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The Buffalo Winter Sectional Tournament continues with pairs games at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. today, Saturday, Jan. 20, in Main-Transit Fire Hall, 6777 Main St., Amherst. It concludes with a Swiss teams game at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 21. For more info, click this link. The Bridge Center of Buffalo and the Airport Bridge Club are closed today, Saturday, Jan. 20, for the …

Health and Fitness

Marina Mukandala found yoga after graduating in 2002 from Clark University in Worcester, Mass. and going into the work force. “I was under a tremendous amount of stress making that transition into the real world and developing a lot of anxiety,” the Black Rock native said. Mukandala and her husband, Magezi, moved back to her home region a decade ago. She went to work as…

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Is your bedroom nicely 'layered? Are you thinking about building a 'microshelter'? Here is an A-Z guide of words you should know from the fashion, decorating and gardening worlds. Accent wall: A wall that is different than the other walls in the room, to add drama, help define a space, etc. It might be painted a different color or covered in wallpaper. Burnout: A …

Gardening

How quickly we forget. Only two weeks ago, there were 2 feet of snow on many of our driveways and porches. My house had a 2-by-2-foot ice dam column, roof to deck. Cars and sidewalks were buried, and people – many who shouldn’t be shoveling – put hours into uncovering them. Then it melted and typically everybody moved on and forgot the stresses (until the next time). …

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I recently had one of those weird moments when I wondered if something was happening for real or if I dreamed it. In this case it’s for real. I did not wake up one morning and say, “Wow. I had the strangest dream last night. People are putting their books on their bookshelves backward.” Turns out, they are turning their books around. It’s been going on for some time …

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On frosty days, local interior designer Mark Taylor dreams of decorating a sun room. It would be big and bright – and very uplifting. “I would love to use yellow right now because I’m already sick of winter. I would love to do a sun room with oranges, yellows and greens to remind us that spring is coming,” he said. When asked what colors she would choose when decorat…

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Beth and Craig Downing bought their Buffalo townhouse in January 2016 and moved in nine months later. It was a challenge but Beth Downing's sister, Lynn Hayes, and niece, Kelly Zimmerman, stepped in to help with everything from choosing the materials to decorating. In an email, Beth Downing, senior director of finance and administration for Buffalo Olmsted Parks Cons…

Lifestyles

The Airport Bridge Club will award extra points at its game at noon today, Saturday, Jan. 13, and all of its games next week. The club will celebrate Martin Luther King Day on Monday, Jan. 15, with games at 10 a.m. and 1:15 p.m., plus lunch between sessions at no extra cost. The Airport Bridge Club also will be the only one in the district to take part in the special AC…

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It’s going to be a fashionable year for your porch, patio and garden. Some of the trends appear to have crossed over from the runways and maybe even your own closet. Dotted foliage? Very chic. Velvet? It goes beyond holiday parties (and sofa upholstery). The Proven Winners website shows a petunia called ‘Royal Velvet’ and a begonia named ‘Velvet Red.’ And who can res…

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Gardeners and homeowners are asking about the effect of this deep freeze, especially if they invested in new trees and shrubs recently. I spoke with a Spectrum customer service rep in North Carolina this week (who solved my problem very well by the way) and even she was worried about her plants – just different ones. Which plants will be damaged depends upon the spec…

CHILDREN’S Streetcar to Justice: How Elizabeth Jennings Won the Right to Ride in New York by Amy Hill Hearth; Greenwillow Books, 127 pages ($19.99) ... This fascinating book chronicling a little-known but important chapter of the battle for civil rights comes from Amy Hill Hearth, the journalist who, with the late Sarah L. and A. Elizabeth Delany, wrote “Having Our Say:…

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Federated Holland Garden Club will meet at 11 a.m Jan. 17 at the Brink Memorial Community Center, Legion Drive, Holland. Following the business meeting and luncheon, members will discuss and plan for their 2018-2019 yearbook as well as the club’s May flower show. New members welcome. Call 537-9710. Western New York Rose Society will meet at 7 p.m. Jan. 17 at St. Stephen…

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Martin and Janeen Burruano moved from their home in North Tonawanda, where they raised three children, to a ranch in Wheatfield that has a main house and an apartment. In an email, Janeen Burruano described what motivated them to move and offered additional details for our online Home of the Week feature: “I feel our home is unique in that it offers hope to families …