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Reporters' Notebook: Dec. 19

OLAF FUB SEZ: A thought to start the week from journalist and humorist H. Allen Smith, born on this date in 1907, “On Monday mornings I am dedicated to the proposition that all men are created jerks.”

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The Christmas Bird

There is a holiday tradition
That’s different from the rest.
It involves finding a spot
For a special little nest.

A magical yellow bird
Flies in from the North Pole,
Reporting back to Santa
Is its one and only goal.

The children have to be good
Because the bird will always know.
Sometimes the nest is empty,
They have to wonder when it will go.

As if by magic,
The bird will reappear,
Not knowing when it will leave,
Creates an element of fear.

When they’ve been bad,
There is reason to worry.
Will the bird fly away,
Reporting this news in a hurry?

They know they’re being watched,
The bird sees everything they do.
Time for their best behavior,
They can’t get out of its view.

The bird and the nest disappear
On the night of Christmas Eve.
As this tradition moves forward,
It helps enhance them to believe.
– Nelson R. Locher

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IT’S A WRAP – Running out of time to deal with those holiday purchases? The Hamburg/Orchard Park Chapter of Zonta International is offering a gift-wrapping service from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. today through Friday near the Sprint store in McKinley Mall, 3701 McKinley Parkway, Hamburg. On Christmas Eve, their hours are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Shoppers can drop off gifts, then continue visiting stores in the mall. Wrapping charges are based on the size of the packages. Proceeds benefit local organizations such as the Kathleen Mary House and the Family Justice Center, along with local student scholarships and campaigns to end violence against women and girls.

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RIDING THE RAILS – “The Buffalo Belt Line: Hiding in Plain Sight” will be the topic in the IMAGINE Buffalo lunchtime lecture series at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday. Speaker will be architect and planner Chris Hawley, a longtime advocate for preserving, repairing and improving the city’s urban fabric.
The program begins at noon in the Ring of Knowledge on the main floor of the Central Library on Lafayette Square in downtown Buffalo with a Great Courses video on the industrial titans of the 19th century.
Admission is free. You can bring a lunch or purchase one at the library’s Fables Cafe. The series is sponsored by the Center for the Study of Art, Architecture, History & Nature.

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SPOOKY SPIRITS – Searchers will be equipped with a full spectrum camera Wednesday evening as they head out on a Winter Solstice Ghost Hunt in Lockport’s Canal District hosted by Paranormal Walks.
Walkers will gather at 6:30 p.m. at Lake Effect Ice Cream, 79 Canal St. Fee is $10, which includes holiday refreshments and passes for Monster Mini Golf. Profits will benefit local charities. For more info, visit

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GOBBLE, GOBBLE – Western Regional Off-Track Betting Corp. will hold its annual Turkey Drive to benefit needy local families from noon to 3 p.m. Thursday in the parking lot of Batavia Downs, 8315 Park Road, Batavia.
Turkey donations of any size are welcome, but those who bring birds that weigh 10 pounds or heavier will receive a $20 gift certificate to Batavia Downs restaurants and a Batavia Downs T-shirt.

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CHURCH NOTES – Blue Christmas, a nontraditional holiday service of hope and healing for those who are struggling with loss, will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Cleveland Heights Christian Church, 4774 Union Road, Cheektowaga. All are invited. For more info, call 523-9368 or the church office at 632-3332.

The solemn Christmas Triduum, conducted by the Rev. Martin X. Moleski of Canisius College, will be held Wednesday through Friday evenings in the Carmelite Monastery, 75 Carmel Road. Services will begin with the Rosary at 7 p.m., followed by Mass. For more info, call 837-6499.

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TIME OUT – Olaf Fub will take the day off Tuesday to catch up on his holiday shopping. Reporters’ Notebook will return Wednesday.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Pat Rogers, Bob DiCesare, Marty Boratin, John Segmen, Angelica Schmelzinger, John Fullam, Aaron Astyk, Missy Donohue, Ashley Preston, Grayson Golda, Arlene Nikiel, Carol Needham, Sandy Harvey, Sylvia Rosen, Molly Meegan, Sullivan Murphy, Dave Haettich, Patricia Webster, Joe Schiavone, Kimberly Stoianoff, Michael Logar Jr., John Cecula, Jaden Goodwin, Kevin Conway, Debbie Mueller, Chris Fontaneda, Emma Hartz, D. J. Schutt, Tina Krzyzanowski, Michael Fasanello, John Wszalek and Renee Kubera.
AND TUESDAY – Carol Kelley Murphy, Maureen O’Neill, Jonah Waring, William Carrier, Colleen Cummings, Gloria Brown, Ted Kahn, Raymond Massey, Alison Sasiadek, Lee Collier, W. Ruth Beckham, Ellen Kelleher Murphy, Stanley Cieslak, Carol Sundquist, Robert M. Grasha, Dorothy Tarnowski, Rev. Dr. Bonnie Bates, Ava Heineman, Gretchen P. Krackow and Alan Herrmann.


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