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By Scott Scanlon & Jane Kwiatkowski // news staff repoRtersHeath Garlow is a juicing believer. • Garlow, 42, an adult education teacher for the Seneca Nation of Indians in Irving, need only slip on a pair of old pants to see what happens when someone limits junk food and blends some meals into fruit and vegetable treats. • Last fall, he weighed 283 pounds, about 90 pou…

Have you ever taken one of those CPR courses? Remember the dummy’s name? Resusci Annie. What a dummy. We learned, on this plastic mannequin, how to push in the chest and do mouth-to-mouth. But what many don’t know was that basic CPR changed in the past year or so. It actually got easier.CPR, when done immediately after a person “drops,” saves lives. Undoubtedly. Many don’t…

Q: Our 9-year-old daughter is going to the fourth grade next school year. She loves school and has always done very well. She recently took a series of tests and we’ve learned that she qualifies for the gifted and talented program. When we told her, she became very upset and told us she doesn’t want to accept the promotion. We tried to explain the advantages, but she just …

Did you hear the one about the new Channel 2 reporter who ended up in the hospital after doing his first on-air report?The reporter, Danny Spewak, will be hearing about it for the rest of his career.Spewak, who arrived this week from KOMU in Missouri, was on the Channel 2 set Thursday after doing his first story for the NBC affiliate about the new app the NFTA has to repor…

Dear Carolyn: It really bothers me that whenever I talk to my sisters who live in other cities, they never ask about my fiance. Obviously, they do not approve of our relationship.I find this rude and improper and an underhanded way of showing their disapproval and in the process insulting me. If I say anything directly and THEN they change their behavior, it would be meani…

It’s time for those wonderful family vacations! But before you load up the car and take off, make sure your home is as secure as it can be. Try some of these tips and tricks to make sure your home is still there when you come back.• If you get the newspaper, mail or other deliveries on a regular basis, either stop delivery or have someone reliable come to pick up these ite…

Last week a friend sent me a New York Times article from March about straw bale gardening, reminding me that everything old is new again – and that gardening is a hot topic even in the middle of New York City.Planting into straw is an ingenious gardening technique, with many variations, that well suits gardeners with limited space, no soil, poor soil or a need for easy-on-…

The Lewiston Region Tour of Kitchens & Homes will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Event includes six homes each with a chef , food sampling and tablescapes; dessert- and wine-tasting reception and vendor market at the Barton Hill Hotel. Tickets are $27. See www.TourofKitchens.net for information, or call 745-9583....Youngstown Garden Club will hold …

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If it’s time to get serious about your summer wardrobe, the first piece of advice is this: Don’t get too serious.This summer season is filled with casual dresses, breezy skirts, fun prints, bright accessories, floppy hats and other styles that may convince you that, yes, it’s time to lighten things up.“Summer is all about sunshine and fun. The season is short, and nothing …

Whenever I see an empty coffee can, I think of my cousin. An empty tuna fish can reminds me of my mother.That’s because at different times in my life, both have asked me to save these cans for them. My cousin, an art teacher, was collecting coffee cans for her classroom. My mother, a longtime hospital volunteer, was using the tuna cans as bases for centerpieces at a lunche…

In its third year, the Buffalo Niagara International Poetry Slam finally fits the grand vision that founder Ntare Ali Gault had for it.When Gault started the festival in 2010, he hoped to model it after two poetry slams that he admired: Def Poetry Jam, the popular HBO series that blends hip-hop and spoken-word performances, and the Toronto International Poetry Slam, which …

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Enter this shiny new restaurant a block from the Riviera Theatre, and you would never guess it spent decades as a Greek diner whose specialty was the hot dog. ¶ Goodbye, Nestor’s. In the form of Webster’s Bistro, white-tablecloth fine dining has arrived in North Tonawanda. ¶ The 65-seat place has tall ceilings that keep even loud tables from creating a din. One enters …

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At 8 tonight, three young theater entrepreneurs will realize a shared dream when the curtain rises on their ambitious production of Stephen Sondheim’s “Into the Woods” in the New Phoenix Theatre.The complex musical – a daring undertaking for any company, let alone one that has existed for less than a year – is the culmination of many months of planning and years of fantasi…

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What comes to mind when you envision your nearest farmers’ market? A small circle of third-generation farm families, humbly waiting on you with baskets of apples and tomatoes?In some cases, that’s still the case. But many of today’s farmers’ markets are growing into very different ventures. “New people are coming out who have never been to farmers’ markets, and different t…

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By Bill DaleyChicago TribuneJulia Child had a problem in 1960. After spending much of the previous decade wrestling a book of French recipes for Americans into shape, she was stuck on what to call it. Suggestions, 45 or so, came and went without a winner. Finally, Judith Jones, her editor at Knopf, struck proverbial gold with “Mastering the Art of French Cooking,” and the …