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Reporters' Notebook: Jan. 8, 2020

OLAF FUB SEZ: Advice from the King of Rock ’n’ Roll, Elvis Presley, born on this date in 1935, “When things go wrong, don’t go with them.”

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LEAN IN – Sponsorship Plus founder B. Parker Harrington, who has helped non-profits in fundraising for 20 years, will talk about how to find success through social media connections this evening at a dinner meeting of the Buffalo Niagara Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO).
It begins with networking at 5 p.m. in Hyatt Place, 5020 Main St., Amherst, followed by dinner at 6. Cost is $35 for members, $40 for guests. To register online, visit

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WILD THINGS – The SPCA Serving Erie County kicks off the first of its 2020 speakers series, “Wake Up with Wildlife,” from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday in its shelter at 300 Harlem Road, West Seneca. The all-ages program, “A Day in the Life of the SPCA Wildlife Department,” focuses on the SPCA’s wildlife hospital, which cares for more than 100 species of animals.
There will be presentations, contests and wild animal ambassadors. Fee is $10. Registration is required. To reserve a spot, visit

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TIME TO GIVE – To help overcome a shortage of blood after the holidays, especially Type O, the American Red Cross is making a special offer. Everyone who gives blood or platelets from now to Jan. 19 will be entered for a chance to win two tickets to Super Bowl LIV on Feb. 2 in Miami.
The prize includes round-trip airfare, three nights at an oceanfront resort, entry to the official NFL Tailgate and a $500 gift card for expenses. For details and to make an appointment, visit or call 800-733-2767. All donors also will receive a reusable Red Cross tote bag while supplies last.
Red Cross blood donations will be taken today from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Resurrection Life Church, 2145 Old Union Road, Cheektowaga; and 2 to 7 p.m. in St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 53 West Falls Road, West Falls.
Donations will be accepted Thursday from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Lackawanna Products Corp., 8545 Main St., Clarence; from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Southline Fire Hall, 1049 French Road, Cheektowaga; noon to 5 p.m. in the American Legion Post, 23 Jefferson St., Wellsville; from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Jamestown Red Cross Chapter headquarters, 325 E. Fourth St., Jamestown; and from 1 to 6 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, 17 South St., Cuba.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Laurie Dean Torrell, Ted Steinberg, Marie Hall Mullen, Judy Bisantz, Lou Pennella, Julie Braunscheidel, Cheryl Bonitati, John Campany, Sister Paul Marie Baczkowski, Myra J. McGrier, Dave “Swiggy” Golembiewski, Rob Eastman, Meghan Soderholm and Michael Szczesny.

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