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Reporter's Notebook: Oct. 25

OLAF FUB SEZ: An observation from artist Pablo Picasso, born on this date in 1881, “Everything is a miracle. It is a miracle that one does not dissolve in one’s bath like a lump of sugar.”

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WINNERS WANTED – More than 150 items, including holiday decorations, sports memorabilia and gift certificates to local stores and restaurants are the prizes in the Valley Community Association’s annual basket raffle Wednesday in the Valley Community Center, 93 Leddy St., near South Park Avenue and Elk Street.
Doors open at 2 p.m. for viewing and entering chances. The kitchen will be open for food and refreshments at 5 p.m. Drawings start at 7 p.m. A sheet of 25 chances is $5. Five sheets are $20. Winners need not be present. For more info, call 823-4707, Ext. 4.

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DINNER BELL – St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 360 Main St., Elma, one block south of Clinton Street, will host its annual Roast Beef Dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday. Dinners are $12 for adults, $6 for children aged 5 to 10, and include mashed potatoes, squash, cole slaw, beverage and dessert. Call 668-4320.

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ABOLISHING ABUSE – The Grand Island Professional Women’s Chapter, New York State Women, will present a free forum on domestic violence and abuse at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Radisson Hotel, 100 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island. It is open to the public.
Speakers will include Joseph G. Chudoba of the Erie County Sheriff’s Domestic Violence Unit, Grand Island Town Justice Sybil E. Kennedy and Mary Travers Murphy, executive director of the Family Justice Center of Buffalo, which helps domestic violence victims and children.

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TREATS GALORE – The 22nd annual Galleria of Treats, which benefits Kids Escaping Drugs, will offer indoor trick-or-treating from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday in the Walden Galleria in Cheektowaga on the lower level near the Forever 21 store. WGRZ-TV Channel 2 will be offering treats and prizes in its Pumpkin Patch in the center of the attraction.
VIP Express Pass tickets, which allow visitors to skip the registration line, are available for $3 through Wednesday at the Galleria’s customer service desk on the upper level near Macy’s. General admission $2 tickets will be available at registration Thursday near Forever 21.

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INTERN OPPORTUNITY – An open house will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday in the auditorium at Beechwood Continuing Care, 2235 Millersport Highway, Getzville, to celebrate the fourth anniversary of Project Search of Western New York at Beechwood.
Project Search, a collaboration of Beechwood, Aspire of WNY, Erie 1 BOCES and the Summit Center, is a school-to-work internship program for students with disabilities who are in their last year of high school.
Applications for Project Search’s Fall 2017 session will be available and representatives will be on hand to answer questions. Admission is free. Refreshments will be served. Reservations are not required.

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STORY TIME – A Halloween costume party at 10:15 a.m. Friday will kick off the new Puppy Tales series for youngsters 2 to 4 in Dog Ears Bookstore & Cafe, 688 Abbott Road in South Buffalo.
A six-week series of storytelling, crafts and healthy snacks, Puppy Tales is open to children accompanied by a parent or guardian. Registration is limited to 20 youngsters. Cost is $25. For more info and registration, call 823-2665. For updates, visit the Dog Ears Bookstore page on Facebook.

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GIVING VOICE – The 60-member Lancaster High School Chorale, directed by Gary M. Lee, will be special guest at the next concert by the Buffalo Choral Arts Society at 8 p.m. Friday in a program entitled “Our Homeland Sings” in St. Joseph University Church, 3269 Main St.

Marcia A. Giambrone

The program will feature works by three living American composers of renown, including Z. Randall Stroope. One of his pieces, commissioned by the Buffalo Choral Arts Society for its 50th anniversary last year, will be performed.

The award-winning Buffalo Choral Arts Society is a 110-voice community chorus directed by Marcia A. Giambrone, with John A. Mitton, accompanist. Tickets are $10. They are available by calling 775-SONG (7664) or online at BuffaloChoralArts.org.

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PICTURE PERFECT – Entries are being accepted now through Nov. 2 for the annual Burchfield Nature and Art Center photography contest. Categories include Up Close, Too Funny, Joy, Special Places and Quiet Moments. There will be separate categories for youth 12 and younger.
Info and entry forms are available at the center, 2001 Union Road, West Seneca, and on its website at BurchfieldNAC.org. Entries will be on display in the center’s gallery from Nov. 13 to Dec. 30, with an awards reception from 7 to 9 p.m. Nov. 18.

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GET A PRICE – The Northeast regional sales manager for Beckett Grading Services, Charles Stabile, will assess collectible cards from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in Bases Loaded Sports Collectibles, 794 French Road, Cheektowaga.
Drop-offs are accepted at the store for those who can’t make it Friday or Saturday. For every 10 cards submitted, customers will have a chance to win an autographed photo of Bills legends Bill Polian, Marv Levy or Andre Reed. For more info, call 656-0066 or see the store’s Facebook page.

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MYSTERY MAN – The people in Fredonia who are building a memorial to William Hart, the gunsmith who dug the nation’s first gas well in the village in 1825, want to know what he looked like. Hart moved to Buffalo in 1838 and set up a hardware shop on Pearl Street, but no one yet has been able to find an image of him. He died in 1865 and is buried in Forest Lawn. Anyone with info about a photo or portrait should contact the William Hart Gas Well Committee, Box 208, Fredonia, NY 14063.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Warren Gelman, Christa Glennie Seychew, Amy Szefel Starck, Cheryl Klass, Kevin Halt, George Rasmas, Priscilla Granville, Mark Lounsbury, Lois Comrie, Jeri Kackmann, Marion Becker, Jon Navratil and Roger Heymanowski.

email: olaffub@buffnews.com

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