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Through the years, George Utz and Colleen Lewis have put a lot of work into their home in the Town of Hamburg – both inside and out. Lewis is a retired psychologist who now works part time at Dent Neurologic Institute in Orchard Park. Utz, past fire chief for the Village of Hamburg, is a residential program counselor at Buffalo Psychiatric Center. Lewis described the…

Home of the Week

Colleen Lewis and George Utz live in a home in the Town of Hamburg that was originally 561 square feet with a barn. Now enlarged, the home showcases Utz's woodworking skills.

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As the calendar flips to May, I’m reminded that graduation season is quickly approaching. Last year, when our daughter was a high school senior, I was surprised just how quickly it all came up. Especially the graduation parties – and decisions about graduation gifts. Sometimes, my husband I were invited to attend the parties. Other times, we were not. There were clas…

Gardening

It’s April and usually that means lots of rain. “April showers bring May flowers,” indeed. In an ideal world plant roots absorb water with nutrients that travel through the plant’s vascular system and trigger production of shoots, leaves and buds. Plant roots absorb much of the rain, and the soil – replete with organic matter and microorganisms – holds the rest of the mois…

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The garden at Jim and Leslie Charlier’s home has been a must-see for years during the annual Garden Walk Buffalo. It has been featured in numerous national publications, including This Old House, Backyard Solutions and Fine Gardening. This week, we take a look at the inside of their home, with its local artwork, colorful walls and handcrafted items. Jim Charlier runs…

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Bulbs have been on my mind all week. Last Friday I was in Keukenhof Gardens in the Netherlands, where about 5 million tulips and other bulbs provide breathtaking plantings over a 70-acre park. This year’s theme: The Romance of Flowers. Five indoor pavilions provide education on tulip history and science as well as exciting plant introductions. If you love flowers, this …

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This house in the Linwood neighborhood has been many things – private home, hair salon, dental offices, nursery school – but its bones have remained strong and its personality intriguing. So much so that current resident Erin St. John Kelly refers to the house not as an “it” but as a “she.” “I think of this house as my old lady friend,” said Kelly, who moved to Buffa…

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Have you heard the term “keeping room”? If you checked out our latest Home of the Week on BuffaloNews.com, you saw one. There is a keeping room in the East Aurora home of Arno and Susan Tapani. Photos of the interior and exterior of their house appear on our weekly online feature. We won’t mind if you call it a sitting area or even a small family room. But this extensio…

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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…

Home of the Week

Arno and Susan Tapani bought their East Aurora home in 2001 and undertook a major renovation to modernize and enlarge it. The house was built as a summer home in 1926 by prominent Buffalo couple Harlow C. and Ethel Mann Curtiss.

Gardening

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…