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Reporter's Notebook: Nov. 16

OLAF FUB SEZ: An observation from author and journalist Elizabeth Drew, born on this date in 1935: “Too often travel, instead of broadening the mind, merely lengthens the conversation.”

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BALANCE POINTS – “Stay Well on Your Feet,” a presentation on how to prevent falls, will be part of the open house program from 1 to 5 p.m. today in People Inc. Pine Senior Living, 6231 Tonawanda Creek Road North, Pendleton.
Presented from 1 to 2 p.m. by staffers from DeGraff Memorial Hospital and the McLaughlin Center, it will include suggestions for how to maintain balance, Tai Chi exercises and how to lead a healthier lifestyle. There also will be tours of the apartments, available to independent seniors 62 and older who are income eligible. Registration is encouraged. Call 433-3381.

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BIG BOOST – Tops Markets has donated 110 turkeys to the City of Tonawanda’s Helping Our Neighbors Food Drive, which will provide Thanksgiving dinners to needy families through the Vietnam Veterans Food Pantry and the St. Francis Outreach Food Pantry, both in the City of Tonawanda.
But more is needed. The food drive continues through Friday. Donations of non-perishable items can be dropped off at Tonawanda City Hall, 200 Niagara St.; the Tonawanda Senior Citizens Center, 35 Main St.; the Tonawanda Fire Department, 44 William St.; or Squire’s Tap Room, 127 Niagara St.

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ECHOES OF THE PAST – “The Queen City of Entertainment” and “Buffalo’s Sporting Life” are the topics of Explore Buffalo’s Fall Speaker Series at 7 p.m. Thursday in the First Presbyterian Church, 1 Symphony Circle. The first half of the program will recall long-gone theaters and concert halls and the legendary performances they hosted. Part two will cover the history of professional sports in Buffalo through the years. Tickets are $10. For info and tickets, call 245-3032 or visit explorebuffalo.org.

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HELPING VETS – Disabled American Veterans Roll of Honor Chapter 120 is sponsoring a Winter Coat and Food Drive for needy veterans on Saturday and Sunday at its headquarters, 3354 Delaware Ave., Town of Tonawanda. Non-perishable food items and clothing, especially new or slightly used coats and new men’s and women’s underclothes, can be dropped off from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days.
Cash donations also are welcome and will be used to purchase turkeys and hams for the holidays. Monetary donations also can be mailed to the DAV Chapter 120 headquarters. Zip Code is 14217.

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FURRY FRIENDS – Numerous local animal rescue organizations will have cats and dogs ready for new homes at the Rally to Rescue Adoption and Pre-Holiday Pet Expo from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday in Col. J. B. Weber Post 898, Veterans of Foreign Wars, 2909 South Park Ave., Lackawanna.
There also will be handmade holiday items, a petting zoo, pony rides (weather permitting) and sessions with animal communicator Rev. Alisa Camardo. There also will be a variety of food and beverages, including a Weidner’s chicken barbecue and a cash bar. Photos also will be available with Santa Paws for dogs on leashes and cats and other small pets in carriers. Admission is free.

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GRAB A PLATE – New Hope United Methodist Church, 2846 Seneca St., West Seneca, will serve a free community dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday. The menu includes homemade meat loaf, oven potatoes, green beans, Jell-O pineapple salad and desserts. All are welcome. Freewill donations will be accepted.

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RECOVERING – Families and friends who have lost loved ones to suicide are invited to a special program for healing, support and empowerment in conjunction with International Survivors of Suicide Day on Saturday afternoon in the Butler Rehabilitation Center auditorium at Buffalo Psychiatric Center, 400 Forest Ave.
Doors open at noon for registration and a light lunch. The program starts at 1 p.m. and includes a screening of “Family Journeys: Reclaiming Life After Loss,” one in a series of documentaries on suicide loss produced by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention called “The Journey.” It will be followed by a panel discussion.
The program is free. Advance registration is appreciated. Call 816-2011 or email BuffaloPC@omh.ny.gov.

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Melissa Foster (center) accepts her award from AARP officials. Photo by Michael Ham, Kenwood Photography.

HIGH HONOR – The founder and president of the Kenmore Village Improvement Society, Melissa Foster, is the recipient of the 2016 Andrus Award for Community Service given by AARP New York, the non-profit organization for people 50 and older.
The AARP cited the growth of the organization since it was founded in 2008 and the variety of activities it fosters, from free children’s concerts and festivals to village-wide clean-up days. The award came with a $5,000 check to donate to the charity of Foster’s choice. She chose Improvement America, the non-profit organization she founded to introduce her Kenmore efforts to other communities around the country.
“It is vital and urgent that all of us ... know that we can improve our community,” she says. “We need to empower ourselves to thoughtfully and effectively help in changing where we live for the better.”

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Phyllis Horton, Steve Finch, Michael Haggerty, Chris Kempf, Carol Hageman, Austin Meidenbauer, Elaine Lewandowski, Katrina Ziolo, Margaret McDermott, Kathy Davis, Kevin Coffee, Dawson Miller, Dan Farry, Liam Allman, Jordan Lyn LeBarron, Dan Dell’Isola, Helga Emmert and Alyssa Sole.
AND THURSDAY – Ruth Jones, Maria Whyte, Cheryl Hagen, Zach Anner, Sister Beth Brosmer, Bill Hambridge, Carol Zaffram, Annette Nigrelli, Keith Safe, Tommy Zaborowski, Jean S. Lombardo, Mike Karpie, Jeff Mueller, Steve Mueller, Sheila Recktenwalt, Beverly Nixon, Jay Byron Duderwick, Jennifer Marie Gallagher, Janice G. Bennett, Jason Moll, Jeanne Wolf, Paul Leone, Sister Mary Thomas Frys, Terri Legierski and Floryan Pawlowski.

email: olaffub@buffnews.com

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