OLAF FUB SEZ: According to Founding Father Benjamin Franklin, born on this date in 1706, “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.”
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SNOWS OF YESTERYEAR – “Old Time Christmas Memories” is the theme of the next meeting of the Historical Society of North German Settlements on Thursday in Wheatfield Community Center, 2790 Church Road, Wheatfield. In a change from the usual evening time, the meeting will begin at 2 p.m.
Those attending are invited to share stories about their family’s holiday traditions and bring items associated with Christmas celebrations. All are welcome.
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GRAB A PLATE – New Hope United Methodist Church, 2846 Seneca St., West Seneca, will host a free community dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday. Everyone is welcome.
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EVERYBODY’S ROCKIN’ – Newest club at the Brighton Place Library, 999 Brighton Road, Town of Tonawanda, is the Adult Rock Painting Club, which offers this trendy craft in a group setting. It will meet from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the third Saturday of each month, beginning this weekend. Those attending should bring their own rocks, acrylic paints and brushes. For more info, call 332-4375.
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ALL-L-L ABOARD! – The Model Railroad Club of Buffalo, the third oldest in the nation, will host its annual open house from noon to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and again Jan. 27 and 28 on the second floor of the Northtown Boys & Girls Club, 54 Riverdale Ave. off Niagara Street, Town of Tonawanda. Visitors should use the Edgar Street entrance.
Nearly 2,000 square feet of layouts featuring HO-scale, O-scale and On30-Narrow gauge track will be operating through realistic city and country terrain. Admission is $2, $5 per family. Children under 6 are free. For more info, visit the website at buffalocentral.railfan.net or see the club’s Facebook page.
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CENTURY PLUS – Celebrating her 103rd birthday at a party in her honor this week was Ruth Moore, a resident in Harris Hill Nursing Facility in Lancaster since July.
Born Jan. 15, 1915, in Buffalo, the former Ruth Beutler met her husband, Charles Moore, an Erie County sheriff’s deputy, while she was working in the dietary department at the former E. J. Meyer Memorial Hospital, now Erie County Medical Center.
The mother of four, she later worked as a candy maker for Fowler’s Chocolates. A former Clarence resident, she enjoyed a summer home on Chautauqua Lake and was a parishioner at St. Stephen’s United Church of Christ. Known for her sense of humor, she enjoys reading the newspaper and watching classic movies.
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Maureen Myers, Cindy Loomis, Dan Borelli, Bonnie Jean Taylor, Derek Wojciechowski, Kris Robillard, Gabriella Rokitka, Julie Adams, Rachel Shoemaker, Ella McKenna, Nicole H. Stelmach, Bill Stowell, Sara Best and Kristin Huff.
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