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Reporter's Notebook: Oct. 26

OLAF FUB SEZ: It was Dutch philosopher Desiderius Erasmus, born on this date in 1466, who coined the phrase, “In the country of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.”

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INSIDE STRAIGHT – Former Deputy Erie County Executive Carl J. Calabrese will be featured in this week’s Rotary Club of Buffalo political speaker series, “Politics as UN-Usual,” at noon Thursday in Templeton Landing, 2 Templeton Terrace in Erie Basin Marina. The buffet lunch is $25. The public is welcome. No reservations are necessary.
Calabrese, now a lobbyist and a partner in the firm of Masiello, Martucci, Calabrese & Associates, will talk about “The Art (and Right) of Lobbying.” For more info, visit the Rotary Club of Buffalo Facebook page.

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SCARY SCENES – Artisan’s Edge of Rivershore, a division of People Inc., has decked out the Haunted Frontier House, 460 Center St., Lewiston, with eerie scenes like “Chambers of Horrors” and “Creepy Clinic.” It’s open from 6 to 9 p.m. nightly through Halloween for visitors aged 10 and older with a $10 donation. Groups are welcome.
Proceeds benefit Artisan’s Edge, a group of award-winning musicians, actors, painters, potters and mixed media artists living with disabilities. For more info, call 524-2266, Ext. 230.

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SCREEN SCREAMS – The Hamburg Palace Theatre, 31 Buffalo St., Hamburg, will open its Family Halloween Weekend with humor at 7 p.m. Friday with a Laurel and Hardy Festival – a feature-length comedy by the two funnymen and several short films. When the clock strikes 11 p.m., laughter turns to horror with the 2007 film, “1408,” starring John Cusack in a Stephen King tale about an investigator of haunted houses.
The fright continues Saturday with a Frankenstein Marathon, featuring Boris Karloff as the monster. The 1931 “Frankenstein” will be shown at 1 and 7 p.m., followed by the 1935 “Bride of Frankenstein” at 2:30 and 8:30 p.m., and the 1939 “Son of Frankenstein” at 4 and 10 p.m.

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OVAL OFFICE – First lady Abigail Fillmore will come to life to lead a Hail to the Chief Presidential Tour at 10 a.m. Saturday and again Nov. 5 in Forest Lawn.
After a trolley ride past the final resting places of political personages, the tour will return to the cemetery’s Margaret L. Wendt Archive and Resource Center to view “The Presidents in Buffalo,” an exhibit with artifacts from more than 30 chief executives who had ties to the area or visited during their terms of office. Tickets are $25; available online at forest-lawn.com.

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OLD SOULS – St. Stanislaus Cemetery, 700 Pine Ridge Heritage Road, Cheektowaga, will celebrate Polish Ancestors Day on Sunday afternoon with a program in its Resurrection Mausoleum.
A Mass for All Souls will be offered at 3 p.m. by Father Czeslaw Krysa and will feature a reading of “Wypominki,” the names of the dearly departed.
Beginning at 2 p.m., imported Polish cemetery candles will be available, along with information about Polish family research.
The program is sponsored by the Polish Legacy Project of Buffalo and the Polish Genealogical Society of New York State. For more info about the cemetery, which was founded in 1889, look for it among the trail sites at poloniatrail.com.

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FURRY FRIENDS – Ten Lives Club, the cat rescue and adoption group in Blasdell, will host its annual Halloween fish fry from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, or until sold out, in Knights of Columbus Hall, 36 Pierce Ave., Hamburg. Other meals also will be available for purchase and there will be a cash bar.
There will be raffles for theme baskets and Bills tickets, plus a bake sale. Black and orange cats will be available for adoption. Prizes will be given for best children’s costumes. For more info, visit tenlivesclub.com.

Precious Paws Rescue will offer Kitty Kat Bingo from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday in Brounshidle Post 205, American Legion, 3354 Delaware Ave., Town of Tonawanda. Admission is $2. Additional bingo cards are $1. Food and beverages will be available. Proceeds benefit homeless kittens and mother cats at the North Tonawanda shelter. For info and reservations, call 692-2859 or 695-6770.

Payne Avenue Christian Church, 1459 Payne Ave., North Tonawanda, will hold a blessing of the animals at 11 a.m. Saturday. All are welcome.

Sadie’s Safe Harbor Canine Rescue will hold its annual fundraiser from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday in J.P. Fitzgerald’s, 4236 Clark St., Hamburg. There will be silent auctions, basket auctions and raffles, with prizes that include round-trip plane tickets, a vacation in Cancun, Mexico, and more. Tickets are $10 and include pizza and wings. For more info, visit sadiesrescue.org.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Cheryl Daley Rae, Gil Chorbajian, Anna Klapakis, Paul Tokasz, Gregory Nowicki, Ron Montesano, Arlene Brown, Christal Guthrie, Tricia Barrett, Patricia Merrell, Anne Emblidge, Melissa Hiscock, Jennifer Carducci, Beth Bielmann, Barb Biddle, Kevin Panek, Sister Mary Lucette Kinecki, Jesse Lark, Judith Bondanza, Christopher Alessi, Hazel D. McGrath Horvatits, Thomas C. Matecki, Diane Andriatch, Bill Dorsheimer and Eric Wilson.
AND THURSDAY – James Snajczuk, D. Christopher Burns, Donn Esmonde, Doris Jones, Rasmus Ristolainen, Brian Hassett, Beth Knodel, Sophia Lawrence, Nadine Thress, Dave Szymonek, Marge Manhard, Maureen Mulderig, Karen Pawenski, Overseer Jeffery Bowen, Tom Sands, Patricia Campanini Grasha, Gary DeRouche and Mark Pronobis.

email: olaffub@buffnews.com

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