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Many years ago I completed my degree in medical assisting and one of the first positions I took was with a most uninspiring and miserable boss.After enduring that position for a year, I decided there had to be something better and decided to peruse the want ads for a more inspiring position. I had a few jobs in between that worked out well; one thing led to another and we …

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Andrea Lynn was ready for a big break.The 20-year-old University at Buffalo senior has been dancing since she was 5. While attending Rush-Henrietta High School near Rochester, she visited Austria, Slovakia and the Czech Republic for a concert tour, and she’s used to hustling across New York State year-round for shows and competitions. She’s mastered everything from tap to …

Dance

Andrea Lynn was ready for a big break.The 20-year-old University at Buffalo senior has been dancing since she was 5. While attending Rush-Henrietta High School near Rochester, she visited Austria, Slovakia and the Czech Republic for a concert tour, and she’s used to hustling across New York State year-round for shows and competitions. She’s mastered everything from tap to …

Friday, June 21, will be the Longest Day in more ways than one. On the summer solstice, the longest day of the year, bridge players across North America will play their favorite game from sunrise to sunset to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association.There’s a choice of Longest Day games in the Buffalo area. Western New York Unit 116 is sponsoring a series of games in the Bridge…

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One student is graduating after three years with plans to become a physician assistant. Another graduating junior has been drafted by a hockey team and hopes to play in the National Hockey League. A senior is planning to attend seminary and be ordained a Catholic priest.The students are taking these diverse paths after spending their high school years in the uniform of the…

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It all started with a bottle of gin someone gave a friend of Amy Stewart at a convention of garden writers. The gin recipient was less than thrilled with the gift – “I don’t know what to do with this,” he said – until Stewart suggested a scrumptious-sounding cocktail of fresh jalapenos, cilantro and cherry tomatoes.On their way to get the ingredients, she rhapsodized on th…

Whenever I think about window treatments, an anecdote from one of my favorite childhood books, “Amelia Bedelia” by Peggy Parish, always comes to mind.If you don’t know Amelia, she is a kooky housekeeper who, in every book, misunderstands her employer’s directives. In one scene, Amelia is asked to “draw the drapes,” but rather than pull the curtains closed as her employer a…

Early June is an odd time for gardeners, no longer spring but not quite summer. In the flower garden, it’s typically an in-between period, when perennial gardeners sometimes complain there isn’t much color. This color gap happens especially in gardens that depend on traditional flowers – between the spring bulbs and lilacs time and the moment the roses peak; between the pe…

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You don’t want to think of Superman as a bully. At least I don’t. But that’s what Zack Snyder’s “Man of Steel” is.No, I don’t mean the fictional character is a bully in the movie (though at odd moments when he’s not keeping his super powers hidden, his concern for vulnerable humans is worrisomely minimal). And no, I don’t mean there’s anything remotely bullying about Henry…

Sometimes the best materials for creating simple decorative touches for the home come right from the backyard. Flowers cut from their stems and floated in a clear glass bowl. Rose petals sprinkled on a table set with your grandmother’s dishes. Fallen twigs and branches with interesting shapes plunked in a tall vase.Judy Kurtzworth, a member of the Garden Club of the Tonawa…

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Susan Perry knew that hanging curtains on the deck of her Lockport home would make it more homey. But there was another reason she decided to add them.“Because I sew, I love colors, patterns and textures. I have to have fabric around me,” said Perry, who chose a large floral-print outdoor fabric. The home-sewn curtains hang on clip rings from a rod attached to the pergola …

Nichols Upper School’s General Information Test – a tradition that began in the 1911 Nichols School yearbook, is compiled from questions submitted by the Nichols faculty on an annual basis and is administered to Upper School students as a measure of general knowledge. The GIT is created and coordinated by English teacher Richard Stratton and funded by Lucy Maisel, wife of …

1. The largest river in Bulgaria separates that country from Romania. Name the river.2. Who wrote “America the Beautiful”?3. Is the tropic of Cancer or the Tropic of Capricorn north of the equator?4. What is the home baseball park of the Chicago Cubs?5. In what building is the famous ceiling painting called “Creation of Man and Woman”?6. What is the ancient name of the cou…

Thursday, June 13CELEBRITIES BORN ON THIS DAY: Kat Dennings, 27; Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, 27; Tim Allen, 60; Stellan Skarsgard, 62 Happy Birthday: Accept the inevitable and avoid making unnecessary changes to your life that may affect your status or your reputation. Discipline and hard work will be required, but in turn will also be rewarded. A change in the way you do …

As the temperature rises and school draws to a close, the promise of summer envelops our minds. For anyone under 20 (or me, at least), all thoughts are completely dedicated to lemonade and swimming. It’s time to make summer plans … and for the sixth year in a row, the Summer Institute for Human Rights and Genocide Studies is accepting registrations. If you are looking for …