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Reporters' Notebook: Jan. 20

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to comedian George Burns, born Nathan Birnbaum on this date in 1896, “You know you’re getting old when you stoop to tie your shoes and wonder what else you can do while you’re down there.”

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GIVE LIFE – Unyts has a critical need for blood donors for patients in local hospitals. The agency notes that demand has increased this month and donations are down because of seasonal sickness. To make an appointment, call 512-7940 or visit unyts.org and click on “donate blood.”
Blood donations will be accepted at Unyts centers in Southgate Plaza in West Seneca and Eastern Hills Mall in Clarence this weekend. O negative donors and platelet donors are especially needed. Hours are 7 a.m. to noon today and 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

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OOPS! – The wrong dates slipped into our mention of the Model Railroad Club of Buffalo’s annual open house.
It will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and again Jan. 28 and 29 on the second floor of the Northtown Boys & Girls Club, 54 Riverdale Ave. off Niagara Street, Town of Tonawanda. Visitors should use the Edgar Street entrance.
For more info, visit the website at the website at buffalocentral.railfan.net or see the club’s Facebook page.

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WARM REGARDS – The 21st annual Coats for Kids campaign, sponsored by Colvin Cleaners, was one for the record books.
Paul A. Billoni, president and owner of the company, reports that 5,350 winter coats were cleaned and distributed free to local children in need, along with hats, gloves and scarves. Since the campaign began, more than 80,000 coats have been donated.
Colvin Cleaners now is collecting new and gently used gowns for prom season. They will be cleaned and distributed free during the first week in April on the stage of Shea’s Performing Arts Center. For more info, visit colvincleaners.com.

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SOUP’S ON – Niagara Hose Fire Company 3 will hold a chowder sale beginning at noon Saturday in the fire hall at 74 Wheeler St., City of Tonawanda. Cost is $4 per quart. Advance orders will be accepted from those who drop off a container.

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Inside the Barrel Factory: The tasting room at Lakeward Distillery.

BIG NIGHT – Explore Buffalo, which offers historical tours of the city, is taking its annual fundraising event to the historic Old First Ward on Saturday night.
The Grain Alley Gala will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. in the newly renovated Barrel Factory, 65 Vandalia St., a block from Gene McCarthy’s restaurant and brewery on Hamburg Street.
Tickets are $60 and include appetizers, two drink tickets and live music. Tours of Lakeward Distillery inside the Barrel Factory will be given throughout the evening.
VIP tickets are available for $90 and allow early access at 5:30 p.m., an in-depth tour of the distillery and a sample of its wares, a complementary gift and, for one drink ticket, a specialty drink during the VIP reception.
Tickets will be available at the door or in advance by calling 245-3032 or visiting explorebuffalo.org.

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BUEN APETITO! – Reservations are needed by Wednesday for the UB Women’s Club’s annual Dinner and Wine Pairing Event, featuring the cuisine and wines of Spain, which will be held at 6 p.m. Feb. 3 in Fairdale Banquet Center, 672 Wehrle Drive at South Forest Road, Amherst.
Cost is $65. Proceeds provide scholarships for UB students. For copies of the invitation and reservation form, visit wings.buffalo.edu/org/womens.

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PERFECT STITCH – Sewing demonstrations of the PAL (Perfect Alignment Laser) for machine embroidery will be featured at the next meeting of the Buffalo Niagara Chapter of the American Sewing Guild at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 205 Longmeadow Road, Eggertsville.
The program also will include instruction on how to make a ribbon scarf and a T-shirt rug. All are welcome, regardless of skill level. For more info, email sjperry10@roadrunner.com or visit buffaloasg.weebly.com.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Sean Burke, Jeff Ehret, Jon Ehret, Katie Kaczor Bichler, Satish Tripathi, Michelle Blackley, Susan Eck, Maura Crawford, Paul J. Lorefice, Sister Mary Carol Piskor, Frank Endres, Tom Henninger, Claire Coverly, Peg Gilmour, Olivia Giammarco, Emily James, Father Thomas Gallagher, Kenneth Budniewski, Susie Sheeran, Sherida Alston, Sandra Haas, Mike Kempf II and Michael Russo.
AND SATURDAY – Kyleigh Kilvady O’Neill, Michael Stewart O’Neill, Dorothy Boeck, Michael Gillis, Jackie Jocko, Elizabeth Lewin, Sherri LaShomb, Lorraine Ferelli, Michelle Sumbrum, Cameron Cornwall, Andrea Yeates Meegan, Gail Burdick, Anne Harkin Sullivan, John Wall, Steve Gustafson, Tracy Hirsch, Anne Horosky, Chris Mattingly, Kathy Doeing, Lydia Podkulski, Peter Kempf, Diane Pietraszewski, Angela Robins, Charlotte McCann and Thomas Wolf.
AND SUNDAY – Bryan Powell, Jay Skurski, Lisa Rodriguez, Kevin Chase, Wynn Gerhard, Kent Moshier, Beth Fulton, Gillian Sacco, Carol Tirado, Chuck Quinn, Theresa Waters, Aiden Huff and Colleen Ryan.

email: olaffub@buffnews.com

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