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Reporters' Notebook: Feb. 17, 2017

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to author Chaim Potok, born in Buffalo on this date in 1929, “No one knows he is fortunate until he becomes unfortunate.”

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SOUP’S ON – Niagara Hose Fire Company No. 3, 74 Wheeler St., City of Tonawanda, will hold a chowder sale beginning at noon Saturday for $4 a quart. Advance orders are accepted from those who drop off a container early.

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CAPITAL CAPERS – The Association for a Buffalo Presidential Center will host a Presidents Day Weekend Film Festival this weekend, screening two classic films about American politics in the North Park Theatre, 1428 Hertel Ave.
The 1962 thriller, “The Manchurian Candidate,” directed by John Frankenheimer and starring Frank Sinatra, is scheduled at 11:30 a.m. Saturday. Shown at 11:30 a.m. Sunday will be director Frank Capra’s 1939 comedy-drama “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,” featuring James Stewart. Tickets are $7.50. For more info, visit buffalopresidentialcenter.org.

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Shane Stephenson's book was published last year.

FACTORY FLOORS – Local historian Shane Stephenson, author of “Buffalo’s East Side Industry” in the “Images of America” series, will give a presentation on East Side manufacturing operations at 2 p.m. Sunday in Forest Lawn’s Margaret L. Wendt Archive & Resource Center, 1990 Main St., across from Canisius College.
Highlighted will be historic companies like Buffalo Forge and the Hewitt Rubber Co. Many of the owners of these East Side companies are buried in Forest Lawn. Tickets are $15 and are available by calling 332-2233 or visiting forest-lawn.com.

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READY TO RENT – This Friday is the deadline to register for a free Landlord and Tenant Education Seminar next Friday sponsored by Mayor Byron Brown’s Save Our Streets Program. Topics will include eviction, tenant screening, weatherization and how to deter drug activity and other crime.
The session will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Belmont Housing Services of WNY, 1195 Main St. at Dodge Street. Seating is limited. To register, email pperez@city-buffalo.com or visit the city government website at city-buffalo.com.

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THINK SPRING – Calvary Episcopal Church, 20 Milton Ave. at South Cayuga Road, Williamsville, has begun accepting orders for the Calvary Annual Plant Sale. Begonias, petunias, geraniums, impatiens, hanging baskets, flats and finished planters can be ordered by visiting calvaryepiscopal.net and searching under “Parish Life.” Deadline for orders and payment is March 15. Orders may be picked up at the church on May 20.

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FEEL BETTER – The Niagara County Department of Health will sponsor a free series of Chronic Disease Self-Management Workshops beginning at 12:45 p.m. Tuesday in the Town of Niagara’s Calvin Richards Community Center, 7000 Lockport Road.
The program is designed to provide tips for feeling better to those with diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, chronic pain, arthritis and chronic anxiety, and their caregivers. To register or to arrange a workshop for a group or organization, call 278-1900.

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Dennis C. Vacco

SUN SPOTS – The New York Farm Bureau will hold an informational meeting on solar leasing for farmers and rural landowners at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the 4-H Building at Niagara County Cornell Cooperative Extension, 4487 Lake Ave., Lockport. Topics will include the pros and cons of leasing acreage to a solar power generator.
Speaking on protection of landowner rights will be former State Attorney General Dennis C. Vacco, a partner in the Buffalo law firm of Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman LLP, vice president of Vacco Farms and a Farm Bureau member. Also providing insights will be Michael Saviola from the state Department of Agriculture and Markets.
No reservation is needed. For more info, call Farm Bureau field adviser Amanda Krenning-Muoio at 585-749-9508.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Colin Dabkowski, Florence Notto, Lindy Ruff, Moira Gallagher Schorr, Mike Spong, Don Zinteck, Jim Bialota, Elaine Lombardo, Mary Vance Boyd, Joseph Aschieri, Phillip Mullen, Nancy DiMartino, Lucy McCabe, Sister Mary Janita Krawczyk, Tyler Kitay, Gladie Zelasko Smith, Norman Ryan, Bonnie Capozzi, Joan Ogledzinski, Christine Poremba, Zoe Thauer, Georgia Polley, Ann Marie Zielinski, Rev. Robert Schober, Donny Maryanski, Caitlin Harkness and Mike Smith.
AND SATURDAY – Maryann Kleinfelder, K.C. Kratt, Julie Kittsley, Matt Gryta, Melissa Timian Gardner, Bob Skorupa, Vince DiStefano, Mary Anne Hitt, Lisa Marie Panek, Dawn Kreuder Chilcott, Nancy Barrett, Kelly Pennella, Linda Carroll, Maeve Lawless, Lisa Ubaldini Romanini, Carol A. Vance, Christopher Hanel, Sandy Silver, Lou Kowal, Ivan Slomba, Mike Smardz, Caitlin Smith, Corey Gorczyca and Olivia Hough.
AND SUNDAY – Ryan Supples, Ruthie Kozower, Joy Trotter, Don O’Hara, Jakob Willoughby, Tom Yots, Wayne Whitaker, Joe Crozier, Rick Austin, Tara Gethers, Howard Rose, Jessica Sobczyk, Traci Amorosi, Barb Uzar, Cindy Tomascko, Bill Larsen, Cheryl Roberts Maciejewski, Felicia Choczynski Iggulden, Lori Pietraszewski, John T. Buczkowski, Dr. Marty Tricoli, Anne Blenk, Bill Larsen, Allen Booker, Tom Yots, Mike Chase, Cherie Jones, Sharon Hassett, Liam D. Ihrig, Dorothy Rowswell, Thomas Deubell, Dillon Ciotuszynski and Elaine Uku.

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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