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Reporters' Notebook: Nov. 9, 2017

OLAF FUB SEZ: A thought for the season from Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Anne Sexton, born on this date in 1928, “I am younger each year at the first snow.”

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GIVING BACK – Shawn’s Heroes For Life will hold a fundraiser and blood drive in memory of Shawn McMullen to benefit Unyts from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday in the University at Buffalo Newman Center, 495 Skinnersville Road, Amherst. McMullen, who died in 2015 and donated organs that saved seven lives, would have turned 29 Sunday, For more info, visit the Shawn’s Heroes For Life Facebook page.

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NEW LOOK – Reorganized exhibits and family games and activities will be the attractions as the North Tonawanda History Museum,. 54 Webster St., holds an open house from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free.

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WINNERS WANTED – The Seneca Babcock Community Center, 1168 Seneca St., will host a 100 Prize Raffle from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5 and includes lunch, dessert and a beverage. Grocery Bingo will be played before the raffle. For info, tickets or to donate a prize, call 822-5094.

Buffalo Greyhound Adoption will hold a meat raffle, including turkeys and seafood, Saturday evening in Pvt. Leonard Post VFW Post, 2450 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga. Doors open at 6. First spin is at 7. Admission is $6 and includes beer, wine, pop and door prizes. Outside snacks are allowed, but no outside alcoholic beverages. For tickets, call 656-5015.

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TIME TO BUY – St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church will hold its Ukrainian Bazaar from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in a new location, the Matthew Glab Post, 1965 Abbott Road, Lackawanna. Featured will be pierogi, cabbage rolls, baked goods, games, raffles and more than 300 theme baskets.

The Lancaster New York Historical Society will hold a holiday craft sale from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in its museum at 40 Clark St., around the corner from the Lancaster Opera House. Admission is free.

Trinity Episcopal Church, 5448 Broadway, Lancaster, will hold its annual Snowflake Bazaar from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, with crafts, a bake sale and attic treasures. The kitchen will serve homemade clam chowder and sandwiches from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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NEIGHBORLY – Author Nancy Tomchuck Barlow will sign copies of her newly-published book, “Charles Ephraim Burchfield: The Gardenville Years,” from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday in St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3512 Clinton St., West Seneca. The book includes Burchfield’s journal entries and interviews with neighbors who knew him. For more info, call 634-1326.

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THE WRIGHT STUFF – Fine arts professor Nancy Knechtel, who worked at the UB Archives cataloging the Martin House collection, will give a presentation on architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s life and legacy at 1 p.m. Monday in Room 225, Building E, at Niagara County Community College. It’s free and open to the public.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Ed Ernst, Russell Link, Joe Paul, Pam Loomis, Margaret Stokes, Clare Kelley, Phyllis A. Zimmerman, Norm Racki, Virginia Maciejewski, Patricia Tower, Micheal Frank Miller, Monsignor Ronald Sciera, J. Dennis Roesser, Julie Ulrich and Barbara Sims.

To submit birthdays and other items of interest to Reporters’ Notebook, please email or send a letter to Reporters’ Notebook, Buffalo News, Box 100, Buffalo, NY 14240.

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