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Reporters’ Notebook

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to tennis great Jimmy Connors, born on this date in 1952, “Experience is a great advantage. The problem is that when you get the experience, you’re too damned old to do anything about it.”


BLAZE BUSTERS – Carl Hoepfinger, president of the Buffalo Fire Historical Society, is the guest at the First Wednesday Speaker Series this week in the Steel Plant Museum of Western New York, 100 Lee St., off South Park Avenue.

Doors open at 6 p.m., the program starts at 7. Admission is free. Pizza and refreshments will be available for purchase. For more information, call 821-9361 or visit


TURNING TEAL – The thundering waters of Niagara Falls will shine bluish green Friday evening on behalf of the WNY Ovarian Cancer Project as it raises funds and awareness for ovarian cancer programs.

The special lighting will take place in conjunction with “Teal Niagara Falls – Teal the World,” a cocktail reception and gourmet dinner from 6 to 10 p.m. in the Top of the Falls Restaurant in Niagara Falls State Park.

Rep. Brian Higgins, D-Buffalo, will be honored with the organization’s inaugural Hope Award for his support of cancer programs. Tickets are $100. For info and reservations, visit


NEW SEASON – First Presbyterian Church, 149 Broad St., City of Tonawanda, holds an Early Autumn Sale from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, with a mini-boutique, thrift shop and plants.

A $5 luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. includes a goulash plate, home-baked pie, coffee, tea and punch.


CHOICES GALORE – Art, antiques, collectibles, jewelry, crafts, housewares, clothing, books, CDs and furniture will be on sale Thursday to Saturday as St. John’s-Grace Episcopal Church on Colonial Circle, Lafayette and Richmond avenues, holds a Rummage Sale and Vendor Expo.

Hours are 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday. For more info, call 885-1112 or visit


WHISTLE STOP – The remaining inventory of a closed railroad hobby shop will be on sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the Iron Island Museum, 998 Lovejoy St.

Offered will be Lionel items, a Bachman sign, a Holiday train set and a large quantity of other items, ranging from postcards to clothing and holiday decorations.

Proceeds will help restore the museum building, a former church and funeral home built in 1883. For info, call 892-3084.


RENEWING TRADITION – The University at Buffalo Women’s Club will begin its 69th year with a membership luncheon Sept. 13 in the Twentieth Century Club of Buffalo, 595 Delaware Ave. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m., with luncheon at noon.

Cost is $26, which includes a donation to the Grace Capen Academic Award Fund.

Membership is open to women who have a commitment to the university and its scholarship programs. For info, call 553-0864.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Mark Gilbert, Tommie Rizzo, Stephanie Young, Mary Clare Hourihan, Howard Riedel, Ernie Bogenrieder, Sister Mary Georgette Zielinski, Sister Mary Christelle Sawicki, Janel Panek, Santana Santiago, Shawn David Falzone, Michael D. DeLellis, Patricia Orzechowski, Pat Ozzie, Evelyn Ann Rooth, Michael P. Beyers, Patricia Dearheart, Matthew Bratek, Brian Logel, Andrew Pelcynski, Wesley Pelczynski, Gloria Schunk and Geraldine Gutauskas.


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