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Reporters' Notebook: Dec. 17, 2018

OLAF FUB SEZ: A holiday verse from poet John Greenleaf Whittier, born on this date in 1807, “A little smile, a word of cheer, A bit of love from someone near, A little gift from one held dear, Best wishes for the coming year. These make a Merry Christmas!”

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SAVE A PLATE – The Niagara County Office for the Aging’s Eat Well Stay Well program will host a Pendleton Christmas Lunch on Tuesday in Pendleton Center United Methodist Church, Campbell Boulevard at Bear Ridge Road.
Menu is chicken kiev, twice-baked potato, roll, vegetables, cheesecake and a beverage. Suggested contribution is $3.25. To reserve a seat, call 418-4143.

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TAKE A BREATHER – The Memory Lane respite program at First Presbyterian Church, 149 Broad St., City of Tonawanda, will offer a pre-holiday break Tuesday for those caring for a family member with a memory impairment at home.
Trained volunteers will provide supervised fun activities from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for the memory impaired, along with crafts, music, singing and a hot meal, all at no charge. For info and a guest registration, call the church office at 692-1319 or email

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Ally Spongr.

FREEDOM TRAIL – Ally Spongr, director and curator of the Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center, is this week’s guest speaker in the free IMAGINE Buffalo lunchtime lecture series at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday.
The program begins at noon in the Central Library on Lafayette Square in downtown Buffalo with a Great Courses video. The series will celebrate its ninth anniversary at 1 p.m., then go on hiatus for the next two Tuesdays for the holidays.

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TAILS UP – Ten Lives Club cat shelter holds a Holiday “Meowy” Hour from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Ernie Weber’s Beef-n-Ale, 3167 South Park Ave., Lackawanna. $8 admission includes a beef on weck sandwich, salad and desserts. There also will be raffles, a cash bar and a visit from Santa. For info, call 646-5577 or visit

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DECK THE HALLS – Lesley Mucha, owner of Small Indulgences jewelry sales, will lead a Christmas ornament-making workshop at December Family Night from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Niagara History Center, 215 Niagara St., Lockport.
Admission is free. A pizza dinner is available at 5:30 p.m. for a small donation. Reservations are required. Call 434-7433.

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YULES OF YESTERYEAR – The Tonawanda-Kenmore Historical Society invites everyone to “Bring Your Memories” to their Christmas party at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday in the museum at 100 Knoche Road, Town of Tonawanda. Admission is free.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Dorothy O. Christmann, Hattie M. Green, Grant Golden, Jonathan Amoia, Kurt Schneiderman, Sister Mary Virgilyn Grabowski, Jeff Buczkowski, Marie Rohm, Marie Reidy, Karen Giddings, Kevin Brady, Cameron Bosworth, Alex Gehrke, Louis Zaretsky, C. Jack Potter, Tom Kania and Scott Fraser.

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.

The online edition of Reporters’ Notebook frequently contains items that are trimmed from the print edition, or appear there in shorter form, due to space limitations.

When space permits, Reporters’ Notebook welcomes the opportunity to share light verse on everyday topics, providing that the poems are short, 12 to 16 lines maximum.

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