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Reporters’ Notebook

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to “Peanuts” cartoonist Charles M. Schulz, born on this date in 1922, “All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.”


NEIGHBORLY DEED – The group Buffalo’s Good Neighbors is holding a Cram the Car toy drive to benefit 780 families signed up with St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday at Fairy Cakes Cupcakery, 289 Parkside Ave., across from the Buffalo Zoo.

How many toys do they hope to collect? Enough to fill a car. Or maybe two cars. New toys for all ages, from infants to teens, are welcome. Everyone who donates will receive a free mini-cupcake and a surprise. Santa will be on hand from 2 to 4 p.m.


UNIQUE FINDS – While you’re in the Parkside neighborhood, the eighth annual Parkside Holiday Art and Craft Show will be taking place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday in the Church of the Good Shepherd, 96 Jewett Parkway.

The show, sponsored by the Parkside Community Association, will feature fiber art, quilting, photography, jewelry, scarves, pottery, soaps, woodworking and paper art by local artisans. Admission is $2 and includes a coupon for $1 off on any single item over $15. For info, call 838-1240 or visit


GIFT IDEAS – The Springville Women of the Moose, Chapter 1183, will hold their annual holiday craft show and bazaar from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the Moose Lodge, 13080 Buffalo Road, Springville. New this year will be para-cord bracelets and oyster pearls.


DINNER (MAYBE) – St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3512 Clinton St. at Union Road, West Seneca, has planned a Thanksgiving theme for its monthly community dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday. They will be serving salad with turkey and dried cranberries, soup, dessert and beverages. All are welcome. The dinner is free, but donations are appreciated.

However, depending on the weather, the Red Cross might be using the church hall as an emergency shelter. If that happens, the dinner will be postponed. Before you come, find out by calling 668-2152.


SOUNDS OF THE SEASON – The Sanborn Fire Company Band will perform its annual Christmas Concert for the community at 7 p.m. Sunday in the Sanborn Fire Hall, 5811 Buffalo St. (Route 429), Sanborn. The ladies auxiliary will provide refreshments. Admission is free. The Rotary Club will be collecting donations of nonperishable food items.


HOLIDAY GREENERY – The World Youth Day group at Annunciation Church, 7580 Clinton St., Elma, will be selling Christmas trees from Bippert’s Farm and handmade holiday wreaths under the church pavilion after Masses on Saturday and Sunday.

The wreaths are $25. Trees will be priced according to size. Proceeds will help Annunciation members attend World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland, in 2016.

Meanwhile, Ten Lives Club, the cat rescue and adoption group in the Southtowns, will hold its annual Holiday Bazaar and Wreath Sale from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday in the Knights of Columbus Hall, 36 Pierce Ave., Hamburg.

Douglas fir wreaths are $20. There will be many local vendors, as well as raffles. For info and to order wreaths in advance, call 646-5577 or visit


THINKING AHEAD – We just got the flyer for the New Year’s Eve Party from 7:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Dec. 31 in the George F. Lamm Post 622, American Legion, 962 Wehrle Drive, between Union and Cayuga roads, Williamsville.

The Roadrunners Band will provide music from the 1950s and 1960s. Admission is $25 and includes draft beer, wine, pop, snacks, noisemakers and door prizes, as well as a champagne toast, Danish pastry and coffee at midnight. For tickets and info, call Gregory Voye at 930-2524; Wayne Sorrentino at 891-5164; Sally Dean at 632-0829; or Guy Puccio at 839-3017.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Jean Sullivan, Dr. Emmekunla Nylander, Jeanne Colvin, John Bernard, Patricia Kelley, Janet Bulger, Carol Gajknowski, Brian Zakrzewski, Taylor Baldwin, Gerald Dubiel Sr., Jason Cornwall, Grant Karb, Jennifer Sieracki, Chester Danner, MaryAnn Transki, Thomas Ptak, Theresa Woloszyn, Patricia Martinez, Jim Russell and Judy O’Leary.

AND THANKSGIVING DAY – Jim Kelley Sr., Maggie Grace Concannon, Skip Travis, Nancy Brock, Kevin Noonan, Emma Sapong, Brian Connolly, Kevin Powell, Michael Petrie, Tammy Safe, Daryl Oliver, Don Donahue, Bob Pietraszewski, Lucille Wozniak, Tracey McNierny, Cheryl McCool, Ava Wojtowicz and Ann Olszowka.