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Reporters' Notebook

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to Pope Paul VI, born Giovanni Montini on this date in 1897, "Everyone who got where he is had to begin where he was."

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THINKING AHEAD – The folks at the Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce have just unveiled their new Santa Claus Lane ornament, the 14th in a series by artist Kathleen McDonald. It depicts the Chuck Wagon Restaurant.

Included with the ornament is a brief history of the restaurant, which was founded as the city's first drive-in eatery in 1955. Ten of the previous 13 ornaments, all featuring Olean landmarks, are still available.

Ornaments are $20 and can be purchased in the Chamber offices at 120 N. Union St., at Seasons in the Olean Center Mall and at the restaurant on North Union Street Extension. They also can be shipped. Proceeds help pay for the holiday lights in downtown Olean. For info, call 372-4433 or email santa@oleanny.com.

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GET SMALL – The Western New York Miniature Enthusiasts will hold their 32nd annual Dollhouse Miniature Show and Sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday in the Hearthstone Manor, 333 Dick Road, Depew. Admission is $4.50 for adults, $2 for children under 12. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Food Bank of Western New York. For info, call 688-1080.

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SAUCY CHALLENGE – Put your chicken wing recipe to the test in the sixth annual Chicken Wing Sauce Competition sponsored by Franklinville Aristocrats Chapter 1517, I.O.O.B., from 4 to 7 p.m. on Oct. 20 in their club rooms at 16 Park Square, Franklinville.

Sauces will be judged in two categories – traditional and creative. Entry fee is $10 and space is limited. For applications, visit the club or call event coordinator Linda Harrington at 397-4857. All proceeds will benefit Roswell Park Cancer Institute in honor of a club member's granddaughter, Keana Pepper, who has leukemia.

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SHOW AND TELL – For more than 30 years, Molly Carroll of Buffalo has been collecting and restoring handmade lace. She'll talk about it and answer questions from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday in the Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University in conjunction with its current exhibition, "(Re-)Making Irish Lace," which is on display through Dec. 2. She'll also talk about her travels and show special pieces from her collection of antique laces.

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EXPERT ADVICE – Artist Bunny Leighton will give a demonstration entitled "How Abstract Composition Can Improve Realism Painting" at the next meeting of the Twin Village Art Society at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the Village of Lancaster Municipal Building, Broadway and Central Avenue. Admission is free. Guests are welcome. Refreshments will be served. For info, call Chip Blenk at 207-7350.

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FINISH LINE – Now in its third year, the Trooper Jill Farrar Mattice Memorial 5K Run has evolved into a family event. In addition to the run itself at 11 a.m. Saturday from Cleveland Hill High School in Cheektowaga, there's a post-race party with music, food, face-painting, a bounce house and many law enforcement demonstrations, including one with K-9 dogs.

Proceeds will support the Jill Mattice Scholarship Fund at Cleveland Hill High School. Mattice, a graduate of Cleve Hill and Brockport State College, died while on duty in 2010 when her car and a tractor-trailer collided in Otsego County. For info, call Carmen Davidson at 606-2718 or visit jillfarrarmatticebuffalo5k.com.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Susan O'Neill Lauber, Charlie Bartolotti, Michael Callea, Michelle M. Schwach, Kristy Grossman, Russell Boorom, Geri Maraschiello, Marilyn Kuczkowski, Will Moran, Marie Huller, Nathan Roy, Arlene Giolando, Josh Cielinski, Mary Beth Seivert, Phil Gerace, Kathleen M. Colter, David Lawrence Rooth, Sister Mary Melanie Jaworski, Millie Harlukiewicz, Thomas "Monk" Monkelban, Kerin Brown, Jack Miller, Jim Easton, Joseph C. Morreal and Lynn Keppel.

AND THURSDAY – Bob Hartmann Sr., Rosemary Standart-Dumont, Billy Dumont, Dr. Steve Lakomy, Dr. Peter Ostrow, Madison Juszkiewicz, Betty Viroostko, Frances Kulik, Paige Samaniego, Ervin Artis, Roger Rooth, Marie S. Zorrilla, Jackson McCarthy, Caitlyn Zaranek, Robert F. Bamrick, Katie Kolacz and David Szymonek.


email: olaffub@buffnews.com