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Reporters' Notebook, Feb. 7, 2017

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to British novelist Charles Dickens, born on this date in 1812, “If there were no bad people, there would be no good lawyers.”

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THE WRITE STUFF – Attorney Joseph DiNardo will visit Dog Ears Bookstore and Cafe, 688 Abbott Road, from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday to sign copies of his first book, “A Letter to My Wife,” a meditation and love story which follows her through her two-year battle with pancreatic cancer. Marcia DiNardo died in 2015. For more info, call 823-2665, visit dogearsbookstore.com or go to the store’s Facebook page.

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THERE WITH CARE – Representatives from Niagara Hospice will give a presentation on the services that hospice care provides from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday in St. Peter Lutheran Church North Ridge, 4169 Church Road, Cambria. A light lunch will be served. All are welcome. For info, call 433-9014.

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TRUE BLUE – St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy will host a Code Blue Bash from 7 to 10:30 p.m. Friday in the Grapevine Banquets, 333 Dick Road, Depew. Those attending are invited to wear blue and donate an article of clothing, bedding or personal care item for a chance to win a money tree.
Tickets are $20 and include pizza, desserts and soft drinks. Music will be provided by Party of Nine. There will be a cash bar. For tickets and info, call 892-2015 or visit stlukesmissionofmercy.org.

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LOVING WINTER – There will be fun indoors and out from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at “Winter Wonderland in the Woods” at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center in Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve, 93 Honorine Drive, off Como Park Boulevard, Cheektowaga.
Visitors can try snowshoes and cross-country skis for free in a demonstration area outdoors, weather permitting.
There also will be snowshoe rentals for longer walks, a winter wildlife hike, snow art, a snowball target toss and an ice fishing demonstration. Forest rangers will demonstrate ice rescue techniques and conservation officers will talk about illegal hunting.
Indoors, there will be talks about wild animal rehabilitation at 1 and 3 p.m. There also will be crafts and costumed winter creatures, live animals, a scavenger hunt and prizes.
Registration is not required. Admission is free, but donations are welcome. For more info, call 683-5959 or visit reinsteinwoods.org and search for “Winter Wonderland.”

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HELPING HANDS – A fundraiser to help establish a veterans’ retreat center, hopefully in North Tonawanda, will be held from 3 to 9 p.m. Saturday in Stephen Sikora Post 1322, American Legion, 950 Payne Ave., North Tonawanda. The program will include a dinner at 5 p.m., a presentation, live music, an appearance by State Sen. Robert Ortt and many auctions and raffles.
Glenn DiTillio, a veteran from North Tonawanda, and his fiancee, Rose Finnemore, plan to provide services for vets including recreational, counseling and job training programs, as well as housing for those who are homeless. For more info, call DiTillio at 983-4989 or visit the Alpha and the Omega Veterans Retreat Center on Facebook.

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TREAT YOUR EARS – A free Musical Family Concert will be presented by Amherst Symphony Orchestra at 3 p.m. Sunday in Amherst Middle School, 55 Kings Highway, Snyder.
The program, directed by Bryan Eckenrode, will include selections from “The Sound of Music” with cast members from the Amherst Middle School musical, favorites from “Mary Poppins” by cast members from the Williamsville North High School musical and Sergei Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf,” with narration by WKBW-TV weatherman Mike Randall.
There also will be an instrumental petting zoo at 1:30 where children and adults may touch and pick up musical instruments. For more info, visit amherstsymphony.com.

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TALES WAGGING – The North Tonawanda Public Library, 505 Meadow Drive, North Tonawanda, will resume its Read to the Dogs program for students from kindergarten through sixth grade later this month.
Youngsters can practice their reading skills by reading to Kurly, a certified therapy dog, from 2:45 to 4:30 p.m. Feb. 19. To sign up, call the library at 693-4132, Ext. 5. Children 10 and younger must be accompanied by their parents. For more info, visit ntlibrary.org.

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MARKET FUTURES – Entries are being accepted for the Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market’s seventh annual poster contest.
The winning 11-by-17-inch color poster, which will be on display throughout the season from May 13 to Nov. 25, will receive a $100 cash prize.
For full instructions, visit elmwoodmarket.org or the market’s Facebook page. Entries must be submitted electronically to jkirchmyer@verizon.net. Deadline is March 10.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Thomas Edward Smith, Gene Warner, Ken Kowalec, Ryan O’Reilly, Louis Bryon Morrow, Shirley Edmonds, Allie Bogold, Josie Michaels, Chloe McCabe, Carole Rotando, Elaine Tierney, Kevin Rockwood, Jeffrey Bosworth, Kayla Rose Bosworth, John Pennella, Jane Taylor and Alvis Bell.

To submit birthdays and other items of interest to Reporters’ Notebook, please email olaffub@buffnews.com or send a letter to Reporters’ Notebook, Buffalo News, Box 100, Buffalo, NY 14240.

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