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Another New York Fashion Week has come and gone, with no shortage of buzz surrounding it. Some designers have left the New York lineup to show their collections in Paris. Others chose not to stage a traditional runway show at all, opting instead – as Vogue pointed out – to present their collections in “pleasant, Instagram-friendly” environments. Carolina Herrera, who…

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Scene Garden Club will host a lecture by herbalist Jackie Swift at 10 a.m Feb. 19 in the Concord Senior Center, 40 Commerce Drive, Springville. The presentation, “Organic Kitchen,” will be followed by a workshop at 11 a.m. on making butter. Fee is $5. Participants are asked to bring a wooden spoon and rubber spatula. Call 592-2764. Smallwood Garden Club will meet at 7 p…

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Something happened in recent years when I wasn’t paying too much attention: Barn doors became hugely popular as inside doors. Some authentic. Many not. Oh, I knew they were out there. I just didn’t realize they were out there in so many places. They showed up on HGTV’s “Fixer Upper.” Home Depot and Lowe’s continue to offer oodles of barn-style doors on their websites…

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Designers recently unveiled their collections for autumn/winter 2018 in New York. The official schedule included more than 100 shows, with 15 to 18 presentations squeezed in on the busiest days. Here, we highlight some of the top trends.

Gardening

Winter doldrums, the time of wishing and waiting – that’s February for most gardeners. It’s a fine time for planning and reading, but there are some practical things to do as well, both outdoors and in. First, go outside when the sun is shining. You can go do these things outside when it’s cloudy too, but a February warm-up is the time you’re most likely to put on the w…

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Our dog Cody is no more a Westminster show dog than I am an Olympic athlete. Still, to us, he’s a real winner. Forget that we don’t know exactly what breed he is – what with the short legs, long body, floppy ears and unruly tuft of hair on top of his head. His records at the veterinarian identify him as a Spaniel mix, so we’ll just go with that. Cody has quirky habit…

CHILDREN'S The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle by Leslie Connor; Katherine Tegen Books/Harper Collins, 336 pages ($16.99) Ages 8 to 12. ... Was there ever a more lovable, more valiant character than Mason Buttle? Leslie Connor offers an unforgettable, formidable hero in Mason, a big kid who can barely read or write and is relentlessly bullied by his classmates over his le…

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Michael and Rosemarie Tucker, both retired, call themselves "amateur decorators." They display folk art and old fishing tackle in their waterfront home and also enjoy architectural antiques such as trade signs and mill work. Here is what they wrote for the News’ Home of the Week online feature: "We moved from a large contemporary home in Youngstown to the Grand Islan…

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The Niagara District Sectional Tournament continues with a team game at 9 a.m. today, Saturday, Feb. 10, and pairs games at 1 and 7 p.m. in the Holiday Inn Parkway Conference Centre, 327 Ontario St., St. Catharines, Ont. It concludes with Swiss teams at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 11. For more info, click this link. *  *  * The Airport Bridge Club will offer Valentine's Day …

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Daniel Ellsberg's latest book is a disturbing analysis about how close we have been – and still are – to a nuclear holocaust. Ellsberg, the whistleblower behind the provocative Pentagon Papers in 1971 which became the basis for the Steven Spielberg film "The Post," is an expert on decision theory and warfare strategy. Yet positive reviews for "The Doomsday Machine: Conf…

Gardening

It may seem early for you to think or read about your lawn – or turf, as it is called in the lawn and landscape business. February is indeed too early for us to do anything about the lawn, but it’s necessary to talk about it this soon for one reason: The lawn care ads begin this month. They glamorize perfect lawns and press you to commit to product lines that are allegedly…

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East Aurora Garden Club will meet at noon Feb. 12  in St. Matthias Episcopal Church, Main and Maple streets, East Aurora. Park in rear lot. Naturalist/herbalist Jacqueline Swift, co-owner of Rainbow’s End Culinary and Medical Herbs, will present “Colonial Heirloom Gardens.” Guests welcome. Call 980-3202 or 652-4985. Cheektowaga Garden Club will meet at 6:45 p.m. Feb. 12…

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On Valentine's Day, it's time for a treat. Winter-weary Western New Yorkers owe it to ourselves to go to a flower shop. It doesn't have to be for romantic reasons. You can choose flowers for family, friends or simply yourself. And you don't have to break the bank. A single bloom can do the trick. "I can't tell you how many customers come in once a week, usually older…