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Reporters' Notebook: Dec. 25, 2019

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to English mathematician, theologian and scientist Sir Isaac Newton, born on this date in 1642, “We build too many walls and not enough bridges.”

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HOOP DREAMS – The Kelly for Kids Non-High School Basketball League for teens 13 to 17 will start in January in the Gloria J. Parks Community Center, 3242 Main St. Games will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. on Fridays. To be eligible, players must not play on any freshman, junior varsity or varsity basketball teams. There is no fee. Shirts will be provided and there will be certified officials. For info, players and teams can call Kevin Ferguson at 832-1010 or email him at

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HIGH TIDE – Aquarium of Niagara, 701 Whirlpool St., Niagara Falls, is celebrating the holiday season with a variety of programs and activities. There will be feeding of the Humboldt penguins at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., holiday-themed sea lion shows at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., reindeer games, coloring and photo stations, hot cocoa and cookies. There will be a special sea lion show with a ball drop and an apple juice toast at noon next Tuesday, New Year’s Eve.
Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, except next Tuesday, when closing is at 3 p.m. Admission is $14.95, $10.95 for kids 3 to 12. Save $1 off one admission per person with donation of a canned good for the Community Missions of Niagara Frontier. For more info, visit

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APPLY YOURSELF – It’s not that far away, the Jan. 15 deadline for applications for $34,000 in college scholarships to be awarded by the Buffalo Branch of the American Association of University Women. Two $5,000 Women Entering College scholarships are available for high school senior girls in Erie and Niagara counties heading for college in 2020. Two $4,000 Catalyst for Change scholarships are offered for women living in Western New York or attending college here. And two $8,000 Olga Lindberg scholarships will be given to women going on to graduate studies. For more info, visit Scholarships are funded through the Buffalo Branch’s annual book sale in May.

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TIME OUT – Olaf Fub will take the day off Thursday to return those awful Christmas sweaters he found under the tree. Reporters’ Notebook will return Friday.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Ellen Warner, Patrick Kennelly, Joe Roland, Martin Schaus, Bud Lauber, Dr. Jeffrey Grace, Holly Hejmowski, Sister Mary Rosalind Rosolowski, Carol Ann Ehlers, Rich Mansel, Alex Glor, Holly McNamara, Kristy Mastalinski Holton, Mary Lukasiewicz, Benny Higgins, Al Hauth, Kim Lewandowski, Mark Decker, Holly Almasi Tedesco, Ken Mrozik and Joseph F. Mullen Sr.,

AND THURSDAY – Jody Bennard Carter III, Dut Dour, Dr. Russell Carlson, Alet-Brooklyn Stelmach, Jenna Jankowiak, Mike Naab Jr., Shufen Krenitsky, Jim Nowak, Isabella Blesy, Michael Healy, Jo Ledwin, Dave Crawford, Tammy Roberts, Joan LaDuca, Jeff Portera, Jean Schweikhard, Carole Burkot Ignaszak, Tim Steele and Mary Pieber.

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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