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Reporter's Notebook: Dec. 9

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to actor Kirk Douglas, born Issur Danielovitch in Amsterdam, N.Y., 100 years ago today, “Pacemaker, crash, stroke. What does it mean? God doesn’t want me now. That’s all.”

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TODAY’S CATCH – Holy Mother of the Rosary Cathedral, 6298 Broadway, Lancaster, holds a fish fry from 4 to 7 p.m. today featuring homemade salads and desserts. A fried fish dinner is $9.50, baked fish is $9.75 and a shrimp dinner is $10.

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HELP A VET – It’s not too soon to start collecting nonperishable food items for the food drive sponsored by Roll of Honor Chapter 120, Disabled American Veterans, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 18 in the Braunshidle Post, 3354 Delaware Ave., Town of Tonawanda. Cash donations will be used to purchase turkeys and hams for needy veterans’ families for the holidays.
The DAV chapter also will collect new men’s and women’s underclothes for their clothing room at Buffalo Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Needed, too, are new or slightly used coats for veterans, sizes small to 4-5X.
“For the past three or four years, we have been running the clothing room,” says junior vice commander Alex Szewczyk. “We have been able to help hundreds of veterans who come in with little to no clothing.”

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GIFT IDEAS – Local artisans will offer one-of-a-kind pottery, jewelry, home items and apparel when Aurora Waldorf School, 525 West Falls Road, West Falls, holds its third annual Holiday Market from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free. Music will be provided by Hintz of Thunder. For more info, visit

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SWEET TOOTH – Mexican wedding cakes, coconut macaroons and other treats will be offered at the annual Christmas Cookie Sale from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday in New Hope United Methodist Church, 2846 Seneca St., West Seneca.

Apple strudel and a wide variety of ethnic cookies will make their annual appearance at the huge Holiday Bake Sale from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday in St. Stephen Serbian Orthodox Church Hall, Abbott and Weber roads, Lackawanna.

The Woodlawn Church of Christ, 3691 Fourth St., Woodlawn, will hold its annual Christmas cookie and bake sale from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

A Christmas cookie sale and raffle will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the Parish Hall at St. John XXIII Parish, Arcade Street and Harlem Road, West Seneca. Children can get help in writing their letters to Santa and Mrs. Claus will be on hand to take the letters to the North Pole.

The annual cookie sale and craft sale in St. Bernard’s Parish Hall, 1988 Clinton St., will be held from noon Saturday until sold out. Cookies are boxed with a ribbon. Crafts are made by the Parish Craft Club. For more info, call 822-8856.

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Calvary Episcopal Church in Williamsville is decorated for the holidays

SEASONAL SOUNDS – Calvary Episcopal Church, 20 Milton St. at South Cayuga Road, Williamsville, will offer its annual Festival of Lessons and Carols at 3:30 p.m. Sunday. Featured will be the Calvary Festival Choir and Brass, with a prelude from the Ring Masters Handbell Ensemble. Early arrival is recommended for the best parking and seating at this popular service. Free-will offerings are welcome. A reception will follow.

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AWAY IN A MANGER – Salem Lutheran Church, 10 McClellan Circle at McKinley Parkway and Whitfield Avenue, will present a Living Nativity with live animals at 6 p.m. Sunday. It will be followed at 6:30 p.m. by music, refreshments and activities for children inside the church. For more info, call 824-2787.

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OOPS! – Wrong phone number in Wednesday’s column for the Blackthorn Restaurant and Pub, 2134 Seneca St., where the alumni of the St. Teresa’s Boys Choir from the 1960s will host their 13th annual South Buffalo Christmas Sing-Along at 6:30 p.m. Sunday. The right number is 825-9327.

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REUNION ALERT – Members of the Class of 1958 from South Park High School will have a luncheon get-together at 12:30 p.m. Monday in Alton’s Restaurant, 2221 Transit Road, Elma. For more info, call Loretta Sterling at 822-6026 or email

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Joe Head, Richard Lipsitz Jr., Jim Williams, Michael Sasiadek, Evan Sasiadek, Meghan Tomasello, Rachael Moll, Mike Hooley Sr., Stacie Leigh Duderwick, Jill Szczesny Vadala, Timmy Meegan, Mary Siuta, Lauren Davis, Joe Nowak, Barb Vogel, Cassandra Tabor, Karen Smith, Ellen Narins, Marge May, Melanie Czumaj, Pete Mueller, William Rauch, Frankie Christiano, Olivia Gehrke, Tom McKenna and Terry Nawotka.
AND SATURDAY – Doanne Jackson, Ginger Geoffery, Suzanne Chamberlain Bergman, Ron Henrikson, Sandy Recoon, Helen Borowicz, Jane Szachta, Benjamin Torpie, Bonnie Baginski, Maureen Kwiatkowski, Alice Benker, Jack Pronobis and Cathy Piasecki.
AND SUNDAY – Luke Murphy, Clara Weber, Dorothy Rupp, David Fieramusca, Timmon Favaro, Deb Morrow, Dianne Curry, Martha Lasota, Marian Gray, Boyd Clark, Que Bastian, Adam Christmas, Sam Collins, Carol Vaughan, Daniel Botzko, Nina May Prendergast, Brianna Bartus, Robert John Knopf, Stacey Rager and Erin Rose Fahey.


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