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A North Collins man who breeds smooth fox terriers was named the American Kennel Club’s Breeder of the Year at the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship dog show in Orlando last month for his lifelong dedication to improving the health, temperament and quality of purebred dogs.James W. Smith, whose kennel is named Absolutely Smooth Fox Terriers, was nominated in the Terrier…

By Dr. Howard LeWine / Harvard Health Letters

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Harvard Health Letters

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Did you make a New Year’s resolution to eat a heart-healthier diet this year? We hope so. It means you will eat foods that are lower in saturated fat and salt and higher in soluble fiber and heart-friendly nutrients than the average American diet.Because changing old habits is hard, we asked certified chef and nutrition educator Dr. Michelle Hauser, an internal medicine …

Apple’s iPhone, Samsung’s Galaxy S III and other smartphones are hot buys for smartphone users. But along with the nifty new phones comes something decidedly less exciting and fun to shop for: the wireless service that allows the devices to surf the Web, send messages and make calls.With four major carriers and several minor ones, each offering numerous combinations of…

Walgreens wants to reward customers for merely taking a walk, and Rite Aid will help cover trial gym memberships for some of its frequent shoppers.All the national drugstore chains now offer a free customer loyalty program loaded with incentives to use their cards. Walgreen Co., the nation’s largest drugstore chain, became the latest when it unveiled its Balance Rewards …

The remarkable life of a man nicknamed Pi played out in Western New York years before there ever was a movie or book of the same name. He is largely forgotten now, obscured by time and overrun by events, but Pius Louis “Pi” Schwert had a life worth remembering in the widely disparate worlds of sports and politics.That dichotomy can be summed up in the kind of trivia qu…

Rita Bell of North Collins is an American Kennel Club judge who is devoted to dogs. Born in Girard, Pa., Bell moved to Western New York after graduating from Edinboro State College (now Edinboro University). For more than three decades, Bell worked as a math teacher in the Eden Central School District. Bell is now retired, and she spends much of her time with her German sh…

We have a winner.It happened at year’s end – New Year’s Eve, to be specific. CNN was ushering in 2013 as it is wont to do with gigglepuss Anderson Cooper standing next to Kathy Griffin, the OMG queen of the airwaves. Griffin’s most famous attempt to celebrate the new year by dynamiting Cooper’s always tenuous unflappability was to strip down past her skivvies on …

Elizabeth Stalter was a seamstress with an alteration shop on Niagara Street in Black Rock when my mom, Grace Milligan (then Grace Castelluccio), went to work for her. As the years passed, Mrs. Stalter became “Granma Susan” to me, and my mother became as accomplished a seamstress as her teacher/mentor.After retirement, Granma Susan divided her living between her daught…

Taisho Bistro, which opened in November, adds a few new words to the local Japanese culinary lexicon. Let’s start with izakaya, a style of Japanese restaurant designed to feed sake drinkers. The lavishly illustrated menu offers lots of small dishes, blue-collar grub, plus iconic Japanese snack foods and others designed with sharing in mind – and alcohol is optional.The…

It has been a year since I wrote a column on how, during each month in 2012, I would tackle one project around the house – in addition to the usual chores and upkeep. I figured it was a good way to focus on getting things done, one at a time, without feeling overwhelmed by a long list.One month it would be closets. Another, framing and hanging photographs.So, looking bac…

Hard times call for soft colors.Although Pantone recently proclaimed Emerald its gem of 2013, American paint companies chose soothing pastels as their go-to hues for the new year. For Sherwin-Williams, it’s Aloe, a minty green with a 1950s vibe. Benjamin Moore selected Lemon Sorbet, a citrus shade slightly brighter than cream that also has a nostalgic look.“Now we year…

OK, so maybe giving a starring role to a monkey in a lame sitcom (“Animal Practice”) wasn’t such a good idea. And, in hindsight, “The Mob Doctor” and “Partners” were disasters just waiting to happen.Yes, the fall featured its fair share of TV blunders. But we’ve now reached the midseason point, and it’s time to hit the restart button. A wave of new shows …

By Kristina MacroNeXt CorrespondentAs we begin a new year, NeXt takes time to reflect on some of the things that happened in 2012. The year was full of both good and bad, but here’s hoping lessons were learned from the bad and the world can move forward into a better new year.January3 – The Iowa caucus started the 2012 presidential election process.13 – The cruise sh…

Now that we have all survived the “end of the world,” it’s time to celebrate a new year and take a look at what to expect. Here’s a peek at what the new year will bring.The year 2013 will be full of opportunities to head to the movie theaters, but make sure to get your 3-D glasses ready. Many classics including “Top Gun,” “Jurassic Park” and even “The Lit…

A ciambella is a simple, ring-shaped bread made of egg, shortening and sugar – basically, an Italian Bundt cake. Ciambelle are often served as an afternoon snack at a bar or café. They can be dressed with glazes, syrups or berry compote.This decadent winter version is inspired by Emilia-Romagna. The fresh chestnuts and chestnut flour bring a smoky flavor and smell that …