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Reporters’ Notebook

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to British author and lexicographer Samuel Johnson, born on this date in 1709, “Wickedness is always easier than virtue, for it takes the shortcut to everything.”


PAGE TURNERS – The Town of Collins Public Library, 2341 Main St., is holding its annual book and bake sale during library hours from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday, 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.


PLAN AHEAD – You’ll need a presale ticket to enjoy the home-cooked dinner sponsored by the Boston Fire Company Auxiliary at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Boston Fire Hall, 6746 Mill St. Tickets are $10. Kids 5 and under are free. For tickets, call 941-3140. A chance auction follows dinner.


DAY IN THE COUNTRY – Military youth and their families, including National Guard and Reserve, are invited to a free Military Family Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at 4-H Camp Wyomoco, 2780 Buffalo Road, Varysburg. Outdoor activities include fishing, archery, rocketry and crafts. Lunch will be provided.

Space is limited, and registration is required. Call (315) 788-8450, Ext. 254, or email The program is sponsored by New York State Operation Military Kids, the Wyoming County 4-H and the American Legion.


URGE FOR GOING – The last installment in this year’s four-part AAA Western and Central New York travel series for active seniors will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday in the Theatre Room at Asbury Pointe Retirement Community, 50 Stahl Road off North Forest Road, Getzville.

Topics will include seasonal fall and holiday tours, river cruises and Branson, Mo. Light refreshments will be served. Admission is free, but reservations are required. Call 810-7500.


FIGHTING BACK – Raising awareness and funds for a cure is the area’s first Pheo/Para 5K Run/Walk at 10 a.m. Saturday from the Wings Pavilion, 3964 California Road, Orchard Park. Entries are $25, $15 for students, with awards in all age groups. Runners are asked to wear camouflage attire.

Those who don’t want to run or walk can join the party afterward for $10, which includes food, pop and beer. To register for the run and walk online, visit

Proceeds will help fight genetic pheochromocytoma and paraganglioma, two rare cancers that affect three Southtowns families and require constant screening and surgery for tumors.


NATURAL FUN – Asha Sanctuary, a refuge for abused and neglected animals, will benefit from a Country Jamboree at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Cornell Cooperative Extension, 4487 Lake Ave., Lockport.

The Ghost Riders and the Honey Badgers will perform. Speakers will include Dr. Thomas Campbell, co-author of the best-selling “The China Study”; Melanie Joy, author of “Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs and Wear Cows”; and dietitian George Eisman, author of “The Most Noble Diet: Don’t Let Your Diet Add to Your Cancer Risk.”

Anne Dinshah, author of “Dating for Vegans,” will give an interactive cooking demonstration, and a gourmet vegan meal will be served. There also will be a cash bar and auctions and raffles. Tickets are $30. Call 480-2571 or email


BARGAIN HUNT – Furniture, appliances, paintings and more will be offered as Amberleigh Retirement Community, 2330 Maple Road, Amherst, holds its annual yard sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Rental spaces are still available for $10, table not included. To reserve a space, call Jim Coats at 689-4195.


ONE IF BY LAND – It’s a Revolutionary War weekend at the Hull Family Home and Farmstead, 5976 Genesee St., at Pavement Road, Lancaster. Re-enactors will portray soldiers from opposing sides – Brant’s Rangers, who were British Loyalists, and Hoisington’s Rangers, a New York militia.

There will be musket demonstrations, battle drills, a court-martial and a battle at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Kids can sign up and participate in the drills.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $5 for adults, $2 for students ages 10 to 18. Kids under 10 are free.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Tess Fiona Cleary, Scotty Bowman, Phil Banaszak, Darryl Dennard, Samantha Summers, Tod Kniazuk, Mary Lempke, Pat NeMoyer, Demone Smith, Sister Mary Janet Mazierski. Alissa Amorosi, Carol Ziarniak, Patricia Regan, Kathy Deakin, Emma Vangalio, Shirley Jaehn, Stephen Godzisz, Halina Bres, Marshall Weinar, Allana Havernick, Jaclyn Garmone, Alyssa Garmone, Debra Delaney, Pat Regan, Dawn Hauser, Michael Strobele, Bill “Big Daddy” Higgins, Michael McKenna, Art Sala, Dawn “Mrs. Yankee” Hauser, Patricia Wolpert Clark, Gary Levulis and Christopher Libertore.

AND THURSDAY – Mallory Veronica Smith, Carolyn Haggerty, Spencer Glynn, Rebecca Cole, Jake Pokorzy, Shirley Mucha, Bill Wiate, Tom Edington, Erin Genevieve Hibbard, Cheryl Krajna, William Schroeder, Jake Czumaj, Shirley Mucha, Bob “Bogie” Bouquard, Nicholas Pronobis, Craig Michael, Amy Goudy and Anna M. O’Connor.


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