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Reporters' Notebook: March 15, 2017

OLAF FUB SEZ: Thought for a snow day from the man on the $20 bill, President Andrew Jackson, born on this date in 1767, “There is no pleasure in having nothing to do; the fun is having lots to do and not doing it.”

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SECOND CHANCE – Weather forced postponement of Tuesday night’s free talk by author and historian John Koerner about his book, “The Secret Plot to Kill McKinley: Conspiracy, Curses and Ghosts in Western New York.” So the Friends of the West Seneca Public Library have wasted no time in rescheduling him for 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the library, 1300 Union Road, West Seneca. Call the library at 674-2928.

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LUCKY NUMBERS – Handbags and other accessories are prizes when the Pvt. Leonard Post 6251, Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary, holds its third Vera Bradley Bingo session on Saturday in the post hall at 2450 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga. Doors open at noon. Bingo starts at 1 p.m. Cost is $20.

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GRAB A PLATE – The menu is ham, cabbage, potatoes, bread and dessert as New Hope United Methodist Church, 2846 Seneca St., West Seneca, hosts a free community meal from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday. All are welcome. Free-will offerings will be accepted.

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DINE AND DANCE – St. Casimir’s Church will serve a deli corned beef sandwich dinner from 3:30 p.m. Saturday until sold out in the Social Center, 1833 Clinton St. in Kaisertown. Dinners are $9 advance, $10 at the door, and include coleslaw, pickle, chips, dessert and beverage.
Following the dinner at 7 p.m. will be a 21-and-over dance, featuring the band Wide Right. Tickets are $5 at the door. Table snacks are welcome, but outside beverages are prohibited. There will be a cash bar with beer, wine and pop. For tickets and info, call Kathy Stewart at 432-7755.

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The Rince na Tiarna Dancers perform twice this weekend at the Buffalo Irish Center.

IRISH EPICENTER – The biggest weekend of the year is on tap at the Buffalo Irish Center, 245 Abbott Road, and there will be multiple attractions every day.
It kicks off with the annual Civic Luncheon at noon Friday, featuring entertainment by Kindred, Kevin McCarthy and the Rince na Tiarna Dancers. Tickets are pre-sale only and are available by emailing irishluncheon@gmail.com.
Admission to the pub will be free Friday, with Rosewood Bridge providing music at 7 p.m. Jackdaw will appear in concert in the Emerald Room at 8 p.m. and tickets are advance sale only for $10. The center also features a Fenian fish fry Friday evening.
Advance tickets also are needed for the traditional Irish breakfast/brunch at 11:45 a.m. Saturday. Tickets are $20. Music in the pub begins at 1 p.m. with Kevin McCarthy, followed by St. Mary’s Road at 6 p.m. The Emerald Room will feature the band Penny Whiskey at 6:30 p.m. and a performance by the Clann na Cara Dancers at 9 p.m.
On Parade Day, Sunday, the Leftovers play at 3 p.m. in the Emerald Room while Penny Whiskey plays in the pub. The Clann na Cara Dancers perform at 5:30 p.m. and the Rince na Tiarna Dancers take the stage at 7:30.
Tickets for Saturday and Sunday are $7 advance and $10 at the door. Advance tickets for all events are available at the Buffalo Irish Center pub or across the street at the Tara Gift Shoppe. For more info, email mary@buffaloirishcenter.com or visit the center’s website.

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TELETHON TOAST – The Variety Women will hold their annual Telethon Kickoff Cocktail Party from 2 to 5 p.m. March 26 in Father Justin Knights of Columbus Hall, 2735 Union Road at William Street, Cheektowaga. Tickets are $20. There will be a cash bar, basket auction and mystery gift tree. For tickets, call Maryann Turkla at 771-1502 or Pat Horton at 771-1128.
Proceeds benefit the 55th annual Variety Kids Telethon for the Women & Children’s Hospital and other local charities. The longest-running telethon in the nation, it will be broadcast on WKBW-TV, Channel 7, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. April 2 from a new location, Seneca Niagara Casino in Niagara Falls.

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Farida Jalalzai

FOCUS ON WOMEN – Films, a lecture and panel discussions are part of the celebration of Women’s History Month at Daemen College during the next two weeks.
Highlight will be guest speaker Farida Jalalzai, who frequently appears as a commentator on national media. An associate professor and holder of the Hannah Atkins Endowed Chair at Oklahoma State University, she will talk on “The Global Dimensions of Women’s Executive Leadership” at 6:30 p.m. March 28 in the Wick Campus Center Social Hall. Jalalzai earned her master's degree and doctorate in political science from the University at Buffalo.
Other events include the documentary film “What Happened to Miss Simone” at 7:30 p.m. next Monday in the Wick Center Alumni Lounge. Another documentary, “Unsung Heroes: The Story of America’s Female Patriots,” will be shown at 6:30 p.m. next Tuesday in Room 120 of the Research and Information Commons. There also will be panel discussion on gender and careers at 5:30 p.m. March 23 in Rosary Hall.
All events are free and open to the public. For a complete list of Women’s History Month programs, visit daemencollegehistoryandpolisci.blogspot.com.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Emma Wells O’Neill, Angie Del Bosco, Jill Andreeff, Laura Meyers, Randy Rodda, Betty Jean Grant, Chris Seefeldt, Kevin Hardwick, Joann Gioeli, Ken Karla, Andrea Schartz, Rachel Hunt, Ann Nowocien, Collin “Collybear” Meegan, Monsignor Samuel J. Faiola, Laura Lee DePasquale, Britton Mann, Mark Kurzanski, Dawn Beard, Jean Karn, Larry Menard, Father Joe Bayne, Art Fisher, Phyllis Lock and Dana Saylor.
AND THURSDAY – Kyle Whelan, Anthony Cardinale, Ginny Panaro, Rich Wall, Brandye Merriweather, Amy Panek, Aiden Griggsby, Pat Morlock, Eric Graham, Marie Czerniak, Theresa Stein, Natalie C. Brooks, Gwendolyn Veira, Lisa Ulrich, Sandy Ormsby, Rev. Ryszard Lukomski, Liz Colvin, Dan Lelito, Debra Strobele, Pat Mlodzienski, Jimmy Smokowski, George Wagner, Sara Yerke, Becky Patterson, Mary Ann Drusbik, Morgan Greene, Patricia Widzinski, Whitney Farrell, Phyllis M. Lock and Lisa Lascola Levin.

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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