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Last week’s Sunday dinner featured stuffed pork chops, Portuguese sausage soup, roasted herbed potatoes, mini-croissants, and butternut squash mashed with butter, brown sugar, and cream. That definitely sounds like enough food, but then, this is the Crain house, where there’s always room for…

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The other day I received an e-mail from my high school reunion committee. 2023 will be the 55th reunion of the Irondequoit High School Class of ’68, and they’re already revving up. They were asking if I planned on attending, updates on my life, and if I wanted to be a part of the planning co…

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I have talked quite extensively now about the cream city bricks and how this unique part of Great Lakes architecture is owed entirely to the geography of our region, more specifically to the composition of the clay that can be found here. This week I would like to talk about another, more ru…

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Vladimir (Vlad) is a sweet dog who loves to play and is also up-to-date with his vaccinations. Vlad is two years old and loves going on daily walks. Vlad is ready for a home where he can play, be loved, and go for walks.

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Pasta. Who doesn’t love it? But what, actually, is pasta? To us Americans, it’s those hard, funny-shaped objects that come in a box. To the Italians, however, pasta has genuine personality. There are so many different varieties of it that it’s hard to keep them straight. You get to know them…

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One of the biggest and heaviest books on my shelves is Emily Post’s Etiquette: A Guide to Modern Manners.

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This very friendly and playful gal’s name is Daisy. Daisy is four months old. She is ready for her new home. If interested in Daisy, please call the shelter at 861-5385.

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Paul Bunyan is quite literally a larger-than-life character in American folklore. The legend of Paul Bunyan seems to have evolved over the years from some humorously exaggerated lumbering tales to children’s stories of absolutely preposterous proportions. Depending on which version of the ta…