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Reporters' Notebook: Feb. 21, 2019

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to novelist and columnist Erma Bombeck, born on this date in 1927, “Worry is like a rocking chair: It gives you something to do but never gets you anywhere.”

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MUSIC AND MORE – David LaMotte, songwriter, author, TED Talk speaker and founder of a non-profit organization that helps people in Guatemala, visits Orchard Park Presbyterian Church, 4369 S. Buffalo St., Orchard Park, for a concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $12 advance, $15 at the door. For tickets, call 668-1995.

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HERE’S THE BEEF – The Shriners of Western New York will hold their Spring Meat Raffle at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Shrine Center, 1600 Southwestern Blvd., West Seneca. Admission is $2 and includes beer, pop and sandwiches. There’s also a special Big Ticket Raffle, with cash prizes of $200, $300 and $500, for which tickets must be purchased in advance at the Shrine Center. For more info, call 674-8666.

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PLENTY TO BUY – The Niagara County Central Rotary Club holds its 23rd annual Cabin Fever Antique Show and Sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday in Frontier Fire Hall, 2176 Liberty Drive, Niagara Falls. Admission is $3 and covers both days. Food will be available. For more info, call 693-9713.

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FREEDOM RIDE – Award-winning Canadian historian and archaeologist Karolyn Smardz Frost, whose book “Steal Away Home” recounts the story of 15-year-old Cecelia Reynolds, who escaped from slavery on a visit to Niagara Falls in 1846, speaks and signs copies of her book at 3 p.m. Saturday in the Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center, 825 Depot Ave. West, Niagara Falls.
From 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, the center hosts Black Expo 2019, which features services, food and merchandise from black-owned businesses.

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LET’S GO LEGO – Youngsters from North Tonawanda, Wheatfield and Pendleton are invited to join the Lego Club at the North Tonawanda Public Library, 505 Meadow Drive. The club will meet from 4 to 5 p.m. Monday and builds on a different theme every month. Registration is required each month and can be made by calling 693-4132 or emailing ntkidsdesk@nioga.org.

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TURNING THE PAGE – Speaking of libraries, it was a month ago tonight that a devastating fire destroyed the Barker Public Library and the Village Hall. The fundraising drive to help rebuild the library is now approaching 40 percent of its $10,000 goal. To help, visit gofundme.com/rebuild-our-barker-library.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Reggie Witherspoon, Nancy Singh, Joyce Frayer, Marian Nardollilo, Clarissa Lucas, Mary Muldoon, Erik Bartus, Michael Bartus, Frank Billittier II, Chris TinHan, Eric Meyer, Michael Gaughan, Lauren Holstein, June Elise Uhl, Mark C. Peer, Aaron Wysko and Melissa “Toons” Dersam.

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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