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Reporters' Notebook: Nov. 28, 2017

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to comedian Garry Shandling, born on this date in 1949, “They should put expiration dates on clothing so we men will know when they go out of style.”

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HOLIDAY SOUNDS – The Royalton Ringers Handbell Quartet are guest artists in “Ringing in the Season,” a series of holiday concerts by the award-winning 110-voice Buffalo Choral Arts Society. A highlight will be the Harry Simeone arrangement of “Twas the Night Before Christmas.”
Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday in St. Mary’s Church, 6919 Transit Road, Swormville; at 3 p.m. Sunday in St. Joseph Cathedral, 50 Franklin St.; and at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9 in SS. Peter and Paul Church, 66 E. Main St., Hamburg. Tickets are $20. Call 775-7664 or visit

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GIFT IDEAS – St. Aloysius Gonzaga Church, 157 Cleveland Drive, Cheektowaga, will hold its 74th annual Family Christmas Fair from noon to 6 p.m. in the Parish Hall. There will be a wide variety of booths, a Kids Corner, a visit from Santa from 2 to 4 p.m. and a Winter Celebration Raffle with $3,000 in prizes. For more info, call 833-1715.

SS. Peter and Paul Church in Hamburg will hold a Christmas bazaar with housewares, holiday treasures, a baked good sale and basket, quilt and doll house raffles from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday in the Parish Social Center, 68 E. Main St.

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LIGHTS ON – Alden’s 24th Christmas in the Park celebration will be held Saturday with a variety of activities. It culminates at 5 p.m. around the Bandstand on Broadway (Route 20) with the lighting of numerous Christmas trees decorated by local organizations.
There will be a Holiday Marketplace from gourmet foods and handmade crafts from noon to 4:30 p.m. in American Legion Hall, 13143 Broadway. The 13th annual Commemorative Ornament, which features the Legion Hall, will be on sale. There will be kids games, pony rides and a petting zoo in Town Park on Main Street. Many businesses will have refreshments and special offers. For more info, call the Alden Chamber of Commerce at 937-6177 or visit

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NEW TRADITION – The first Black Rock Village Winter Wonderland Celebration takes place Saturday from 2:30 to 7 p.m. along Niagara and Amherst streets. It begins with a Children’s Winter Carnival at 2:30 p.m. in St. John’s United Church of Christ, 85 Amherst St., followed by desserts for the community at 4. There will be caroling and a tree-lighting at 5 p.m. in Market Square Park, Amherst and Niagara streets, and a Storefront Neighborhood Stroll along Niagara Street from 6 to 7 p.m.

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*  MASTER CRAFTERS – Nearly three dozen artists, including several Roycroft artisans, will take part in the 41st annual Roycroft Winter Festival sponsored by the Roycrofters-At-Large Association from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in East Aurora Middle School, 430 Main St., East Aurora.
A new Roycroft “Goodie Box,” full of handcrafted works by Roycroft artisans, will be unveiled and raffle tickets will be sold for a drawing in June. There also will be food and holiday music. Admission is $1. For more info, call 655-7252 or visit

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Molly McNamara Cook Joyce L. Wilson, Alexa Finn, Kristyn Rose, Cindy Ann Sitterle, Frank Krzyzanowski, Father Ted Bocianowski, Maureen C.B. Brinkworth, Debbie Jones, Giavanna Sacco, Jill Friedman, Pat Howells, Jason Baginski, Marcia Ciapa, Dennis Slisz, Mickey Kubik, Shelly Mueller, Bob Higgins, Grant Karb, Austin Pyle, Kathy Longton and Linda Tabor.

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*  The online edition of Reporters’ Notebook frequently contains items that are trimmed from the print edition, or appear there in shorter form, due to space limitations.

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