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CHILDREN'S Knights vs. Dinosaurs by Matt Phelan; Greenwillow Books, 160 pages ($16.99) Ages 8 to 12. ... The boastful knights of Camelot have a near-death experience with some terrible lizards and emerge somewhat the wiser in this rollicking romp from award-winning graphic novelist Matt Phelan, liberally illustrated with his marvelous black and white cartoons. …

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Like practically every television critic, I instantly fell in love with season one of Amazon’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” After the first season won eight Emmy Awards, I couldn’t wait for season No. 2, which starts streaming on Wednesday. Unfortunately, the first three episodes of season No. 2 that Amazon sent to preview were so disappointing that newcomers to the …

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Joel E. Falkowski carves cottonwood bark with hands the size of small footballs. His trademark silver beard, a penchant for red flannel and his candy-cane red Ford-150 have earned this retired autoworker the nickname of Papa Noel. At 6 feet 3 inches tall and 330 pounds, Falkowski turns heads at holiday gift shows where he sits serenely carving wood "spirits," whimsical …

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Just in time for holiday gift-giving: Tickets are available for the 2019 Decorators’ Show House – including a combo gift ticket to see the house before and after its makeover. This year’s site: The Palmer Centennial House, 288 Lincoln Parkway. The arts-and-crafts style home was designed by architect Ulysses G. Orr in 1910. The combo ticket, $25, is for admission to b…

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Many so-called National Hockey League experts have been surprised by the early-season success of the Buffalo Sabres. NBCSN and NBC hockey analyst Pierre McGuire isn’t one of them. In the preseason, McGuire pretty much predicted the turnaround. Consider this McGuire statement before the Sabres played a preseason game in Clinton: "The one thing that is exciting abou…

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Last fall, we launched an online feature called Home of the Week. This lets readers inside homes throughout Western New York. In the past year, we have featured a lake house, lofts, a cabin, old city houses, rural homes, suburban homes, townhouses and a penthouse apartment. Now, with a new fall/winter season – and the holidays – upon us, The Buffalo News continues to lo…

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There's no love lost between Ross Cellino and Steve Barnes these days as they fight over whether to break up their law firm. But the latest "Saturday Night Live" imagined a happier time for the partners as Weekend Update co-host Colin Jost recapped the latest Russia-Trump news. "Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen, who I believe is the love child of Cellino & Bar…

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Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen may be must-see TV, but the warm weather rarely seen in December in Western New York Sunday may have kept the audience down for the Bills’ 21-17 loss to the Miami Dolphins. The game had a 35.4 rating on WIVB-TV (Channel 4), the local CBS affiliate, down from a 38.0 the week earlier for the Bills win over Jacksonville. However, the…

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By now, we know what to expect from CBS’ play-by-play man Andrew Catalon and analyst James Lofton. So there were no surprises during their work on their third Bills game of the season Sunday – a 21-17 loss to the Miami Dolphins. Catalon does his homework so well – maybe too well – that he can drive you a little crazy with all the statistics he provides during games. …

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The District 5 Sectional Tournament at the Clubs (STaC), which awards silver points for play at ACBL sanctioned clubs, will be held Monday, Dec. 3, to Sunday, Dec. 9. The Airport Bridge Club will offer two STaC pairs games every day Monday to next Saturday, at 10 a.m. and 1:15 p.m., and STaC team games at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9. Register in advance for the te…

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The Buffalo Sabres hot streak is continuing in one area – TV ratings. The team’s 5-4 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning Thursday night that ended its 10-game winning streak had a season-high 15.4 rating on MSG. It was easily the highest-rated Sabres game in years. The Sabres are now averaging an 8.3 rating this season, up 46 percent from the same period last season. …

PICTURE BOOK Imagine by Juan Felipe Herrera; illustrated by Lauren Castillo; Candlewick Press ($16.99) ... Who might you be when you grow up? Even as former U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera traces the surprising trajectory of his own life,  his breathtakingly beautiful poem invites us all to dream and to imagine that even the most unlikeliest of dreams mi…

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Name: Dan Urtz, 27. Who he is: Buffalo resident and actor who plays Charlie Brown in the Theatre of Youth production of “A Charlie Brown Christmas” (Dec. 1-16). A native of Verona, N.Y., he graduated from Niagara University in 2014 with a bachelor of fine arts degree in theatre performance and has been acting in and around Buffalo ever since. What he’s wearing: "Laby…

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When it comes to local television ratings, WIVB-TV (Channel 4) is as hot as the Buffalo Sabres. The CBS affiliate was the winner in household ratings and the key age 25-54 demographic in almost all-time periods during the November sweeps, which ended on Thanksgiving eve. The one notable exception is 5 a.m., when the WGRZ-TV (Channel 2) morning program “Daybreak” won …

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Most people use plants to decorate living rooms, doors and holiday tables, but how much do you know about them? Let’s test your holiday plant knowledge. Answers are at the end. Part 1: True or false 1. The most popular plants used during winter holidays are evergreen trees (first place) and poinsettias (second place). True or false? 2. The most popular Christma…