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Reporters’ Notebook

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to actress Elizabeth Taylor, born on this date in 1932, “The problem with people who have no vices is that generally you can be pretty sure they’re going to have some pretty annoying virtues.”



The window is sparkling

With ice jewels;

A frosted piece of artwork

Created by God and Nature

With the light of the sun permeating.

– Cindy Ann Sitterle


PRICE IS RIGHT – St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3512 Clinton St. at Union Road, West Seneca, hosts its last-Friday-of-the-month community dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. On the menu will be grilled cheese sandwiches with Mark’s homemade tomato soup, dessert and beverages. All are welcome. Fellowship is included. Donations are welcome.


HERE’S THE BEEF – The Shriners of Western New York will hold their Winter Meat Raffle at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Shrine Center, 1600 Southwestern Blvd., West Seneca. Admission is $2 and includes beer, pop and sandwiches. For info, call 674-8666.


SHARP SHOOTERS – The Tonawanda Sportsmen’s Club, 5657 Killian Road, Pendleton, will hold its annual Spring Gun Raffle from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $20 and include food and refreshments. The public is invited. For info, visit


HOT COMPETITION – The Rotary Club Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus will hold its first chili cookoff fundraiser from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday in dig Buffalo Innovation Space, 640 Ellicott St.

The best chili recipes from area Rotary Clubs will be featured. Winners will be determined via taste tickets purchased by those attending. All proceeds benefit local charities. For info, email


HELP THE HUNGRY – The West Seneca Historical Society will sponsor a community food drive to benefit the West Seneca Food Pantry from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Nonperishable food items can be brought to the Historical Society’s museum, 919 Mill Road, West Seneca, where there will be refreshments and live music by the group Hymns for the Hungry.


GOING HOLLYWOOD – A screenwriting workshop will be offered from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday in Dog Ears Bookstore and Cafe, 688 Abbott Road, by John Szablewski, a screenwriter and filmmaker from Buffalo. Cost is $15.

The class will include Szablewski’s rules for screenwriting, where to look for ideas and how to write realistic dialogue. Those attending also will write a two- to three-page script in class. For info, call 823-2665 or visit


LENTEN CATCHES – There is no shortage of Lenten Friday fish fries on the Niagara Frontier. Here are a few that have caught our attention:

Hank Nowak Post 45, AMVETS, 3071 Abbott Road, Orchard Park, 3 to 8 p.m. For takeout, call 823-3147.

Knights of Columbus, 755 Erie Ave., North Tonawanda, 4 to 7 p.m. Shrimp, scallops, baked fish and seafood platters also available. All sides are homemade. Hosted by the Ladies Auxiliary. For takeout, call 693-5470.

St. Stephen Serbian Orthodox Church Hall, Abbott and Weber roads, Lackawanna, 4 to 7 p.m. Also shrimp baskets. Nut and torta rolls available. For takeout, call 825-9364.


FINISHING TOUCHES – The Twin Village Art Society will host part two of 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 finish the ceramic tiles they created with the alcohol ink techniques they learned earlier this month. It’s free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. For info, call Chip Blenk at 207-7350.


FLOWERS FOR A GOOD CAUSE – Niagara Hospice will attempt to hurry spring with the annual Spring Bouquet Sale that will be held Monday through March 8. The community is invited to purchase a hearty mixed-flower bouquet at businesses and organizations throughout the county. The cost is $8.


TRIVIA TIME – Bishop Timon-St. Jude High School will hold its third annual trivia night at 7:30 p.m. on March 7 in the high school gym. It will cost $200 per team, with a maximum of eight members, to register. The entry fee covers a gift to the Kaleidoscope auction. The first 10 teams to register with full payment will receive one bonus point that could make the difference between first and second place. There will be no registration at the door . For more information, call the school at 826-3610, Ext. 2212.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Kathy Arrastia, Lynda Schneekloth, Isabelle Banas, JoAnn Falletta, Bonnie Miller, Beth McNally, Marcia Perry, Sirribih Ndeso-Antanga, Bridget Kinsley, Carrie Ann Schaller, Emily Franklin, Adam Kamrowski, Tiffany Huller, Hannah Mulhern, Marie Lazarz, Charles Drumsta, Ginny Barone, Michael Mikolajczyk, Frank J. Spinner, Morgan E. Kinstner, Christine Blackwell Bieger. Joe Karb, Vicki Qi, Tina Toepfer, Joseph Vangalio, Christine Boczar, Ron Brown, Andy Lyons and Carson Drews.

AND SATURDAY – Lauren Shanks VanHorn, Corey Tarreto, Michael Morgulis, Laura Winchester, Joe Kody, Valerie Pankiewicz, June Terhaar, Maxwell Haggerty, Dolly Handzlik, Lillian Traska, Pattie Losito, Kathy Reidy, Courtney Bondanza, Judith Major, Marge Coppola, Marge Loomis, Pam Roman, Marion Keen, Faith Webber, Camden Roy, Andrew Franz, Linda Mucyn, Linda Birockik, Jerry Ciambor, Tim Driscoll, Melissa Lubey and Mary E. Cullen.

AND SUNDAY – Antoine Thompson, J.J. Richert, Sue Harder, Ashlynn Becker, Brianna Safe, Tara FitzPatrick, Dorothy Harding, Michael Haendiges, Brian Bosworth, Sue Schwartz, Michele Schultz and Jason Canell.