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Reporters’ Notebook

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to President Franklin D. Roosevelt, born on this date in 1882, “The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have little.”


THE WAY WE WERE – Buffalo author William J. Donohue will sign copies of his new historical novel set in the Old First Ward, “Himself: A Civil War Veteran’s Struggles with Rebels, Brits and Devils,” at a reception at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Waterfront Memories and More center, a treasure trove of Old First Ward history in Mutual Park, 41 Hamburg St. It’s free and open to the public. On display are iconic waterfront photos by Gene Witkowski.


TAILGATE WITH TOM – The public is invited to join a tailgate party at St. Bonaventure University from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday prior to the men’s basketball game with LaSalle in the Reilly Center.

The party will be held on the lawn between the Reilly and Swan centers. Chili dogs and non-alcoholic beverages will be available on sale.

It’s part of the university’s daylong winter carnival Saturday celebrating the 100th anniversary of the birth of Thomas Merton, the revered Catholic spiritual writer who taught English at St. Bonaventure in the early 1940s before becoming a Trappist monk.


CHILLS AND THRILLS – The 11th annual Alden Winterfest kicks off with a variety of indoor and outdoor events Friday night. The animated favorite, “Frozen,” will hit the screen at 6 p.m. in the Community Center, 13116 Main St., and characters from “Frozen” will be part of the fun at Family Fun Night at 7, also in the Community Center.

Meanwhile, Newfoundland dogs will appear from 6 to 8 p.m. in Town Park on West Main Street, where there also will be ice skating and a bonfire from 7 to 10 p.m.

Festivities continue Saturday with a gourmet food and craft show in Village Hall, 13336 Broadway, a pancake breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. in Alden Presbyterian Church, 13298 Broadway, a chili cookoff at 11 a.m. in the Community Center, and contests and races in Town Park.

The schedule closes at 7 p.m. Saturday with a chocolate, wine and beer tasting in Village Hall and the annual Snowball Dance from 7 p.m. to midnight with music from Sara Elizabeth Genco followed by the Boys of Summer. For more info, visit the Alden Winterfest page on Facebook.


HOT FROM THE POT – The Springville Community Kitchen will benefit from an all-you-can-eat soup, stew and chili cooking competition at 3 p.m. Sunday in Felton-Burns Post 5260, Veterans of Foreign Wars, 650 Main St., near Route 240, Springville.

Diners will vote on their favorites. There also will be door prizes, games and music from deejay Rick Manzone. The competition is hosted by Fellowship Hill Ministries. For info or to enter the competition, call 592-4455.


CREATIVE OUTLET – The Twin Village Art Society will host a “paint-in” at its meeting at 7 p.m. Monday in the Village of Lancaster Municipal Building, Broadway at Central Avenue.

Everyone attending will learn how to use alcohol ink techniques on ceramic tile under the guidance of Vicki Oliver and create a tile to take home. Inks and tiles will be provided by the society. It’s free and open to the public. For info, call Chip Blenk at 207-7350.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Dennis Pyszczynski, Kali Costa, Mary Gould, Craig McCabe, Sister Mary Kenneth Mondrala, Rheanna Bain, Michelle Kempf, Nathan Staddon, Samantha Bugenhagen, Sara Ruszczyk, Anne Gilhooly, Father Bill Lipiec, Bob Safe, Frank Romance, Rosemary Kowal, Mike Gugino, Jackie Greco, Madonna M. Kearns, Lisa Pukalo, Nichole H. Stelmach, Beth Szczepanski, Alyssa Gentil and Jessica Spencer.

AND SATURDAY – Ennis Joseph Sabuda, Marilyn Sultz, Allen Beroza, Mario Williams, Warren Todd Colville, Riley Mitchell, Betty Kiener, Ann Scherr, Alice E. Williams, Genevieve Ferenc, Joe Sasiadek, Matthew McGowan, Mary Fox, Molly Joyce, Alexa Milan Ward, Barb Brader, Sandy Olejniczak, Paul Makowski, Sharon Rzeszutek, Donald Kubicki Jr., Karen Winslow, Lynn Kulesz, John Leavitt, Cheryl Marie Jennings, Molly C. Joyce and Anne Horosky.

AND SUNDAY – Daniel R. O’Neill III, Ashok Subramanian, Dorothy Blewis, David Safe, Darlene Sikorski, Jonathan Oswald, Len Smolarek, Angie Gallagher, Ellen Taylor, T.J. Donahue, Mark Tasca Jr., Irene Hedger, Daisy Skinner and David Richards.