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Reporters' Notebook: Dec. 30

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to Canadian humorist Stephen Leacock, born on this date in 1869, “Advertising may be described as the science of arresting the human intelligence long enough to get money from it.”

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HOMEWARD BOUND – Need a lift after celebrating on New Year’s Eve? The ninth annual William Mattar Safe and Sober Free Ride Home Program is ready to take you and your car to your front door.
The Mattar law firm, working with Designated Drivers of Buffalo, has arranged to provide free rides between midnight and 4 a.m. from inside the Buffalo city limits to your residence up to a 20-mile radius, except for Canada.
A call to 202-2222 will bring a team of two uniformed drivers, one for you and one for your car, with no stops at other drinking locations.
Designated Drivers will attempt to accommodate all requests for rides as long as the volume of calls doesn’t get too heavy.
“We have worked hard this year to add more drivers and dispatchers to accommodate the success of this program,” says Designated Drivers owner Michael Mule. For more info, visit ddobny.com.

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SWEET TALK – Cornell Cooperative Extension in Wyoming County will sponsor the Western New York Maple School and Trade Show for beginners and experienced maple producers from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Jan. 14 in Letchworth Central School, 5550 School Road, Gainesville.
Fee is $15 and includes lunch. For info, call Debra Welch at 585-786-2253 or email djw275@cornell.edu. To register, email zta3@cornell.edu.

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HELPERS WANTED – The Golden Age Center, 3278 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island, is looking for volunteers to help start up a new community respite program in February which will provide breaks for people who are providing care for loved ones with dementia.
Volunteers should be willing to share a few hours of their time on the second Wednesday of each month by providing companionship for people with dementia.
The Alzheimer’s Association Western New York Chapter will furnish all necessary training at no charge. For info, call Jennifer Menter at the Center at 773-9682 or email jrmenter@grand-island.ny.us.
The Alzheimer’s Association also trains volunteers and oversees respite programs and 10 other locations in Erie and Niagara counties. For info about respite and the chapter’s other programs, call toll-free 800-272-3900.

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WAGGING TALES – Chalk up another canine success story for the Cartagena-North Tonawanda adoption connection.
Kimberly Rodeffer, the founder of the Lumber City’s Little Ones Independent Rescue, recently linked up with Williamsville native Maureen Cattieu at JFK Airport in New York City to welcome four dogs – the latest taken in from the streets of Cartagena, Colombia, where Cattieu has been teaching first grade for the past six years.
Cattieu, a standout athlete at Williamsville East High School and a University at Buffalo graduate, founded a rescue and adoption service, Cartegena Paws, to find homes for the large number of abandoned and abused dogs in Cartegena.
She and Rodeffer met through mutual friends and teamed up about a year ago. So far they have rescued 19 pooches.
The latest are Anita, a 5-year-old terrier mix; Marty, a 1-year-old Chihuahua mix; Manchas, a 4-year-old Greyhound mix; and Chester, a 2-year-old Greyhound mix.
Since early November, other dogs have found new homes in Buffalo, Tonawanda, Pittsburgh and Boston, Mass. Tata, a 4-month-old Labrador mix, recently settled in with benefactors in Sweden.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Charlie Moore, Dick Czarnecki, Kenneth D. Anthone, Brenda Dove Black, Jenna Jankowiak, Charlie Safe, Carol Schaller, Char Lonergan, Joanne Chittenden, Joe Panek, Gene Drebot, Madeline Fecio, Helen Czerwinski, Shaun Bohen, Virgil Mesmer, Declan Wiles, Michelle Lemiesz, Julie Bonner, Rob Daniels, Georgette Higgins, Todd Skinner, Mike Rozyczko, Debe Guido, Marilyn Tonnes and Ally Miklas.
AND SATURDAY – Rene Robert, Keli-Koran F. Luchey, Pamela LaBell, Jamie Troy, Mick Fahey, Gail Major, Julia Snyder, Jerry Buczkowski, Joey Battaglia, Audrey Walkowiak, Ken Swanekamp, Shirley Sobon, Sandy Jordan, Amanda Skinner, Jerry Wilson, Tom Boyer, Sue Kopra Natali, Diane Sztukowski and Frank J. Spinner Jr.
AND SUNDAY – Alex Ostrozinski, Jack Myers, Jeff Simon, Yves-Richard Blanc, Dennis Beres, Sister Mary Blaine Surlas, Bob Sikora, Jeanette Coleman, Trenton Hassett, Philip Kurzanski, Delores Pryor, Montrice Goins, Libby Graci, Dr. John Twist, Cheryl LaForest, Kyle Hayden, Allayne Barnum, Mary Lou Zeis and J.D. Bryant.

email: olaffub@buffnews.com

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