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Reporters' Notebook: Feb. 8, 2018

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to French novelist Jules Verne, born on this date in 1828, “Science, my lad, is made up of mistakes, but they are mistakes which it is useful to make, because they lead little by little to the truth.”

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RAISING DOUGH – You can treat yourself and feed the hungry on National Pizza Day on Friday, thanks to Bocce Club Pizza. The two Bocce Club locations in Amherst – 4174 Bailey Ave. and 1614 Hopkins Road – are donating a portion of all their pizza sales Friday to the Food Bank of Western New York. To place an order, visit

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FROSTY FUN – There should be plenty of snow on the ground for Winter Wonderland in the Woods from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday in Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve, 93 Honorine Drive off Como Park Boulevard, Cheektowaga.
Visitors can try out snowshoes and cross-country skis in a demonstration area. For those who want to take to the trails, there will be snowshoe rentals. There also will be bird feeding, a snow art area and crafts for kids indoors.
The Niagara Frontier Search and Rescue Team will talk about winter rescues and State Department of Environmental Conservation rangers will demonstrate ice rescue techniques on a frozen lake at 1 p.m. There also will be talks about wild animal rehabilitation at 1:30 and 3 p.m., plus door prizes, costumed characters and exhibits.
There is no entry fee. Pre-registration is not required. For more info, call 683-5959 or visit

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GO TROPICAL – Ten Lives Club, the cat rescue and adoption agency, will celebrate its 17th anniversary with a party, the Meow Luau Birthday Bash, from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday in the Lake Erie Italian Club, 3200 South Park Ave., Blasdell.
There will be music, raffles, cake, cats ready for adoption and a cash bar. Prizes will be awarded for the best Hawaiian attire. Admission is $2. Kids under 10 are free.

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FOUNDING FAMILY – Guest speaker Timothy J. Gardner, director of F. E. Brown Sons Funeral Home, will give a presentation on “The Potter Family: Orchard Park Pioneers,” at the next meeting of the Orchard Park Historical Society at 7 p.m. Monday in the Community Room of the Municipal Building, 4295 S. Buffalo St., Orchard Park. The public is welcome.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Kelly Moran, Natalie Hiler, Dr. Janet Sung, Rod Watson, Elmer Ploetz, Jessica Sherman, Betty Bowling, Carolyn Warden, Tracy Stokes, John Kennedy, Geraldine M. Schemm, Phyllis Smucker, Barb Richards, Christine Kotowski, Darlene Lelonek, Sara Weigand, Ed Gustek, Brian Lounsbury, Theresa Derrico, Jaxon Huller, Jim Clark, Brian Hayden, Terry Ryszka, Karin Dabrowski Vacanti, Patty Jackson, Mike Powers, Penny Starke, Dave Cash and Carol Giambra.

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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