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Reporters' Notebook: Feb. 10, 2017

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to comedian Jimmy Durante, born on this date in 1893, “Man is the only animal that can be skinned more than once.”

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BOOKS PLUS – There will be more than good reading at the Friends of the Ransomville Library used book sale this weekend. Also available will be used videos, CDs and DVDs, along with free refreshments.
The sale takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in the library at 3733 Ransomville Road, Ransomville. It concludes with a bag sale from 3 to 4 p.m. Saturday. For more info, call 791-4073.

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WELCOME MAT – Asbury Pointe Retirement Community, 50 Stahl Road off North Forest Road, Getzville, will hold its first open house of the year from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday.
Visitors will be able to speak to residents and tour the apartments, which include such amenities as granite countertops and custom cupboards. All are welcome. Reservations are not required. For more info, call 810-7500.

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HELPING VETS – Lt. Col. Matt Urban Post 7275, Veterans of Foreign Wars and AMVETS, will host a Winter Weenie Warmer from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday in their clubrooms at 3741 Walden Ave., Lancaster.
There will be grilled hot dogs, chili and an assortment of drink specials and raffles. Proceeds will benefit the mentor group at the Buffalo Veterans Treatment Court. For more info or to make a donation, call 681-8387.

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WEEKEND MENU – The St. Mother Teresa Parish Holy Name and Ushers societies will sponsor a pancake and sausage breakfast from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in St. James Church Hall, 500 Terrace Blvd., Depew. Breakfast is $5 for adults, $3 for children under 10 and includes all-you-can-eat pancakes, three sausage links, syrup, butter and beverage. There also will be a baked goods sale and theme basket raffle.

Tickets are pre-sale only for the full-course all-you-can-eat pasta dinner from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday in Queen of Angels Parish Center, Electric Avenue and Warsaw Street, Lackawanna. Dinner is $10 for adults, $5 for children under 12, and includes spaghetti and meatballs, salad, bread, beverage and homemade dessert. Beer and wine will be available for purchase. For tickets, call 646-0513, 432-8162, 648-2907 or the rectory at 826-0880. Tickets also will be sold before and after weekend Masses.

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EVERLASTING LOVE – A Valentine’s Day concert, “Love Stories From the Heart,” featuring love stories from the archives at Forest Lawn, will be offered at 2 p.m. Sunday in the chapel of the historic cemetery.
The narrator, actor John Fredo, will be accompanied by Ralph Bacha on Forest Lawn’s recently restored Wurlitzer organ. Tickets are $15 and are available by calling 332-2233 or visiting forest-lawn.com.

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"Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix" won a 2007 People's Choice Award.

POTTER TIME – The fifth of the eight Harry Potter films, “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,” will be screened in the Riviera Theatre, 67 Webster St., North Tonawanda, at 3 p.m. Sunday. Praised for its skill at compressing the longest Potter novel into the shortest of the films, it won a 2007 People’s Choice Award. Doors will open at about 2:30.
Tickets are $3. Fun packs are available for $10, which in addition to the ticket include a box of popcorn, a snack-size sweet and a beverage of choice. For more info and tickets, call 692-2413 or visit rivieratheatre.org.

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BLAZING TRAILS – Allegany State Park is accepting applications for volunteer trail stewards for a long-term Steward Corps that will help maintain its system of nearly 250 miles of hiking and multiuse trails.
Applicants who are accepted will receive at least 20 hours of training at no cost, including instruction in tool operation, trail construction and maintenance techniques. They also will be certified in CPR and first aid.
For info and applications, call 354-9101 or email Allegany State Park regional trails coordinator Patrick Dove at patrick.dove@parks.ny.gov.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Nicholas Bienko, Larry Soong, Mindy Cervoni, Elisabeth Snowdy, Michael Merrell, Bonnie Platt, John Michael Buczkowski, Sister Mary Aurelian Kosiba, Kerrie Yeates, Sierra Pyle, Bill Whited III, Benjamin LaGrow, Charles Coe, Mark Cunningham, Denise Helinski, Jordan Graber, Shelly Piwowar and Kristen Lipp.
AND SATURDAY – Eileen O’Neill Toczynski, Anne Marie Tanyi, Becky Black, Roland R. Georger, Gayle Price, Irene Fowler, Sister Mary Marcella Ann Wendzikowski, Gwendolyn Leisten, Lisa Hewitt, Gary Cook, Richard Szymanski, Paul Musilli, Ella Marie Tasca, Maureen Pantera, Steve Pajak, John Czyzolwski and Susan Stack Lasky.
AND SUNDAY – Mike Robitaille Michael Agro, Martin Brecher, Juanita K. Hunter, Julianna Topor, Aiden J. Vallone, Uri Loman, Karen Vanee, Angie Lempke, Jamie Panek, Sister Mary Kristen Pietrowicz, Sister Mary Lorianne Tylczynski, Sister Mary Saletinia Kaczor, Gabriella Pennock, Jack Sheeran, Bridget Sheeran, Herb Baratta, Mark Lickfeld, Donna Forsyth, Anne Augustyn, Jean Hackenheimer, John Kackmann, Lynn Clark, Mark “Rogo” Rogowski and Amanda Jo Kelly.

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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