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Reporters' Notebook: Feb. 21, 2018

OLAF FUB SEZ: Advice from humorist and newspaper columnist Erma Bombeck, born on this date in 1927, “Never have more children than you have car windows.”

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GOOD WORK – Carol A. Griffith, a patient advocate at the VA Western New York Healthcare System, will receive the Legion of Honor Award at 2 p.m. Thursday in Freedom Hall, Room 301, in the Buffalo Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
Active in a wide variety of volunteer efforts and holder of a master’s degree in social work from the University at Buffalo, this is not her first award. She also is a recipient of the Federal Woman’s Program Award, the John C. Foley Award for Collateral Duty Assignment and a YMCA Volunteer of the Year Award.

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GEAR UP – Get ready for Easter and Dyngus Day by mastering the art of Pisanki, decorated Polish Easter eggs, and by learning how to dance the polka.
Lessons in making Pisanki will be held from 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. March 3 in the Am-Pol Eagle/Buffalo Standard Printing Office, 3620 Harlem Road, Cheektowaga. Each class is limited to 12 persons. Fee is $25, which includes all supplies. Additional sessions are available for groups and home parties.
Polka lessons will take place from 7 to 8 p.m. March 7, 14 and 21 in St. Casimir Social Center, 1833 Clinton St. Cost is $10, $15 with a partner, for single classes, or $25 and $40 for all three. Teachers are Michelle Kisluk from the Polish Heritage Dancers and Lynn Zakowicz from the First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association, which sponsors the lessons.
Deadline to make reservations for all classes is March 1. Call 983-5084.

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CHURCH NOTE – Compositions by Ralph Vaughan Williams will be featured in the Westminster Presbyterian Church Choir’s annual Masterworks Concert, “Grant Us Peace,” at 7:30 p.m. Friday and during the worship service at 10:30 a.m. Sunday in the sanctuary of the church at 724 Delaware Ave.
Pastor Thomas Yorty will lead the Sunday service. Admission is free. Donations will benefit the Westminster Friends of Music. For more info, call 884-9437 or visit

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FILE UNDER B – Brighton Place Library, 999 Brighton Road, Town of Tonawanda, will host a special evening – Beer, Books and Bordeaux – from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $25 and include local craft beer and wine, hors d’oeuvres by Banchetti by Rizzo, live music and a door prize entry. For more info, call 332-4375.

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WHAT’S IT WORTH? – The Northeast regional sales manager for Beckett Grading Services, Charles Stabile, will assess collectible cards and other memorabilia from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in Bases Loaded Sports Collectibles, 794 French Road, Cheektowaga.
Drop-offs are accepted at the store for those who can’t make it Friday or Saturday. For every 10 cards submitted, customers will have a chance to win a $20 Bases Loaded gift certificate or an autographed photo of Bills legends Bill Polian and Andre Reed. For more info, call 646-0066 or see the store’s Facebook page.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Matthew Stewart Shanks, Mike Kempf, Bernie Kowal, Reggie Witherspoon, Nancy Singh, Joyce Frayer, Jeanine Kacala, Clarissa Lucas, Mary Muldoon, Eric Meyer, Michael Gaughan, Lauren Holstein, Frank Billittier Jr., Mindy Brind’Amour, Chris TinHan, June Elise Uhl, Joe Hlavaty, Erik Bartus and Michael Bartus.

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