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Reporters’ Notebook

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to British theologian, priest and mystery writer Ronald Knox, born on this date in 1888, “A good sermon should be like a woman’s skirt: short enough to arouse interest, but long enough to cover the essentials.”

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BRING THE KIDS – Classic Disney animated movies are being screened at 11 a.m. daily this week in the Riviera Theatre, 67 Webster St., North Tonawanda, for youngsters on winter break from school. Admission is $3 for “The Jungle Book” (1967) on Wednesday, “Sleeping Beauty” (1959) on Thursday and “Aladdin” (1992) on Friday. Doors open at 10 a.m. Meanwhile, folks from Ken-Ton Closet will be in the lobby collecting new socks, underwear, school supplies and toiletries for people in need. They also could use some markers – thin black dry-erase ones and thick and thin colored ones.

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STAR POWER – More than two dozen former football, baseball, basketball and hockey players and coaches, including former Bills, Braves and Sabres, are scheduled to take part in the Sports Collectors Expo from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in the Batavia Downs Gaming Center, 8315 Park Road, Batavia.

The Saturday notables include Adrian Dantley and Ernie DiGregorio at 1 p.m. and Scott Norwood at 2 p.m. Scheduled Sunday are Marv Levy at 11 a.m., Bruce Smith and Steve Tasker at noon and Andre Reed at 1 p.m.

Admission is $6 and includes a free autograph from Ray Bentley, Dave Ford, Joe Altobelli, Gabe Northern, Al Bemiller, Ed Rutkowski and Jeff Nixon. Kids under 8 are free with a paying adult. Those 18 and older also will get $5 in free play at the casino. For more info, visit thepurplepeopleeaters.com.

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THINKING AHEAD – A free workshop on how to get the most from a long-term care insurance policy will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday in the Clarence Public Library, 3 Town Place off Goodrich Road, Clarence. Five experts from the Williamsville office of Northwoods Corp. insurance agency will be on hand to give advice on benefits and planning for long-term care. For more info, call (800) 836-2040, Ext. 3014.

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FREE WORKOUTS – “Get Movin’,” a free hourlong exercise program for people 18 and older with and without disabilities, will begin at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday in Room 117 of the Academic and Wellness Center at Daemen College. Conducted by faculty and students from the college’s Nursing and Physical Therapy departments, it will continue on Tuesdays and Thursdays through May 3.

Daemen also will hold a program April 16 to train fitness professionals for people with disabilities. For more info and to register, call Diane Ryan, associate professor of nursing, at 839-8408 or email dryan@daemen.edu.

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THE GREAT OUTDOORS – Naturalists from Allegany State Park will lead a free winter hike, with or without snow, to explore the park’s newest trail, Bear Paw, at 11 a.m. Saturday. Hikers should bring snowshoes, trekking poles, a good pair of winter hiking boots and a snack to enjoy in the Summit Warming Hut, where the 90-minute hike will begin and end. For more info, call 354-9101, Ext. 236.

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WORDS AND PICTURES – Author and illustrator Wende Essrow will read from her children’s book, “If You Listen to the Trees,” and lead a charcoal art drawing workshop at 11 a.m. Saturday in Dog Ears Bookstore and Cafe, 688 Abbott Road. All material will be included and participants can take their art home. Admission is free, but spaces are limited. To reserve a spot, call 823-2665.

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GENERATING HEAT – Applications are still being accepted from chefs for the sixth annual Parkside Chili Cook-Off from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday in Jewett Hall in the Church of the Good Shepherd, 96 Jewett Parkway. It is sponsored by the Parkside Community Association. Awards will be given for Most Creative, People’s Choice and Grand Champion. Admission to the cook-off is free, but a $5 donation is suggested. Cooks can register online at parksidebuffalo.org.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Elaine Lombardo, Colin Dabkowski, Florence Notto, Lindy Ruff, Moira Gallagher Schorr, Mike Spong, Don Zinteck, Mary Vance Boyd, Joseph Aschieri, Norman Ryan, Mike Semple, Tyler Kitay, Gladie Zelasko Smith, Zoe Thauer, Matthew Toohey, Bonnie Capozzi, Christine Poremba, Joan Ogledzinski, Ann Marie Zielinski, Nancy DiMartino, Caitlin Harkness, Colleen Hardy and Joel Greenauer.

AND THURSDAY – Maryann Kleinfelder, Barbara Fernan Monaco, K.C. Kratt, Julie Kittsley, Matt Gryta, Alice Pratt, Bob Skorupa, Linda Carroll, Vince DiStefano, Mary Anne Hitt, Frank Caccamise, Nancy Barrett, Olivia Hough, Kelly Pennella, Lisa Romanini, Louis Kowal, Jan Marion Bernas, Chris Hanel, Dawn Chilcott, Caitlin Smith, Ivan Slomba and Gina Passantino Carroll.

email: olaffub@buffnews.com