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Mary Kunz Goldman


Wassail, wassailAll over the town! Let's not just sing the song. Let's live it. Let's emulate, in other words, the four guys who, every year spend the day of Christmas Eve drunkenly packing themselves into a limo with at least one $50 bottle of Herradura tequila. Their polite, blue-capped chauffeur drives them hither and thither, and the men -- a gregarious gaggle of Buffa…

e's out of here, if the reports are true. Last week, The News received word that Thomas E. Baker, who has headed the state financial control board in Buffalo for the last 18 months, will likely be resigning in the next few weeks.When the story ran, most of us were too buried in snow and powdered sugar to pay much attention. But now that the reality is sinking in, we might …

Gentlemen of JapanBuzz likes traveling best when we can see the HSBC Center. That's why, after getting married last week, we honeymooned in Niagara Falls, Ont. Our name was new, our life was different, but from our room on the Marriott's 22nd floor, we could still see HSBC, and we felt calmed and grounded. Still, parts of Niagara Falls, Ont., seemed alien. Looking for a su…

Comfort and joyThe Miller Mansion -- whose owners, Richard and Danielle Snowden, held a party last week -- is perfect for entertaining. It has millions of nooks and crannies for bars and coat checks. Its windowed alcoves frame Christmas trees beautifully. And its dark walls are adorned with portraits of people like Queen Elizabeth, Prince Philip and Hugh Hefner. (OK, we di…

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It was about 2:30 p.m. when into our heads popped the three little words nobody wants to think: "Blizzard of '77." Looking out the windows at The Buffalo News was like looking through a milk bottle. Just to make it more exotic, the storm was punctuated by bright flashes of lightning and cracks of thunder. Colleagues began gathering at the windows. Some quietly sl…

The sound begins as a muffled trickle, coming from a ceiling speaker in the corridor outside E.B. Greene's restaurant. "Tell me Quando, Quando, Quando. . . . Look at that, bartender! Doesn't he look like Christopher Reeve? . . . Where are you from, sir? San Diego? I left my heart in San Diego . . . " Turn a corner, and you get it full blast. Jackie Jocko is at the…