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Reporters' Notebook: Feb. 14, 2019

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to the magician known simply as Teller, born on this date in 1948, “If you do something that you’re proud of, that someone else understands, that is a thing of beauty that wasn’t there before – you can’t beat that.”

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TIME OF NEED – Two members of the choir at Blessed Sacrament Church in the Town of Tonawanda have daughters who are battling cancer. To help Jennifer Taubodo and Jeanne Barrett with their medical expenses, the choir is hosting a benefit from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday in the Parish Center, 263 Claremont Ave. Donation is $25. There will be food, music and raffles. For info on how to donate gift cards, baskets and cash, call 998-2107.

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LOVE IN THE AIR – The Buffalo Dyke + March planning committee, which sponsors a parade during Pride Week in June, will celebrate love in all its forms with an Unvalentine’s Dance at 7 p.m. Friday in the Unitarian Universalist Church of Buffalo, 695 Elmwood Ave.
There will be music from DJ Lamb Lae, drinks and snacks. Admission is $5. All are welcome.

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WHISTLE STOP – Joan Jennings Scalfani, of Williamsville, who served as a Century Girl, a hostess aboard New York Central’s fabled 20th Century Limited express train from New York City to Chicago, will tell stories about her experiences at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Buffalo Toy and Train Show in the Event Center at the Erie County Fairgrounds in Hamburg.
Sponsored by the Western New York Railway Historical Society, the show will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $8 adults, free for kids under 12. Proceeds help maintain and restore the society’s historic depots in Williamsville and Orchard Park.

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WELCOME MAT – A newly-built one-sixth scale model of Leydecker Road Covered Bridge will be unveiled during an open house from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday in the West Seneca Historical Society and Museum, 919 Mill Road, West Seneca. Updated displays of West Seneca police memorabilia and historic items from Southgate Plaza also can bee seen. Admission is free.

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BEAR OF A MAN – A variety of activities will be offered during a Presidents Day children’s program, “The ‘Bully’ Life of Theodore Roosevelt,” from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday in the Niagara History Center, 215 Niagara St., Lockport. A snack will be served in midway through the program, which is designed for youngsters aged 7 to 12. Reservations are required. Fee is $10. Call 434-7433 or email annmarie@gmail.com.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Sharon Osorio-Mentkowski, Jim Kelly, Bill Stachowski, Cheryl Lyles, Sue Schulman, Cindy Abbott Letro, Eric Andersen, Jordana Halpern, Brendan Bannon, David Zack, Samantha Bonano, Tavia Weidmann, Tony Post, Conor Clouden Hooley, Kurt Kaul, Stephanie Dorsheimer, Judy Reese, Evie Kelley, Sheilah Zaretsky, Megan Blakely, Alfred Arthur Janczak, Dianne Noworyta, Robert W. Zygmunt, Eileen Harnisch, Patti Nietopski and Allana Bycina.

To submit birthdays and other items of interest to Reporters’ Notebook, please email olaffub@buffnews.com or send a letter to Reporters’ Notebook, Buffalo News, Box 100, Buffalo, NY 14240.

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