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Reporters' Notebook: Jan. 24, 2019

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for Literature, novelist Edith Wharton, born on this date in 1862, “If only we’d stop trying to be happy, we’d have a pretty good time.”

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LEARNING CURVE – Don’t know the first thing about computers? Get a start at the Computer Basics class at 10 a.m. Friday in the Prendergast Library, 509 Cherry St., Jamestown. The session will show how to get around the keyboard and navigate the Internet. It’s free and open to the public. For more info, call 484-7135, ext. 225.

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VINTAGE EVENING – More than 30 wineries, breweries and specialty food makers will be featured in the eighth annual Niagara Wine and Beer Tasting Fest from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday in the Kenan Center Arena, 195 Beattie Ave., Lockport.
Tickets are $30, $75 for VIPs, and include a souvenir glass, a tasting journal and a $5 food voucher for one of the restaurant vendors. VIPs also receive reserved parking, early admission at 4 p.m., $1 off wine by the bottle before 5 p.m. and a gift bag.
Tickets are available at the Kenan Center Business Office, 433 Locust St., at the arena or online at niagarabeerandwinefest.org. Designated drivers are admitted for $10 at the door and get complimentary non-alcoholic beverages.

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PASS THE PASTA – Diamonds in the Ruff, an animal rescue group in Lockport, will hold its annual Past for Paws dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday in Shawnee Fire Hall, 3747 Lockport Road, Sanborn.
Dinners are $15, which includes meatballs, salad, roll and a beverage. There also will be a baked goods sale, raffle and basket auction, with winners drawn at 6 p.m.

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PROBING THE PAST – Ann Marie Linnabery, who writes weekly articles about local history for the Lockport Union Sun & Journal, has collected 100 of them in a newly published book, “Niagara Discoveries, Volume 2, 2015-2017.”
She will discuss her research and sign copies from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday in the Niagara History Center, 215 Niagara St., Lockport. She is assistant director and education coordinator at the center.

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WELCOME MAT – St. Andrew’s Country Day School, 1545 Sheridan Drive, Town of Tonawanda, will hold a pair of open house programs from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday and 5 to 7 p.m. next Wednesday.
Parents and prospective students and preparing for pre-kindergarten 3 through eighth grade are invited for tours and to speak with faculty. For more info, call 877-0422.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Mark Croce, Miriam Regnet, Evan Terceros, Mark Metzger, Anne Wansart, Jack Redwine, Katlin McCabe, Judy Motz, Vincent J. Meegan, Benjamin Platt, Andrew Lahrs, Steven Czerniak, Jim Wannemacher and Anna Jean Lalka.

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