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Western New York Hosta Society will hold its spring meeting at 2 p.m. April 22 at the East Aurora Senior Center, 101 King St., East Aurora. Photographer Jim Charlier will present “Garden Photos: Grow Your Know-How.” Pick up some tips and techniques for improving your garden photo skills. All welcome; free admission. Refreshments. Hamburg House and Garden Club will hold …

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Arno and Susan Tapani bought their home in East Aurora in 2001. They worked with Patricia Bailey of Bailey & Harris Architects to renovate and enlarge it while preserving the home’s historical architectural design. The couple raised three daughters - now ages 16, 18 and 21 - in this five-bedroom, five-bath home. Arno Tapani is a manufacturing engineer at Hamburg-bas…

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I have been just two days in the Netherlands, but how suitable that the first excursion from the river boat took us to a tulip farm. This trip on Ama Waterways will take my band of 15 travelers to visit historic villages and the city of Gouda, to learn about building a country half below sea level, and to see windmills and a spring flower show called Floralia. The trip’…

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While picking up sticks in the yard last week wearing boots and the long down coat I’m ready to burn at this point in April, I decided enough is enough. I’m going to pretend it’s really spring, not just technically spring. I’m ready to fake it, force it, will it. No more chunky turtlenecks, mile-long scarves or dark hosiery. Fewer hearty soups; more cold salads. When…

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Lewiston GardenFest is accepting applications from vendors as well as local residents interested in showcasing their gardens during this year’s event, 10 a. to 5 p.m. June 16-17. Go online for details and to download applications. Application deadline for vendors is May 1. The application deadline for residents to participate in open gardens is May 5. GardenFest is present…

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Six years ago, Meg Keller-Cogan and her husband, Clark Cogan, moved to Buffalo and settled into a house that immediately felt like home. Here is how Keller-Cogan described their home in an email to The Buffalo News Home & Style section for our “Home of the Week” online feature: "Our E.B. Green designed home was built in 1900 as a simple Craftsman design. "…

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As we wait, wait and wait some more for spring to fully arrive, who isn’t eager to swap those winter boots and coats for some sandals and sundresses? Time will tell if there will be any big trends across Western New York this spring and summer. Some warm-weather favorites are more timeless than trendy, after all. Still, looking back through our News’ archives from th…

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This time of year I always get geared up for spring projects. I make lists. I look around at things that need to be done. I plan. Or I try to plan, anyway. This week, I wondered this: What does a professional organizer do this time of year? So I called one. Linda Birkinbine runs a local business called Keep it Organized. She said of late she has been giving some a…

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As I patrolled my yard this week I had the feeling that St. Patrick’s Day must be soon. Yet the calendar says it’s April. In the yard and garden everything is happening slowly, which is not a bad thing. Gradual seasonal changes are ideal. We often lose some flowers and fruit when a premature warm spell causes plants to plump up their buds and then ‑ boom ‑ a deep freeze…

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East Aurora Garden Club will meet at noon April 9 at St. Matthias Episcopal Church, Main and Maple streets, East Aurora. Kristy Schmitt, director of education at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, will offer a hands-on presentation, “Indulge-Delectable Botanical Luxuries,” which will include a chocolate tasting and making essential oils and bath salts. Guests a…

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Sherry Campbell and her husband, Brian Lewandowski, grew up in Cuba, N.Y., and have always liked old houses. Former renters, they bought a home in Lancaster in 1995 that needed a lot of work — both inside and out. They did much of the work themselves — with the help of family and friends. Other projects, including the roof and electrical work, were done by professionals…

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Love stripes? Saturday could be your day. Last year J.Crew named March 31 National Stripes Day. Sure, the retailer made up the holiday – stripes are very big at J.Crew (including on earrings and frames on sunglasses) – but, then again, who needs a special day to cheer all things striped? This is especially true this time of year when stripes celebrate spring any day you…

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As I wrote in this column last week, natural habitat is almost gone, replaced or degraded by human development and by invasive species. One direct result is an unprecedented rate of species extinction (up to 1,000 times normal rate) with implications we can barely grasp. Native insect plant-eaters are central to a complex food web (supporting birds, fish, amphibians and mo…

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Jean Marie and her sister, Nancy Patrus, live in a 1,100-square-foot ranch in the Town of Hamburg. Marie (her real last name), 71, is a retired medical massage therapist. Patrus, 65, was a barber. They grew up in Pittsburgh. Marie later lived in Arizona, while Patrus remained in their hometown. Living together in their retirement years is the best, Marie said. “When …