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Reporters' Notebook: Feb. 14, 2018

OLAF FUB SEZ: A Valentine’s Day thought from comedian Jack Benny, born Benjamin Kubelsky on this date in 1894, “My wife Mary and I have been married for 47 years and not once have we had an argument serious enough to consider divorce; murder, yes, but divorce, never.”

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ASH OPTIONS – Ash Wednesday ashes will be administered in two ways today at Calvary Episcopal Church, 20 Milton St. at South Cayuga Road, Williamsville.
The traditional method, including communion, will be offered inside the church at 7 a.m., noon and 7 p.m. For those in a hurry, there will be “Ashes to Go” in the church parking lot from 6:30 to 7 a.m., 1 to 2:30 p.m. and 5 to 6 p.m. All are welcome.

At Salem Lutheran Church, 10 McClellan Circle in South Buffalo, there will be a soup and salad dinner at 6 p.m. preceding an Ash Wednesday communion service at 7. Fastnachts, the traditional doughnuts, will be on sale throughout the day.

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FRIDAY FEASTS – Now that Lent is here, kitchens are gearing up for Lenten Friday fish fries. Here are a few we’ve heard about:

St. Stephen Serbian Orthodox Church, Abbott and Weber roads, Lackawanna, will host its annual Lenten fish fry, with fish dinners and shrimp baskets, from 4 to 7 p.m. every Friday during Lent. Easter desserts and gifts also will be available. For take-outs, call 825-9364.

Father Baker Council 2243, Knights of Columbus, will serve a haddock fish fry, breaded shrimp and scallop dinners from 4 to 8 p.m. each Friday in the Council Hall, 2838 South Park Ave., Lackawanna. A kids menu also is available. For take-outs, call 825-5150.

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 61 Payne Ave., North Tonawanda, will offer battered or baked fish or chicken fingers from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. every Friday until March 23. Dinners are $11 and include a choice of homemade German potato salad, macaroni salad or baked potato, plus coleslaw, homemade dessert and a beverage.

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CHURCH NOTE – A Black History musical, “The Overcoming Power of Faith, Song and Prayer,” will be presented by the Great Lakes Baptist Association Women’s Ministry at 7 p.m. Friday in Greater Hope Baptist Church, 8 Verplanck St. Performing will be the Billup Singers, the Anderson Brothers and other notable vocalists.

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COLLEGE CASH – The Professional and Business Women of Polonia are accepting applications for a $1,000 scholarship available to a Western New York woman of Polish descent enrolled in a college or university. Deadline is March 10. Applications are available online at or by writing the scholarship chairperson at Box 298, Elma, NY 14059.

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A Valentine's Day poem from Jerry Hudson of Williamsville.

If Only Love

If only love could save the world,
Wash all the bloodied flags unfurled.
If only love was certain, strong and true,
Given in abundance –
Safe for me,
Safe for you.
If only love would show her face
For a much too lonely human race.
The embittered man with all of his loss
Would again be willing to endure love’s cross.

You have waited for love to sing for you,
An elusive song of love that is true.
Its romantic scene of beauty and grace
Would at last arrive in this forgotten place.
When love cannot change a betrayal in tide,
With painful wounds from words belied –
Oh, lonely man,
Oh, lonely woman,
Endure this broken heart you have been given.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Stephanie Dorsheimer, Martha Fernan, Vincent Fernan, Donald Bielefeld, Sharon Osorio-Mentkowski, Johanne Trotter, Bill Stachowski, Cheryl Lyles, Sue Schulman, Cindy Abbott Letro, Eric Andersen, Jordana Halpern, Brendan Bannon, David Zack, Dianne Noworyta, Jim Kelly, Tavia Weidmann, Judy Reese, Finn Balon, Conor Clouden Hooley, George Day Sr., Evie Kelley, Madison Sheffield, Sheilah Zaretsky, Megan Blakely, Arthur Janczak, Joyce Green, Robert W. Zygmunt, Allana Bycina and Eileen Harnisch.

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