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Reporters' Notebook: Jan. 11, 2017

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to founding father Alexander Hamilton, born on this date in 1757, “A well adjusted person is one who makes the same mistake twice without getting nervous.”

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BRIGHT NIGHT – An encore lighting of the annual holiday display will be one of the features Saturday evening as Our Lady of Fatima Shrine, 1023 Swann Road, off Creek Road (Route 18), Lewiston, hosts its 13th annual Festival of Lights Banquet and Basket Auction.
The fundraiser, which will support the shrine’s renovation, will include wine tasting and hors d’oeuvres at 6 p.m., followed by a catered dinner and an auction of more than 200 baskets. There also will be raffles and door prizes. Doors open at 5 p.m. with live musical entertainment.
Basket auction previews will be held from noon to 7 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Dinner tickets are $50 and must be purchased in advance. Visit the shrine office or call 754-7489.

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THE WRITE STUFF – Author and illustrator Julie C. Tedesco will visit Dog Ears Bookstore and Cafe, 688 Abbott Road, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday to sign copies of her new book for youngsters aged 4 to 10, “London Calling Jesus,” which is the first in a series. For more info, call 823-2665 or visit

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BASKETS FOR BEAGLES – Bernard’s Beagle Rescue, which finds homes for beagle puppies and dogs in Western and Central New York, will benefit as Iron Island Museum, 988 Lovejoy St., holds a basket auction from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday.

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Painted wine glasses by Andrea Oswald

MAKE A TOAST – Artist Andrea Oswald will show how to create painted wine glasses for Valentine’s Day at a Wine, Women and Art evening from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. next Thursday in Enjoy the Journey Art Gallery, 1168 Orchard Park Road, West Seneca. Cost is $30 and includes supplies and refreshments. For more info and registration, call 675-0204 or visit

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HONORS AWAIT – Nominations are being accepted through Feb. 10 for the 2018 Buffalo American Association of University Women Achievement Award. Nominees must have made major contributions to education and equity for women and girls, have deep involvement in community service locally or be outstanding in their profession. For more info and nomination forms, visit

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Lori Hartmann Kaczor, Govindan Kartha, Trey Bankhead, Molly Hutton, JoAnna M. Jacob, Joanne Leistner, Martha Farewell, Melissa Cornwall Heineman, Paul Stokes, David Merkwa, Connie Romance, Dolores Scanlon, Brian Colvin, Charles Hall, Owen Woyshner and Pat Herkey.

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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