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"Eat a Peach," the famous Allman Brothers album, burst on the scene in 1972. Not long afterwards, Gregg Allman came to stay for a while in Western New York. Coincidence? I think not. As Bourbon County is to whiskey, as Madison County is to bridges, as Calaveras County is to jumping frogs, so is Niagara County to peaches. Nobody is saying that everyone else's peaches …

It's a big week for extra-point games. The Airport Bridge Club will award extra points, half red, at all of its games at noon today, Saturday, Aug. 19, and next Saturday and at 11 a.m. Monday through Friday. The Bridge Center of Buffalo will have extra point games Wednesday through next Saturday. And Bridge Club Meridian will offer extra points at its game at 10:3…

NONFICTION Kennedy and King: The President, The Pastor and the Battle Over Civil Rights By Steven Levingston Hachette Books 440 pages, $28 Before becoming president in 1961, John F. Kennedy authored the book “Profiles in Courage,” which highlighted office-holders who put principle above political expediency and personal gain. But Kennedy missed th…

The impression one gathers while sitting with Annette Nuding on her wraparound porch one recent morning is that she knows everyone and everyone knows her. This is the type of porch that creates a friendly environment where she waves to passers-by and they wave back. Large and L-shaped, it’s furnished with white, all-weather wicker, floral cushions, an area rug, potted…

“Four Later Novels” (“Get Shorty,” “Rum Punch,” “Out of Sight” and “Tishomongo Blues”) By Elmore Leonard, Library of America, 961 pages, $40.) Now that Elmore Leonard’s “Get Shorty” is on its second go round in 22 years as a hot Hollywood property (it inspired a current series on the Epix cable network starring Chris O’Dowd and Ray Romano), t…

Some of the plants that showed off for our garden-peeping tourists and guests during July and early August are still going strong: tall Rudbeckia ‘Herbstonne’, daisies and perennial geraniums that were cut back, reblooming roses, and late daylilies. But then what? I recommend a late summer driving tour to the garden centers of Western New York to see what else co…

YOUNG ADULT Boy by Blake Nelson; Simon & Schuster, 358 pages ($18.99) Ages 14 and up. ... This riveting novel of a teenage boy's journey toward self-discovery comes from the author of 1994 coming-of-age classic "Girl," "Recovery Road" and "Paranoid Park," which was made into a movie by Gus Van Sant. "Boy" is written as the interior monologue of Gavin Meeks, who is t…

MEMOIR The Bright Hour: A Memoir of Living and Dying By Nina Riggs; Simon & Schuster, 310 pages, $25 Nina Riggs doesn’t say straightaway, in her stunning and consequential memoir “The Bright Hour,” that she is the great-great-great granddaughter of Ralph Waldo Emerson. Nor would this matter, in the greater scheme of things, except for the fact that it…

FICTION The Changeling By Victor Lavalle Spiegel & Grau 436 pages, $28 Forget the movies by the same name -- Clint Eastwood's 2009 police procedural starring Angeline Jolie or George C. Scott's 1980 horror film set in Canada. For all the critical respect they have earned, they share little with the work at hand beyond the title and genre. This "Chang…

Well, it's official. I am completely unafraid of heights. The first thing I said when I stepped outside onto the narrow metal platform 1,168 feet above the ground wasn't, "Oh my God. What was I thinking?" It was, "It's raining!" I'd waited two months for this day, ever since my inspired husband handed me an envelope for my birthday and said, "I just want to say, this…

A Cheektowaga gym owner and partner who two years ago created an online fitness training website recently added an app to their repertoire. Brandon Monin, owner of One Up Sports and Wellness in the Holiday Twin Rinks on Broadway, and Ryan Malinowski launched their Prolific Fitness app in April. They honed it during late spring and early summer for clients mostly across…

Chunky turtlenecks and puffer coats may not be on your mind, but it’s never too early to look ahead to the fall fashion season. We picked five trends that are showing up in women’s clothing that is available now or will be in the coming weeks and months. These trends were also spotted on runways last February when designers unveiled their Fall/Winter 2017-18 collection…

Deadline is Tuesday, Aug. 15, for tickets for the annual Unit 116 picnic Sunday, Aug. 20, in Rescue Fire Hall, 1241 Strad Ave., North Tonawanda. Between the games at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., a Weidner’s chicken barbecue will be served. For more info, call Paul Zittel at 992-4794 or Tova Reinhorn at 994-1582. For more info, click this link. * * * Starting time for weekday…

As the packing process continues leading up to the big college send-off, I notice how a few things have changed since preparing for my own freshman year. One of them: the options for making up a dorm bed. As I recall, I brought along a mattress pad, two sets of sheets, two pillows, a blanket and a comforter for the twin bed in my dorm room. Sure, everything was co…

MEMOIR Rabbit: The Autobiography of Ms. Pat By Patricia Williams, with Jeannine Amber; Dey St./HarperCollins, 240 pages, $25.99 “Comedy and selling drugs have a lot in common. You need to be quick, work hard, and give people what they want.” -- Patricia Williams, aka “Ms. Pat” “Hustle and humor” were once all Patricia Williams knew – and, when sh…