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Reporter's Notebook: Nov. 23

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to writer and illustrator Guy Davenport, born on this date in 1927, “Imagination is like the drunk man who lost his watch and must get drunk again to find it.”

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The Secret Ingredient

I remember as a child
waking up on Thanksgiving Day.
Mom was in the kitchen,
busily slaving away.

The house was filled with aroma,
no matter where you went.
Everything being prepared
gave off a heavenly scent.

She was probably up before dawn,
getting everything ready to cook.
There was no concern for being tired,
she would do whatever it took.

The recipes that she made
were known to her by heart.
Not being able to provide this joy
would simply tear her apart.

Time for the fancy china,
it had to be placed just so.
This was her time to shine,
the happiness was beginning to show.

Everything was finally ready,
it was almost time to eat.
We looked at each other and wondered
how she accomplished this amazing feat.

The entire meal was perfect,
like a well fitted glove.
The secret ingredient was always included,
a double portion of love.
– Nelson R. Locher

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GRAB A PLATE – Tandoori’s Restaurant, 7740 Transit Road, Amherst, will host its third annual free pre-Thanksgiving Eve dinner from 5 to 7:30 p.m. today. While not required, a donation of $10 per person is suggested. All donations will benefit the Food Bank of Western New York.

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Personages from the past populate Forest Lawn's "It WAS a Wonderful Life"

CHRISTMASES PAST – John Lay, the first person laid to rest in Forest Lawn in 1850, comes back to life for the holiday season for a revival of the musical revue, “It WAS a Wonderful Life,” which highlights famous figures buried in Buffalo’s landmark cemetery.
Performances begin Saturday and Sunday in the chapel at Forest Lawn and continue each weekend through Dec. 31. Most shows are at 2 p.m., with additional 11 a.m. shows on Dec. 3, 10 and 17. Tickets are $25 and are available by calling 885-1600 or online at

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ONE OF A KIND – Jewelry, holiday decorations and knitted items by local crafters will be offered as the Springville Women of the Moose hold their eighth annual Holiday Craft Show and Bazaar from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the Moose Lodge, 13080 Buffalo Road, Springville, in conjunction with Small Business Saturday.

Unique gifts made by local artisans also will be featured at the 10th annual Parkside Holiday Arts and Crafts Show from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in St. Mark’s School, 399 Woodward Ave. at Amherst Street. Admission is $2, which includes a $1 coupon that can be used on a $10 purchase. For more info, call 838-1240 or visit

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POWER DOWN – Kenmore and Town of Tonawanda residents won’t have to run up their electricity bills to compete in the town’s annual holiday decorating contest. Awards will be given to displays that are the most energy efficient.
The Town Environment Commission is encouraging decorations that use little or no electric power, such as LED light strands. Applications are available in the supervisor’s office in the Municipal Building, 2919 Delaware Ave., Kenmore, or online at Applications are due by Dec. 9. Judging will take place Dec. 12. Winners will be announced at the Dec. 19 Town Board meeting.

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TOY TIME – The Niagara Law Center will hold its annual Holiday Party and Toy Drive CLE (continuing legal education) session Dec. 8 in the Castellani Art Museum at Niagara University.
The CLE course on identity theft, offering 2 CLE credits, begins at 4:30 p.m., followed by the party at 6:30. Admission to the CLE and the party is $50 worth of new unwrapped toys. Toys will be distributed to children via the United Way of Greater Niagara.
There will be free hors d’oeuvres and eggnog, along with a cash bar. Officers and directors of the Bar Association of Niagara County also will be installed. To register, call 286-8181 or visit

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Diane Dorsheimer, Karen DiFrancesco, Israel Ziv, Tim Bartlett, Richard Capote, William Koszela, Lynsey Weaver, Ron Amplenient, Cyndee Stelmach, Joshua Meyer, Pat Montemarano, John F. Schaller, Mike Haynes, Lili Cornwall, Todd Nixon, Karen Roberts, Pat Balisteri, Sister Mary Rachael Mikolajczak, Lila Moran, Gino Kurdziel, Lolita Bulluck, Mary Schultz, Bob LaPlante, Bob Brown, Nathan Dan, Shawn Dan, Ethel MacLeod and Rebecca M. Kruszka.

AND THURSDAY – Anne Kicinski, Ashley Rogers, Scott Scanlon, Omar Fetouh, Carla Connolly, Lorayne Simmons, William Mattar, Karlee Blank, Jessica DiCarlo, Collin Augustyn, Kerry Crewson, Samantha Godzich, Ryan Higgins, Betty Ann Duguay, Rev. Paul F. Stengel, Mike Fox, Linda Janiga, Terri Guzinski, Tim Shoemaker, Thomas Karg, Noreen Spezio, Linda Szefler, Frances Hecker, Debbie Rudyk, Donna Byl, Elaine Korczykowski, Amy Betz Thomson, Maureen Maguire and Rudy Montes.


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