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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 …

YOUNG ADULT Dear Martin by Nic Stone; Crown, 208 pages ($17.99) Ages 12 and up. ... How does the Black Lives Matter movement carry on the work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.? This poignant and powerful debut novel explores that question, through a 17-year-old boy, writing a journal as letters to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., trying to make sense of King’s nonviolent ways i…

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The Airport Bridge Club will award extra points at its game at noon today, Saturday, Jan. 6, 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. *  *  * First local tournament of 2018 is the Buffalo Winter Sectional from Friday, Jan. 19, to Su…

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Whether it’s organizing the closets, shopping for new lamps or rearranging the furniture, people often feel motivated to spruce things up around the house come January. For many people, cleaning out the clutter and organizing top the list. This time of year I always get in the mood to move stuff around. Lamps, artwork, pottery ... nothing is safe when I enter a room. …

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Once, Buffalo rode on the wheels of a dream. That dream comes to life in the Buffalo Transportation Pierce-Arrow Museum. Not into cars? Go anyway. Every once in a while, James Sandoro -- who opened the museum in 2001 with his wife, Mary Ann -- sees someone parked outside. That someone is usually a woman, waiting for the menfolk in her family to emerge. "Come insid…

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We’re in the depth of winter. Extreme cold challenges people and animals. Discarded holiday trees are collecting on the roadsides. The piles of snow make pickup difficult for road crews but most towns have programs to collect the trees and turn them into mulch. If you live in a house and have a yard you have an alternative to putting the tree on the curb, and you can pr…

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Like many of her nursing colleagues, Pat Paolucci loves wearing her colorful print scrubs while tending to young  patients at John R. Oishei Children's Hospital. Pediatric patients especially love to see Mickey Mouse, Santa Claus, other favorite characters and seasonal-themed prints that the nurses wear. The designs calm, cheer and sometimes become a talking point. The …

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The tables were set. The china and crystal were ready. The reservations were made. In Western New York's finest restaurants, everything was in place for an elegant New Year's Eve feast. Then came a potential game-changer. The NFL had moved the Buffalo Bills game against the Miami Dolphins to 4:25 p.m. Was this some new strategy? Last weekend, a high-tension Bills gam…

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The Bridge Center of Buffalo will offer an End-of-the-Year Game at 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 31. *  *  * The Airport Bridge Club will greet the New Year with a game at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 1. The club will award extra points at its game today, Saturday, Dec. 30, and all of its games next week. *  *  * First local tournament of 2018 is the Buffalo Winter Sectional from Friday…