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Reporters' Notebook: Feb. 21, 2017

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to poet W.H. Auden, born on this date in 1907, “A craftsman knows in advance what the finished result will be, while the artist knows only what it will be when he has finished it.”

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CLEVER CRITTERS – Everything you need to know about foxes will be covered in a free informational program at 7 p.m. today in the Amherst Community Center, 4255 Harlem Road near Main Street, Snyder.
Elise Able, a wildlife rehabilitator and licensed nuisance control operator known as the Fox Lady, will talk about suburban fox ecology and what to do if a fox family makes its home in your backyard.
The program is sponsored by the Citizen Coalition for Wildlife and Environment and Animal Advocates of WNY in cooperation with the Town of Amherst Youth and Recreation Department. Reservations are recommended. For more info or to reserve a seat, email foxladye@yahoo.com.

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INSIGHTS ON RUSSIA – Two Presbyterian ministers, Dorothy Pearman and Cynthia Wickwire-Lundquist, will talk about their recent trip to Russia at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Kenmore Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, 2771 Delaware Ave. at Parkwood Avenue, Kenmore, in a program sponsored by the Witness Committee.
The ministers studied Russian churches, culture and people as part of the Presbyterian Church peacemaking program abroad. Admission is free. Light refreshments will be served. To reserve a seat, call Marie Hewett at 693-8734 or the church office at 875-7600.

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WHAT’S IT WORTH? – Representatives from Beckett Grading Services and Beckett Authentication Services will have the answer from noon to 7 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in Bases Loaded Sports Collectibles, 794 French Road, Cheektowaga.
In addition to sports items, they also will assess non-sports cards, magazines, pocket schedules and gaming cards.
For those who can’t get there this weekend, items can be dropped off for grading and authenticating at the store in advance.
For every 10 items submitted, customers will have a chance to win autographed photos of Patrick Kane or Bill Polian or a $20 store gift certificate.
For more info, call 656-0066 or email jeff@basesny.com. For updates, visit the Bases Loaded page on Facebook.

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Vicki and Michael Busch

TIME OF NEED – Michael Busch of Clarence Center was diagnosed with esophageal cancer in 2011, but thanks to treatment and prayer, he emerged cancer free. Last summer, however, he was diagnosed with adrenal cancer and his wife, Vicki, has had to leave her full-time job to care for him.
To help pay for his treatments, family and friends are holding a Michael’s Miracle Fundraiser from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday in Love Joy Church, 5423 Genesee St., Lancaster. Admission is $20 and includes dinner, a beverage, dessert and a sheet of raffle tickets. For more info, call Kristy Cooper at 713-5051. To make a donation, visit gofundme.com and search for “Colleen Ludwick Michael’s Miracle.”

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ON THE MARCH – Buffalo City Comptroller Mark J.F. Schroeder will be introduced as grand marshal of the 24th annual “Old Neighborhood” St. Patrick’s Day Parade at a fundraiser party from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday in Valley Community Center, 93 Leddy St. near South Park Avenue and Elk Street. As an assemblyman, Schroeder helped develop Buffalo River Fest Park and Mutual Riverfront Park along the waterfront.
Admission is $20 and includes draft beer and pop. Wine and canned beer will be available. Music will be provided by the Irish band Emerald Isle.
The parade, to be held at noon March 11 in the Valley and Old First Ward neighborhoods, will be dedicated to the memories of former Common Council Member Jim Keane and longtime Valley Community Association volunteers Ann Higgins and John Yuskiw, all of whom died during the past year.
New groups can still sign up to march in the parade. For info and registration, call Lori Overdorf at 823-4707, Ext. 4, or visit thevalleycenter.com.

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BUILDING BLOCKS – Youngsters from first grade and up in North Tonawanda, Pendleton and Wheatfield are invited to join the LEGO Club in the North Tonawanda Public Library, 404 Meadow Drive. The club will meet from 4 to 5 p.m. next Monday and there will be a different building theme each month.
Preregistration is required by visiting the library in person, calling children’s librarian Becky Stutzman at 693-4132, Ext. 5, or emailing rstutzma@nioga.org.

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NAME THAT TUNE – Registration is open for four-person teams to compete in Ultimate Music Trivia Contest to be held March 31 in the Flying Bison Brewery, 840 Seneca St. Topics will cover popular music from the 1960s onward. Proceeds will benefit Sister Johnice Rzadkiewicz and the Response to Love Center on Buffalo’s East Side.
Registration is $50 per team. Each player will receive a pint of Flying Bison beer. Prizes for the top two teams will include beer, concert tickets and CDs. Those who register by March 11 will be entered in a special early-bird drawing. For info and to register, call Rich Gurbacki at 361-1145 or email baxes58@yahoo.com.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Barbara M. Klopp, Matthew Stewart Shanks, Bernie Kowal, Reggie Witherspoon, Nancy Singh, Marian Nordolillo, Jeanine Kacala, Mary Ellen Donathen, Chris TinHan, Mary Muldoon, Cole Thomas Chilcott, Eric Meyer, Michael Gaughan, Lauren Holstein, Jene Elise Uhl, Tony Bienias, Frank Billittier Jr., Alejandro “Alex” Garay, Don Maryanski, Aaron Wysko, Erik Bartus, Michael Bartus, Mike Kempf, Timothy Deubell and Norm Naab Sr.

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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