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Reporters' Notebook: Dec. 5, 2017

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to our eighth President, Martin Van Buren, born on this date in 1782, “It is easier to do a job right than to explain why you didn’t.”

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SAD ANNIVERSARY – The Gun Violence Sub-Committee at St. Joseph University Church will show the documentary film, “Newtown,” at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Community Room of the church at 3269 Main St. A candlelight vigil will follow in memory of the half million Americans killed or injured by guns since the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre Dec. 14, 2012, in Newtown, Conn.

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O TANNENBAUM – The Historical Society of North German Settlements will hold its annual Christmas program with carols in German and English at 7 p.m. Friday in St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 6167 Walmore Road, Wheatfield. Traditional Christmas cookies from family recipes will be served following the program. Those who have a favorite old cookie recipe are invited to bring some to share.

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CHRISTMAS PAST – WNY Pen Women invite everyone to share holiday memories in a program entitled, “I Remember Christmas – The Language and Art of Memoir,” at noon Saturday in Romano’s Cafe and Italian Bakery, 725 Kenmore Ave. Cost is $17 and includes an Italian buffet and Christmas memento. Reservations are needed by Thursday. Call Mary Ellen Shaughnessy at 885-3292 or Barbara Blackburn at 634-2909.

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THE DARK SIDE – The Iron Island Museum, 998 Lovejoy St., will host a Krampus Christmas Happy Hour from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, featuring German food beverages and a history of the Krampus, the holiday figure from Austrian folklore that frightens children into being nice instead of naughty. Donation is $25. For reservations, call 892-3084 or visit ironislandmuseum.com.

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CHURCH NOTE – Ebenezer United Church of Christ, 630 Main St., West Seneca, will hold a Christmas Music Vesper Service with choral and instrumental selections at 7 p.m. Sunday. Refreshments will follow. All are welcome.

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Marsha McWilson

BLUE CHRISTMAS – Blues singer Marsha McWilson will give a Christmas concert at 6 p.m. Saturday in Niagara Catholic High School, 520 66th St., Niagara Falls. Also on the bill are Vegas-style entertainer Richie Derwald with tributes to Frank Sinatra and other singing greats, and the vocal harmony group Steadfast.
Tickets are $20 advance, $25 at the door. For tickets and info, visit marshamcwilson.com. Proceeds help provide tuition assistance for students attending the school.

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MORE MUSIC – The award-winning 85-member American Legion Band of the Tonawandas, conducted by Michael Shaw, will perform its annual Christmas concert at 7:30 p.m. Sunday in the Riviera Theatre, 67 Webster St., North Tonawanda. Vocalists will be Mary Kofahl and Jeffrey Thompson. A pre-concert organ performance begins at 7. Tickets are $16. For tickets and info, call 692-2413 or visit rivieratheatre.org.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – John Rzeznik, Melodie K. Baker, Thomas J. Meegan, Karyn Brownsey, John Cotton, Monsignor David Slubecky, Shannon Dougherty, Linda Oesterle, William Jaczewski, Linda Sachs, Carol Maurer, John Schieber Sr., Angie Ciolino, Patrick Donahue, Lindsay Tomaka, Benjamin Pietraszewski, Gray Pascucci and Paul DiVito.

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.

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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