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Over the past 40 years or so, WIVB-TV (Channel 4) chief photographer Mike Mombrea Jr. has helped put together several video tributes for staffers who have retired, left the station or died. Now, it's his turn for a special video tribute. Mombrea’s final day at the station is today, and it is expected to include a farewell video accompanied by words written by Channel…

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For our next Reader Challenge, we are looking for photos of watering cans. The one you photograph can be functional or purely decorative. It can be new and shiny – or old and rustic. You can photograph it solo, as part of a collection, in a garden setting – anything eye-catching. It doesn't have to have flowers in it, like the one in the photo above, but it can. E…

CHILDREN'S All the Greys on Greene Street by Laura Tucker; illustrations by Kelly Murphy; Viking, 307 pages ($17.99) Ages 10 and up. ... The "Greys" of the title refer not to a family but to the color, in this extraordinary debut novel set against the gritty backdrop of New York City in the 1980s. Twelve-year-old Olympia is an artist, always sketching in her noteb…

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The broadcasting careers of Steve Tasker and Mark Kelso, two members of the Buffalo Bills Super Bowl teams of the 1990s, changed dramatically with announcements made Tuesday. Tasker confirmed his 21-year career covering National Football League games for CBS Sports is over. Meanwhile, Kelso’s 13-year career as the analyst on Bills radio broadcasts also ended with wor…

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The White Rabbit ran frantically around Wonderland saying, “I’m late! I’m late! For a very important date!” Gardeners are acting just like that. The weather was cold, our yards were wet, and we couldn’t do much in the garden in the first three weeks of May. Many yards still have saturated soil, so our lawn and gardening projects are pushed back even later. How can we ca…

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This is what I’m thinking: If you watched all the television news stories about it or follow the social networks, you might have thought everyone was going to watch the series finale of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” on Sunday. It sounded like it was going to be one of the few remaining shared TV experiences now that viewing is so fragmented. With that in mind, the local…

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The above photo received more than 80 percent of the votes in our latest Reader Challenge. This was the chance for people to send in photos of their stylish rain boots. (We figured people wouldn't even have to dig them out from the back of a closet. They've probably been wearing them a lot this spring.) The pink boots belong to Annette Martell, who moved to Florida e…

In this corner, weighing several megatons, all of them soaked with blood and singed with dragon fire and lasting 80 minutes, we have HBO's "Game of Thrones," which came to an official stop Sunday. In the opposite corner, light as a feather and twice as campy, slathered with climactic schmaltz and starring a regular cast making millions per episode, we have "The Big Bang…

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Former Buffalo Bills center Eric Wood will replace Mark Kelso as the color analyst alongside play-by-play man John Murphy on the broadcast on WGR and the Bills radio network this upcoming season, the National Football League team announced today. Wood, a popular player who retired at the end of the 2017 season after nine seasons because of a career-ending neck injury, w…

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Steve Tasker’s 21-year run with CBS Sports is over. The former Buffalo Bills great confirmed he no longer will be working for the network that primarily carries American Football Conference games. It wasn't Tasker’s call. The handwriting was on the wall last year when his CBS job was changed from a game analyst to sideline reporter on a team with Kevin Harlan and Ric…

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Western New York news viewers will soon be seeing a trio of new reporters on WKBW-TV (Channel 7) who just graduated from Syracuse University. Meanwhile, two members of last year’s class of a partnership between the station’s owner and Syracuse will continue at the station after their year in the program is over. Rebecca Thornburg and Nikki DeMentri will remain in the…

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CBS is smartly repeating Thursday’s series finale of “The Big Bang Theory” at 8 tonight. The episode had a strong 17.0 rating on WIVB-TV (Channel 4), the local CBS affiliate, but I thought it would have been much higher here because the series has long been the top-rated comedy in Western New York. If you missed it, I suggest you watch it. If you saw it, you might…

"Quite possibly the funniest man who ever lived and he was as much fun to work with as he was to watch." That was my daughter Emily on Facebook on learning of the death of Tim Conway at the age of 85. She was coming from the standpoint of one who had worked with Conway and observed him five times during her labors for the teams that created Time-Life's DVD boxed collect…

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Cindi Kisiel-Smith and her husband, Ray Smith, enjoy as much time as they can at the cottage they bought and renovated in Wanakah. Although they are residents of Lilburn, Ga., Kisiel-Smith has many fond memories of Wanakah. She spent her childhood summers in a nearby cottage owned by her mother, the late Loretta Kisiel, who was born and raised in Buffalo. After her moth…