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Reporters' Notebook: Jan. 31, 2018

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to former Buffalo Bills defensive end Mario Williams, born on this date in 1985, “No matter how fast or how slow you get to the quarterback, it all goes to slow motion when you get there. Everything just stops. You don’t see anything but the quarterback. You don’t hear anything but the quarterback’s breath. It’s almost like you’re a shark. Your eyes get real big and everything’s just quiet.”

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NEED A GIFT? – Hands and Paws will offer all-natural dog cookies and treats, along with collars and leashes, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday in the atrium at Kenmore Mercy Hospital in a visit sponsored by the Kenmore Mercy Auxiliary. Grape Country Soaps also will be on hand with aromatherapy and designer bar soaps, loofahs and other bath items. Proceeds help benefit programs at the hospital.

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TAKING LEAVE – The Disabled American Veterans Roll of Honor Chapter 120 will not hold its first Thursday of the month meeting this week in the Milton Brounshidle Post, 3354 Delaware Ave., Town of Tonawanda. Next meeting is at 7 p.m. March 1. Interested vets are invited to attend.

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PASTA TIME – St. Francis of Assisi Parish will hold its annual spaghetti dinner and theme tray auction from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday in the parish’s Early Childhood Center, 70 Adam St., City of Tonawanda. Dinners are $7, $4 for kids 4 to 10, free for youngsters 3 and under, and include meatballs, fresh bread, salad, beverage and dessert. Theme tray winners will be drawn at 6 p.m.

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Rob Lederman

OVEN TESTED – High school students enrolled in the ProStart culinary arts and restaurant management programs will compete in the 14th Annual Taste of Education from 6 to 9 p.m. next Wednesday in Salvatore’s Italian Gardens, 6461 Transit Road, Depew. This year’s theme is “Pasta – Knock Down With Noodles.” Master of ceremonies will be Rob Lederman, owner of Rob’s Comedy Playhouse.
Students will offer food station samplings and winners will be determined by a people’s choice vote. There also will be an Iron Chef competition, with a panel of judges that includes Patrick Kaler, president and CEO of Visit Buffalo Niagara; Gina Browning, spokeswoman for the SPCA Serving Erie County; and WGRZ-TV anchors Scott Levin, Melissa Holmes and Pete Gallivan.
Tickets are $25 and benefit scholarships for local culinary students through the WNY Chapter of the New York State Restaurant Association. Participating schools also will receive $1,500 per team toward the statewide competition in March at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park. For tickets, visit or email

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Jannine Loomis Higgins, Chris Smith Marilyn Sultz, Joyce Block, Allen Beroza, Warren Todd Colville, Shirley Koziej, Riley Mitchell, Betty Kiener, Genevieve Ferenc, Alice E. Williams, Ann Scheu, Molly Joyce, Barb Brader, Kara Jacobs Kane, Paul Makowski, Matthew McGowan, Cindy Podkulski, Alexa Milan Ward, Joe Sasiadek, Cheryl Marie Jennings, Renee Stonitsch and Simon T.G. Fiels.

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.

All of the notices of events in today's online edition of Reporters’ Notebook appeared in the print edition in shorter form due to space limitations.

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