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Reporters' Notebook: Dec. 28, 2017

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to our 28th president, Woodrow Wilson, born on this date in 1856, “If a dog will not come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience.”

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IN THE TRADITION – The Polish Heritage Dancers of Western New York will recreate holiday customs enjoyed by families for generations in a program entitled “A Polish Christmas in the Village” at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the Lancaster Opera House, 21 Central Ave., Lancaster.
In a replica of a cottage, Wigilia, the traditional Christmas Eve supper, will be celebrated with Polish carols and folk dancing . The program is adapted from the book, “A Polish Christmas Eve,” by Rev. Czeslaw Krysa of St. Casimir’s Church. Emese Dus will be guest vocalist and pianist, along with guitarist Steven Kroczynski.
Tickets are $15 adults, $13 seniors and $10 students. For more info, call 983-5084.

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GREEN THUMBS – Step up your garden savvy in the Horticultural Certificate Series starting next week in the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens.
The first series, Horticulture II, begins Jan. 6 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with Water Gardening and continues Jan. 13 with Practical Principles of Pruning and Jan. 20 with Introduction to Landscape Design. It will be followed by two more series, Horticulture III, starting Jan. 27, and Horticulture IV on April 7, both in five sessions.
Classes will be led by horticulturist David Clark, a certified nursery and landscape professional. Space is limited. Deadline for registration is next Wednesday. For more info, call 827-1584, ext. 292, or visit, click on “Play” and search “Adult Programs.”

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HIT THE TRAILS – Allegany State Park will offer a Sunset Snowshoe or Evening Hike every Tuesday in January and February on a new trail, Bear Paw, that is reserved for snowshoeing and hiking with dogs on leash. Hikes begin at 4:30 p.m. at the Summit Warming Hut on the Red House side of the park.

An Art Roscoe Ski Trail in Allegany State Park

Those taking part should dress for the weather and bring a flashlight or head lamp, water and a snack. A limited number of snowshoes are available. To reserve a pair, call 354-9101, ext. 232. If the snow disappears in a January thaw, there will be a walk instead on trails in the Art Roscoe Area.
Next Wednesday the Art Roscoe trails will be setting for an evening cross-country ski and social. Rental equipment will be available for $10 at the Summit Warming Hut at 5 p.m. and the program will start at 6 with a short clinic. Skiing on the Sweetwater Trail will be followed by a social in the warming hut.
Skiers of all skill levels are welcome and should bring a headlamp. Pre-registration is needed by 3 p.m. Wednesday. For more info, call 354-9101, ext. 236, or email

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Michelle Bielefeld, Norm Dailey, Helen Mueller, Nan Tramont, Joyce Kryszak, Sarah Diina, Sammy Szafranek, Fran Urbanski, Alexandra Piotrowski, Susan Nola, Katherine Finnegan, Rory McCulle Inman, Avery Henry Vogt, Sue Frayne, Donna Felton, Donna Azzopardi, Meg Wannemacher, Clare Hotchkiss and Timothy J. Leary.

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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