The Saga of an Urban Oasis
How a local artist and his family used basic design
principles, hard work, and “obtainium” to create a unique city garden.

By Bruce Adams
Get Potted
Area experts tout the versatility

of container gardening.
By Donna Evans
Sally Jean Cunningham
An interview with Western New York’s

landscaping diva.
By Lou Petrucci
Out-of-the-Ordinary Annuals
Yes, there is life beyond pink petunias

and white impatiens.
By Elizabeth Licata

A Haven for Pampered Pets
Spa treatments, limos, gourmet goodies, and more await the four-legged denizens of this pet retreat in Niagara County.
By Kathryn Radeff
Sonny’s Doggy Bakery
Everything to delight the canine palate.
By Lou Petrucci
Dog Overboard!
Wet and wild at the Canine Rehabilitation Center.
By Brian Kantz
Tapping the Energy Flow
Acupuncture and other holistic treatments for animals.
By Donna Evans
Equestrian Pursuits
Whether for sport or recreation, horseback riding opportunities abound in Western New York.
By Terri Parsell
Hilmey Walking the Dog:
The Inside Track

Sure, there’s Delaware Park—but there are also many other local options for dog walking and running.
By Maria Scrivani
Randolph and Co.
A bittersweet saga of the trials and tribulations of pet ownership.
By Bruce Jackson
Plus: Top ten dog breeds, WNY pet resources, dog collar fashion, a fat cat, goldfish surgery and more.

Three Men, A Room, and April Fool’s Day
The story behind the farcical New York State budget process—and another way to look at the Medicaid issue.
By John Maggiore

Fidget for Fitness, Black and
White Ball, Rushdie at UB, and more
By Ron Ehmke, Sean Harrigan,
and Elizabeth Licata

Mayoral Race Exposed!


Art on View: Christo and Jean-Claude
By Bruce Adams
Arts Event: UB Investigates
the Kurtz Investigation
By Ron Ehmke
Art Preview:
Beyond/In Western New York

By Elizabeth Licata
In the Studio: Jackie Felix
By Chris Stucchio
Profile: Alberto Rey
By Julianna Jacoby-Patronski
Theater Preview: Shaw Festival 2005
By Ron Ehmke

Great Indoors: A Life of Collecting
By Lou Petrucci
Out on the Town: Just a Drink—or Two
By Sue Ann Simonin and Hilary Banks
Health: Heart Facts
From the American Heart Association
Style: Vanity Wars
By “Faith” and “Ambrose”
Fitness Watch: Bottoms Up
By Bruce Adams
Style: Gadget Planet
By William C. Altreuter
and Catherine Berlin

Restaurant Reviews: A Glass and a Bite
By Alan J. Bedenko
Wine: Terroirists of Wine
By Mark Criden
Kitchen Stories: The Kitchen Garden
By Joe George
The Foodies: Wow Guests with Take-Out
By Vicki G. Marshall and Margaret M. Toohey
PLUS: Charlie’s Diner North,
the stinking rose, white grapes that

don’t get no respect, and more.