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Reporters' Notebook: Feb. 7, 2019

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to British author Charles Dickens, born on this date in 1812, “Charity begins at home, and justice begins next door.”

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TAKE A BREAK – A free respite program for care-givers of persons with memory impairment is available from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday in Grace Lutheran Church, 174 Cazenovia St. The program provides chair exercises, games, crafts, music and lunch. For registration, email coordinator Sue Swanson-Wittek at or call Penny Paschka at 674-2958. The program, supported by the Alzheimer’s Association of Western New York, is held on the second Saturday of each month.

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WHAT’S IT WORTH? – The Northeast regional sales manager for Beckett Grading Services, Charles Stabile, will assess collectible cards and other memorabilia from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in Bases Loaded Sports Collectibles, 794 French Road, Cheektowaga.
For every 10 cards submitted, customers will have a chance to win an autographed photo of local sports legends Patrick Kane, Marv Levy or Andre Reed. For more info and pricing, call 646-0066 or see the store’s Facebook page.

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VERSATILE VOICES – Members of the choir at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 724 Delaware Ave., get to venture beyond sacred music into opera, jazz and Broadway show tunes in the second annual Staff Singer Concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Admission is free.

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GALAS GALORE – Ethnic dishes from the West Side Bazaar will be featured as the Westminster Economic Development Initiative hosts its annual Winterfest gala fundraiser from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday in Rich’s Atrium, 1 Robert Rich Way, Niagara and West Ferry streets. There also will be live and silent auctions, plus music by the group What Would Mingus Do? Tickets are $60 and are available at

The ABC Bel Canto Choirs celebrate their 25th anniversary with a gala from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday in Orazio’s, 9415 Main St., Clarence. Tickets are $35 and include hors d’oeuvres and a variety of food stations. There also will be an auction and basket raffle. For tickets, visit

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FILL THE FREEZER – The Ladies Guild at St. Gabriel’s Church, 5271 Clinton St., Elma, is sponsoring a “Spin the Wheel” meat raffle from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday. Gift certificates and small appliances also will be raffled. $5 admission includes snacks, pop, beer and wine. For info, call 868-6963 or 684-3986.

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HEART THROBS – The Party Hounds band will be featured at a Valentine’s Day Dance from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday in the Lt. Col. Matt Urban VFW Post, 3741 Walden Ave., Lancaster. Tickets are $11, $10 advance. Outside snacks are allowed, but no outside beverages. There will be drink specials. For info and reservations, call 681-8387.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Gene Warner, Louis Byron Morrow, Shirley Edmonds, Chloe McCabe, Rayann Enser, Carole Rotando, Elaine Tierney, Annette Marino, John Pennella, Jane Taylor, Alan Bell, Jack Rudnicki, Josie Michaels, Kevin Rockwood, Jeffrey Bosworth, Kayla Rose Bosworth, Marilyn Antos and Lynne Ronin.

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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