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Reporter's Notebook: Dec. 2

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to novelist T. C. Boyle, born on this date in 1948, “To be a friend of the earth, you have to be an enemy of man.”

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George Brehm

TIME OF NEED – George Brehm, a former Lackawanna resident now living in Chaffee, was diagnosed with Stage 3 pancreatic cancer in August and has been undergoing chemotherapy and other treatments. To help pay for his medical expenses, friends and family are holding a benefit from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday in Col. J. B. Weber Post 898, Veterans of Foreign Wars, 2909 South Park Ave., Lackawanna.
Admission is $20 and includes spaghetti, salad, pizza, dessert, coffee, pop and draft beer. A cash bar will be available. There also will be raffles and door prizes. For info or donations, call his wife Sue at 359-1734.

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IN FROM THE COLD – The Elmwood Village Farmers Market on Bidwell Park officially moves indoors Saturday and becomes the Elmwood Village Winter Market at Buffalo State. About 20 vendors will be on hand from 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays through April, except Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, in Buckham Hall on the west end of the SUNY Buffalo State campus on Rockwell Road near Rees Street.
Field & Fork Network’s Double Up Food Bucks program will return, offering people with Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits with a dollar-for-dollar match up to $20 to purchase locally-grown fruits and vegetables. The Whitworth Ferguson Planetarium in Buckham Hall also will be open on Saturdays. For more info, visit

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WIN BIG – Blessed Sacrament Church, 263 Claremont Ave., Town of Tonawanda, will offer $10,000 in prizes at its annual St. Nick Nite from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $20 and includes a light meal. There also will be music, family activities and a gift basket raffle. Previews will be from noon to 3 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. today. For more info, visit

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FOR THE KIDS – Children’s Safety Education Village, 2695 Route 394, Ashville, next to the Hewes BOCES Center, will host a breakfast with Santa from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for children 3 to 12. There will be crafts, cookie decorating, caroling train rides, Christmas shopping for adults and pictures with Santa and characters from “Frozen.”

Aurora Waldorf School, 525 West Falls Road, West Falls, will hold its annual Winter Faire from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. There will be horse-drawn carriage rides, cookie and wreath decorating, a puppet show, storytelling, live owls and music by Mary Ramsey and Waldorf’s Sarah Abend-Fritz and Candi Thornton. Foods from the school’s award-winning lunch menu will be available. Admission is $6. For more info, visit

St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, 3921 Mapleton Road, between Shawnee and Townline roads, Wheatfield, will hold its annual Make and Take Christmas Craft Workshop on Sunday. Lunch and refreshments will be available at noon. Craft tables open at 1 p.m., with crafts fees of 50 cents and up. There also will be a basket raffle and a kids-only raffle. Admission is free.

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CHURCH NOTE – Wayside Presbyterian Church, 5017 Lake Shore Road, Hamburg, will dedicate 50 quilts for veterans and donate them to WNY Heroes at the 9:30 a.m. Sunday service. The quilts were made by the church’s Quilt for the Lord Sewing Group. All are welcome.

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TODAY’S CATCH – Madonna Council 2535, Knights of Columbus, 755 Erie Ave., North Tonawanda, will host a fish fry with a variety of dinner options from 4 to 7 p.m. today. Take-outs are available. Call 693-5470.

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The Roycroft Winter Festival is observing its 40th anniversary.

ARTISANS GALORE – Handcrafted items from around the world will be offered at the 12th annual International Artisan Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday in Orchard Park Presbyterian Church, 4369 S. Buffalo St., Orchard Park. Church youth will host an International Cafe from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday to benefit their summer mission trip.

Nearly three dozen juried artisans, with handcrafted jewelry, tile, glass, leather and pottery, will be featured in the 40th anniversary Roycroft Winter Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in the East Aurora Middle School, 430 Main St., East Aurora. There also will be food and holiday music. Admission is $1. For more info, call 655-7252 or visit

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CRAFTS AND MORE – Harris Hill United Methodist Church, 8495 Main St. at Harris Hill Road, Clarence, will hold its annual craft show and wreath sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Baked goods and homemade soups will be available. Admission is free. For more info, call 632-4688.

Orchard Park United Methodist Church, 3700 N. Buffalo Road, Orchard Park, will have its annual Christmas Cookie Sale from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday. Shoppers are asked to bring their own containers.

