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Reporters' Notebook: Dec. 12, 2017

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to singer and actor Frank Sinatra, born on this date in 1915, “Alcohol may be man’s worst enemy, but the Bible says love your enemy.”

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GETTING OUTDOORS – Helping out veterans and their families this holiday season is the Jeep Wrangler Club of Western New York. Next weekend the club is sponsoring Jeepers for a Reason for WNY Heroes, a 48-hour event to encourage donations of new unwrapped toys and non-perishable food items.
Club members will collect the donations while they camp out in the elements from 5:30 p.m. Friday to 5:30 p.m. Sunday at 5085 Transit Road, Clarence, between Rockler Woodworking and in front of Walmart. For more info, call club president Scott Hemperly at 247-8948.

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RAISE YOUR VOICE – The South Buffalo Fresh Air Music Club, an informal group that meets monthly to promote group singing, will host a Christmas Sing-Along at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in Adolf’s Old First Ward Tavern, 555 South Park Ave. at Hamburg Street. All are welcome. A hat will be passed to raise funds for the South Buffalo Community Table.

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TOWEL UP – The folks at St. Stanislaus Church, 123 Townsend St., remind us that the church is a collection site for the Towels of Love collection for the Response to Love Center. New individual towels, sets of towels and soap for the needy can be placed in the bins in front of the church after all Masses through next Sunday or can be dropped off in the rectory office from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. today through Thursday. For more info, call 854-5510.

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SANTA’S DATEBOOK – Brighton Place Library, 999 Brighton Road, Town of Tonawanda, will host a Breakfast with Santa for youngsters at 10:30 p.m. Saturday with food from Donut Kraze. Holiday-themed crafts will precede Santa’s visit. Limit is 25 children. For more info and to register, call 332-4375.

Speaking of Santa, he will be joined by Mrs. Claus at the Holiday Happening from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Friday in the Amherst Senior Center, 370 John James Audubon Parkway, Amherst. There also will be crafts, caroling, horse-drawn carriage rides, cookie decorating, music and free hot chocolate and popcorn. All are welcome. The program is hosted by the Amherst Center for Senior Services and Amherst Youth and Recreation.

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COOL YULE – Genesee Country Village and Museum in Mumford is adding a new holiday program to its offerings, a Yuletide Open House from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Eight historic buildings will be open, offering holiday activities. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for youth 4 to 18.
Following the open house, a Yuletide Buffet, catered by the Caledonia Village Inn, will begin at 4 p.m. Reservations are required. Buffet is $30 for adults, $16 for youngsters 2 to 10. Light snacks also will be available. For tickets, buffet reservations and other info, visit

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Rebecca Hakes, Albe Pilon, Robert A. Niles, Tonnalee M. Batchelor, Annette Hodgens, Janet Marcia Archer, Mary Lalor-Timmins, Amrom Chodos, Ann Morris, Will Eberhardt, Dan F. Lelito, Beverly Wells, LaVerne Kooken, Janice Skoczylas, Reinard Burke and Mike Bollenbacher.

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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