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Reporters’ Notebook

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to the French author Stendhal, born Marie-Henri Beyle on this date in 1783, “In love, unlike most other passions, the recollection of what you have had and lost is always better than what you can hope for in the future.”


CREATIVE KICK-START – A Writers Club for those interested in all genres is starting up Tuesday in Dog Ears Bookstore & Café, 688 Abbott Road. Sessions will meet at 6:30 p.m. weekly and continue through March 3.

Leading the club will be John Schreier, a retired English teacher from Trocaire College and the West Seneca School District, who has published many stories locally and nationally. Fee is $75. For info, call 823-2665 or visit

Meanwhile, Dog Ears will host author Rosanne Higgins for a book signing at 6 p.m. Saturday. Raised in Buffalo, she has written two novels set in 19th-century Buffalo: “Orphans and Inmates,” which takes place in the city’s Canal District, and “A Whisper of Bones,” which centers around the old Erie County poorhouse.


HELP WANTED – Looking for volunteers is the Schofield Residence, 3333 Elmwood Ave., Town of Tonawanda, which needs reliable helpers 15 and older for two hours of assistance weekly.

Help is needed getting residents in wheelchairs to therapy sessions, meals and activities. Other flexible assignments are available. Training is provided. For info, call 874-1566, Ext. 324.


CALLING CARD – Teaming up in West Seneca to give servicemen and women a better connection to their loved ones are the Ebenezer Seniors and Wimbledon Bowling Lanes, who are currently collecting used cellphones and recycling them. In exchange, they will earn free minutes for the troops to call home.

Old phones can be dropped off at Wimbledon Lanes, 220 Center Road, or the Ebenezer United Church of Christ, 630 Main St., through Feb. 20. For info, call 674-4566.


SWEET HARMONY – The Buffalo Niagara Youth Chorus will offer its 27th annual Winter Concert, “We Sing, We Dance,” at 4 p.m. Sunday in Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1080 Main St. The program will feature all three Youth Chorus ensembles, as well as guest artists The Lake Effect, an all-male a cappella ensemble. Tickets are $5. For info, call John Fleischman at 662-2923.


COMFORT FOOD – Ten Lives Club Cat Rescue and Adoption Group will hold its sixth annual Chili Cook-Off from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Sunday in the West End Inn, 340 Union St., Hamburg.

There will be all-you-can-eat chili and bread for $8, as well as a cash bar and a theme basket raffle. Tickets are $5 for children 10 and under. Ten Lives Club will provide the bowls, silverware and napkins.

A total of 30 contestants will compete for votes from chili lovers and there will be prizes for all. Deadline for applications is Friday. All proceeds will help in the operation of the group’s newly purchased cat shelter in Hamburg. For info, call 646-5577 or visit


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Lucia Sleight, Geraldine Goodwin, Donna Manquen, Jesse Renaud, Cheryl Palermo, Don Bills, Robbie Lattimore, Angela LoPinto, Alicia Barry, Josephine Starzynski, Becky Sue Gross, Gary O’Neill, Rich Machnic, Jamie Johnson, Jim F. Partyka and Matthew Sherry.

AND SATURDAY – Mark Croce, Vincent Meegan, John Violanti, Evan Terceros, Jack Redwine, Brendan Tait, Katlin McCabe, Anne Wansart, Steven Czerniak, Joelle Gabor, Keith Wright, Laura Troutman, Kathryn Kaleta, Benjamin Platt, Jim Wannemacher and Nicole Dayka.

AND SUNDAY – Stan Evans, Michael Lex, Emil Novak, Tim Wendel, Kim Merrihew, Mary Lou Frandina, Jon Huller, Carol Mueller, Rachel Ratajczak, Ruan Nowicki, Eleanor Jedrysik, Jo Schleelien, Sandi Radwan, Sally Markwell, Shauna Bryn Mann, Lenny Szafranek, Kevin Cascio, Glenn Zawierucha, Daniel Renkas, Carlo DiRienzo and Joan Resetarits.