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Reporters' Notebook: Jan. 22, 2019

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to English philosopher and author Sir Francis Bacon, born on this date in 1561, “I will never be an old man. To me, old age is always 15 years older than I am.”

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STITCHES IN TIME – A variety of sewing techniques will be demonstrated by members when the Buffalo/Niagara Chapter of the American Sewing Guild meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 205 Longmeadow Road, Eggertsville. All are welcome. For more info, email Susan Perry at or visit

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Ronald Franco

ANOTHER WORLD – “HERA – NASA’s Human Exploration Research Analog” is the topic of the January program of the Historical Association of Lewiston at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Lutheran Church of the Messiah Fellowship Hall, 915 Oneida St., Lewiston.
Speaker is Ronald Franco, of Lockport, a retired Air Force pilot who will tell how he spent 30 days in the space simulation habitat at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, following the same schedule as astronauts aboard the International Space Station. It’s free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

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MILESTONE MOMENT – The WNY Pen Women will celebrate their 100th anniversary at a luncheon program at noon Saturday in the Eagle House, 5578 Main St., Williamsville. Featured will be a surprise guest speaker from The Buffalo News. All are welcome. Vintage clothing from previous decades is encouraged.
Cost is $19, which includes a choice of lunch items, a champagne toast and birthday cake. Reservations are needed by Thursday. Call Barbara Blackburn at 634-2909.

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CHILI SEASON – There is still room for more chefs next Sunday in the 10th annual Chili Cook-Off sponsored by the Ten Lives Club Cat Adoption Group. It takes place from 12:30 to 3 p.m. in the Lake Erie Italian Club, 3200 South Park Ave., Lackawanna. To enter, call 5646-5577, ext. 101. Each entrant will receive a prize and free admission for themselves and a guest. Prizes also will be given to winners in several categories.
For chili fans who only want to taste, admission is $10 at the door, $5 for kids under 10, and includes all-you-can-eat chili, bread and nachos. Desserts will be available for purchase and there will be a cash bar. Ten Lives Club also will be collecting clean returnable bottles and cans.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Bryan J. Powell, Jay Skurski, Lisa Rodriguez, Renae Kimble, Cecile Menard, Mary Jane Strobele Delaney, Gillian Sacco, Carol Tirado, Tracy Hirsch, Steve Gustafson, Beth Fulton, Aiden Huff, Wendy Lilley, Christopher Gresock, Sharon Stillman and Sue Griffin.

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