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Reporter's Notebook: Nov. 15

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to newspaper columnist Franklin Pierce Adams, born on this date in 1881, “Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory.”

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RUNNING FREE – Lancaster Unleashed, a non-profit group that wants to establish an off-leash dog park in the Town of Lancaster, will hold its next meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Lancaster Public Library, 5466 Broadway, Lancaster. Discussion will include fundraising, marketing and options for where the park would be located. All are welcome.

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WORK IN PROGRESS – WNY Players will give a staged reading of a new work by award-winning local playwright Donna Hoke, “Hearts of Stone,” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the Brighton Place Library, 999 Brighton Road, Town of Tonawanda. Admission is free. Seating is limited. For reservations, call 332-4375.

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POST TRAUMATIC – Compeer Vet 2 Vet will host a documentary film on the mental health needs of veterans, “Thank You For Your Service,” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the AMC Maple Ridge 8 Theater, 4276 Maple Road, Amherst. An open discussion on military mental health will follow. Tickets are $13.50 and must be reserved in advance. To reserve tickets online, visit gathr.us/screening/18176.

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WINNERS WANTED – Salem Lutheran Church, 10 McClellan Circle at McKinley Parkway and Whitfield Avenue, will have a vendor show and game night at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, with proceeds benefiting Grace Guest House, a hospitality house in South Buffalo for the families of out-of-town hospital patients. Donation is $10 and includes Bingo cards for 10 games, with prizes from vendors. Pizza and beverages will be available on sale. For more info, call 824-2787.

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A CHANCE TO SHARE – Rural Outreach Center in East Aurora, which helps the needy in the Southtowns and the Southern Tier, is seeking individuals, families, businesses and organizations to adopt a deserving family and brighten their holidays.
“This Christmas season we anticipate assisting 12 to 15 families who are actively pursuing their goals toward self-sufficiency,” says ROC executive director Frank Cerny. “Those receiving gifts ... will be asked to make a contribution of some sort back to their community as part of the empowerment process.”
Families will submit lists of items that include such things as clothing and small toys. Sponsors will be given a list and provide wrapped gifts. For more info, call 240-2220.

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STEP INSIDE – The doors of 10 historic locations in the City of Lockport will be open from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday for the Lockport Tour of Homes, sponsored by Explore Buffalo and the Palace Theatre.
Visitors can pick up tour books at the Kenan Center Arena, 433 Locust St., and see the homes at their own pace. Docents and carolers from the Palace’s production of “Scrooge” will be at each of the homes. No interior photographs will be permitted.
Tickets are $30 and can be reserved online at lockportpalacetheatre.org. They also can be obtained from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily at the box office at the Palace, 2 East Ave., Lockport, or at Mills Jewelers, 53 Main St., Lockport.

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DECK THE HALLS – Emmanuel United Methodist Church, 75 East Ave., Lockport is offering 26-inch Douglas fir and holly berry wreaths with waterproof red bows for the holiday season. Deadline for orders is Sunday. Delivery and payment will be after Nov. 27. To order, call 433-2838.

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TOP HONORS – The Burchfield Nature and Art Center, 2001 Union Road, West Seneca, will announce the winners of its annual photo contest and present prizes at a public awards reception at 7 p.m. Friday. First, second and third place honors will be given for six divisions. Judges selected the winners from 113 photos currently on display at the center. For more info, call 677-4843.

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HAND CRAFTED – The Rochester Folk Art Guild will present its annual Festival of Crafts Friday to Sunday in the University at Buffalo Center for Tomorrow on the North Campus in Amherst. Hours are 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
The array of handmade objects will include turned bowls, natural fibers and clothing, folk toys and pottery. There also will be live music, artisan demonstrations and a display of oriental rugs from Afghanistan, Iran, Turkey, India and Pakistan. Admission is $2, or free with an invitation printed out from folkartguild.org.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Debbie Oberg, Eileen Buckley, Kris Lee, Sally Abell, Kim Lutz, Carol Harrison, Judy Smentkiewicz, Mike Hanley, Matt Coons, Christopher Louth, Matt Connors, Jeff Rishel, Marlene Wilczak Mastalinski, Joe Anzalone, Jen Battisti, Donald Harris and Zach Johnson.

email: olaffub@buffnews.com

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