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Reporter's Notebook: Nov. 25

OLAF FUB SEZ: Advice from industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, born on this date in 1835, “Do your duty and a little more and the future will take care of itself.”

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LIGHTS FANTASTIC – The Winery at Marjim Manor, one of the wineries on Niagara Wine Trail USA at 7171 E. Lake Road (Route 18), Appleton, four miles east of Olcott, will celebrate its annual Lighting of the Manor from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday.
Festivities will include the switching on of dozen or more Christmas trees and numerous Chanukah menorahs, a singalong of holiday songs with Kim Seddon, and Reindeer Games, a variety of puzzles and contests which will award prizes for the highest scores.
Visitors also will be able to get custom labels made quickly for various bottles of Marjim Manor wines.
Free tastings will be offered for those who bring a jar of peanut butter or jelly for the annual Peanut Butter and Jelly Drive, which collects things kids like to eat.
As a bonus, tell them you read about it here and they will double the discount on wine purchases. For more info, call 778-7001 or visit

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Two youngsters receive new pillows from Sister Johnice

SOFT SPOT – Last year Sister Johnice Rzadkiewicz and the Response to Love Center on Buffalo’s East Side issued an appeal for donations of diapers for needy mothers and their babies. Now volunteers Rich and Diane Gurbacki of Grand Island, who collected more than 40,000 diapers last year, have turned their attention to another need.
“I asked Sister if she wanted to do a toy drive for Christmas,” he writes, “and her response was, ‘No, Richard, I need pillows for their heads.’ ... Sister indicated that many of the adults she ministers have not had a fresh pillow in decades and some of the children roll up an old blanket or towel to rest their head.”
So the Gurbackis have organized a series of dates and locations to collect new pillows or donations of $10, which will buy a pillow in the donor’s name from J. C. Penney, which has offered to provide them at reduced cost.
The first collection will take place Sunday at Walden Galleria Mall, Cheektowaga, in front of Dick’s Sporting Goods, with another in the same spot Dec. 3.
Additional collections will be held next Friday evening during the Holiday Festival at Larkin Square, 745 Seneca St., and at the nearby Flying Bison Brewery, 840 Seneca St. For more info, dates and locations, see Pillows For Their Head on Facebook or call Rich Gurbacki at 361-1145.

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REINDEER ALERT – Looking for Santa Claus? We’ve been told that, starting today, the Jolly Old Elf plans to spend some time this holiday season at Kelly’s Country Store, 3121 Grand Island Blvd., Grand Island.
The folks at Kelly’s say St. Nick will come down their chimney Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 6 p.m. and listen to children’s Christmas wishes until 9 p.m. On Saturdays and Sundays, he’ll arrive at noon and stay till 5 p.m.
Meanwhile, Kelly’s will be donating a portion of the proceeds from its Christmas tree sales to WNY Heroes, which assists veterans, active military and widows and children of deceased veterans. For more info, visit

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HE’S EVERYWHERE – Speaking of Santa, St. Stephen’s Bethlehem United Church of Christ, 750 Wehrle Drive at Union Road, Amherst, will host a Breakfast with Santa and Advent Workshop from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, following the 10 a.m. worship service.
Breakfast will include scrambled eggs, sausage, hash browns, pancakes, Danish pastries and beverages. There also will be Christmas craft-making. For more info, call 684-8731.

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HEAD OF THE CLASS – Mary Queen of Angels Regional Catholic School, 170 Rosewood Terrace off George Urban Boulevard, Cheektowaga, is accepting resumes for substitute teachers for all grades from pre-kindergarten to eighth grade. The position pays $10 per hour. School hours are 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Applicants must have a bachelor’s or master’s degree in education, have completed student teaching and be state certified. For more info, visit and search for Mary Queen of Angels under “Employment in Our Schools.”

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Harrison Stewart Van Horn, Eva Schmidt, Anne Neville, David Sipos, Esther Gulyas, Sharon Belton-Cottman, Dan Carpenter, Greg Halt, Gaurang Sheth, Cam Reardon Schaller, Pam Sacco, Hayley Safe, Lori Ledwon, Helen Noblett, Melinda Taylor, Evelyn Herman, Danielle Fleckenstein, Algraphy Graves, Hannah Roberts, Lisa Marie Buczkowski, Father Jack Ledwon, Sallye C. Chapman, Victor D. Crews, Herman Manley, Bob Hamilton, Kathy Murphy, Larry Haseley, Dorothy Bobseine, Linda Catalano, Kevin Gleason and Sue Mazurowski.

AND SATURDAY – Jean Sullivan, Emmekunla Nylander, John Lysenko, John Bernard, Jeanne Colvin, Theresa Manzuk Mazur, Brian Zakrzewski, Taylor Baldwin, Theresa Woloszyn, Janet Bulger, Denise Jenner, Carol Gajkowski, Jim Russell, Jennifer Sieracki, Jason Cornwall, Mary Ann Transki, Thomas Ptak, Geraldine DeBold, Ray Pulinski, Patricia E. Kelley and Hugh Francis Wolf.

AND SUNDAY – Jim Kelley Sr., Martha Grace Concannon, Margie Crapo, Nancy Brock, Kevin Noonan, Emma Sapong, Brian Connolly, Matthew Biddle, Kevin Powell, Michael Petrie, Cheryl McCool, Tammy Safe, Diana Randall, Jayne Higgins Griffin, Daryl Oliver, Don Donahue, Robert “Bubba” Schurr, Bob Pietraszewski, Darryl Whitcomb, Margie Murry, Margie Rindos, Patricia Zink, Debi Haseley and Mike Cichon.


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