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If everything went as it did for decades, this would have been one of Rosemary Billquist's favorite days of the year. The alarm clock would have gone off around 6 a.m. and the alarm on her phone would have kicked in as well, but she would have slept straight through, because she always slept hard. Her husband, Jamie, knowing his wife, would have gone outdoors to clea…

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Until last year, Lisa Hitchcock had never met Rosemary Billquist. On a spring afternoon, a car rumbled up a clay driveway on a hill in Friendship, on the Southern Tier, where Hitchcock maintains a home-based rescue operation for dogs. Rosemary and her husband, Jamie, climbed out. "She was wearing a dress, this beautiful pretty dress," said Hitchcock, who watched as d…

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John Patterson believes that he understands Sherman, a little community in Chautauqua County, about 75 miles from Buffalo. He arrived as a young man to take a job as a chemistry and math teacher at Sherman High School. He met his wife Sally about a half-century ago, when she worked as a secretary for the superintendent. The couple ran a family farm, with 100 cows and ca…