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In 1995, Sherry Campbell and Brian Lewandowski purchased a neglected, water-damaged, aluminum-clad house in Lancaster and restored it. In 2010 they were awarded a Restoration award from Preservation Buffalo Niagara. It was designated a Local Historic Landmark in 2009 and in 2012 was listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

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Love stripes? Saturday could be your day. Last year J.Crew named March 31 National Stripes Day. Sure, the retailer made up the holiday – stripes are very big at J.Crew (including on earrings and frames on sunglasses) – but, then again, who needs a special day to cheer all things striped? This is especially true this time of year when stripes celebrate spring any day you…

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As I wrote in this column last week, natural habitat is almost gone, replaced or degraded by human development and by invasive species. One direct result is an unprecedented rate of species extinction (up to 1,000 times normal rate) with implications we can barely grasp. Native insect plant-eaters are central to a complex food web (supporting birds, fish, amphibians and mo…

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Jean Marie and her sister, Nancy Patrus, live in a 1,100-square-foot ranch in the Town of Hamburg. Marie (her real last name), 71, is a retired medical massage therapist. Patrus, 65, was a barber. They grew up in Pittsburgh. Marie later lived in Arizona, while Patrus remained in their hometown. Living together in their retirement years is the best, Marie said. “When …

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Have you made plans to celebrate spring by heading out to Plantasia, the garden and landscape show? It’s happening March 22-25 at the Fairgrounds Event Center and Artisan Hall in Hamburg. This year’s theme is “Cityscapes into the Night.” Among the highlights: • Landscaped theme gardens that I read cover 15,000 square feet ‑ that’s more than the area of three basketba…

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Whether it’s entertaining a crowd around their supersized kitchen island or enjoying coffee for two in their third-floor bedroom suite, Sandra and Paul Wilkins are surrounded by the things they love: artwork, books, movies, music and a view out their windows of a revitalized Main Street that once looked more like a ghost town. No longer. And the Wilkinses have been part…

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Last weekend the Western New York Land Conservancy and Erie County Master Gardeners hosted the leading American spokesperson for ecological health, Douglas Tallamy. His messages are crucial for everyone, but he was speaking largely to audiences who already care about ecology and environmental issues. It’s my job to tell you about it – and your job to help me and professor …

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Molly Dohm and her husband, Mike Allen, live in a three-bedroom, 2½-bath home in East Amherst. Married in 2016, they are the home's second owners. Here is how Dohm described the house in an email to The Buffalo News Home & Style section for our Home of the Week online feature: “My husband and I purchased our first home two years ago and have truly loved decoratin…

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Come March, green is on my mind. It’s not just because of St. Patrick’s Day. It’s more because spring is coming and that means lots of green. Green sings spring. Or, as interior designer Alexandra Stoddard once wrote: “Green is young leaves, grass, ferns, trees, moss, watercress, jade ... limes, peapods, spinach, parsley, asparagus and artichokes.” I like some shades…

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The African Violet and Gesneriads Society of Western New York will meet at 7 p.m. March 20 at the Greenfield Health and Rehabilitation facility. Contact Judy Oneil at judyoneil1945@gmail.com for detailed directions. Western New York Rose Society will meet at 7 p.m. March 21 at St. Stephens-Bethlehem United Church of Christ, 750 Wehrle Drive, Amherst. Steve Styn will pre…

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The 2018 Philadelphia Flower Show’s theme was “Wonders of Water.” Even if you wandered in, urged by your gardening partner, without knowing the topic, you would have figured it out: Water, water everywhere! Walking through the entrance garden was a fantasy stroll beneath a rainforest canopy. The PHS (Pennsylvania Horticultural Society) chief of shows explained, “We want…

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Passions for interior design, fine art and gardening come together in the Clarence home of Mary and Steve Pabst. The parents of two grown children, the couple recently remodeled their home of 25 years. "We made it a 'grown-up' house," said Mary Pabst, who works at Vern Stein Art & Frame in Williamsville. She described their home this way in an email to The Buffal…