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Reporters' Notebook: Feb. 3, 2017

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to novelist James A. Michener, born on this date in 1907, “Scientists dream about doing great things. Engineers do them.”

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TODAY’S CATCH – A beer-battered fish has been added to the offerings at the monthly fish fry from 4 to 7 p.m. today in Madonna Council, Knights of Columbus, 755 Erie Ave., North Tonawanda. In addition to fish, there are scallop and shrimp dinners, seafood platters and a children’s menu. For takeouts, call 693-5470.

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PAGE TURNERS – The North Tonawanda History Museum, 54 Webster St., North Tonawanda, will hold its winter used book sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
Paperback books are 50 cents apiece or three for $1. Hardcovers are $1 each or three for $2. Or buy a bag from the museum for $5 and fill it up with books. For more info, call the museum at 213-0554 or visit nthistorymuseum.org.

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TREASURE HUNT – Antiques, sports items, household goods and a variety of collectibles will be offered as Harvey D. Morin Post 2940, Veterans of Foreign Wars, 965 Center Road, West Seneca, holds a flea market from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Breakfast and lunch will be available. For more info, call 674-2940.

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CHILI AND MORE – St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy will benefit as Blessed Sacrament Church, 263 Claremont Ave., Town of Tonawanda, holds a Soup-er Chili Night from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $15 adults, free for children 12 and under. Take-outs are $5 a quart. Macaroni and cheese also will be served.
Drawings will take place for a theme basket raffle at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Baskets can be previewed from 6 to 8 p.m. today. For more info, call 874-2363.

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The fourth Harry Potter film screens Sunday afternoon in the Riviera Theatre.

HALFWAY POINT – The fourth entry in the eight-film Harry Potter series, “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,” will be screened in the Riviera Theatre, 67 Webster St., North Tonawanda, at 3 p.m. Sunday. Praised for the maturity of its themes and acting, it was the highest-grossing movie of 2005. Doors will open at about 2:30.
Tickets are $3. Fun packs are available for $10, which in addition to the ticket include a box of popcorn, a snack-size sweet and a beverage of choice. For more information and tickets, call 692-2413 or visit rivieratheatre.org.

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PLAY TO WIN – Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, 5337 Genesee St., Bowmansville, will hold a Super Bowl weekend basket raffle in its Parish Center. The raffle will be open from 3:30 to 6 p.m. Saturday and from 8:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Sunday, with drawings beginning at 1 p.m. Sunday.
Tickets are $1 per sheet or three sheets for $5. There also will be Super Premium items, valued at more than $100, for which tickets are $10 per sheet or three sheets for $25. Winners need not be present. For more info, call 604-5018.

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REWARD – Become an American Red Cross blood or platelet donor from now through Feb. 26 and receive a $5 Amazon.com gift card.
Blood donations are especially needed during the winter months to maintain sufficient supplies for hospital patients.
Donations can be given from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday through Sunday at the Cheektowaga Blood Donation Center, 3601 Union Road across from Cheektowaga High School.
To make an appointment to give blood, call toll-free (800) RED CROSS (800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org.

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HELP FOR COLLEGE – Applications are being accepted from high school seniors in Erie and Niagara counties for two college scholarships offered by Buffalo’s Italian-American Police Association in memory of two members – Erie County Sheriff’s Deputy Robert S. Insalaco and Buffalo Patrolman David J. Scime – who died in the line of duty.
Preference will be given to students with Italian heritage who are enrolling in a criminal justice program. For more information or an application, visit iapawny.org. Deadline for applications is May 1.

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LAST DAY – Congratulations to Kathleen Eddy Brace, of Buffalo, a registered nurse who retires today after 42½ years with Millard Fillmore Hospital at Gates Circle and its successor, Gates Vascular Institute.
A graduate of Niagara University, she has been a cardiac perfusionist. When she departs, she will walk past a photo of her mother’s nursing school class on display in one of the corridors.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Branden “B.K.” Kelley, Susan Anner, Frank Gist, Lisa Taibi, Nadine Dillman, Larry Sobocinski, Kathye Fetsko Petrie, Taylor Podkulski, Rick Wiles, Jerry Klima, Joanie Rozmus Szakacz, Sister Mary Josanne Buszek, Thomas Joseph Zakrzewski, Jacob Moll and Kenneth Cybulski.
AND SATURDAY – Michael John Mahoney, Tim Cashmore, Kevin Doherty, Robbie Gaiek, Stan Lundine, Bill Cook, Gloria Scolese, Scott Charles Prell Sr., Yvonne Gaiser, Tom Kurnik, Tim Toohey, Tim Cashmore, Joann Carney, Bob Weidmann, Bob Sommerstein, Herman Emmert, Paige Meidenbauer, Mark Tricoli, Tommy James, Pegge Cook, Rev. Patricia Minnick, Rachel Pyle, Mary Beth Rosiek, Jackson Timothy Alessi, Nicole Schmitt, John Tompkins and Louise Girone.
AND SUNDAY – Larry Silver, Lynn Dearmyer, Brian Moorman, Amilcar Hill, Chris Jamele, Susan Armillotti, Joey Buran, Larry Philipps, Mary Ann “Mootsie” Kisiel, Jim Caputo, Sue Hooley, Barbara M. Occhino, Sharon Byrk, Nicholas Hines, Judy Jones, L. Ann Burns, Susan Armillotti Ottoman, Phyllis Harmon, Jenna Szymanski, Edward J. Smith, Dr. Matthew Coburn, Mary Szymanek, Jack Rudnicki and Louise Zoladz.
To submit birthdays and other items of interest to Reporters’ Notebook, please email olaffub@buffnews.com or send a letter to Reporters’ Notebook, Buffalo News, Box 100, Buffalo, NY 14240.

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