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Reporters' Notebook: Jan. 19, 2018

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to singer, songwriter and actress Dolly Parton, born on this date in 1946, “The way I see it, if you want a rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.”

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CELEBRATE! – Everything has its day and the week ahead is particularly happy for snack lovers.
Today, for instance, is National Popcorn Day. Then on Saturday, it’s National Cheese Lovers Day and National Buttercrunch Day, followed by Granola Bar Day on Sunday.
Next week sees Hot Sauce Day on Monday, Pie Day on Tuesday, Peanut Butter Day on Wednesday and, to wash it all down, Irish Coffee Day on Thursday.
Meanwhile, because a little inner warmth is welcome this time of year, it’s also Oatmeal Month, Soup Month and Hot Tea Month. For more info, visit

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SPEAKING OF SOUP – Niagara Hose Fire Company No. 3, 74 Wheeler St., City of Tonawanda, will hold a chowder sale Saturday. They start ladling at noon. Cost is $4 per quart. Advance orders will be accepted from those who drop off their containers early.

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Therese Melchiorre

SET TO SPROUT – Master gardener Therese Melchiorre, a member of the Ken-Sheridan Garden Club, will discuss “Winter Seed Sowing” at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Brighton Place Library, 999 Brighton Road, Town of Tonawanda.
She will talk about how children in the Junior Master Gardener Program she leads at Edison Elementary School plant seeds in milk jugs in January, then will show how to do it. Supplies will be provided. For more info, call 332-4375.

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OOPS! – Correct dates for the Model Railroad Club of Buffalo open house are Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m., and again Jan. 27 and 28. It’s on the second floor of the Northtown Boys & Girls Club, 54 Riverdale Ave. off Niagara Street, Town of Tonawanda.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Annie Harig, Joy Pepper, Dan Vaccaro, Dennis Danheiser, Kim Donacik, Lora Vahue, George Gangloff, Eugene Kobos, Bob Meegan, Evelyn Stoj, Sue Lesswing, Anna Recktenwalt, Deacon Dennis Kapsiak, Arlene Scheeda, Lynn Kulesz, John Leavitt, Patrick T. Occhino, Arabelle Anne Donovan, Marie Nietopski, Mike Ruminski, Kerri Lempko, Maureen Burke and Rita S. Kazmierczak.

AND SATURDAY – Katie Kaczor Bichleri, Satish Tripathi, Michelle Blackley, Susan Eck, Maura Crawford, Tom Henninger, Claire Coverly, Susie Sheeran, Sister Mary Carol Piskor, Jen Adams, Monsignor Thomas Gallagher, Kenneth Budniewski, Friar Nicholas Rokitka, Kyle J. Kamrowski, Lillian Gaiser, Ethan Pierce, Paul Thomas, Sandy Haas, Clare Elizabeth Sheehan and Peggy Griffin Gilmour.

AND SUNDAY – Michael Stewart O’Neill, Michael Gillis, Jackie Jocko, Elizabeth Lewin, Sherri LaShomb, Mike Runco, Paul J. Lorefice, John Wall, Lorraine Ferelli, Cameron Cornwall, Gail Burdick, Kathleen Joy Doeing, Christopher Mattingly, Diane Pietraszewski, Angela Robins, Anne Harkin Sullivan, Lydia Lain Podkulski, Anne Horosky, Mary May and Patrick Glenn.

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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