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Reporters' Notebook: April 17, 2018

OLAF FUB SEZ: A thought for Earth Week from playwright Thornton Wilder, born on this date in 1897, “The planting of trees is the least self-centered of all that we do. It is a purer act of faith than the procreation of children.”

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DRUMSTICK BEAT – St. James United Methodist Church, 4661 Porter Road, Niagara Falls, next to Niagara Falls High School, will host a Chiavetta’s chicken barbecue from 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday. Dinners are $10, drive-through only.

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WINNERS WANTED – The Winchester Nites Home Bureau will hold its annual Gift Card Bonanza at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Winchester Fire Hall, 514 Harlem Road, West Seneca. Donation is $3 and includes desserts, coffee and tea. Historical reenactor Denise Reichard will give a portray of women’s rights leader Elizabeth Cady Stanton. For reservations, call Debbie Staszak at 319-0399.

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MONEY TALKS – The topic is “Social Security Basics” as Keith Schottman of Allaire Financial Strategies opens a three-week series of workshops on financial planning at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Christ United Methodist Church, 350 Saratoga Road, Snyder. Topics are “Managing Life’s Transitions” at 2 p.m. April 25 and “Identity Theft and Data Security” at 7 p.m. May 2. RSVP by calling 839-2460 or email cumc350@gmail.com.

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NOT FORGOTTEN – A memorial service in honor of the 47 crew members who lost their lives in an explosion in 1989 aboard the battleship USS Iowa will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in Buffalo and Erie County Navy and Military Park. Navy Lt. Commander Joel DeGraeve and AMVETS national officials Marvell Ruppel and Alexandra Gould will be guest speakers. The casualties included Seaman Apprentice Nathaniel Clifford Jones Jr., 21, a Buffalo native.

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OPENING NIGHT – Explore Buffalo, which provides a variety of architectural tours, will hold its annual Season Kickoff Party at 6 p.m. Thursday at its home base in the First Presbyterian Church, 1 Symphony Circle. Tickets are $30, $25 advance, and include appetizers, beer and wine and tours of the church and its Tiffany stained glass windows. For more info, call 245-3032 or visit explorebuffalo.org.

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FONDEST DREAMS – Senior Wishes, which fulfills wishes of low-income seniors, will host its fifth annual Sips, Suds and Sweets fundraiser from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday in Fox Run, Orchard Park. Tickets are $60, $50 advance, and include beer and wine tasting, appetizers and desserts, including a candy buffet, plus music by Michael Ross Nugent. There also will be auctions, raffles and a wine pull. For info and tickets, visit seniorwishes.org.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Jacqueline Shanks O’Neill, John “Noey” Nostrant, Melanie Prynn, Joan Lawrence, Jacqueline Trace, John W. “The Duke” Kirsits, Mary Kate O’Connell, Doug Gaston, Jeff Biesinger, Karen Kosin, Aidan Hart, Mary Jane Sledz, Judy Franger, Helena Mueller, Michaela Mueller, Aidan James Recktenwalt, Connor Thomas Recktenwalt, Daniel LaGrow, Melissa Quinones, Kenneth Transki, Angela McCabe, Jessica Danieu, Owen T. Chase, Bret McCabe, Michael Wise, Marge Dickman, Harry Dickenson, Eileen Fleming and Tom Koczaja.

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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