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Reporters’ Notebook

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to singer and songwriter Ani DiFranco, born in Buffalo on this date in 1970, “Some of life’s best lessons are learned at the worst times.”


HERE’S THE BEEF – The Mary Queen of Angels Regional Catholic School Sports Boosters will host their third annual meat raffle Friday evening in St. Andrew’s Church, 34 Francis Ave., Sloan. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and drawings will start at 7.

Tickets are $5 advance, $8 at the door, and include two slices of pizza and pop, beer or wine. Additional slices of pizza will be available for purchase. Admission is open to those 21 and older. Proceeds benefit sports programs at the Cheektowaga school. For tickets and info, call the school at 895-6280.


ONE OF A KIND – More than 35 craftsmen and women will offer handmade items as the St. Aloysius Crafters hold their 15th annual craft show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in St. Aloysius Hall, 190 Franklin St., Springville. Baked goods also will be on sale. Lunch will be available at 11:30 a.m.


BITS OF HISTORY – Antique bottles, vintage advertising, breweriana, glass, pottery, post cards, Larkin Soap and Pan American Exposition items and other Buffalo-related collectibles will be available as the Greater Buffalo Bottle Collectors Association holds its 17th annual show and sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday in Polish Falcons Hall, 445 Columbia Ave., Depew.

Admission is $2. Kids under 12 get in free. There also will be free appraisals of all antiques and free bottles for children. For info and vendor tables, call Dave Potter at 771-1581, Peter Jablonski at 440-7985 or Joe Guerra at 674-5750.


HOLY STROKES – Golfers can benefit St. John Kanty Church on Buffalo’s East Side by playing and practicing this weekend at Broadway Driving Range and Miniature Golf, 4367 Broadway, Depew. Half of the proceeds will be donated to the church from golfers who remember to bring along a flyer, which is available from the church at 101 Swinburne St., near Broadway and Brownell Street, or online at The golf center will be open from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday.


WILLKOMMEN! – Eleven venues in Black Rock and Riverside will celebrate the arrival of fall with their annual Oktoberfest on Saturday, beginning at 3 p.m. at Artisan Kitchens and Baths, 200 Amherst St., where there will be music by the Skiffle Minstrels and the traditional beer tapping ceremony at 4 p.m., led by North Council Member Joseph Golombek.

Free shuttle buses will link all of the Oktoberfest sites, which also include Hot Mama’s Canteen, Rohall’s Corner, the Phoenix, Barry’s, Sportsmen’s Tavern, Dill’s Military Grill, the Croatian Club, Casey’s Tavern, the Ukrainian-American Civic Center, AMVETS Medallion Post 13 and the Unknown Club. The festival is sponsored by the Grant-Amherst Business Association.


POISED FOR SUCCESS – Amy Gilmore Smith will become the first recipient of a new scholarship presented by the Grand Island Professional Women’s Chapter, New York State Women Inc., at their September awards dinner at 6 p.m. next Wednesday in River Oaks, 201 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island.

The scholarship will be given annually to an adult woman from Grand Island who is returning to college or trade school or is pursuing continuing education. Smith is taking accounting courses through Empire State College. For dinner reservations, call Diane Dinsmore at 308-6230 or email her at


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Emmett Gallagher O’Neill, Debbie Merrifield, Kenneth J. Turner, David Palmeri, Marypat Ramsey, Tabatha McCabe, Sister Mary Gloria Lewandowski, Tony Kronbezk, Patty Kelly, Bobbie Yaden, Stanley Kopiasz, Ellen Zelasko, Nancy Fredrickson, Leann Guzzetta, Bridget Hall, Pam Gibbins, J. K. Karb III, Janet Yeates, Sean Stablewski, Moose Tomassi, Andrew Kuczmarski, Jacob Yots, Sue Kellogg, Norene Sporney, Mark Matyas, Betsy O’Brien, Terry Kuca and Margaret Lechner.

AND THURSDAY – Paula Voell, Chris Urbanek, Matt Enstice, Rob Moll, Joan McKenzie, Jake Pokorny, Byron Brown, Thea Zastempowski, Patsy Kenefick, Mike Safe, John Dubiel, Jim Grabowski, Dave Szymonek, Timothy O’Shei, Barbara Kobos, Tim Van Oss, Lilly Colwell, Louise Guimento, Shelley Tomkins and Ronald Wilk.