Mr. Juszkiewicz and the former Geraldine Glinski were married Jan. 14, 1967, in Transfiguration Church. He is a retired machine repairman from GM Delavan plant. She is a retired registration clerk from Windsong …

Mr. and Mrs. Donald Stebbins of Orchard Park celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with a family dinner at Ilio DiPaolo’s in Blasdell. Mr. Stebbins and the former June Van Remman were married Feb. 14, 1957, in St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Buffalo. He retired from the Sanitation Department of the City of Buffalo, and she retired after working as a clerk for Merc…

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Mammoser of Hamburg celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with a cocktail hour hosted by their son-in-law and daughter, Les and Lynda Draudt, followed by a dinner celebration at Eckl’s Restaurant in Orchard Park, a family favorite for years. Mr. Mammoser and the former Judith Gaylord were married Feb. 16, 1957, in St. Peter and Paul’s Roman Cath…

Mr. and Mrs. Vito Caputi of Williamsville celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary with a celebration at Caputi’s Sheridan Pub hosted by their children and grandchildren. Mr. Caputi and the former Mamie Zanghi were married Feb. 15, 1947, in Annunciation Roman Catholic Church, Buffalo. He is a former owner of Caputi’s Northtown Liquors, Amherst. She is a homemaker. The…

In celebration of red - and in time for Valentine's Day - here are some quotes on this vibrant primary gathered from BrainyQuote.com and other sources. These ran along with my Sunday story in the Home & Style section: “I love red. Red pants. Red suit. Red coat. Red anything.” – Brad Goreski, television personality/celebrity fashion stylist “When in doubt…