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Reporters' Notebook, Feb. 1, 2017

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to singer, songwriter and king of punk funk Rick James, born James Ambrose Johnson Jr. in Buffalo on this date in 1948, “Whether you’re rich or poor, life’s still cold-blooded.”

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SNEAK PEEK – Preservation Buffalo Niagara’s first Hard Hat Tour of the new year will visit a highly anticipated downtown Buffalo adaptive reuse project at 6 p.m. Thursday.
Visitors will get a look at what developer Mark Croce is doing to transform the Harlow C. Curtiss Building at Franklin and West Huron streets into a 68-room boutique hotel with many amenities, including a rooftop patio. Work is expected to be finished in the spring.
Fee for the tour is $20, $10 for PBN members. For info and reservations, call 852-3300 or visit preservationbuffaloniagara.org.

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WINNERS WANTED – The Ladies Guild of St. Gabriel’s Church, 5271 Clinton St., Elma, is sponsoring a “Spin the Wheel” meat raffle Friday evening in the Parish Center. Premium meats from Will Foods will be featured.
Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. First spin is at 6. Admission is $5 and includes snacks, pop, beer and wine. There also will be extra raffles of small appliances, a theme basket raffle and a money raffle. For more info, call 868-6963 or 668-4017.

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Kristen Smigielski, right, was the 2016 Poutine Eating Contest winner. Runners-up were Dani Marie, left, and Kevin Rosier.

EXTREME POUTINE – It’s National Potato Lovers Month and to celebrate, Allen Street Poutine Co., 242 Allen St., will stage its second annual Poutine Eating Contest at 2 p.m. Saturday.
The contest is open to all ages and everyone who enters will compete on the same level. Winners will be determined by the total weight of the restaurant’s traditional poutine – a combination of French fries, cheese curds and gravy – that they can eat in five minutes.
“We hold this contest each February during Quebec, Canada’s ‘La Poutine Week’ – where poutine was invented,” says Jake Frazer, co-owner of Allen Street Poutine. “Last year’s contest winner, Kristen Smigielski, consumed 2.06 pounds of poutine in five minutes.”
First, second and third prizes will be awarded. Contestants must register in person at the restaurant and pay a $10 entry fee. For more info, visit allenstreetpoutine.com.

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BACK TO LIFE – Historical pictures of Forest Lawn, many of which have not been seen for more than 100 years, will be shown at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Margaret L. Wendt Archive and Resource Center, 1990 Main St., in a presentation entitled “From the Forest Lawn Archives: Lost Photographs From Long Ago.”
The images were found recently on long-neglected glass plate negatives, which were cleaned and digitized by the cemetery’s archivist, Matthew Golebiewski.
Tickets are $15. Admission is free for members of the Forest Lawn Heritage Foundation. The images also can be seen for $10 on a pay-per-view feature on the cemetery’s website at forest-lawn.com.

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YOUNG TALENT – The Chromatic Club of Buffalo, the city’s oldest music club, will present a concert in its Community Spotlight Series at 1:30 p.m. Sunday in the Mary Seaton Room at Kleinhans Music Hall. Featured will be the club’s student and collegiate members. Donations will be accepted at the door.

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CHURCH NOTE – St. Philip the Apostle Church, 950 Losson Road, Cheektowaga, will host the next session in its free speaker series at 7 p.m. Monday. Topic will be “Loss of a Loved One.” For more info, call 632-7856.

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Denise Reichard

ONE LUMP OR TWO – A traditional English tea menu and a performance by Denise Reichard as Dolley Madison will be featured as Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village, 3755 Tonawanda Creek Road, Amherst, hosts its second annual First Ladies Tea from 1 to 3 p.m. Feb. 11.
Tickets are $35, $30 for members. Tables of 10 can be reserved for $300. Reservations are required by next Wednesday. For info and reservations, call 689-1440 or visit bnhv.org.

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CALENDAR DATE – The Women’s Club of Orchard Park will hold a meeting and luncheon at noon next Wednesday in the Orchard Park Country Club, 4777 S. Buffalo St., Orchard Park.

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MEOW MIXER – Ten Lives Club, the cat rescue and adoption agency in the Southtowns, will celebrate its 16th birthday with a party from 4:30 to 7:45 p.m. Monday in the Rust Belt Bar and Grill, 3720 Lake Shore Road, Blasdell. Admission is $5 and includes food and birthday cake. There also will be a cash bar and raffles.
“Who can believe that what started in my garage 16 years ago is now saving 1,600 cats a year?” says founder Marie Edwards. “This is the first year we’re celebrating at a restaurant. Before, we just told people to send birthday cards to the cats. Of course, you can still do that if you can’t come to the party.”
Donations also are welcome. Edwards notes that it costs more to take cats in than the shelter gets back in adoption fees. To contribute, call 646-5577, visit the website at tenlivesclub.org or mail a check to Ten Lives Club at P.O. Box 253, North Boston, NY 14110.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Daniel R. O’Neill III, Ashok Subramanian, Dorothy Blewis, David Safe, Darlene Sikorski, Angie Gallagher, Ellen Taylor, Sister Mary Josanne Buszek, Cheryl Lombardo-McGregor, Eva Posener, Daisy Skinner and Irene Hedger.
AND THURSDAY – Paul Stewart Shanks, Mary Davey-Carr, Adam Dzimian, Joseph Golombek Jr., Nancy Hughes, Judy Zeckhauser, Helen Scrivens, Shirley A. Thompson, Lindsey Miller, John Beres, Pat Harnish, Colleen Zimmerman, Sister Mary Juanita Nowak, Stephanie Ubaldini, Lynne Elis, Donna Bondanza, Betsy Gustek, Marilyn Hartman, James Christmas, Rev. Bob Zilliox, Alexander Lee Burns, T. J. Alberalla, Christine Bacchetti, Daniel McCabe, Campbell Valentine Vogt, Katie Vasey, Mary Gister and Hayden Goff.

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