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In January, many people get the itch to clear out a bookcase, pick up a paintbrush, knock down a wall. If the new year finds you off to a good start, keep it up. If you’re looking for a few simple home decor updates, read on.Let’s start with paint. It’s an obvious update, but there are many ways to get creative – and even take some shortcuts to spruce up a room.One…

I recently came across a sleek drawer organizer in a magazine. It was customizable and available in such vibrant colors as lime, sky blue and orange. The splashy mat and dividers made the drawer come alive with modern quirky style.But there is quirky, and then there is quirky.Our kitchen drawers are quirky, too, I decided. A different kind of quirky.One of the drawers in o…

The revamped “Wake-Up!” morning show debuts today on WIVB-TV Channel 4 featuring new co-anchor Jordan Williams and Diana Fairbanks, who logged her first morning shift Monday.Williams, who worked for four years at KRGV in Rio Grande Valley, Texas, was introduced on Tuesday morning’s edition of “Winging It.”“Diana and Jordan are two of the most natural journalist…

“No matter how long the night is, the dawn will always be brighter.” Many people may have heard this quote before. However, when an 86-year-old Holocaust survivor looks you in the eyes and tells you this, the impact is remarkable.Gerda Weissmann Klein, author of the memoir “All But My Life,” the book “The Blue Rose” and several other books, visited Mount St. Ma…

The Western New York Young Writers’ Studio is a program for students in elementary through high school to come together in a group setting and share ideas with those who share a mutual interest – writing.The Writers’ Studio, which currently has 40 students enrolled, meets for a week in the summer and once each month following the summer session. The group meets at Un…

Few things are more promising than a piping-hot bowl of French onion soup placed before you on a brisk day, its fragrant liquid beneath a toasted raft topped with golden cheese that will soon be stringing from your mouth. How frustrating, then, to discover something skimpy, with bready mush and pale onions, devoid of flavor.Having been subjected to three such disappointing…

Consider it good timing that Byron Hurt’s documentary “Soul Food Junkies” airs after the holidays, when many people pledge to get healthier in the new year.In his new project, Hurt hurls stones at a few of the sacred cows of soul food – fried chicken, rich macaroni and cheese, and collard greens with a dollop of grease or a slice (or two) of fatback for seasoning.W…

Humphrey, a chow mix, spent the first eight years of his life in conditions that are difficult to imagine. When he was finally saved from almost total neglect, he was physically and emotionally damaged.But after months of recovery that included small but steady improvements nearly every day, Humphrey is enjoying life in the loving Town of Tonawanda home of Jason and Jennif…

Visiting battlefields seems like something Americans have done since the beginning of the republic. It’s a way of honoring those who fought and died there, and of better understanding our history.But that’s not so, according to Thomas Chambers, chairman of the history department at Niagara University.Having visited perhaps a hundred battlefields around the country, and…

The start of a new year inspires many of us to commit to get fit and live healthier.Such an undertaking requires steeling one’s resolve to eat right and exercise. What isn’t required is emptying out one’s wallet just to break a sweat and shed a few pounds.It doesn’t cost a dime to go for a run in your neighborhood or at a nearby park. Or to do push-ups, abdominal c…

Consumer Reports

Mon, Jan 14, 2013

Everyone makes money mistakes. But missteps or miscalculations can cost you a lot over the long term and could inadvertently hurt your family when you’re gone.Consumer Reports offers seven ways to correct your missteps or at least mitigate the damage they can cause.1. Not updating your beneficiaries. In Consumer Reports’ recent nationally representative survey about Am…

Dr. Joshua Lynch knew he would practice medicine from a young age. In 2001 he volunteered for the East Amherst Fire Department, and then he worked as an emergency medical technician for Rural Metro WNY. In 2008, Lynch graduated from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Bradenton, Fla., before moving back home to Western New York to complete a three-year residency a…

Alice Munro and Joyce Carol Oates – those doyennes of the North American short story – both have striking new story collections, Munro’s 14th and Oates’ 25th.But it is the older Munro’s “Dear Life” that transcends the genre, with four of its 14 stories being, in her own words, “the first and last – and the closest – things I have to say about my own lif…

Jerry Spinelli will admit that he was not a reader as a kid.“I wasn’t reading, I wasn’t writing. I wanted to be a cowboy, then I wanted to be a baseball player. I have a curious background for someone who turns out to be a writer.”Now 71, the father of six and grandfather of 22 has published 30 books for young readers featuring such marvelous and memorable characte…

I often reflect, is it possible for someone to have the characteristics of both a lion and a lamb? At one time, I would have said no, but due to some events that occurred in my life, my view started to change.In the earlier part of 2012, I was offered the opportunity to go on a mission trip to Kampala, Uganda. After we had maintained communication on a daily basis, Pastor …