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Reporters' Notebook: Dec. 13

OLAF FUB SEZ: A classroom observation from German poet Heinrich Heine, born on this date in 1797, “If the Romans had been obliged to learn Latin, they would never have found time to conquer the world.”

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GOOD READS – South Buffalo’s Dog Ears Bookstore, 688 Abbott Road, is beginning a new series of “Puppy Tales” storytime sessions for youngsters Friday. Cost is $25 for six weekly sessions and registration is limited to 20.
Puppy Tales is open to children ages 2 to 4 and begins at 10:15 a.m. on Fridays. Each session features three stories, a craft and healthy snacks. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For info, call 823-2665.

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TALENT HUNT – The Friends Committee of the Amherst Symphony Orchestra and the Williamsville Rotary Club are offering a scholarship to a high school senior living in Amherst who plans to become a music major at an accredited music school. This year’s award will be $1,500.
Applications are due by Feb. 11. Audition date is March 4. Requirements and an application form are available from high school music departments or online at

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A LITTLE EXTRA – This month’s community dinner at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 3512 Clinton St. at Union Road, West Seneca, will be a holiday party and organizers are hoping for donations so they can give small gifts to those attending the free meal. Preferred will be $10 gift cards. For more info, call the church at 668-2152.

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Get a gift wrapped and help Meals on Wheels.

LABOR SAVERS – You can invest time, money and hassle into wrapping the holiday gifts you buy at the Walden Galleria in Cheektowaga. Or you can have them wrapped while supporting a worthy cause.
Meals on Wheels for Western New York is providing a gift wrapping service every day through Christmas Eve on the first level of the mall between the escalators in front of Macy’s. Hours are 1 to 9 p.m. today through Thursday and from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday through Dec. 23. On Christmas Eve, gift wrap will be available from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Prices are based on size and begin at $1. Bows, ribbons and boxes also are available. Proceeds will help provide food and friendship for homebound seniors throughout Western New York.

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COOKIE MONSTERS – What do you need for a Christmas cookie baking marathon? A group of 15 volunteer students in the Lancaster High School Leadership Academy have rounded up 160 pounds of flour, 80 pounds of sugar, more than 300 eggs, 60 pounds of shortening and a variety of other ingredients and plan to turn them into 6,000 cookies.
They’ll put them all together in the afternoon on Thursday, Friday and next Monday at the school, then give them away next Tuesday afternoon as part of the Lancaster Youth Bureau’s annual Day of Giving, which provides food, gifts and Christmas trees to nearly 200 needy families in the Lancaster School District.
“We ask for donations from local stores such as Tops, Wegmans, Target and Walmart,” says Jamie Zacharias, who is co-chair of the marathon this year with Olivia Gervan and David Sarace, “and they give us gift cards to go and get the ingredients. ... Our whole holiday season is based on helping our community families have a better Christmas.”

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Jameson Thomas Kelley-Torres, Scott Fuller, Mary Elizabeth Myers, Rex Ryan, Rob Ryan, Pat Lakeman, Mark Schroeder, Monique Pate, Richard Blewett, Erica Brecher, Susan B. Szczerbacki, Theodore K. Johnson, Mike Sasiadek, Diana Blewis, Ann Morris, Pat Panek, Paul Hooley, Terry Gruttadauria, Dylan Bevelock, Joseph Len, Lisa McCarthy, Lucas Metz, Chelsie Zanghi, Tom McGowan, John Denecke, Brian Kamrowski, Jon Donahue and the Rev. Joseph Rogliano.


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