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Two veterans of the glossy food magazine Saveur started Canal House Cooking in 2006, taking a detour from monthly deadlines and corporate publishing.Christopher Hirsheimer, a founding editor of Saveur and award-winning photographer, and Melissa Hamilton, formerly Saveur’s food editor, brought more than editorial skills to the partnership. These women can really cook.Their …

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Once the picture of the old frosted glass train station light started appearing on Facebook, money to buy it back from a Toronto dealer came in faster than Christopher Byrd imagined.Instead of a month, it took two weeks to collect $3,696 in donations from 105 people from Buffalo to Alden to North Carolina, Virginia and California – people who wanted to help bring back the …

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In “Fitz,” Buffalo author Mick Cochrane’s new Young Adult novel, a 15-year-old boy wishing to connect with the father he has never known buys a Smith & Wesson .38 Special from a n’er-do-well acquaintance, skips school one day – and takes his father hostage.As in “The Girl Who Threw Butterflies,” his first novel for young readers, Cochrane offers sympathetic characters, a v…

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About 250 million extended warranties for electronic devices are purchased each year, including 11 million for PCs and laptops, according to the Service Contract Industry Council.And during this year’s holiday shopping blitz, you’ll mostly likely be asked to buy them many times at the checkout. Resist the sales pitch, Consumer Reports advises.Extended warranties are widely…

Nostalgia is one thing, history quite another.Nostalgia calls up a past for comfort’s sake; history remembers it to clarify a confusing present and an even more confusing future. Comfort, or even terror, follows as indicated, but that’s not the point.So it’s local history – not nostalgia – that conjures up visions of Buffalo Bookstores Past at holiday time: stacks of Charl…

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Michal Zachowicz grew up on Buffalo’s East Side just off Sycamore Street. He worked a variety of jobs while a student at the University at Buffalo before he started to play the church organ in 1992. His first church job, he said, was at a small Hungarian reform church in North Buffalo, where he was paid $30 for each Sunday.Today Zachowicz is 43 and lives in Cheektowaga, wh…

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You have to give Buffalo native Gregg Easterbrook this: he aims high, very high, with “The Leading Indicators,” his newest book, a novel.He builds his story around a conceit that is, when you stop and think about it, pretty powerful stuff. It is about the decline of Empire. Put more simply, it is about what normal people like you and me – or people perhaps slightly better …

Q: I need some advice on how to deal with my ex. After three years of being together, he broke up with me. He told me he was having feelings for other men. I was shocked by this, but I told him that I accept him even if he’s a bisexual, and that I love him for who he is. A month after the breakup, he said he wants us to start again as friends and see where it might lead. B…

I was not the only person who used at least one warm day to work in the yard this week. Western New York enjoyed May in December for a few fine days. Gardeners dug, shoveled, composted, snipped, pushed wheelbarrows and mulched. Homeowners mowed, fertilized, chain-sawed and covered shrubs. Many people just picked up and put away stuff – the lawn furniture, garden décor, fen…

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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…