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Reporters' Notebook: Feb. 23, 2018

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to author and humorist Tom Bodett, born on this date in 1955, “In school, you’re taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you’re given a test that teaches you a lesson.”

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DIARY OF DISASTER – Freelance writer Karen Wielinski will talk about the experiences that led to her recently-published memoir, “One on the Ground: The Story of One Family Before, During and After Continental Flight 3407 Crashed into Their Home,” when she visits Dog Ears Bookstore and Cafe, 688 Abbott Road, from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday. Her husband died in the crash on Feb. 12, 2009. For more info, call 823-2665 or visit Also see this article by Buffalo News columnist Sean Kirst.

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PASTA PATROL – The Holy Name Society of Queen of Angels Church will host an all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday in the Parish Center, 144 Warsaw St. at Electric Avenue, Lackawanna. Dinners are $10, $5 for kids under 12. For tickets, call 646-0513 or 432-8162.

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MARK THE DATE – Monday is the deadline for reservations for the Northtown Christian Women’s Connection’s soup and dessert buffet luncheon at 11:30 a.m. next Wednesday in Christ Church, 350 Saratoga Road at Harlem Road, Snyder. There will be a LulaRoe fashion show and sale and a presentation by Pinkie Bierly, “Overcoming Your Fear While Journeying Through Life.” Cost is $10. For reservations, call 836-4525 or 775-5002.

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SCHOLAR DOLLARS – The Zonta Cheektowaga-Lancaster Foundation is accepting applications for its annual scholarship program, which offers $1,500 scholarships to female high school seniors and a $1,000 scholarship to a woman over 25 returning to school. Deadline is March 15. The foundation also is providing grants to local non-profit organizations who further Zonta’s mission. For info and applications, visit

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THINKING AHEAD – Real estate brokers Anne Kader and Sally Ball Conover from the Olear Team at MJ Peterson will take part in the first of a series of sessions entitled, “Ask a Realtor: Spring Downsizing Seminars,” from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the Fairways at Lancaster patio home community, 5352 Genesee St., Bowmansville. To register, call 393-3571 or email Can’t make it on Saturday? They’ll be back, same time, same place, on March 24.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Anna Kennelly, Amanda Hinchcliff, Pat Myers, Ray Balzer, Broady Richardson, Christofer Fattey, Nancy Montone, Cherie Messore, McKayla Mulhern, Rachel Lorefice, Stacy Kempf, Jerry Balisteri, Jerry de Painter, Peter Battaglia, Raelyn Vadala, Francis McCabe, Peter Sabo, Kim Bruner Wieglasz, Dave Dodolak, Sarah Smith and Joyce Spahr.

AND SATURDAY – Patrick Lakamp, Tim Tielman, Brittany Slomba, Eric McCabe, Brittany Ruszczyk, Jill Muise, Maureen Polowy, Wendy Cichuniec, Kaitlin Lounsbury, Judith Weinstock, Colin Stewart, Warren Holton, Mary Ann Schiermeyer, Victor Ojeda, Theodore Bookey, Nancy Crone, Gail Ann Huber, Lorraine Jelonek, Kristen Cotter and Payton Cotter.

AND SUNDAY – Heather Wronski Garland, Susan O’Connor Baird, Barbara Multerer, James Starks, Kimberley LaVare, Sylvia Merriweather, David Woods, Mark Rudyk, Gloria Parucki, Mike Kaczmierczak, John Vaccaro, Harper McGavis, Benny Fazio, Billy Kinmartin, Nicole E. Kazmierczak, Justin Coyne, Peter A. Davidow, Linda Grant and Robert Fahning.

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