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Reporters’ Notebook

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to Indian guru Sathya Sai Baba, born on this date in 1926, “Man’s many desires are like the small metal coins he carries about in his pocket. The more he has, the more they weigh him down.”


TIS THE SEASON – Santa arrives at noon today to officially open Kriskindlemart, the annual holiday food and craft fair at the Broadway Market, 999 Broadway, and promises to return every day of the festival, which continues on Saturdays through December and daily from Dec. 17 to Christmas Eve.

Free sleigh rides will be offered in front of the market from noon to 2 p.m., and photos with Santa are $5. The market will be carrying an abundance of holiday gift items, as well as food demonstrations and its usual assortment of local food specialties. For info, visit


ALL-L-L ABOARD! – Chuffing again today is the Model Train Diorama at the Buffalo History Museum, One Museum Court, Elmwood Avenue at Nottingham Terrace. It’s the annual Train Day, and tiny locomotives will scurry across the layout of more than 100 miniature century-old local landmarks from 1 to 4 p.m. under auspices of the museum’s volunteer Rail Barons.

The day also includes family activities such as face painting, scavenger hunts and live music by the Rail Barons Band. It’s included in regular museum admission, which is $7 for adults, $5 for seniors and students ages 13 to 21, $2.50 for kids ages 7 to 12. Youngsters 6 and under get in free, as do museum members. Call 873-9644 or visit


BORN TO SHOP – Offering an alternative to the madness at the malls today is the second annual Black Friday Boutique Crawl, which invites shoppers to spend the day instead in the shops, boutiques and restaurants of Buffalo’s Elmwood Village.

The crawl begins with check-in from 8 to 11 a.m. at Caffee Aroma, Spot Coffee, Dolci, Coffee Culture and Gelateria Luca, where shoppers will receive a Boutique Crawl punch card and a map. Each participating store will punch the card. Those who visit 15 shops or more can turn in their card and be entered in a prize giveaway. The crawl concludes at 7 p.m. with a holiday tree lighting ceremony in Globe Market Pocket Park, 762 Elmwood Ave., with hot chocolate, cookies and caroling. For info, visit


SEASONAL SOUNDS – The Sanborn Fire Company Band will perform its annual Christmas concert at 7 p.m. Sunday in the fire hall, 5811 Buffalo St., Sanborn. Doors open at 6:30. Refreshments will be served. All are welcome. The Rotary Club will be collecting nonperishable food items for the local food pantry.


LUCKY NUMBERS – Olmsted Center for Sight, which operates the 2-1-1 phone service for all eight Western New York counties, announces that it will serve as the Holiday Toy Program Clearinghouse for Erie and Niagara counties, providing toy assistance for low-income families. Applications are being accepted through Dec. 8. For info, call 2-1-1.

The 2-1-1 service is staffed with professionals 24 hours a day and provides callers with information on services in their neighborhoods, including rent assistance, food banks, health resources, child care and job training.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – William Koszela, Israel Ziv, Tim Bartlett, John F. Schaller, Jack Leo, Sister Mary Rachael Mikolajczak, Lila Moran, Pat Montemarano, Lili Cornwall, Maryann Whitbeck, Cyndee Stelmach, Missy McDougal, William Koszela, Heather Piniewski, Bob Brown, Gino Kurdziel, Todd Nixon, Kevin Wiles, Ron Amplenient.

AND SATURDAY – Carla Connolly Noreen Spezio, Thelma Daughtry, Scott Scanlon, Omar Fetouh, Lorayne Simmons, Jessica DiCarlo, Collin Augustyn, Scott Stumn, Mike Fox, Thomas Karg, Tim Shoemaker, Larry Menig, Nicolas Plazio, Kevin Braun, Anne Kicinski, Father Paul Stengel, Debbie Rudyk, Ryan Higgins, Richard Benevento, Martha Prendergast,

AND SUNDAY – Tom Dolan, Anne Neville, Victor D. Crews, Sallye C. Chapman, Herman Manley, Eva Schmidt, David Sipos, Hayley Safe, Donna Cartonia, Greg Halt, Algraphy Graves, Pam Sacco, Sister JoAnn Boneski, Father Jack Ledwon, Claire Zilliox, Helen Noblett, Thomas Recktenwalt, Lucas Maciejewski, Ella Curtiss, Matt Jurek, Danielle Fleckenstein, Carl Huckins.