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Reporters' Notebook: Jan. 18, 2019

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to “Winnie the Pooh” author A. A. Milne, born on this date in 1882, “One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries.”

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OOPS! – We omitted the date in the notice for this month’s free community dinner at New Hope United Methodist Church, 2846 Seneca St., West Seneca. It’s from 4 to 6:30 p.m. today. They’re be serving goulash, salad, beverage and dessert. Free-will offerings are welcome.

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SOUP’S ON – Niagara Hose Fire Company No. 3, 74 Wheeler St., City of Tonawanda, will hold a chowder sale beginning at noon Saturday. Cost is $4 a quart. Advance orders are accepted from those who drop off a container early.

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TIME TO SHINE – Soloists are in the spotlight as the Amherst Chamber Ensembles hold a chamber music concert at 3 p.m. Sunday in Trinity Performing Arts Center at Trinity United Methodist Church, 711 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst. Seventeen players will be featured in duets, trios, quartets and quintets in selections from Mozart, Milhaud, Bax, Debussy and Schubert. Admission is free. For more info, visit

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LOOKING AHEAD – Applications for permits for Native Americans to sell handicrafts next summer in Niagara Falls State Park are now available in the park’s regional administration office at Prospect Park or online at
To quality, applicants must be at least 18 years old and be registered as a Native American or provide proof of heritage. Deadline for entries is March 15. A drawing to choose six vendors will be held at 11 a.m. March 18 on the upper level of the Orin Lehman Visitor Center in Niagara Falls State Park. Applicants must be present to be selected.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Amy Fleissner, Pam Pollock, Joe Lolla, Andy Anselmo, Luke Tasker, James N. Reimann, Paul Eschrich, Helen Nowak, Marge Heisler, Jacob Gill, Jenna Blewis, Jonathan Safe, Cindy Glais, Judy Piatasik, Kevin Rejewski, Randy Kowal, Beth Szczepanski, Sharon Burgasser, Paul Wasiuta and Jeff Plewinski.

AND SATURDAY – Joy Pepper, Dan Vaccaro, Dennis Danheiser, Lora Vahue, Kim Donacik, George Gangloff, Eugene Kobos, Maren Bush, Bob Meegan, Sue Lesswing, Anna Recktenwalt, Arlene Scheeda, Arabelle Donovan, Kerri Lempko, Lynn Kulesz, John Leavitt, Evelyn Stoj, Rita S. Kazmierczak and Marie Nietopski.

AND SUNDAY – Satish Tripathi, Michelle Blackley, Susan Eck, Maura Crawford, Jennifer Bucki, John Klenk, Tom Henninger, Claire Coverly, Sister Mary Carol Piskor, Susie Sheeran, Emily James, Katie Kaczor Bichler, Father Thomas Gallagher, Kenneth Budniewski, Ethan Pierce, Kyle J. Kamrowski, Friar Nick Rokitka, Peggy Gilmour, Erik Louis Bartus Jr., Lillian Gaiser, Felicia Gambina and Paul Thomas.

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