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The Airport Bridge Club will award extra points at its game at noon today, Saturday, Nov. 4, and at all of its games next week. *  *  * The Niagara Falls, Ont., Regional Tournament opens Tuesday, Nov. 7, with games at 10 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 5685 Falls St., and continues through Sunday, Nov. 12. For more info, click this link. *  *  …

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Many people have happy memories of the grandparents’ homes they visited growing up. Jessica Cronenberger has more than memories. She and her husband, John, have the keys to the front door. The Cronenbergers bought the house shortly after the passing of Jessica’s grandmother, Anna Anderson, in 1984; Jessica’s grandfather, Robert Anderson, had died a half dozen year…

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The Oishei Children's Hospital can rest easy now. It has found its lullaby. On Nov. 2, the contest finals at City Honors School put to bed the search to find a new, local, performance of Brahms Lullaby to be played whenever a baby is born at the hospital. Playing the famous lullaby on such occasions is a longstanding hospital tradition. It turns out it's hard to beat…

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In Italy, they would say it musically, something like: "GUER-chee-oh." Western New Yorkers say it, no-frills, "GURSH-ee-oh." Why stand by formalities? We're family. Guercio & Sons has presided over Grant Street for more than half a century. When weather permits, you can shop under awnings on the sidewalk in front of the store. Apples, pears, eggplant and cauli…

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NONFICTION The Highbrow, Lowbrow, Brilliant 50 Years of New York by the editors of New York Magazine Simon and Schuster 418 pages, $65 Annie Leibovitz: Portraits 2005-2016 Phaidon Unpaginated, $89.95 On July 15, 1980, the current president of the United States was a brash, visibly self-satisfied young man pictured with four older men as one of "the men…

Columns

A few weeks ago, I ran into Amy Dickinson, the internationally celebrated author and advice columnist, at a writer's event in Skaneateles. Dickinson, who has immortalized her nearby hometown of Freeville in Tompkins County, had a question. She wondered if we'd be interested in her written "thank you" to Buffalo. Until last spring, she said, her father, Buck, was in …

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The Letters of Sylvia Plath: Volume One--1940-1956 edited by Peter K. Steinberg and Karen K. Kukil, Harper, 1388 pages, $45. Here’s Sylvia Plath, in 1956, writing about her love for her husband poet Ted Hughes. “I fell in love with Ted’s poems before I met him, at a very bohemian party given for a new literary review. He is big, athletic (a discus thrower, archer,…

Gardening

Thousands of people visit other people’s gardens every year (more in our region than in most places) and drive or walk away saying “Wow!” Or maybe they just say “Hmmm ... not so sure about that one.” Sometimes they take pictures and write down plant names and ideas about furnishings and art. Quite often it just stops there. Why is there so often a gap betwe…

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NONFICTION God: A Human History                           By Reza Aslan Random House 280 pages, $28 A human history of God? What other kind could there be, unless God decided to write his own biography?  (In fact, God did write about Himself in the Bible. Many hold that the Bible is inspired writing about God with human author…

YOUNG ADULT Landscape With Invisible Hand by M.T. Anderson; Candlewick Press, 149 pages ($16.99) Ages 12 and up. M.T. Anderson, author of National Book Award finalist "Feed" and the "Octavian Nothing" books, offers up a brilliant satire in this harrowing tale of a future Earth ruled by the vuuv, an alien race with advanced technology and an obsession with 1950s cultu…

CHILDREN'S The Secret of Nightingale Wood by Lucy Strange; Scholastic ($16.99) Ages 10 and up. ... A British author makes a dazzling debut in this poignant, beautifully written, enthralling novel set in England in 1919 after the devastation of the Great War. The novel opens with 12-year-old Henrietta, her parents and baby sister moving into Hope House, a rambling house …

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HISTORY The Accidental President: Harry S. Truman and the Four Months that Changed the World By A. J. Baime Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 430 pages, $30 If Harry S. Truman was an “accidental president,” then maybe what this nation needs are a few more strategic accidents. The term “accidental president,” on which historian A. J. Baime constructs his l…

Gardening

East Park Garden Club will meet at noon Nov. 3 and Nov. 27 at the Grand Island Public Library. Members will prepare decorations for the Victorian Christmas event at the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site (Wilcox Mansion). Call 773-5838. Tickets are now available for Victorian Christmas events at the TR Site. The events run Nov. 30 to Dec. 9 and include …

Buffalo architect Adam Sokol has a lot of out-of-the-box ideas for Buffalo. Sokol imagines large art installations, galleries and other art-related uses for the Central Terminal similar to Mass MoCA, a tourist destination in North Adams, Mass. He has a plan to turn Silo City into a national park, another to create a dedicated bike path through the city without traffic l…

Lifestyles

Extra-point games will be offered by Bridge Club Meridian at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 30, and the Airport Bridge Club at noon today, Saturday, Oct. 28, and at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Thursdsay and Friday. The Airport Club also will have its annual Halloween celebration at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31. *  *  * The Bridge Center of Buffalo will hold its annual meeting at 12:30 p.m…