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Reporters' Notebook: Oct. 17, 2017

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to newspaper columnist Jimmy Breslin, born on this date in 1930, “Don’t trust a brilliant idea unless it survives the hangover.”

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LICKIN’ GOOD – St. James United Methodist Church, 4661 Porter Road, Niagara Falls, will host a Chiavetta’s chicken barbecue from 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday. Dinners are $10, drive-through only. Call 297-6421 to reserve.

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HOW TO HELP – The last of this season’s sessions of “Powerful Tools for Caregivers,” a six-part weekly educational series that provides tips and advice for family caregivers, begins at 5 p.m. Wednesday in Kenmore Presbyterian Church, 2771 Delaware Ave., Kenmore.
Class size is limited. Pre-registration is required. Cost is $25 and is covered for members of Independent Health and BlueCross BlueShield. Those who register will receive “The Caregiver Helpbook,” created specially for the class. For more info and to register, call Ross Schultz at 858-2177.

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WINNERS WANTED – The Valley Community Association will hold its annual basket raffle Wednesday in the Valley Community Center, 93 Leddy St., near the junction of South Park Avenue and Elk Street. Doors open at 2 p.m. for viewing and entering chances. Drawings start at 7. Admission is free. One sheet of 25 chances is $5. Winners need not be present. For more info, call 823-4707, ext. 4.

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WORD TO THE WISE – The second in a series of programs entitled “Breast Cancer Knowledge for the African-American Woman” will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday in Phenominal Xpressions, 517 Main St., in downtown Buffalo.
Presented by the Erie County Cancer Services Program and described as “a snacks and facts event,” it includes dinner, the presentation and giveaways.
For info and reservations, call 858-7376. The third and final program in the series will be held at 5:30 p.m. next Monday in the Bennett Community Campus Parent Center, 2885 Main St.

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200 YEARS AGO – A controversial British plan to resettle impoverished Irish families in Canada in the 1820s will be the topic at 6 p.m. Thursday in a program hosted by the Black Rock Historical Society, 1902 Niagara St. Speaker will be author Michael E. McCarthy, president of the Rochester Chapter of the Irish American Cultural Institute. Admission is free.

Richard Feltoe, author of several books about the War of 1812, will speak about the Battle of Lundy’s Lane at the monthly meeting of the Cheektowaga Historical Association at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the Cheektowaga Senior Center, 3349 Broadway. Admission is free. Light refreshments will be served.

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STAYING WARM – The clothing room at Buffalo Veterans Affairs Medical Center, which is maintained by volunteers, is in need of new or gently used winter coats for veterans as the weather turns colder. To help, call Linda LaValley at 381-9221.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Ava Toczynski, Sandy Saada, David A. Stocking, Leslie R. Daniel, Darwin Rosales, Noel Becker, Roy Becker, Elizabeth “Bubs” Carey, Gordon Perry, Ryan Hooley, Mary Brunning Harkin, Grace Bednarek, Marge Andis, Kathy Lounsbury, Mac Hartman, Jim Quinn and Julia Struble.

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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