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Reporters' Notebook: Feb. 7, 2018

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to British novelist Charles Dickens, born on this date in 1812, “If there were no bad people, there would be no good lawyers.”

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NO FEE – Accounting students at Daemen College will prepare tax returns for free beginning today for people with annual incomes below $54,000.
Offered through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, appointments are available from 3 to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays through April 11, except March 14 during the college’s spring break. Assistance will be offered in Room 205 of Daemen’s Business Building near the Getzville Road entrance.
Tax clients should bring their Social Security card, photo ID and, if applicable, their W-2, 1099, 1098T and 1095 forms. Also needed will be last year’s tax returns, information on deductions and credits, any tax ID number and, if appropriate, the total paid to a day care provider.
For more info and to schedule an appointment, call 839-7646 or email

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WINNERS WANTED – A wide assortment of baskets and gift cards will be offered in the Errick Road Elementary School’s annual basket auction from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday in the school at 6839 Errick Road, North Tonawanda. Drawings begin at 7:30 p.m. Refreshments will be sold in the cafeteria.
Presale tickets also can be bought and placed from 3 to 3:45 p.m. today and Thursday and from 8:45 to 9:30 a.m. Friday.

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A plate of paczki (pronounced POHNCH-kee).

PASS THE PACZKI – The French observe Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday) as the last day before the fasting season of Lent begins. In Poland, it’s Fat Thursday, sometimes known as Paczki Day, since the celebration involves the traditional filled doughnuts.
The United Cultural Society will mark the day with a Polish Happy Hour from 5 to 11 p.m. Thursday in the Valley of Buffalo, 2379 Union Road, Cheektowaga. Admission and Polish food are free.
There will be performances by the Harmony Polish folk Ensemble Dancers and music by Grammy nominee John Gora. There also will be a variety of Polish beers, Polish desserts and, of course, paczki. Raffles will benefit the Monsignor Adamski Polish Saturday School.

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NIGHT OUT – The Lancaster Elks Lodge, 33 Legion Parkway, will sponsor an ‘80s dance from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, featuring music by Nerds Gone Wild. Doors open at 6:30. Tickets are $20, which includes beer, wine and pop. A cash bar also will be available. Outside snacks are welcome. Prizes will be given for the best ‘80s costumes.

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SWEETEST SOUNDS – Surprise that someone special this year with a Singing Valentine from the Friends of Harmony. For $50, a barbershop quartet will visit your loved one’s home or place or business, sing two love songs, present them with a personalized card and a flower, and pose for a photo. For $75, the Friends also will include two tickets to “Music in Our Lives,” their annual spring show May 4 and 5. For more info and orders, call 868-9447 or visit

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Mark Skipper, Gene Warner, Louis Byron Morrow, Shirley Edmonds, Allie Bogold, Chloe McCabe, Marilyn Antos, Elaine Tierney, John Pennella, Alan Bell, Jill Neri, Carole Rotando, Kevin Rockwood, Jeffrey Bosworth, Kayla Rose Bosworth, Jane Taylor, Josie Michaels, Olive Donaghy and Tammy Haley.

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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