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Reporters' Notebook: Jan. 30, 2019

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to our 32nd president, Franklin D. Roosevelt, born on this date in 1882, “There are many ways of going forward, but only one way of standing still.”

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WELCOME MAT – LaSalle Early Childhood Center, 8477 Buffalo Ave., Niagara Falls, is holding an open house and registration for three- and four-year-olds from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Full and half-day programs are available.
The center is the first in Niagara County to be take part in Quality Stars, a state initiative for quality early childhood education. For more info, call 283-5140 or visit

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WORK WELL DONE – Kenmore Police Officer Brent Costello and his K-9 dog Tank were recipients of the Kenmore Village Improvement Society’s Good Neighbor Award at the group’s meeting earlier this month. Costello and Tank, who are retiring this month, have responded to more than 3,000 calls and made more than 700 arrests during their 10 years together.

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UP FROM THE ASHES – The Niagara County community of Barker is still recovering from the devastating fire that leveled the Village Hall and its public library on Jan. 20. Part of that recovery effort is a fundraising drive to restore the library. After a week, it has reached slightly more than one-third of its $10,000 goal. To help, visit

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COLD COMFORT – The forecast is for temperatures in the single digits for the 32nd annual Jerry Starr Ken-Ton Schools’ SleepOut on Friday night, which raises donations for organizations that help those in need in Kenmore and the Town of Tonawanda, such as the Ken-Ton Closet and the Ken-Ton School District Family Support Center.
The SleepOut begins at 8 p.m. in the parking lot of Hoover Middle School, 249 Thorncliff Road, Town of Tonawanda, and volunteers have an option of where to stay until 6 a.m. – outside in refrigerator boxes or indoors in the school cafeteria. Given the Code Blue conditions, the choice should be clear. Children and students who spend the night must be accompanied by parents or guardians.
Donations may be dropped off at the school between 7:45 and 9:45 p.m. Friday. For more info on donating and participating, call Steve Ash at 694-4492 or email Over the years, the SleepOut has raised about $1 million, along with donations of food, clothing and other items.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Carl Emerling, Caroline Mallonee, Sandra Beutler, Kali Costa, Father Bart Lipiec, Rheanna Bain, Bob Safe, Doug DiTondo, Craig McCabe, Sister Mary Kenneth Modrala, Michelle Kempf, Nathan Staddon, Sara Ruszczyk, Anne Gilhooly, Frank Romance, Rob Ruettimann, Marshall Holton, Claudia Rabstein, Rose Kowal, Mike Gugino, Dan Foss, Lisa Pukalo, Alexis Becker, Dorothy Makula, Nina Deutchman-Silberstein and Mario Pratts.

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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