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Reporter's Notebook: Nov. 22

OLAF FUB SEZ: A thought from the British author who went by the pen name of George Eliot, born Mary Ann Evans on this date in 1819, “What do we live for, if not to make life less difficult for each other?”

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ROLLING STOCK – There are two new ways to help the Meals on Wheels Foundation of Western New York while you do your shopping during the holiday season.
At Dash’s Markets, the “Step Up to the Plate” program encourages shoppers to donate $1, $3 or $5 when they check out from now through Dec. 10. The markets are at 1770 Hertel Ave.; 1210 Colvin Blvd., Town of Tonawanda; 499 West Klein Road, East Amherst; and 8845 Main St., Clarence.
Meanwhile, West Herr Subaru, 3565 Southwestern Blvd., Orchard Park, as part of Subaru’s “Share the Love” program, will donate $250 for every new Subaru that is purchased or leased from now through Jan. 3. Last year, the program at West Herr raised nearly $72,000.
For more info on Meals on Wheels and for online donations, visit

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Mitchell Grosofsky's latest adult coloring book celebrates local cuisine

AUTHOR, AUTHOR – Mitchell Grosofsky, who earlier this year self-published the “Welcome to Buffalo” adult coloring book, featuring 32 of the area’s architectural landmarks, has turned his attention to restaurants and cuisine with another coloring book for grown-ups, “Bites Around Buffalo.”
“Bites” depicts dozens of eating establishments, from the Anchor Bar and Bocce Club Pizza to Lloyd’s Taco Truck. Grosofsky will be among more than 65 writers and illustrators taking part in the 13th annual Local Author Book Signing from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday in the Buffalo History Museum, One Museum Court, at Elmwood Avenue and Nottingham Terrace.
Also on hand inscribing their books will be two of our Buffalo News colleagues – sportswriter Budd Bailey, with “Today in Buffalo Sports History: 366 Days of Milestones,” and police reporter Matt Gryta, with “Joey 22,” his study of .22-Caliber Killer Joseph G. Christopher. Admission to the museum is free. For more info, visit

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CHURCH NOTE – Salem Lutheran Church, 10 McClellan Circle at McKinley Parkway and Whitfield Avenue in South Buffalo, will hold a Thanksgiving Eve Festival Service at 7 p.m. Wednesday. For more info, call 824-2787.

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DINNER BREAK – Taking time out from turkey will be the folks hosting the free monthly community dinner from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Friday in St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3512 Clinton St. at Union Road, West Seneca. The menu features lazy tacos with Mexican bean salad, beverages and dessert. All are welcome. Free-will offerings are appreciated.

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SEASON TO SHARE – The Cheektowaga Chamber of Commerce and the Intercouncil of Organizations is accepting sponsorships for their annual Spirit of Sharing Dinner for residents of local skilled nursing facilities, which will take place at 6 p.m. Dec. 7 in the Cheektowaga Senior Center, 3349 Broadway, Cheektowaga.
For a $22 donation, a nursing home resident will be able to enjoy a dinner from Apples Deli & Catering, entertainment, favors and a visit from Santa Claus. Sponsors also may attend the dinner for $17. Donations are needed by next Monday. For more info, call 684-5838 or visit

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Shawn Kobza, Jack Jakubowski, Ramona Scarpace, Paul Zittel, Andy Ross, John Valby, Dave Susko, Kim Lutz, Terry Weidmann, Christina Sobczyck, Vivian Robertson, Rob Moore, Beth Burdick, Mary McEwan, Tammy Starczynski, Cameron Chase, Romuald Igielinski, Ina R. Chapman, Andy Ross, Sgt. Joseph T. Muscato, Sandy Myers, Courtney M. Voigt, Jack Lipomi and Michael Hurley.


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