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After what feels like half a century, we finally finished stripping the kitchen wallpaper and painting the walls.Of course, every home project requires a last-minute wrinkle, and this one was no exception. For months and months, I had a large piece of paper hanging on the wall on which I had painted a sample of the color. It’s a very light gray. We liked it in the morning.…

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Company’s coming. Is your dinnerware ready? Now is the time to take stock of your fine dinnerware and make sure it’s looking its best for entertaining.China, crystal and silver deserve careful handling, so we turned to the experts at Replacements Ltd. for advice on cleaning and caring for them. The North Carolina company is known for selling individual pieces to replace mi…

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Mr. and Mrs. Frederick L. “Fritz” Schweiger of North Tonawanda celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a dinner hosted by their children for family and friends in Banchetti by Rizzo’s, Getzville. Mr. Schweiger and Patricia A. Zajak were married Nov. 30, 1963, in Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Niagara Falls. He is a retired chemical engineer and production manager for…

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Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Middlebrooks Jr. of Buffalo celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with an intimate family luncheon at Exit 2 Bar and Grille, Tonawanda. Mr. Middlebrooks and Addie Elizabeth Holliday were married Dec. 14, 1963, in a family home in Jamaica, Queens. He is retired from General Motors after 30 years of service; she is retired from Laidlaw Bus Co. They ha…

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Mr. and Mrs. Roger C. Gauda of Tonawanda celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a private family gathering. Mr. Gauda and Nancy E. Schultz were married December 14, 1963, in St. Matthew Lutheran Church, North Tonawanda. He is a retired building maintenance supervisor for various employers and locations. She is retired from Premier Gourmet Store, Town of Tonawanda. …

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Mr. and Mrs. Neroy E. Ivey of Buffalo celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a family dinner in E.B. Green’s Steakhouse, Buffalo. Mr. Ivey and Bertha M. Green were married Dec. 21, 1963, in Antioch Baptist Church, Buffalo. He is a retired technician for Time Warner. She is a retired mental health therapist for Buffalo Psychiatric Center. They have two sons, six gra…

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Mr. and Mrs. Richard Seeger of Hamburg will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary with a private family gathering. Mr. Seeger and Patricia Valentine were married Dec. 23, 1953, in St. Mary of Sorrows Catholic Church, Buffalo. He retired from Trico Products, Buffalo; she retired from M. Wiles Co., Buffalo and Ames Department Store, Hamburg. They have four children, 16 gr…

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Mr. and Mrs. Philip Michaels of Buffalo celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary with a family gathering. Mr. Michaels and Marie Kriegbaum were married Nov. 25, 1948, in St. Boniface Rectory, Buffalo. He is a retired sales manager for DoAll Buffalo Co., Kenmore. They have four children, six grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren.

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Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Saran of Williamsville celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary with a family dinner. Mr. Saran and Marcia Goldman were married December 14, 1958, in the Buffalo Trap and Field Club. He is a retired pharmacist for Jet Leader Drugs, Tonawanda. She is a retired special-education teacher for Buffalo Public Schools. They have two children and three grand…

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Mr. and Mrs. Thomas J. Farry of Buffalo celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a trip to Las Vegas, a gift from their children. A family dinner is planned for the holidays. Mr. Farry and Judith A. Mendofik were married Nov. 23, 1963, in St. Ambrose Catholic Church, Buffalo. He is a retired firefighter. They have five children and 12 grandchildren.

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Mr. and Mrs. Thomas L. LaClair of Buffalo celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with a family gathering in their home. Mr. LaClair and Pauline Pfarner were married Dec. 14, 1953, in Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Buffalo. He is retired from Ironworkers Local 6; she is retired from Conax Technologies. They have three children, three grandchildren and two great-g…

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Mr. and Mrs. Albert Burghardt of Tonawanda celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary with a family dinner in November at Schimschack’s Restaurant, Sanborn. Mr. Burghardt and Ella Bryant were married Sept. 25, 1948, in Blessed Trinity Catholic Church, Buffalo. He is a retired regional salesman for Vestal Laboratories in St. Louis. She is retired from Marine Midland Bank, …

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Mr. and Mrs. Frank Chip of Boca Raton, Fla., formerly of Grand Island, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a renewal of marriage vows by the Rev. Michael O’Flaherty in St. John Evangelist Catholic Church, Boca Raton, following Thanksgiving dinner with family. Mr. Chip and Patricia F. Neary were married Oct. 19, 1963, in St. John Catholic Church, Buffalo. He is a…

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Mr. and Mrs. Raymond McCoy of Allegany celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at a dinner party with their children and grandchildren in Olean. Mr. McCoy and Mary Stayer were married Nov. 30, 1963, in St. Bonaventure Catholic Church, Allegany. He is retired co-owner of McCoy’s Hardware, Olean. They have four children and six grandchildren.

Dear Abby: I’m 50 and my boyfriend, “Ray,” is 55. We have been together for 11 years. He’s divorced with two children. I am single and childless. We owned our own homes until a year ago, when we sold them and bought a house together. We each pay half the bills including the mortgage. We love each other, get along great, have similar values and can’t imagine not being toget…