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Reporters' Notebook: Feb. 9, 2018

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to newspaper columnist, playwright and Hoosier native George Ade, born on this date in 1866, “A lot of smart young people have come out of Indiana. The smarter they are, the faster they come out.”

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GIFT IDEAS – Amherst Presbyterian Church, 151 Youngs Road, Amherst, will hold a craft show to benefit Trevor Dehn’s Musical Adventure from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. There also will be baked goods and a large basket raffle.

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WIN A FREEZER – St. Stephen’s-Bethlehem United Church of Christ is sponsoring a meat raffle to benefit its ministries Saturday evening in the George F. Lamm Post, 962 Wehrle Drive, Williamsville. Doors open at 6 p.m., raffle starts at 7. Grand prize is a freezer filled with $100 in meat. There also will be a Valentine basket auction. Admission is $7.

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CHEEK TO CHEEK – The Bleeding Hearts will play for a Valentine’s Day Dance from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday in Lt. Col. Matt Urban Post 7275, Veterans of Foreign Wars, 3741 Walden Ave., Lancaster. Tickets are $8. There will be drink specials and raffles. For info and tickets, call 681-8387.

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LET’S EAT – Covenant United Methodist Church, 539 Main St., West Seneca, will hold a soup sale, featuring many varieties, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Soup is $8 per quart, take-out only.

The Sodality of Our Lady at Fourteen Holy Helpers church will host their annual homemade spaghetti dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday in Monsignor Ebner Hall, 1345 Indian Church Road, West Seneca. Dinners are $9, $6 for kids 3 to 10 and include all-you-can-eat spaghetti, two meatballs, a beverage and a Valentine’s cupcake. Wine and beer will be available for purchase.

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CALENDAR DATE – There will be a Mardi Gras theme and prizes at the February luncheon meeting of the Eastern Erie Retired Teachers Association at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Alton’s the Columns Banquets, 2221 Transit Road, Elma. Those attending are invited to wear purple, green and gold. Canned soup will be collected for donation to a food pantry.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Morgan Renee Smith, Karalynn Cadwell Bruce Moser, Amy Kedron, Sue Chiappone, Albert Pautler. Mary Monaco, Joseph Klys, Bob Marth, Stuart Foster, Mary Ann Gullo, Ken Zielinski, Paul Cole, Greg Louth, Matt Kijewski, Nicholas Roman, Margaret Bukkosy, Adele Kurek, Cheryl Marsowicz Martinez, Karen Gentile, Stan Nowak, Gary Steltermann, Barbara Jones, Jeannie Wright LeBarron, Lisa Knopf, John Doyle and Kathy Corsette.

AND SATURDAY – Nicholas Bienko, Larry Soong, Mindy Cervoni, Michael Merrell, John Noworyta, Ray Stoklosa, John Michael Buczkowski, Sister Mary Aurelian Kosiba, Bonnie Platt, Denise Helinski, Charles Coe, Sierra Pyle, Bill Whited III, Benjamin LaGrow, Marc Cunningham and Billy Scahall.

AND SUNDAY – Maggie Elisabeth Flannery, Eileen O’Neill Toczynski, Ann Marie O’Neill Tanyi, Becky Black, Roland R. Georger, Gayle Price, Irene Fowler, Gwendolyn Leister, Steve Pajak, Lisa Hewitt, Ella Tasca, Gary Cook, Paul Musilli and Maureen Pantera.

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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