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Reporters' Notebook: Feb. 15, 2019

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to the creator of “The Simpsons,” cartoonist Matt Groening, born on this date in 1954, “I’d be vegetarian if bacon grew on trees.”

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HUNGRY? – Chowder will be ready at noon Saturday at Niagara Hose Fire Company No. 3, 74 Wheeler St., City of Tonawanda. Cost is $4 per quart. To place an advance order, drop a container off early.

The Shriners of Western New York will hold a winter chicken barbecue from noon to 4:30 p.m. Sunday in the Shrine Center, 1600 Southwestern Blvd., West Seneca. Dinners are $10 and include a half chicken, two salads and a roll. For more info, call 674-8666.

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TUMULTUOUS TIMES – Historian Gregory Kinal will give a presentation on the personal and political life of President Abraham Lincoln at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Lancaster Historical Society, 40 Clark St., Lancaster. Admission is free. All are welcome.

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REALITY CHECK – Representatives from James Spence Authentication will visit Bases Loaded Sports Collectibles, 794 French Road, Cheektowaga, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to provide authentications of autographed items. Those who cannot attend may drop off items in advance. For more info, call 656-0066 or email

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TIME OUT – The Memory Lane respite program at First Presbyterian Church, 149 Broad St., City of Tonawanda, will offer a break Tuesday for those caring for a family member with a memory impairment at home.
Trained volunteers will provide supervised fun activities from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for the memory impaired, along with crafts, music, singing and a hot meal, all at no charge. For info and a guest registration, call the church office at 692-1319 or email

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Ann Marie Szymanski, Rosa Whetzle-Trotter, Moira Moldenhauer, Georgia M. Jones, Joanne Buczkowski, Tom McFall, Therese Pitrelli, Mike Meyers, Chris Farnsworth, Mary Lynn Heidle, Sa Quita Rivera, Robert Wroblewski, Samuel Charles Recktenwalt, Anne LaPlante, Diane Nowak and Judith Janis.

AND SATURDAY – Toni Ruberto, Bishop Edward M. Grosz, Jillene Krause, Ricky Finnegan, Ranae Rokitka, Nick Harezga, Darrell C. Kilburn, Robin Sengbush, Mike Smith, James Brunning, Lorraine Williams, Shelby Weisedel, Jordan N. Covell, Patrick Welch, Patti Bollenbacher, Rose Nadrich, Karen Mary Labedz and Bill Kamela.

AND SUNDAY – Colin Dabkowski, Florence Notto, Lindy Ruff, Moira Gallagher Schorr, Mike Spong, Don Zinteck, Mary Vance-Boyd, Lucy McCabe, Lisa Marie Panek, Sister Mary Janita Krawczyk, Bonnie Capozzi, Joan Ogledzinski, Christine Poremba, Norman Ryan, Tyler Kitay, Gladie Zelasko Smith, Matthew Toohey, Ann Marie Zielinski, Nancy DiMartino and Zoe Thauer.

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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