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For the past 17 years, Randall Church of Williamsville has held a free guided walk through the story of Christmas in an event called the Pilgrimage to Bethlehem. This year’s event, with about 200 people playing a role in the production – about of third of them teens and younger children – took place last Thursday, Friday and Saturday. About 2,400 people take the tour each …

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t holiday time, shoppers are more willing than ever to splurge on a chance at tickling someone’s fancy. Since everybody eats, food is the ultimate one-size-fits-all gift.That has led to a flood of questions about places where people can find something different, something local, worthy of gift-giving. (If you have your heart set on Hickory Farms summer sausage, you don’t n…

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An outpouring of worldwide public support for three dogs abused in Buffalo has presented both an opportunity and a challenge to local shelter workers.It’s a sad opportunity that local shelters would prefer never to have, says Gina Browning, spokeswoman for the SPCA Serving Erie County, which is caring for Metro, a pit bull puppy found starved and shivering outside a Buffal…

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In a world that more and more frequently seems to press the Big Questions upon us at every turn, there can be few more necessary writers than Flannery O’Connor.O’Connor is The Buffalo News Book Club selection for December, a month in which we traditionally turn to a classic read. Last year, we tackled James Joyce.This year, we take up O’Connor’s soaring 1955 short- story c…

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Buying a Christmas tree?Tools needed: Tape measure, twine, gloves, saw, leaf blower, Santa hat (optional).Degree of difficulty: EasyDone properly, the quest for a Christmas tree can be a bonding experience, an afternoon of outdoor family fun where you make precious holiday memories for rosy-cheeked children.Done wrong, you end up with pine needles in your ears, the kids ar…

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It wasn’t until the late ’90s – during a production of “Annie” at the Lancaster Opera House – that Albert McFadyen became hooked on portraying Franklin Delano Roosevelt. To research the role of FDR, McFadyen watched old movies, listened to countless speeches and then bought gold-rimmed pince-nez.“I try to be as authentic as possible,” said the retired auditor, who was born…

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For most of us, the haunting image of Joseph Patrick Kennedy is one of an aged man of wealth, his face skewed by a stroke, propped up helplessly in an armchair, wearing a silk bed jacket opened to reveal a designer white shirt and tie.That image is from the 1960s, a decade at first a deliriously triumphant one for the father of the young president. Then later, it was a dec…

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When trying to pick one defining influence in my life, I realized that, in my case, the defining influences unfolded for me like a flower that opens in the sunshine after a rain-soaked spring. Our lives are comprised of layers of influence and circumstance, and I discovered that the pursuit of a long-suppressed passion could become the catalyst for so much more.Throughout …

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There’s a good argument to be made for the pleasure of turning glossy pages, of admiring beautiful illustrations, of lining up several books by a favorite author on a bedroom shelf. This year’s bounty of books for young people includes a number that would be keepers for any child’s – or teen’s – permanent library collection.Christmas booksAcclaimed Michigan author Gloria W…

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Christmas is coming, and the pressure is on to find the right gifts. If you have a gardener or two on your list, I may be able to help.My taste and preferences are surely not universal, but I have two qualifications as your gift adviser: As a gardener, I have given and received gardening gifts for 30 years, from wonderful to “Hmmm ... how interesting!” I also have logged y…

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There are many reasons to have a camera ready during the holidays. One of them: To record a decorative setup you would like to duplicate again next year. It might be a mantel arrangement you finally got right, a pretty table setting or even the staircase garland that looks especially stunning this season. If you say so yourself.Snap and save. What could be easier?This is j…

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Filmmaking is not for sissies; that’s one of the many things I learned while hanging out with the Plains of Saro Film Productions crew. It takes hard work, theatrical talent, clever thinking, quick reflexes (occasionally), a sense of humor (often) and a whole lot of imagination and motivation. Sound challenging? Maybe. But for this indie film troupe of free-spirited and sh…

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The 2012 holiday season brings a bumper crop of cookbooks for home cooks and the shoppers who love them.There’s still nothing like a cookbook to inspire a cook to create. But there’s no denying that the Internet is changing the lives of home cooks by allowing crowds to work on recipes together. Popular recipes – made, refined and vouched for by hundreds of readers – have b…

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The asterisk-shaped spice star anise is the seed of an evergreen tree, grown mainly in China and Vietnam.Its sweet smell makes it a standout spice in Asian braised meat and vegetable dishes, and it’s a signature component of the better-known Chinese “five-spice” mixture.Indian cooks work star anise into some garam masala formulas, and it’s also sometimes used in milk chai …

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Polly Van Doren of WKBW-TV started as news director at Channel 7 about two months ago. She brings 31 years of experience to the ABC affiliate.As news director, Van Doren will set the tone of coverage at Channel 7, deciding what news to cover and how it will be presented. Van Doren comes to Buffalo determined to raise Eyewitness News from the ratings bottom.She has shown he…