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Reporters' Notebook: Jan. 23, 2018

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to Nobel Prize-winning poet Derek Wolcott, born on this date in 1930, “Break a vase, and the love that reassembles the fragments is stronger than that love which took its symmetry for granted when it was whole.”

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HOOP HOPES – The Pembroke High School Dragons girls’ basketball team will be out to win in two ways Thursday evening when it takes on Oakfield-Alabama at 7 p.m. in the Pembroke gym – by beating the Hornets and beating breast cancer.
This is the team’s seventh annual Shooting For a Cure! game, which raises awareness and funds for breast cancer research at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. Since it began, it has raised more than $60,000.
“I was only in sixth grade when the first varsity team came up with the idea to host the first Shooting For a Cure game in support of Toni Funke’s battle with breast cancer,” says senior team captain Olivia Kohorst. “This fundraiser means more to the our team every season. Cancer affects us all, my family included.”
Funke, program coordinator at the Batavia Youth Bureau, currently is cancer-free. Her husband, Ron, retired after 31 years as a physical education teacher at the school, has become coach of the team.
This year more than 70 businesses and individuals have donated items for auction baskets and raffle prizes. Food and ticket sales from the evening, which begins with a junior varsity game at 5:30 p.m., will further help the effort. Donations also can be made online at the team’s fundraising page at

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SWING OUT – The jazz band from St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute will be its first appearance in Mount St. Mary Academy’s annual “A Night of Jazz” concert at 6 p.m. Saturday in Banchetti by Rizzo, 550 North French Road, Getzville. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $8 at the door. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.
“This event is a wonderful opportunity for three Catholic high schools and three public high schools to perform for the community at the same time,” says concert chairman John Hathaway, band director at Mount St. Mary.
In addition to St. Joe’s and Mount St. Mary, the program will include groups from Sweet Home High School, Amherst High School, Orchard Park High School and St. Francis High School.

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STEP LIVELY – It’s National Polka Month and the folks from Polish Cadets of Buffalo will celebrate by offering an evening free polka dance lessons at 7 p.m. Friday in Polish Cadets Hall, 927 Grant St. at Amherst Street. Leading the instruction in the upper hall will be members of Rodzina, the resident Polish dance troupe.
After the lessons, there will be polka music in the lower lounge. Meanwhile, the club’s dining room will be open, serving 50-cent chicken wings from 4 to 7 p.m. and a fish fry from 4 to 9 p.m. For more info, call 864-4642 or visit the club’s Facebook page.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Lucia Sleight, Geraldine Goodwin, Joseph S. Brown, Christopher Andreana, Annemarie Franczyk, Joan Plewinski, Donna Manquen, Jesse Renaud, Angelo LoPinto, Cheryl Palermo, Don Bills, Robbie Lattimore, Ebony Valentin, Kimberly Peters Januszkiewicz, Lexi Zugay and Matt Sherry.

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