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Reporters' Notebook: Dec. 23

OLAF FUB SEZ: Advice to multi-taskers in this busy holiday season from Scottish author and government reformer Samuel Smiles, born on this date in 1812, “The shortest way to do many things is to do only one thing at once.”

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Lest We Forget

No gifts, no wreath
No stockings hung
No tree, no candles
Carols sung
No glossy cards
With clever prose
No velvet bows
In hair, on toes
A Christmas minus oohs and ahhs?
The first involved a babe and straw.
– Carol Thrun Nowicki

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SAYING GRACE – LaSalle Griffin Post 917, Veterans of Foreign Wars, will host its annual Lord’s Day Dinner, a free meal for the area’s neediest families, from noon to 6 p.m. Christmas Day in the post hall, 2435 Seneca Ave., Niagara Falls. Those attending should bring their own bags for leftovers.

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CHURCH NOTE – Salem Lutheran Church, 10 McClellan Circle at McKinley Parkway and Whitfield Avenue in South Buffalo, reports that its schedule of worship services has changed for the next two weekends. Instead of services at 8:15 and 10:45 a.m. Sunday, they will be at 8 p.m. on Christmas Eve, 10:45 a.m. on Christmas Day, 7 p.m. on New Year’s Eve and 10:45 a.m. on New Year’s Day.

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THINKING AHEAD – After all the presents are unwrapped, the City of Buffalo is offering residents three options for getting rid of their Christmas trees.
The first option, and the easiest, is simply to put it at the curb on garbage day. No need to stick it in a plastic bag. It will be picked up by special crews on regular garbage days between Jan. 2 and Jan. 13. (Incidentally, garbage and recycling pickups will stay on their normal cycles during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays because they fall on Sundays).
The environmentally friendly choice is to recycle the tree by taking it to the city’s Engineering Garage at 1120 Seneca St. between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, when there also will be a free electronics recycling collection. Trees, which should be stripped of tinsel, lights and ornaments, will be chipped immediately, and residents can take the chips with them to use as mulch.
Or else trees can be dropped off at three locations, beginning Dec. 31 – the parking lot at Cazenovia Park, off Seneca Street at the foot of Wildwood Place; the parking lot at Shoshone Park, off Hertel Avenue at the foot of Beard Avenue; and the parking lot behind the Engineering Garage at 1120 Seneca. Drop-offs can be made from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Saturday, through Jan. 20.

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Elizabeth Cady Stanton

FIGHT FOR THE RIGHT – A weekly reading and discussion series, “Votes For Women,” begins at 6 p.m. next Wednesday in the North Tonawanda History Museum, 54 Webster St., North Tonawanda. The sessions will meet for five weeks to discuss several books on the history of the women’s suffrage movement.
The books include “Elizabeth Cady Stanton: An American Life” by Lori D. Ginzberg; “A Woman’s Crusade: Alice Paul and the Battle for the Ballot” by Mary Walton; and “Votes For Women: The Struggle for Suffrage Revisited” by Jean H. Baker.
The series will be led by John Fagent, a docent with Preservation Buffalo Niagara and author of “The Best of the Bargain: Lincoln in Western New York.” Space is limited. To register, call 213-0554 or email The series is supported by the New York Council for the Humanities.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Francis J. Conway, John Connolly, Nicole Parshall, Estelle Gafter, Bobby Edwards, Amy Sanders, Kristina Buran, Kelly Murphy, Joan Zurawski, Tamara Murphy, Katie Kurzanski, Carol Costantino, Alice Bienik, Jeremy Giordano, Timmy Leary, Lois Irene Lewis, Linda Smolen and Kathy Puglia.
AND SATURDAY – Rita Hartmann, Rita Sofia, Harry Rosettani, Mary Ramsey, Jordan Mills, Sylvia Coles, Kenneth Holley, Barbara Sundy, Christopher Glynn, Sister Mary Vivian Maczonis, Jeanette Joyce Livingston, Lisa Shalloe, Laurie Billittier, Hope Clark, Hailey Giordano, Lynda Ram, Rosing Velez and Carol Russo.
AND SUNDAY – Waltraud Beil, Harry “Bud” Lauber, Patricia Sechew Joe Roland, Karen Keefe, Martin Schaus, Kim Lewandowski, Sister Mary Rosalind Rasolowski, Rose Sroda, Holly McNamara, Kristy Mastalinski Holton, Benny Higgins, Mark Decker, Alex Glor, Patrick Kennelly, Rich Manzel and Tex Ellis.


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