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Reporters' Notebook: March 25, 2020

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to syndicated newspaper columnist Robert Quillan, born on this date in 1887, “The secret of a happy marriage is simple: Just keep on being as polite to one another as you are to your friends.”

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HATS OFF – What do you do when you order up 125 fish fry dinners for a fundraiser and you have to cancel it? That was the dilemma Sunday afternoon for the Kenilworth Volunteer Fire Company in the Town of Tonawanda.
The solution? The firefighters packed up the dinners and took them to the staff at Kenmore Mercy Hospital.
“Today the health care staff is the front line,” said Kenilworth Fire Chief Anthony Marano. “Tomorrow we could be. We stand by each other. We are family. It’s important to step up and take care of the people who are caring for others.”

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CANCELLATIONS – Postponed to a later date is “Early Days of Buffalo: Nostrils of Hell,” a presentation by former Buffalo News reporter and editor Michael Vogel at the monthly meeting of the Historical Association of Lewiston scheduled for Thursday night in the Lutheran Church of the Messiah in Lewiston. Vogel is president of the Buffalo Lighthouse Association and led the effort that brought the tall ships to Buffalo harbor last summer.

Preservation Buffalo Niagara has called off all its tours for the time being, including a Hard Hat Tour scheduled Saturday morning in the Tuscarora Club, 128 Walnut St., Lockport. Built by a physician in 1850, for nearly a century it was home to a private club. Gasport businessman Dominick Ciliberto is in the process of turning it into a boutique hotel with a banquet and wedding venue on the ground floor. A new tour date will be arranged.

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HEALTHY DISTANCE – Olaf Fub plans to be socially isolated Thursday and will not appear. Reporters’ Notebook will return on Friday.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Bobby Militello, Sharon Benz, Nicole Fieramusca, Don Vidler, Sandy Rifkin, Dr. David Dougherty, Glenn Gronkowski, Ellen E. Grant, Larry Chirico, Cindy Smith, Erin Willard, Jeanne Binner, Trey Czumaj, Paul Monolopolus Jr., Madelyn Bosworth, Mia Rose Christiano, Lorry Garlock, Chris LaGrow, Addie Hoerner, Kali Yeates, Emma Hawthorn, Mary Jurek, Susan Donohue, Fred Fabiniak, Delores Rossitto, Pat “Rocky” Iarocci, Loretta Zaganiaczek, Ben Wojtowicz, Neil Farrell and Mary Farrell.

AND THURSDAY – Letizia Tagliafierro, Shirley Cassety, Deidre Williams, Rolene Pozarny, Michael Foglia, Angelo LaDuca, Ryan Kagels, Dorothy Wysocki, Angie Carroll, Chuck Basil, Elaine Kloc, Carrie Meidenbauer, Debbie Harezga, Tammy Mauerman, Abe Holton, Jerry Peters, Dale Bosworth, Jamie William Brown, Andreya France, Ariana France, Daniel L. Smolarek, Kathleen Wheeler, Rev. Martin Gallagher, Amanda Lindenau, Jamie Krieger, Scott Kashino, Jenny Manganello and Henry James Schichtel.

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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