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Reporters' Notebook: Dec. 14

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to Britain’s King George VI, born on this date in 1895, “The highest of distinctions is service to others.”

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STORY TIME – Share your own history between 6 and 7:30 p.m. today at the Buffalo History Museum, One Museum Court at Elmwood Avenue and Nottingham Terrace. Theme for the evening is “holidays.”
The museum is inviting people to bring an object with them – a memento, a photograph, a knick-knack, even an ornament – and use it as the basis for a three-minute story or holiday memory.
Those who arrive early will have the best choice of time slots.
Admission is free for museum members. Normal admission rates apply otherwise. For more info, call Megan MacNeill at 873-9644, Ext. 320, or email

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Daemen College is a leader in programs for veterans

GIVE A SALUTE – Two newly released rankings rate Daemen College as one of the most military-friendly and veteran-supportive schools in the nation.
Victory Media has chosen Daemen for the eighth straight year as a Military Friendly School, which recognizes those that do the most to welcome student veterans and ensure their success in their classes and after they graduate.
Daemen also has been recognized by the 2017 Military Advanced Education and Transition Guide to Colleges and Universities, which measures support services, financial aid, flexibility and military culture.
Key to the good ratings is the college’s Nancy Haberman Gacioch Center for Veterans, which coordinates services for student veterans and offers them a place to study and meet other students with military service.
Also contributing is the Daemen Student Veterans Alliance, which advocates for student veterans and hosts activities throughout the year.

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Carolers fill Main Street in East Aurora for the 2015 Carolcade outside Vidler's.

GOING BIG – This year the annual East Aurora “Carolcade,” the area’s largest holiday singalong, could be one for the books – the record books. The folks from Vidler’s 5 & 10, who have been hosting the community tradition for 44 years, hope to earn a spot in Guinness World Records.
“I know we’ve unofficially broken the record the past two years,” says co-owner Don Vidler, “as we’ve had conservatively 2,500 to 3,000 in attendance. The ‘most people caroling’ (outside) record is currently 1,822, held by a town in Wisconsin. Guinness has a six-page list of guidelines and criteria, and while we’re not sure we’ll meet every one of them, we’re going to give it our best effort.”
The Carolcade will begin Saturday at 7 p.m. in front of Vidler’s store, 676-694 Main St., and will last about an hour. Two blocks of Main Street will be closed to traffic.
The Salvation Army Brass Band will provide music and there will be free doughnuts, hot chocolate and roasted chestnuts as long as they last.

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CHURCH NOTES – Calvary Episcopal Church, 20 Milton St. at South Cayuga Road, Williamsville, will offer a Blue Christmas Holy Eucharist at its weekly 4 p.m. Saturday service. A quiet, meditative service of prayers, readings and music, it will be followed by a reception. All are welcome. For more info, call 633-7800 or visit

The St. Joseph Cathedral Choir, under the direction of organist and choir director Tim Socha, will present a Festival of Lessons and Carols at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the cathedral at 50 Franklin St. in downtown Buffalo.
The choir will be joined by the Royalton Ringers and handbell soloist Diane Dick; the Bel Canto Singers of West Seneca West High School and the Christ the King Seminary Schola. All are welcome. Free-will offerings will be accepted. For more info, call 854-5855.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Becky Hakes, Lucia Ehret, Aaron Powell, Tina Marie Riley, Jim Brown, Alex Miller, Tom Quatroche Jr., Ellen Lochead, Donna Fox, David Panek, David Szczesny, Carol Guerra, Nora Jane Klejdys, Sheryl Davey, Christie Makowski, Timothy Davey, Brianna Leistner, Ray Bienik Sr., Louise Woyshner and Fred Thurnherr.
AND THURSDAY – Loretta Pinzel O’Connell , Diane M. Beresniewicz, Chris Caya, John Brian Schaller, Carol Enser, Beth Larios, Mickey Rauls, Jackie Dudkiewicz, Ann Kwitchoff, Jess English, Julia Mulderig, Dave Crone, Shelley Colwell, Linda Cue Weisner, Andrew Schwert, Rose Schwert, Louis Bartus, Garrett Karb, Katherine Meckes, Bruce Lounsbury, Appletree Anderson, Phyllis Fasanello, John Webster, Shirley Pikula, Sue Williams, Gloria Buchert and Eugene N. Grzechowiak.


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