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Reporters' Notebook: Dec. 6, 2018

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to comedian Steven Wright, born on this date in 1955, “I’ve been getting into astronomy, so I installed a skylight. The people who live above me are furious.”

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FIND A GIFT – The Friends of the Library in Niagara Falls will hold a sale of “giftable” books from Saturday to Jan. 2 in the Earl W. Brydges Library, 1425 Main St., Niagara Falls. They report that all books are in excellent condition. There also will be free gift wrapping Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Cardinal O’Hara High School, 39 O’Hara Road, Town of Tonawanda, will host a Holiday Craft and Vendor Show from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free. Proceeds will support the senior prom. For more info and vendor applications, call Karen Torrie at 695-2600, ext. 301, or email

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Buffalo, 695 Elmwood Ave., will hold its 10th annual Holiday Arts and Crafts Show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday with 20 juried local artisans and crafters. Admission is free. For more info, see the church’s Facebook page.

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1080 Main St., will offer a Christkindlmarkt from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, featuring vendors with a variety of art and craft items. For more info, visit

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FIRST TIME – The Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center, 825 Depot Ave. West, off Main Street, will introduce its new monthly story hour for children and families at 10:30 a.m. Saturday with a program on Kwanzaa and other year-end festivities. There also will be snacks and crafts.
Designed for youngsters aged 3 to 9 and their caregivers, Story Hour is free, but does not include admission to the Heritage Center. For more info, visit

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HOLIDAY HARMONY – The three ABC Bel Canto Choirs will be joined by members of Sigma Alpha Iota, the professional women’s music fraternity, for a program of holiday selections at 3 p.m. Sunday in SS. Peter and Paul Church, 5480 Main St., Williamsville. Tickets are $10, $5 for seniors and students, and $20 for a family for four. For tickets, call 440-6783 or visit

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MARK THE  DATE –Monday is the deadline for reservations for the Northtowns Christian Women’s Connection Seasonal Musical featuring Peter Pfordresher at a luncheon at 11:30 a.m. next Wednesday in Classics V, 2425 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst. Jan Edgerton also will provide an inspirational message, “Finding the Joy in Christmas.” Cost is $22. Call 775-5002 or 835-1061.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Eric Bockstahler, Beverly A. Clark, Anthony Bannon, Marge Gillies, George Fitzpatrick, Danielle Glynn, Mary Bugenhagen, Ty Gwitt, Hollie Jones, Karen Zeis, Mary Elizabeth O’Brien, David Rauls, Elaine Connors, Gisella Moss, Monica Nowak, Emily Baginski, Mary Jane Piechocki, Teresa Cybulski, Dawn Carpino, Dan Gallardo, Greg Allgrim, Adam Henninger, Del Burgio, Emily Drzazgowski, Carol Ehlers-Fitzpatrick and Samuel Enzinna.

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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