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"Wearing the Letter P," a book about Polish women who were forced into labor in Germany from 1939 to 1945, will be the topic of a lecture at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18, at Canisius College. Author Sophie Hodorowicz Knab wrote the book to keep a promise with her mother, who was a slave laborer during the war. German soldiers forced approximately 12 million people from alm…

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  The Airport Bridge Club awards extra points at its game at noon today, Saturday, Oct. 14. Bridge Club Meridian has an extra-point game at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 16. *  *  *   The Buffalo Spooktacular Regional Tournament begins Tuesday, Oct. 17, in the Adams Mark Hotel, 120 Church St., in downtown Buffalo, and continues through to Sunday, Oct. 22. For i…

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The timing couldn’t have been better. While at the hair salon recently, I noticed that the woman sitting in the chair next to me was looking at a page in People magazine filled with photographs of red boots – and several celebrities wearing them. Just then, a woman walked around a corner of the salon wearing a pair of rain boots. Knee-high, shiny and very much red. O…

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If there were ever an autumn that begs us to plant bulbs, this is it. We’ve had lots of time. I’m imagining the garden center shelves are emptied. You all have new beds that will bursting with daffodils and crocuses next spring – right? But maybe not: I also know that new homeowners and gardeners start from scratch every year without much gardening knowledge, time, or m…

Books

“Defining Moments in Black History: Reading Between the Lies” by Dick Gregory Amistad, 236 pages, $24.99 When Dick Gregory died Aug. 19 at the age of 84, he was still almost a month away from publication of this book. Had he lived and been vigorous enough to flog the book everywhere possible on the book hype tour, there is no question in my mind that this book would …

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FICTION "A Legacy of Spies" By John Le Carré Viking 264 pages, $28 Spying is an old game the Good Book tells us. “God said to Moses, Choose twelve men, one from each of the tribes of Israel, and send them to spy on the land of Canaan.” John Le Carré’s latest spy novel, “A Legacy Of Spies,” is a book whose title is chosen carefully. John Banville, the wond…

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FICTION The Ninth Hour By Alice McDermott Farrar, Straus and Giroux 247 pages, $26 “And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, my God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?”  (Matthew 27:46) Alice McDermott reaches deep into the well of human experience once again in her superlative  “The Ninth…

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FICTION Origin By Dan Brown Doubleday 456 pages. $29.95 Exploring the competitive tensions between religion and science, Dan Brown’s “Origin” is a mystery that will appeal to readers looking for thoughtfulness and thrills. Brown tells the tale of Edmond Kirsch, a brash computer scientist and atheist activist who thinks his recent discovery about humanity’s o…

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Cheektowaga Garden Club will meet at 6:45 p.m. Oct. 16 in the Cleveland Hill faculty dining room on Mapleview Road, Cheektowaga. Use the playground entrance. Mark Carra, of Beaver Meadow Audubon Center, will present “Hummingbirds – Their Behavior and How to Attract Them.” Guests and new members welcome. Smallwood Garden Club will meet at 7 p.m. Oct. 16 in Williamsville …

Weddings

Lisa M. Frandina and Thomas D. Pearce were married at 2 p.m. on March 4, 2017, in Holy Angels Catholic Church, Buffalo, where The Rev. David Munoz, parochial vicar, heard their vows. Guests gathered for a reception at Salvatore’s Hospitality in Lancaster. The bride’s parents are Joseph M. and Barbara J. Frandina of Williamsville. The bride, a graduate of Williamsville Sout…

Weddings

Elizabeth K. Mitchell and Anthony J. Cumbo were married at noon May 20, 2017, in St. Joseph Cathedral, Buffalo, where the Rev. Peter Drilling heard their vows. Guests gathered for a reception in the Marquis Ballroom in the Hotel Lafayette. The bride is the daughter of Sally and Joseph Mitchell of Syracuse. A graduate of Fayetteville-Manlius High School, she earned a bachel…

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Monica L. Kemp and Charles Simpson III were married at 4 p.m. on July 8, 2017 in Dunkirk Lighthouse, Dunkirk, where guests gathered for a reception. Christopher Penfold of Dunkirk heard their vows. The bride is the daughter of Lisa M. Jablonski and Kurt Wagner of Buffalo. A graduate of Cheektowaga Central School, she earned a bachelor’s degree from the University at Buffal…

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Shannon L. Deibel and Brian S. Levy were married at 5 p.m. on Aug. 24, 2017 in Excellence El Carmen, Punta Cana, with Jose Luis Sanchez as officiant. Guests gathered for a reception at Excellence El Carmen. The bride, daughter of Mary Ellen Deibel and John J. Deibel of Orchard Park, is a graduate of Orchard Park High School. She earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical eng…

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Alexa M. Antonacci and Daniel D. Barrancotta were married at 2:30 p.m. on May 27, 2017, in St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church, Lewiston, where their vows were heard by Monsignor David G. LiPuma of St. Peter’s. Guests gathered for a reception at the Niagara Falls Conference Center. The bride, daughter of Mario and Donna Antonacci of Lewiston, is a graduate of Niagara Catholi…

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Theresa M. Fagan and John R. Kennedy were married at 1 p.m. on May 27, 2017, in St. Stephen’s Roman Catholic Church, Middleport, where their vows were heard by the Rev. Dan Fawls. Guests gathered for a reception at the Adam’s Mark Hotel, downtown Buffalo. The bride, daughter of James P. and Mary Patricia Fagan of Middleport, is a graduate of Royalton-Hartland. She earned a…