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Reporters' Notebook: Nov. 21, 2017

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to French writer and philosopher Voltaire, born on this date in 1694, “The secret of being a bore is to tell everything.”

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TIME OF NEED – John Wier, of South Buffalo, survived stomach cancer 25 years ago, but now he’s facing Stage 4 lymphoma. To help pay for his uninsured medical expenses, friends and family are holding a benefit from noon to 5 p.m. Nov. 26 in Iron Workers Hall, 196 Orchard park Road, West Seneca.
Tickets are $25 and include beer, wine and food. For tickets, call Dan Flynn at 675-1603 or 572-3689 or Jim Wier at 598-1829.

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STREET WISE – The five-hour course that new drivers need before they can take their road test will be given from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Dec. 4 and Dec. 6 in Orchard Park High School, 4040 Baker Road, Orchard Park. Fee is $30.
Applicants must be 16 or older and have a valid New York State learner’s permit. Students must attend both sessions. To register, call 209-6295. The course will be offered again on Feb. 5 and 7.

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GETTING INVOLVED – EPIC – Every Person Influences Children and the Parent Network of WNY will host a WNY Family Engagement Conference for educators, community agencies, administrators, case workers and social workers from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Nov. 30 in Salvatore’s Italian Gardens, 6461 Transit Road, Depew.
Speakers will include Ken Braswell, of Atlanta, Ga., executive director of Fathers Incorporated, and Angelica Infante-Green, deputy state education commissioner. Cost is $150. To register and for more info, call 332-4170 or visit

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CHURCH NOTES – Church Women United of Niagara Falls and Vicinity will hold an Advent Celebration Dec. 1 in New Hope Baptist Church, 1122 Buffalo Ave., Niagara Falls. It begins at 11:30 a.m., with lunch at noon. Speaker will be Dorothy Kelley, First Lady of New Hope. All are welcome. Call 283-9411 with the number who are attending.

Sister Barbara Schiavoni

Sister Barbara Schiavoni, GNSH, assistant director for Adult Faith Formation for the Diocese of Buffalo, will lead an Advent morning of reflection entitled “Slow Me Down, Lord,” Dec. 2 in the Monsignor Jasinski Center of St. Philip the Apostle Church, 950 Losson Road, Cheektowaga. Doors open at 9 a.m. with coffee and snacks. Registration is needed by next Monday. Call Marilyn Fronczak at 668-8472 or email

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SPIRIT OF GIVING – The Meals on Wheels Foundation of Western New York once again has been chosen by West Herr Subaru to the local charity to benefit from Subaru of America’s annual “Share the Love” campaign.
Customers who buy or lease a new vehicle from West Herr Subaru, 3559 Southwestern Blvd., Orchard Park, from now through Jan. 2 will have the option to designate a $250 donation from Subaru to the Meals on Wheels Foundation. This is the fifth year that Meals on Wheels has been the local “Share the Love” beneficiary and, to date, it has received more than $180,000.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – David Petersen, Kim Pierce, Sandie Brant, John Benkovich, Heidi Powell, Sister Mary Richardine Baranski, Carol Pawlowski, Timothy Hanrahan, Edward Schroeder, Alexis Lacey, Amber Lacey, Krag Lambert, Ron Heft, Ron Whitehead, Samuel J. Friend, Chris Nagowski and Cozetta Y. Washington.

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