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Reporters' Notebook: Nov. 21, 2019

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to French writer and philosopher Voltaire, born François-Marie Arouet on this date in 1694: “Common sense is not so common.”

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FIND A GIFT – Homemade holiday gifts, jewelry and decorations will be offered at the Holiday Bazaar and Craft Show from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday in Harris Hill Nursing Facility, 2699 Wehrle Drive, Lancaster. Admission is free.

The Women of Wayside Presbyterian Church, 5017 Lake Shore Road, Hamburg, will sponsor their annual Holiday Shopping Spree and Food Fair from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. There will be hand-crafted items, food vendors and a quilt raffle. Snacks will be available, including the Pot Roast Sundae.

The Kenan Arts Council will host its 39th annual Holiday Gift Show, a juried artisan showcase, from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday in the Kenan Center, 433 Locust St., Lockport. The Hilltop Restaurant will offer lunch and beverages in the Taylor Theater. Admission $4.

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SEASONAL SOUNDS – The Buffalo Silver Band will be featured in the annual free holiday concert at 7 p.m. Saturday in St. Nicholas Church, 539 Main St., West Seneca. There also will be a gala reception. Seating at 6.

The Canisius College Chorale, directed by Brad Wingert, will present its Fall 2019 Sacred Spaces Concert No. 2 at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the Church of the Nativity, 1530 Colvin Blvd., Town of Tonawanda. The Nativity Chancel Choir also will perform. Admission is free.

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HOLIDAY HOOPS – Registrations are being accepted for the Thanksgiving Boys Basketball Tournament for boys 12 and under on Nov. 29 and 30 in the Gloria J. Parks Community Center, 3242 Main St. Fee is $150 and there is a three-game guarantee. For info, call Kevin Ferguson at 832-1010 or email

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JOLLY OLD ELF – Citizens Against Puppy Mills and the Puppy Mill Rescue Team invite parents to bring their children and dogs for photos with Santa from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday in Custom K9, 5150 Broadway Depew. Photos will be taken by TroyD Photography. Each donation includes access to digital copies of photos for print.

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TIME TO DECORATE – Orders can be made until Tuesday for the FeedMore Foundation of WNY holiday wreath and centerpiece sale in conjunction with Lavocat’s Family Greenhouse and Nursery. Wreathes ranging in size from 14 to 34 inches are available, plain and decorated. Call Cassandra Barrett at 852-1305, ext. 3082, or visit Orders can be picked up Dec. 6 and 7 at locations in Buffalo, Clarence and Orchard Park.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Paul Garvey, Heidi Powell, Barb Travis, Lee Smith, Krag Lambert, Ron Heft, Alexis Lacey, Amber Simonson, Sister Mary Richardine Baranski, Kim Pierce, Sandie Brant, Frank Dzielski, Gert Reil, Donna Jean Miller and Ron Whitehead.

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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