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Reporters' Notebook: Jan. 18, 2018

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to “Winnie-the-Pooh” author A. A. Milne, born on this date in 1882, “Weeds are flowers too, once you get to know them.”

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GOOD READS – More than 60,000 books, sorted by category, will be offered when the North Tonawanda History Museum, 54 Webster St., North Tonawanda, holds its next book sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Hardcover books are $1, paperbacks are 50 cents, or purchase a bag and fill it with books for $5.

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IT’S STILL CHRISTMAS – In Poland, the Christmas season doesn’t end on New Year’s Day or on the Feast of the Epiphany. It stretches 40 days to Candlemas on Feb. 2, which commemorates Mary and Joseph bringing Jesus to the temple in Jerusalem for the first time after his birth.
The folks at Forgotten Buffalo will mark the ongoing holiday Saturday evening by recreating Wigilia, the traditional Polish Christmas Eve dinner as it would have been celebrated more than 50 years ago.
Tickets for the occasion are $55. The program starts at 5:30 p.m. In addition to the dinner, it includes a visit to a historic church and caroling. For more info and reservations, call 833-5211 or visit

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HEAT WAVE – Ten Lives Club Cat Rescue and Adoption Group will host its ninth annual Chili Cook-Off from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Sunday in the Lake Erie Club, 3200 South Park Ave., Lackawanna.
For $8.50, there will be all-you-can-eat chili, meat-based and vegetarian, as well as a cash bar and a theme basket raffle. Tickets are $5 for children 10 and under. Ten Lives will provide bowls, silverware and napkins. There also will be cats available for adoption.
A total of 30 contestants will compete for votes from chili lovers and there will be prizes for all. There is no charge to enter the competition. For more info, call 646-5577, ext. 101, or visit

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NEEDLES AND PINS – The Buffalo/Niagara Chapter of the American Sewing Guild will meet at 6:30 p.m. next Wednesday in St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 205 Longmeadow Road, Eggertsville.
The program, postponed from an earlier date, will feature a demonstration on making a sewing chatelaine, a fabric necklace which keeps scissors and other sewing tools handy. For more info, email Susan Perry at or visit
To see the artistry of chapter members, drop by the Audubon Public Library, 350 John James Audubon Parkway, Amherst. Items they have made, including embroidered towels, purses, cell phone totes and a jacket, are on display there for the rest of the month.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Judy Marquardt, Amy Fleissner, Pam Pollock, Joe Lolla, Andy Anselmo, Luke Tasker, Paul Eschrich, Jacob Gill, Marge Heisler, Lucy Lehner, Helen Nowak, Cindy Blais, Tom McKenna, James R. Dressler, Ceil Snyder, Judy Piatasik, Beth Szczepanski, Mary Lou Sailer, Kevin Rejewski, Randy Kowal, Sharon Burgasser, Kathleen Nostrant, Beth Szczepanski, Paul Wasiuta and Jeff Plewinski.

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