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Reporters' Notebook: Feb. 28, 2018

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to French philosopher Michel de Montaigne, born on this date in 1533, “Nothing fixes a thing so intensely in the memory as the wish to forget it.”

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CANCELLATION – Because the threat of rain may close the rink at Canalside, Chris Jamele, executive director of the Western New York Chapter of the Parkinson’s Foundation, tells us the annual Parkinson’s Ice Skating Party scheduled for this evening has been postponed.

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CHURCH NOTES – Orchard Park United Methodist Church, 3700 N. Buffalo St., Orchard Park, will host World Day of Prayer at 1 p.m. Friday for the churches of Orchard Park, Hamburg and West Seneca.
World Day of Prayer is an ecumenical movement of Christian women in more than 170 countries who observe a common day of prayer annually on the first Friday in March. Guest speaker will be Erie Community College professor Karen Wehn. All are welcome. For more info, visit

Church Women United of Niagara and Vicinity will hold a Human Rights Celebration at 1 p.m. Friday in St. Mark Open Door Baptist Church, 2901 Highland Ave., Niagara Falls. Speaker is the pastor, Rev. Gary Jackson. The theme is “Reaching for Wholeness in Solidarity with God’s Creation.” All are welcome. For info and to RSVP, call 283-9411.

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CLEAR THE SHELVES – The Kenmore Mercy Hospital Auxiliary will start collecting books, CDs and DVDs in good condition Thursday for their sale in April. A collection bin will be stationed at the hospital’s main entrance throughout the month of March. No encyclopedias, Reader’s Digest condensed books or cassettes will be accepted.

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BOTANICAL BEAUTIES – It’s the event that orchid lovers have been waiting for – the Niagara Frontier Orchid Society’s annual Spring Show in the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2665 South Park Ave. In addition to displays, there will be orchid vendors and growing demonstrations. It’s free with admission to the Gardens. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. For info, call 835-2132.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Lauren Shanks VanHorn, Laura Winchester, Earl Rott, Dave “Murph” Liebler, Chris Piper, John V. Collins, Corey Tarreto, Michael Morgulis, Christine Lynn Bailey, Aidan Webster, Linda Birochik, Jerry Ciambor, Tim Driscoll, Sean Cannan, Linda Mucyn, June Terharr, Judith Major, Marge Coppola, Marge Loomis, Jenna Horwitz, Kathy Reidy, Ann Marriage, Courtney Bondanza, Amanda Day, Pattie Losito, Pam Roman, Camden Roy, Faith Webber, Andrew Franz, Mike Dohn, Deana La Nasa, Rita T. Menno, Maxwell Haggerty, Dolly Handzlik and Fran Mills.


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