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East Aurora Garden Club will meet at noon March 12th in St. Matthias Episcopal Church, Main and Maple streets, East Aurora. The club’s annual potluck salad luncheon will be followed by an installation of officers. Guests welcome. Call 655-6736. Cheektowaga Garden Club will meet at 6:45 p.m. March 12 in the Cleveland Hill faculty dining room, Mapleview Road. Use the play…

YOUNG ADULT A Girl Like That by Tanaz Bhathena; Farrar Straus Giroux, 369 pages ($17.99) Ages 14 and up. ... Blood is pooling on the highway, as the spirits of 16-year-old Zarin and 18-year-old Porus hover over the scene of their fatal highway accident in Jeddah, Saudia Arabi, in the opening chapter of this brilliant, powerful, unforgettable debut novel by Tanaz Bhathen…

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It's not exactly Bills fans and Tom Brady, but Democrats and Republicans just don't get along very well these days. So we were pleasantly surprised to learn about a case of love overcoming political divisions. A.J. Baynes, a former chief of staff to Republican State Sen. Pat Gallivan of Elma, last weekend married Lauren Rivett, a former chief of staff to Democratic S…

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For Ken and Karen Drzymala, their move to a townhouse on the Buffalo waterfront began with a trip to the Erie Basin Marina - for ice cream. At the time, they were living in a ranch-style house in the suburbs where they raised two daughters. They were not shopping for a new home. Then they saw an open house sign and decided to take a look. That's all it took. They mad…

Janelle M. Tryjankowski and James R. Gonos were married at 5 p.m. on Dec. 26, 2017, in St. Jude’s Roman Catholic Church, Mountain Top, Pa., where their vows were heard by the Rev. Joseph Evanko, pastor. Guests gathered for a reception at Le Manhattan Bistro in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. The bride, daughter of Stephen and Betty Tryjankowski of Buffalo, is a graduate of Villa Maria A…

Gardening

Did you laugh at me last Friday when my column showed bluebirds (of happiness) and little spring bulbs? It was sunny and exhilarating weather that hinted at spring – and then the snow came. That’s March in these parts. It’s normal and most Western New Yorkers know how to live with it. A late snowstorm, however, does present some danger to trees, and sometimes to people. …

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Some people know what a conversation pit is. People born after the 1970s may have no idea – unless they have been following what some trend-spotters have been saying. Conversation pits ‑ think sunken seating areas ‑ are enjoying a moment. Apartment Therapy this week posted a story about conversation pits with the headline: “This Beloved ’70s Trend is Back & Bette…

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The Bridge Center of Buffalo reports that it will offer extra points at all of its games next week. The club also has decided to eliminate the 0-750 section from its game at 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays and continue it as an open game. *  *  * Bridge Club Meridian also will offer an extra-point game at 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 5. *  *  * The Airport Bridge Club will hold a d…

Health and Fitness

The National Council on Aging’s Aging Mastery Program (AMP) will soon be available in eight counties in the region. AMP interactive classes, for adults 55 and older, encourages participants to develop sustainable behaviors that lead to health improvements, stronger economic security, enhanced well-being and increased participation in society. The council created the …

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A young widow who had to pick up the pieces of her life after her husband died from cancer. A lawyer who has successfully addressed depression. A couple with a son who has autism who opened two gyms so all children could embrace their playful sides together. These are among the hundreds of real stories, about real people in Western New York, that have been contain…

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A new TV ad on a diabetes drug has come onto the market. Injectable Victoza lowers blood sugar levels and addresses the higher risk of heart disease that comes with Type 2 diabetes – a chronic condition caused in large part by foods people choose to eat and exercise routines they decide to forgo. The drug also can help you lose weight. What struck me most about one …

Gardening

The Orchid Show is scheduled for March 3 and 4 at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 3 and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 4. Featured will be displays of award-winning orchids, educational programs, vendors. It is presented by the Niagara Frontier Orchid Society and the Botanical Gardens. Tickets available at the door. Admission…

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CHILDREN'S The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani; Dial Books for Young Readers, 258 pages ($16.99) Ages 8 to 12. ... This extraordinary, poignant, coming-of-age novel, of a 12-year-old girl forced to flee her childhood home during the bloody partition of India in 1947, is written as a diary and based on the experience of the author's father and his family. Nisha's voic…

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During the last month I caught myself thinking “Why do I live here?” The ice dam over the deck was beyond my control. I had to get garbage cans over the snow drifts to the road. In town I was tiptoeing to avoid slipping on ice. Windstorms were threatening old trees, and I was tired of bundling up just to go to the car. Then the darkness was creeping in long before dinne…

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Maria and Tom Tarapacki, who married in 2014, have been busy restoring their home in the Elmwood Village. Here is how Maria, a graphic designer, described the process. "The house was built in 1896 and has been through many transformations, some not so good. The house was 'modernized' in the 1950s and much of the charm was destroyed. “My husband, Tom, and I hav…