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Reporters’ Notebook/Bits and pieces of news

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to photographer Ansel Adams, born on this date in 1902, “There is nothing worse than a sharp image of a fuzzy concept.”


A REALLY CHILLY CHALLENGE – They call it the Chilly Challenge 5K and they aren’t kidding when it comes to this year’s 36th annual race. No matter the weather, the race will step off at noon Sunday in front of Canisius High School, 1180 Delaware Ave. Post-race festivities will include – appropriately enough – chili from Joe’s Deli in the school’s Bernard J. Kennedy Field House.


ONCE UPON A WAR – A lecture entitled “The Treaty of Ghent Ending the War of 1812 on the Niagara Frontier” will be presented by Douglas Kohler, Erie County historian, and Jim Hill, noted historian and lecturer on military history, at 6 p.m. Friday in the Buffalo History Museum, on the corner of Elmwood Avenue and Nottingham Terrace. Cost is $7, free for museum members.


NEW TRADITION – Caz Tapped, a night of music, food and beer in South Buffalo on Saturday, will be the first public event in the newly reopened building formerly known as St. John the Evangelist Parish, 2325 Seneca St.

The building is now known as “The Church” and is “a historic, beautiful building undergoing a complete renovation,” event organizers said.

Music starts at 6 p.m. with Theresa Quinn, followed by Half A Heard and Sugar Spoon. There also will be food trucks and beer and wine selections from local breweries and wineries.

Admission is $5 with beer and food tickets available. There will be plenty of free parking. A shuttle from Buffalo Street Grille, 61 Buffalo St., leaves every hour for $15 round trip, plus admission.


SUNDAY BASH – The annual Daytona 500 bash will be held Sunday afternoon at Lt. Col Matt Urban Post 7275, Veterans of Foreign Wars, at 3741 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga. The event will include drink specials, a 50/50 split raffle, prizes and an auction.


TIME TO EAT – The annual Lenten fish fry will be held Fridays during Lent from 4 to 7 p.m. at St. Stephen Serbian Orthodox Church Hall, Abbott and Weber roads, Lackawanna. Watch for their Easter dessert nut and torta rolls, too. For more information, call 825-9364.

Niagara Hose Fire Co. No. 3 will hold a chowder sale beginning at noon Saturday. Advance orders will be accepted by dropping off a container. The cost is $4 per quart. Niagara Hose Fire Co. No. 3 is located at 74 Wheeler St., City of Tonawanda.

The Shriners of Western New York will have a winter chicken barbecue from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Shrine Center, 1600 Southwestern Blvd., West Seneca. The cost is $9 per person, and includes a half-chicken, corn, salad and roll. Takeout will be available. For more info, call 674-8666.

The Francis J. Donovan American Legion Post is sponsoring an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at the post, 3210 Genesee St., Cheektowaga. Pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage and beverages will be offered for $7.50 for adults, $3 for kids under 12 and free for those under 5. Call the post at 896-3346 to purchase tickets ahead of time or buy them at the door.

For its first event during lent, St. John Kanty Parish will feature homemade pierogi and placek during a pancake breakfast following 10:30 a.m. Mass on Sunday. Breakfasts are $5 for those who pay in advance and $6 at the door. In addition, the church will sell pierogi and placek from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturdays and from 9:30 to noon through Palm Sunday, March 29. A large theme tray raffle and drawing also will take place on Palm Sunday at the church, 101 Swinburne St.


LOOKING FOR A HOME – Heart of Niagara Animal Rescue will bring its adoptable dogs to the Walden Galleria lower level, in front of Famous Footwear, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday to meet the public. The agency provides information about the adoption process and its work with homeless animals. New volunteers are always welcome. For info, call Heart of Niagara at 345-7129 or Linda van Harssel at 622-1213.


READY TO ROLL – WCA Hospital in Jamestown will hold its annual Strike Out Heart Disease Bowl-a-Thon on Sunday at the Jamestown Bowling Co. on Foote Avenue. It kicks off with sign-in and a basket raffle at 1 p.m., followed by bowling at 2 p.m. Strike Out Heart Disease shirts will be available for purchase and donations can be made for tribute hearts to recognize loved ones. All proceeds will benefit the WCA Heart Center.


PREPPING FOR SCHOOL – Bishop Timon-St. Jude High School will hold practice entrance exams on March 7 for seventh-grade boys who are interested in attending the school. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. There is no charge to take the test.

For more information, call the admissions office at 826-3610, Ext. 237.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Miriam Needham, Tom Fenton, Kathy Sauer, Mark Haggerty, Skip Polowy, Andrew Bottomley, Maeve Kennedy McDougall, John Kiener, Melissa Poppenberg, Peggi Ryan, William VanArsdale, Maryjean Kraengel, Sam Sliwinski, Ria Swanekamp, Douglas Decker, David F. Quagliana, Kyle Brodnicki and Marypat Brill.

AND SATURDAY – Matthew Stewart Shanks, Reggie Witherspoon, Mary Ellen Donathen, Marian Nardolillo, Makenna Cruz, Paul J. Lorefice, Randy Heeb, Mary Muldoon, John Reitz, Chris TinHan, Eric Meyer, Michael Gaughan, Lauren Holstein, Jeanine Kacala, Jene-Elise Uhl, Erik Bartus, Michael Bartus, Sister Mary Gracille Ryby, Suzanne Collins, Jeff Aranyosi, Tim Deubell, Karen Smith-Dolly and Mike Kempf.

AND SUNDAY – Mark Sikorski, Cole Grayson Schaller, Justin Porebski, Don Copoulos, Mary Holmwood Beck, Patrick Roche, Becky Whited, Sr. Mary Rosalina Pawlak, Frank Caccamise, Darren White Sr. and Terry O’Donnell.