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Q: We work in the health services office of a large university with a very diverse student population. For fear of offending others, some administrators want to institute a policy that would forbid us from putting up Christmas decorations, including Santas, garlands, lights and Christmas trees, and in the spring they want no bunnies, chicks or eggs for Easter. We’re not of…

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David Howes’ collection of props from the Jim Carrey Grinch movie “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” started small and then, like the Grinch’s undersized heart, it grew and grew and grew.The collection started with a single oversized shiny red teardrop ornament for $60 and now includes things from eBay with prices he’d rather not discuss: A pink umbrella “Pumbersella” baske…

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Dylan’s guitar sells for $965,000The Fender Stratocaster that Bob Dylan plugged in when he famously went electric at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival sold Friday for nearly $1 million – the highest price ever paid for a guitar at auction.Christie’s auction house did not immediately identify the absentee buyer who agreed to pay $965,000 for the sunburst-finish guitar.Dylan’s …

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Friday morning’s Coffee Concert at Kleinhans Music Hall felt like an evening concert, there were so many people. Our hosts had decked the hall. Red ribbons were draped from the ceiling. The singers and musicians looked merry and bright.Ron Spigelman, the BPO’s former associate conductor, is in town this weekend to conduct “Classic Christmas.” The Buffalo Philharmonic Choru…

Dear Abby: I’m 12 and weigh 204 pounds. I feel really fat and I want to go on a diet, but my mom won’t let me. I’m getting bad grades in gym class and need your help. – Sad Girl in New HampshireDear Sad Girl: By recognizing that you have a problem that you can’t deal with on your own, you have already taken an important first step in resolving it. The next is to talk to yo…

By Alan Pergament It might have had its share of critics on the social networks, but NBC's live production of "The Sound of Music" with Carrie Underwood Thursday night sure provided a big bang in the ratings for Channel 2. In fact, the three-hour production had a higher rating on Channel 2 than CBS' half-hour comedy "The Big Bang Theory" on Ch…

By Alan Pergament This is what I'm predicting and thinking after talking to industry insiders: After further review, it looks like Channel 2 may be able to carry an University at Buffalo men's basketball or football game on a Saturday night as part of the partnership announced Thursday by the NBC affiliate and Division I program. I originally doubted that Channel…

The popular CBS investigative series “48 Hours” has rescheduled the program focusing on the murder in Florida of a University at Buffalo Law School graduate.The case was described by a Buffalo News reporter two years ago as playing out “like a Hollywood script.”The program, which had been scheduled to run Oct. 12 before being bumped for a different murder case that was dec…

It’s hard to believe we’re almost into 2014. But let’s make the most of this last month of the year. Most of us will celebrate the holidays with family, which usually means decorating the Christmas tree. If you are like us, that means going to the tree farm to pick out the perfect specimen to bring home and decorate. Here’s what we look for, in the hope that it will last u…

It isn’t easy to grow your Christmas tree. A grower has to take a chance that diseases, insects, deer or weather extremes won’t wreck the crop – and it’s a crop that takes eight to 10 or more years to produce. The grower also has to get sweaty and sticky in midsummer to shape the tree, since most trees don’t actually grow fat and cone-shaped on their own. Then there are th…

Dear Carolyn: I wanted to check this disagreement I’m having with my fiance against a neutral third party. Every once in a while, I notice a situation in which his preferences or perspectives might be different from mine, and when those come up I like to communicate with him about those preferences and how strong they are respectively, to figure out the optimal course of a…

Garden writer Sally Cunningham offers some helpful tips on selecting and caring for a Christmas tree in her column today. Now what about decorating it? Anyone who has admired a professionally decorated tree knows there are tricks to be learned. We asked experts to share a few.Whether your tree is fresh or faux, think deep, said one.“It’s best to get your lights in and out …

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No-Shave November has ended, but beards are growing on and on. Winter is prime time to sprout a serious beard – or, as some have called it – a face coat. And thick rather than wispy seems to be the popular way to go.“I would say that a lot of people are keeping a fuller beard nowadays. I think maybe with the colder weather, people like keeping it longer. All five of us who…

Dear Abby: My parents and sister live three hours away, so my family stays with me when they come to town. Over the last few years, I noticed things began to disappear from my home. They are usually small and portable – earrings, in particular. The idea of someone stealing from me was very upsetting. When I mentioned it to my sister, she suggested that it could be our hous…

Orchard Park Garden Club will sell fresh and dried arrangements, wreaths and more during Holiday in the Park, 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the historic train depot, behind the Orchard Park Library. The sale benefits Beautify Orchard Park and the Western New York Railway Historical Society....East Aurora Garden Club will hold its Christmas “Celebration of Friendship” luncheon an…