SS. Peter and Paul Church, 68 E. Main St., Hamburg, will hold a Christmas bazaar, basket raffle and baked good sale from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday in the Parish Social Center. Breakfast sandwiches and chili will be served. There will be a quilt raffle, a doll house raffle and a special section for children.

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ALDEN ALIGHT – All of Alden will become a festival Saturday for the 23rd annual Christmas in the Park, with activities climaxing with the lighting of multiple Christmas trees around the Village Bandstand at 5 p.m.
There will be strolling carolers, pony rides, a petting zoo and horse-drawn wagon rides. and a Living Nativity at ACTS Theater, 1470 Church St. Santa and Mrs. Claus will visit from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. and St. Aiden’s Church will serve free chili in Firemen’s Park from 3 to 5 p.m.
A Holiday Marketplace with foods, wines and crafts will be open from noon to 4:30 p.m. in the American Legion, 13143 Broadway. The 12th annual Commemorative Ornament, featuring the 100th anniversary of the Alden State Bank, will be available. For more info, call 937-6177 or visit

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The Lewiston Choraleers

SEASONAL SOUNDS – The Lewiston Choraleers will kick off their holiday concert series at 1 p.m. Saturday in St. Peter’s Catholic Church, 620 Lewiston. The 50-voice community chorus, directed by Donald D. Shrimpton and accompanied by pianist Jane Bristol and percussionist Pat Kuciewski, will perform “A Christmas Message,” a mix of traditional, contemporary and international holiday music.
Additional performances will be at 2 p.m. Sunday in St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 140 Rainbow Blvd., Niagara Falls; at 2 p.m. Dec. 10 in St. John de LaSalle Church, 8477 Buffalo Ave., Niagara Falls; and at 2 p.m. Dec. 11 in Messiah Lutheran Church, 915 Oneida St., Lewiston. Tickets are $5. Kids 12 and under are free.

The Freudig Singers of Western New York, directed by Roland E. Martin, will perform their Christmas concert, “A Frozen Christmas Pie,” followed by a pie reception, twice this weekend. They appear at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Holy Mother of the Rosary Cathedral, 6298 Broadway, Lancaster, and 3 p.m. Sunday in Blessed Trinity Church, 317 Leroy Ave. Tickets are $10.

St. Peter’s United Church of Christ, 1475 Orchard Park Road, West Seneca, will present a free Christmas concert at 7 p.m. Sunday, with the church’s two musical groups, Strike the Rock, led by Mark Kasprzak, and the Chancel Choir, directed by Al Plant. For more info, call 674-1233 or visit

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Alan Bedenko, Peter Corrigan, John Gurtler, Gweneth Strynadka, Ted Wesolowski, Maria Marzec, Lily Hart, Barb Maloney, Gary Adams, Mary Griffa, Jill Benninger, Jason Pennella, Finley Hopper Sullivan, Denise Crawford, Laura J. Leman, Helen Schaefer, Anthony Sole, Candy Porter, Tom Volk, Sarah Johnson, Megan Ihrig, Gerry Muggelburg, Peggy Martin, Sal Rizzo, Frank Catalfamo and Frank Mendel.

AND SATURDAY – Janice Okun, Andrew Galarneau, Robin Brox, Chet Bridger, Pat Kovach, Dan Kirchberger, Paul Koszela, Amber Curry, Maeve Lickfeld, Jack Zamojski, Annie Pearl McSpadden, Donna Wartinger Czora, Jared Donaldson, Sophie Tomaszewski, Bob Ulrich, Claire Palumbo, Rachel Hassett, JoEllen Pennella, Liz Jarosz, Sister Rita Kane, Ed Courtney and Kiernan Lauber.

AND SUNDAY – R. Leland Van Horn , Susan Krzos, Mary Terrana, Alan Greer, Marge Haggerty, Maria Halt, Amanda Stelmach, Josie Avarello, Clare Safe, Sister Mary Anita Benecki, Jack Carone, Taster “T.C.” Crews, Amy Huntz McGuire, Kelly Griffin, Vincent Hornberger Sr., Gary Roetzer, Kyle English, Colleen Koehn, Nina Rae O’Neill, Chelsea Fland and Janet Jarmuz.


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