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Reporters' Notebook: Dec. 15, 2017

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to billionaire oil baron J. Paul Getty, born on this date in 1892, “If you owe the bank $100, that’s your problem. If you owe the bank $100 million, that’s the bank’s problem.”

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HOLIDAY HARMONY – The Friends of Harmony barbershop chorus and quartets present their annual Christmas concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Westminster Presbyterian Church, 724 Delaware Ave. Special guest will be the Buffalo Gay Men’s Chorus. Tickets are $12 advance, $10 for seniors, students and kids 12 and under, and include holiday refreshments during intermission. Tickets at the door are $15. For advance tickets, call 868-9447 or visit

The Lutheran Chorale of the Niagara Frontier will give an International Christmas Concert at 4 p.m. Sunday in Salem Lutheran Church, 10 McClellan Circle at McKinley Parkway and Whitfield Avenue. Pie and coffee will follow in the Social Hall. Free will offerings are welcome.

Christ the King Church, 30 Lamarck Drive at Main Street, Snyder, will offer its annual Christmas Concert by the Adult Choir, under the direction of Adria Ryan, at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Snow date will be Thursday. All are welcome. Admission is free. A reception hosted by the Altar and Rosary Society will follow.

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SOUP’S ON – The Third Ward Social Club, 147 12th Ave., North Tonawanda, will hold a chowder sale at noon Saturday, featuring the famous St. Joseph’s Church recipe. Chowder is $4 a quart.

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WINNERS WANTED – Top prize is an expense-paid trip for two to Super Bowl LII on Feb. 4 in Minneapolis, valued at more than $11,000, in the annual raffle held by the Lions Clubs of Western New York to benefit the Brandel-Murphy Youth Foundation. There also are 10 cash prizes ranging from $250 to $2,000.
The Super Bowl package includes round-trip airfare from anywhere in the continental U.S., ground transportation, three nights of accommodations and two upper-level tickets to the game.
Tickets are $20 each, six for $100. The drawing will be held Jan. 13. For info, call Tom Witkowski at 909-1862 or email For more info about the foundation, which supports Lions Club projects for children across the state, visit

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* - TUNEFUL TRADITION – The East Aurora CarolCade, which attracts thousands to sing holiday songs in front of Vidler’s 5 & 10, 676-694 Main St., returns for the 45th year at 7 p.m. Saturday. As usual, there will be hot cocoa for carolers.

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* - OPEN INVITATION – The Tonawanda Salvation Army, 46 Broad St., City of Tonawanda, will present its annual Christmas Pageant at 2 p.m. Sunday. All are welcome. Toys for youngsters and holiday meal bags will be distributed to Salvation Army clients following the pageant at 3:30.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Loretta O’Connell, Diane M. Beresniewicz, Chris Caya, Richard Bierma, Shelly Colwell, Appletree Anderson, Vilona Trachtenberg, Carol Enser, Beth Liaros, Phil Swiatek, John Brian Schaller, Nicole Enser, Connor Joyce, Garrett Karb, Katherine Meckes, Bruce Lounsbury, Lynne Coran Bookey, Louis Bartus, Ann Kwitchoff, Hannah Marie Page, Mickey Rauls, Jackie Dudkiewicz, Eugene Grzechowiak, Ella Fabiano, Gloria Buchert, Shirley Pikula, Phyllis Fasanello, Michelle Matuszewski, Robert Clancy, Patricia Cummings, Olivia Parlato and Maximus Platt.

AND SATURDAY – Scott Fuller, Mary Muzyka, Kimberly Minkel, Dave Mik, Kate Grandits, Hannah Grace Panek, John Podkladek, Marc Vredenburg, Terry Nowak, Jim Jacobs, Diana Windsor, Gregg Huller, Sue Gentile, Shirley Speidel, Judy Szymaszek, Gary Prieur, Suzette Decker, Ted Hammer, Delores DuBois, Barb Kalinowski, Emma Wind, Anthony Alagna, Mary Barone, Kate Wilson, Bill Day Jr. and Leigh Balcom.

AND SUNDAY – Jonathan Amoia, Kurt Schneiderman, Grant Golden, Mischa Rose, Hattie M. Green, Sister Mary Virgilyn Grabowski, Jeff Buczkowski, Marie Rohm, Tom Swiatek, Marie Reidy, Cameron Bosworth, Alex Gehrke, Louis Zaretsky, C. Jack Potter, Father Louis Klein, Kevin Brady and Scott Fraser.

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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