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Reporter's Notebook: Oct. 28

OLAF FUB SEZ: A little prayer from English novelist Evelyn Waugh, born on this date in 1903, “O God, make me good, but not yet.”

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RAINING CATS – A flood of felines has prompted Ten Lives Club, the cat shelter and adoption service in Blasdell, to temporarily suspend adoptions and surrenders at its main shelter at 3741 Lake Shore Road until Nov. 7 so time can be devoted to care of the critters.
Since Oct. 1, the agency has taken in nearly 200 kitties from other local shelters and rescue groups, including 15 from a shelter in South Carolina that was inundated during Hurricane Matthew.
Meanwhile, cats looking for new homes are available as usual at Ten Lives Club satellite adoption locations in the Walden Galleria Mall near Lord & Taylor and at more than half a dozen pet supply shops in the area. For a list, visit tenlivesclub.com.

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TIME OF NEED – Shane Gross, disabled for 20 years, has weathered major health issues since he became bed bound in 2013. To help pay for medical equipment and other expenses, friends and family are holding a benefit dinner and auction Saturday afternoon in Rapids Volunteer Fire Hall, 7195 Plank Road, Town of Lockport.
The auction, offering more than 100 baskets plus Bills and Sabres memorabilia, will be open from 1 to 7 p.m. A pasta dinner will be served from 2:30 to 6 p.m. Dinners are $9 for adults, $5 for kids 6 to 12. For more info, visit the Shane’s New Perspective page on Facebook.

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TO YOUR HEALTH – A variety of services and information will be offered at a Community Health and Wellness Fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in Trinity Old Lutheran Church, 3445 Sheridan Drive, Amherst. It’s free and open to the public.
On hand to answer questions will be University at Buffalo dental, occupational therapy and pharmacy students, a pharmacist, a chiropractor and a reflexologist. Erie County Senior Services will have info on wellness classes and fall risk assessment. The Amherst Police will have tips on personal and home safety.
An American Red Cross bloodmobile will accept donations beginning at 9:30 a.m. Chicken chowder will be on sale for take-out only in the church parking lot beginning at noon. The fair is co-hosted by the Buffalo Church of Christ.

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STOP AND SHOP – A farmer’s market and new vendor booths will be featured at the annual Fall Bazaar from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in the First Congregational United Church of Christ, 132 N. Main St., Angola. The Visiting Nurses Association will hold a flu clinic from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The dining room will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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WINNING TICKET – The Shriners of Western New York will hold their Fall Meat Raffle at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Shrine Center, 1600 Southwestern Blvd., West Seneca. Admission is $2 and includes beer, pop and sandwiches. A special Big Ticket Raffle also will be held, with prizes including a chest freezer with a food gift card, a flat screen TV and $200 cash. Big Ticket Raffle entries must be purchased in advance at the Shrine Center. For more info, call 674-8666.

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SWEET HARMONY – The Kalina Singing Society, the oldest female Polish vocal ensemble in Buffalo, will present a concert at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Holy Mother of the Rosary Parish Center, 6298 Broadway, Lancaster. The chorus, directed by Audrey Malinowski Shafer and accompanied by Anthony Kunz, will perform a variety of Polish songs and a few contemporary selections in English. A reception will follow. Free-will offerings are welcome.

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FEAR NOT – A safe alternative to trick or treating will be Trunk ‘N Treating from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot of Salem Lutheran Church, 10 McClellan Circle at McKinley Parkway and Whitfield Avenue, in South Buffalo. In addition to car trunks full of candy, there will be hot dogs for the whole family. It’s free and open to the community. For more info, call 824-2787.

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UNSWEETENED – Youngsters can turn in their Halloween treats for $1 per pound during the 10th annual Winning Smiles Pediatric Dentistry Halloween Candy Buy-Back from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the practice’s clinics at 3476 Sheridan Drive, Amherst, and 3364 Southwestern Blvd., Orchard Park.
There also will be entertainment for children, along with prizes and giveaways, including free toothbrushes. All candy will be sent in care packages to troops deployed overseas. Last year, more than 5,000 pounds of Halloween candy were sent to the troops.

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PARTY TIME – The Cambria Volunteer Fire Company, 4631 Cambria Wilson Road, will hold its annual Kids Halloween Party from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday. It’s free and open to the public.

St. Stephen’s-Bethlehem United Church of Christ, 750 Wehrle Drive, Amherst, will have a Halloween Family Fun event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, following 10 a.m. worship services. There will be crafts, games and pumpkin carving. Prizes will be given for those in Biblical costumes. For more info, call 684-8731.

The Collins Regional Historical Society will host a free Halloween Party for all residents of Collins, the Cattaraugus Reservation and the Springville and Gowanda school districts from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday in the L. K. Painter Community Center, 2355 Main St., Collins. There will be pumpkin and cookie decorating, crafts and safe trick or treating. Free snacks and cider will be provided. Adults are encouraged to bring old photographs and other memorabilia, along with candy to share with trick or treaters.

The Wilson Lions Club will hold its annual Kids Halloween Party at 7 p.m. Monday in the Wilson No. 1 Fire Hall, 250 Young St., Wilson. There will be a costume contest, cider, doughnuts and candy. For the first time, youngsters also are invited to bring carved pumpkins from home to display for cash prizes.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Jamie Petersen, Jack Eichel, Marie Suprinick, Dawn Dixon, Ashley Blewis, Tammy Sasiadek, Ashley Billittiere, Lottie Pajak, Dorothy Felder, Ed Kilgore, Nataliya Kushnir, Connie Pardi, Edward Swinnich, Darlene Lyons, Dana Cassiano, Theresa Kipler, Gavin Rathke, Meghan Corcoran, Paul Kowalewski, Kathy Kellner, Judy Healey and Lorenzo Federico.
AND SATURDAY – Leslie Foschio, Salvatore Scrivo, Freddie Cheek, Daryl Meyer, Pam Wigant, Jeffrey Ware, Erin Holstein, Patricia Kurzanski, Marie Mills, Rachel Lea Knopf, Viola Piekarski, Ken McMillan, Yulija Czuprynski, Carol Swiderski, Elizabeth Czajkowski, Gail Warner, Karen Pawenski, Kenny Daigler and Justine Miller.
AND SUNDAY – Jeffrey Gundlach, Greg Kuminski, Tom Lippert, Elliott Powell, Dick Brox, Gitti Barrell, Tom Brown, David Jeyer, Jodie Papa, Roxann Hassett, Jack Janiszeski, Marci Blattenberger, Paul Sasiadek, Jackie Graham, Beverly Rogalski, Dr. Ross Guarino, Joann Harris, Marybeth Nelson, Jody Powley, Carla Sicurella, Richie Palmer, Jen Hayes, Sister Mary Johnice Rzadkiewicz, Nickolas McCabe, Sister Mary Christinette Lokewski, Bertha Drayton, James Niwinski, Jeff Varecka, Karen A. Young, Father Joseph Porpiglia and Tammy Wesolowski.

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