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Reporters’ Notebook

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to British journalist and broadcaster Alistair Cooke, born on this date in 1908, “A professional is someone who can do his best work when he doesn’t feel like it.”


CREATING KEEPSAKES – Three of Buffalo’s sports heroes will make appearances at the Western New York Sports Card Expo from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday in Hearthstone Manor, 333 Dick Road, Depew. Ex-Sabres Mike Robitaille and Jim Lorentz will sign autographs for $10 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., while Bills wide receiver Andre Reed will take up his pen for $20 per signature from noon to 2 p.m.

More than 100 vendors will be on hand with new and vintage sports cards, videos, photos and other memorabilia. Among the items available for purchase are original blue seats or an orange seat from Memorial Auditorium.

Admission is $3. Presale tickets and mail orders for Reed are available by calling Bases Loaded Sports Collectibles at 656-0066. For info and mail orders for the former Sabres, visit the Sports Corner at For info, visit


NOT FORGOTTEN – The Ukrainian-American community of Western New York will commemorate the 80th anniversary of Holodomor, the genocide in Ukraine in 1932-33 in which millions starved to death, with Remembrance Day ceremonies at 1 p.m. Sunday in Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Church, 200 Como Park Blvd., Cheektowaga.

Newly assigned Very Rev. Yuriy Kasyanov will join with other Ukrainian Catholic clergy to lead prayer and candle-lighting. Survivors of Holodomor will tell of their experiences. A memorial concert will follow the service. All are welcome.


FULL NELSON – Buffalo Championship Wrestling returns with six matches Saturday evening in Francis J. Donovan Post 1626, American Legion, 3210 Genesee St., Cheektowaga. Featured is the BCW heavyweight title contest between Krimson and “Big League” John McChesney.

Doors open at 6:15 p.m. First bell sounds at 7:05. For advance sales, front-row tickets are $12, second row is $11, general admission is $10. Tickets are $2 more on the day of the event. For info, call 634-6394.


FRUIT OF THE VINE – Admission is one bottle of wine for Annunciation School’s annual Holiday Home Party from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday in Selbert Hall, 7580 Clinton St., Elma. Local vendors will offer a wide variety of gift items, and there will be wine, snacks, live music and free basket raffles.

Baskets with an item from each vendor will be raffled off throughout the evening. Shoppers can earn an extra raffle ticket for each bottle of wine they bring to the party and for each purchase from a vendor. For info, call the school office at 681-1327.

Sunday, the Lake View Ladies Auxiliary will hold its annual craft show from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Lake View Fire Station No. 1, 2011 Lakeview Road, Lake View. In addition to local craft vendors, there will be food, raffles and auctions.


BRUSHING UP – The Twin Village Art Society will stage a Paint-In at its next meeting, 7 p.m. Tuesday, in the second- floor meeting room in the Lancaster Municipal Building, Broadway and Central Avenue.

Members and guests will be working on individual pieces, answering questions and demonstrating techniques. Guests are welcome to bring their own painting materials and join in. Admission is free. Refreshments will be served. For info, call Chip Blenk at 207-7350.


SAVE A SEAT – Reservations are required to attend the Giving Thanks Dinner, a free Thanksgiving turkey dinner with all the trimmings from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday in Salem Lutheran Church, 10 McClellan Circle, McKinley Parkway at Whitfield Avenue in South Buffalo. There will be continuous seating. To make a reservation, call the church office at 824-2787.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Peg Overdorf, Ella Smith Perry, Tom Krehbiel, Lynn DeJac Peters, Rich Kegler, Don Thompson, Jim Sarra, Dan Hassett, Mary Margaret Wolters, Eric Bondanza, Alanna Bain, Natalie Recktenwalt, Christine Fenzel, Deb Muhlbauer, Edward F. Schroeder, Rich Henkel and Raymond Palmowski.

AND THURSDAY – Dave Petersen, Heidi Powell, John Benkovich, Sister Mary Richardine Baranski, Alexis Lacey, Amber Lacey, Ron Heft, Krag Lambert, Alicia Spychaj, Ellen Meyers, Kim Pierce, Sandie Brant and Betty Kaleta.


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