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Reporters' Notebook: Dec. 21

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to poet Robert Bly, born on this date in 1926, “Every noon as the clock hands arrive at twelve, I want to tie the two arms together and walk out of the bank carrying time in bags.”

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BARGAIN TIME – St. Andrew Church, 111 Crocker St., Sloan, has opened a consignment shop on the first floor of its school building, offering clothing, accessories, housewares, general merchandise and collectibles. New items are displayed daily. Hours are 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Saturdays, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays. For more info, call 892-0425.

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REUNION ALERT – Anyone who played a sport at Kenmore East High School or Kenmore West High School is welcome to attend the 69th annual Kenmore Football/Athletic Luncheon from noon to 3 p.m. Monday in Caputi’s Pub, 2351 Sheridan Drive, Town of Tonawanda.

Coach Jim McNally. -- Photo by Paul Hokanson

Special guest will be Jim “Mouse” McNally, a 1961 Kenmore West graduate who played football and coached at the University at Buffalo before going on to a 28-year career as an offensive line coach in the National Football League with the Cincinnati Bengals, Carolina Panthers, New York Giants and Buffalo Bills.
Tickets are $20 and include a buffet lunch at 1 p.m., plus beer, wine and well drinks. School merchandise will be on sale. For more info, call Mike Ticco at 445-2686 or Jim Dunnigan at 912-7848.

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BIG NIGHT – Students from the 35 Catholic elementary schools in Western New York will present STREAM projects for more than 1,000 guests as the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo holds its 17th annual Catholic Education Dinner on Jan. 19 in the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center.
Bishop Richard J. Malone will be keynote speaker. The evening will begin with a reception at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30. Donation levels begin at $150. For info, donations and tickets, call Laura DeMizio at 847-8373 or visit
Formerly known as the Making a Difference Dinner, it became GALA 22:6 in 2015 in reference to Proverbs 22:6, which says, “Train up children in a way they should go, and when they are old, they will not depart it.”
A major fundraiser for the Foundation of the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, last year it raised more than $267,000 to provide tuition assistance for students at Catholic schools. A total of 743 students received an average award of $1,300.

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GIFTS OF KNOWLEDGE – Our Lady of Victory School and Parish in Lackawanna has begun collecting donations in the form of gifts for the basket raffle at its 22nd annual Sweepstakes at the school on March 11. Donations can include gift certificates or items representing a business.
Proceeds will provide support for the school. For info and pick-up of donations, call Melissa Wollschlager at 316-8906. Donations also can be mailed to OLV Parish Sweepstakes, 767 Ridge Road, Lackawanna, NY 14218.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Zeke Toohey, Thomas Burton, Sandy Carrubba, Emily Roderick Oprea, Ulysees Wingo, Christine Lewandowski, Cathleen Rodis, Nicole Safe, Joe Graham, Julie Tuskes, Stefanie Baxter, Mike English, Irene Glinski, Doug Mueller, Dennis A. Kless and Emily Hocutt.
AND THURSDAY – Becky Avino, Crystal Peoples-Stokes, Irwin Pate, Joy Testa-Cinquino, Jorge Gonzalez, Todd Kranocko, Larry Graner, Bill Yeates Sr., Judi Hurley, Sandy Pelino, Heidi Urban, Pam Bugenhagen, Emmy Lou Hess, Donna Recktenwalt, Carol Sholley and Bill Day Sr.


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