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Reporters’ Notebook

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to fabled New York City Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia, born on this date in 1882, “There is no Democratic or Republican way of cleaning the streets.”


PAGE TURNERS – Several local authors, including Nancy Fuentes, whose newly released book is “Two Brothers, One War: As Told Through the Letters of Roman and Edward Bartz,” will be on hand to autograph their works from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday in Dog Ears Bookstore, 688 Abbott Road, as part of the annual Shop South Buffalo promotion.

Legendary deejay Jim Santella will sign copies of his new autobiography, “Classic Rock, Classic Jock,” and talk about his long career in Buffalo radio when he appears from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday in Talking Leaves Books, 3158 Main St.


GIFT IDEAS – Garden Gate Health Care Facility, 2365 Union Road, Cheektowaga, will hold a craft bazaar open to the public from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday. Crafters and vendors will offer a variety of items, from handmade jewelry to Tupperware. Admission is free.

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Buffalo, 695 Elmwood Ave. at West Ferry Street, holds its annual Holiday Arts and Craft Show, featuring dozens of jury-picked artisans, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.


SWEET SEASON – St. Stephen Serbian Orthodox Church, Abbott and Weber roads, Lackawanna, will feature nut and poppyseed rolls, three flavors of torta rolls and a huge variety of ethnic cookies at its annual holiday bake sale from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday.

The Woodlawn Church of Christ, 3691 Fourth St., Woodlawn, holds its annual bake and theme basket sale beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Homemade cookies for the holidays, boxed with a ribbon, will be available at the annual cookie sale beginning at noon Saturday in St. Bernard’s Parish Hall, 1988 Clinton St. For info, call 822-8856.


HOLIDAY GREENERY – The Oakwood Cemetery Association holds its annual Wreaths Across America Remembrance Ceremony and Wreath Sale at noon Saturday in the historic Oakwood Cemetery at the Veterans Garden, 763 Portage Road, Niagara Falls.

The gathering starts at 11:30 a.m. inside the Oakwood Cemetery Gate and the ceremony will begin promptly at noon, in coordination with the ceremony in Arlington National Cemetery outside Washington, D.C. Light refreshments will follow in the Oakwood House.

Wreaths are on sale for $15, with $5 from each sale helping to maintain gravesites of veterans going back to the Civil War. For more info, call 284-5131 or visit or


AWAY IN A MANGER – St. Stephens-Bethlehem United Church of Christ, 750 Wehrle Drive at Union Road, Amherst, will host a free Christmas Cantata concert and a Walk Through Bethlehem display, featuring different Nativity scenes provided by the congregation, at 10 a.m. Sunday. A reception will follow.

Live animals, including a camel, will be part of the Living Nativity as church members re-enact the story of the birth of Jesus at 5 and 6 p.m. Sunday on the lawn of the Church of the Nativity, 1530 Colvin Blvd., near Sheridan Drive, Town of Tonawanda. All are welcome. No tickets are required. Free refreshments, including hot chocolate and cookies, will follow each performance.

Also presenting a Living Nativity on Sunday evening is Salem Lutheran Church, 10 McClellan Circle at McKinley Parkway and Whitfield Avenue in South Buffalo. The Nativity scene will be in place at 6 p.m., with a re-enactment at 7. There will be continuous activities inside the church from 6 to 8 p.m.


LET THERE BE LIGHT – Augustana Lutheran Church, 3243 Eggert Road, near Colvin Boulevard, Town of Tonawanda, will celebrate its Swedish heritage with a traditional Santa Lucia Pageant, featuring young women wearing crowns of candles, at 7 p.m. Sunday. Coffee and dessert will follow.


MARK YOUR CALENDAR – The Chromatic Club, Buffalo’s oldest music club, will perform a Holiday Cheer recital at 3 p.m. Sunday in Crossroads Lutheran Church, 4640 Main St., Amherst. Suggested donation is $10. For more info, call 632-7856.

The Orchard Park Historical Society will hold its annual potluck dinner at 6 p.m. Monday in the meeting room of the Orchard Park Municipal Building, 4295 S. Buffalo St.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Clara Weber, Ruth McCann, Greg Repman, Erin Bishoff, Dorothy Rupp, David Fieramusca, Que Bastian, Dr. Marian Gray, Dianne Curry, Martha Lasota, Sandra Segerson, Deb Morrow, Carol Vaughan, Samuel Collins, Paige Rzepka, Joe Bloom, Erin Rose Fahey, Nina Prendergast and Steve Pajak.

AND SATURDAY – Robert A. Niles, Tonnalee M. Batchelor, Amrom Chodos, Annette Hodgens, Dan F. Lelito, Eleanor Brown, Ann Morris, Mary Lalor-Timmins, Janet Marcia Archer, Phil Falzone Jr. and Al Pronobis.

AND SUNDAY – Jameson Thomas Kelley-Torres, Mary Elizabeth Myers, Susan B. Szczerbacki, Rex Ryan, Pat Lakeman, Mark Schroeder, Monique Pate, Richard Blewett, Erica Brecher, Michael Sasiadek, Diana Blewis, Janet Colin, Paul Hooley, Adam Tokasz, Ed Tokasz, Pat Panek, Lisa McCarthy, Rachel Hassett, Lucy Mitchell, Lucas Metz, Joseph Christiano, John Denecke, Allan “Kaz” Kasprzak, Cailey McGillicuddy and Terry Gruttadauria.