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Celebrities on the red carpet at Sunday night’s Oscars took the opportunity to talk about more than who designed their dresses and tuxedos. But what became clear is that it is possible to make a fashion statement and a political statement – while also getting personal messages out about their movies and sometimes their families. There was a real grace to many of Hol…

FICTION "Number 11"                               By Jonathan Coe Knopf 333 pages, $27.95 “Number 11” is Jonathan Coe's 11th novel, but is that what the title means? Maybe; but if you watch the BBC news, you have a clue to more, much more. Number 11 is the address on Downing Street of the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s…

The Airport Bridge Club will offer extra point games at noon today, Saturday, Feb. 25, and at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 27, and Tuesday, Feb. 28. * * * Western New York Unit 116 regularly sponsors special games. Currently they include: Annual Picnic and Game – Sunday, Aug. 20. Rescue Fire Hall, 1241 Strad Ave., North Tonawanda. Annual Meeting and Game – Saturday, Dec. 2…

FICTION On Turpentine Lane By Elinor Lipman Houghton Mifflin Harcourt $24, 320 pages Starting a new romantic relationship is not unlike buying an older home. On the surface, all might seem fine. Lots of personality, charming features, solid foundation and all that. But upon closer inspection, you might discover that you have more of a fixer-upper than you ba…

FICTION DIFFICULT WOMEN By Roxane Gay Grove Press 260 pages, $25 HOMESICK FOR ANOTHER WORLD: STORIES By Ottessa Moshfegh Penguin Press 294 pages, $26 Sex is back in all its glory and contradiction – its power to hallow, its potential to harm -- in two unusual new story collections featuring individuals who, for good or ill, simply don’t fit t…

Recent warm days have me thinking about spring colors, which is why I really love the turquoise dining chairs I saw on the Better Homes & Gardens website. The turquoise spindle-back chairs – in different but complementary styles – surrounded a farmhouse-style dining table. Somebody better keep me away from the paint department at my neighborhood hardware stor…

Winter is a great time to learn, plan and review, so I am presenting some basic gardening principles and practices this month. Most recently – if you missed a Friday – I covered groundcovers and vegetable gardening, especially the timing for spring planting and what to grow from seeds or seedlings. This week the topic is basic perennials: what everyone should know t…

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Occhino of Cheektowaga celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary with a family dinner at Russell’s Steak Chops and More. Mr. Occhino and the former Marie Ippolito were married Feb. 23, 1952, in St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, Buffalo. He is retired from Niagara Mohawk and she is retired from Goldome Bank in Buffalo. The Occhinos have two childr…

Mr. and Mrs. Charles French of Buffalo celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with a family gathering at their home followed by a trip to Mackinac Island. Mr. French and the former Beverly DuFrane were married Feb. 23, 1957, in Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Buffalo. He retired from work in collision at Delacy Ford, and she is a homemaker. They have seven children, 16 gr…

Mr. and Mrs. Walter Crutts of Gasport have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. Mr. Crutts and the former Alice Newman were married Feb. 23, 1957, in Immanuel Lutheran Church in Ridgewood, N.Y. He retired from Harrison Radiator in Lockport after 31 years and she retired from Fisher Price in Medina after 23 years. They have two children, two grandchildren and three gr…

The Buffalo Area Daylily Society will meet Sunday in the East Aurora Senior Center, King Street at Oakwood Avenue, East Aurora. Doors open at 1:30 p.m.; program begins at 2 p.m. Lyn Chimera will present “Soil is KEY:  Taking Care of Garden Soil.”  Mike Johnson will present a beginners’ program: “Starting Daylilies from Seed.” Free admission; beginners and visi…

Mr. and Mrs. David Nyhart of Hamburg celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with their family at a Mass and renewal of their wedding vows at St. Bernadette’s Church in Orchard Park. They were guests at a dinner given by their children at a local restaurant and at a party at their son’s home. Mr. Nyhart and the former Patricia Kyte were married Feb. 4, 1967, in Sain…

Mr. and Mrs. Hermann Emmert of Cheektowaga celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with a family dinner at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens in Cheektowaga. Mr. Emmert and the former Helga Hemming were married Feb. 23, 1957, in Historic Ulmer Munster Lutheran Church in Ulm, Germany. He retired from work as a tool and die maker at General Motors in Tonawanda. They have two ch…

CHILDREN'S One Amazing Elephant by Linda Oatman High; HarperCollins, 257 pages ($16.99). Grades 3 to 7. ... Twelve-year-old Lily Rose and circus elephant Queenie Grace alternate as narrators in this poignant novel of friendship, family and home, set in the Magic Mountain Campground in West Virginia and the “circus town” of Gibtown, Fla., a designated “residentia…