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Reporter's Notebook: Oct. 31

OLAF FUB SEZ: Advice from television newsman Dan Rather, born on this date in 1931, “Don’t taunt the alligator until after you’ve crossed the creek.”

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Who Would Think Elephants and Donkeys Could Be So Scary?

There isn’t much I’m ‘fraid of
Black cats or witch on broom
I stroll past graves and catacombs
And relish dusty tombs
The blackest night
Brings sheer delight
No goblins cause a scream
Never had a nightmare
Just a most delightful dream
I think my luck’s about to change
I have a predilection
And it won’t be witches
That cause wet britches
But November’s big election!
– Carol Thrun Nowicki

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FAMILIAR FACE – Linda Pellegrino, the longtime host of WKBW-TV’s “AM Buffalo” program, will be the featured speaker in this week’s installment of the IMAGINE Buffalo lunchtime lecture series at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday. She recently published a memoir, “Still Smiling.”

Linda Pellegrino

The program begins at noon in the Ring of Knowledge on the main floor of the Central Library on Lafayette Square in downtown Buffalo with a Great Courses video on “The World’s Greatest Paintings.”
Admission is free. You can bring a lunch or purchase one at the library’s Fables Cafe. The series is sponsored by the Center for the Study of Art, Architecture, History & Nature.

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FEEL BETTER – More than a dozen local companies and organizations will offer information on yoga, massage therapy, nutrition and more at a free health fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday at Blocher Homes, 135 Evans St., Williamsville. For more info, call Holly Lange at 810-7403 or email hlange@beechwoodcare.org.

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WARM THOUGHT – Horse and Buggy Quilts will be displayed and Sally McCarthy will give a history of these Amish quilts at the next meeting of the Beechwood Service Guild at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in the Beechwood Residence, 2235 Millersport Highway, Getzville. All are welcome. Refreshments will be served.

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FRESH TALENT – The East Aurora Music Boosters will sponsor a free Autumn Concert by student musicians from the East Aurora schools at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Nativity Lutheran Church, 970 E. Main St., East Aurora. A cider and cookie reception will follow. Free-will donations are welcome. The boosters also will hold a can and bottle drive from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday in the parking lot of East Aurora Middle School, 430 Main St. For home pickup, send a text message to 393-6066.

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BLAZE BUSTERS – This month’s meeting of the West Seneca Historical Society and Museum will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Firemen’s Memorial Exhibit Center, 4141 Seneca St., West Seneca. The center’s collection of vintage firefighting equipment will be on display and Jim Kavanaugh will speak about the history of fire service in Western New York. Refreshments will follow. All are welcome.

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IT’S A DATE – Chapter 153 of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE) will hold a health fair for current members when it meets at 1 p.m. Thursday in Pvt. Leonard Post Jr. Post 6251, Veterans of Foreign Wars, 2450 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga. Members must present their membership numbers, which are found on the label of the NARFE magazine. Applications for membership also will be accepted at the door.

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BLACK ROCK REDUX – Historian and author Edward Patton will show previously unseen high-resolution photos of Black Rock from the 1930s at 6 p.m. Thursday when he visits the Fall Speaker Series in the Black Rock Historical Society, 1902 Niagara St. It’s free and open to the public.

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HAIL TO THE CHIEFS – Presidents in Buffalo will be the topic as Explore Buffalo’s Fall Speaker Series continues at 7 p.m. Wednesday in First Presbyterian Church, 1 Symphony Circle.

The session will cover presidential visits through history, with a focus on one of our resident presidents, Millard Fillmore. Admission is $10, free to Explorer Pass members.

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HOMETOWN HEROES – EPIC (Every Person Influences Children) will host its annual Heroes Reception on Thursday evening in the new Westin Buffalo, 250 Delaware Ave. at Chippewa Street. Cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction begin at 6 p.m., with awards at 7:15 p.m.
Sportscaster John Murphy will be emcee. Honored will be Chris and Camie Greene, Stephen Jepson, the Peter & Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation and School 6, the Buffalo Elementary School of Technology. Tickets are $120. For tickets and info, visit epicforchildren.org.

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REUNION TIME – Bishop Ryan High School Alumni will hold their annual memorial Mass and breakfast on Nov. 13 in St. Casimir’s Church, 160 Cable St. Mass at 10 a.m. will be followed by breakfast in the old school cafeteria. Cost is $15. Reservations are required. Call Paul Andruczyk at 662-3459.

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HOLIDAY GREEN – The Meals on Wheels Foundation of Western New York has teamed with Lavocat’s Family Greenhouse and Nursery for “Wreaths For Meals,” its annual holiday wreath sale.
Orders for wreaths, ranging in size from 14 to 34 inches, along with decorated centerpieces and candy canes, will be accepted through Nov. 18. Pickup will be Dec. 2 and 3 at locations in Buffalo, Clarence and Orchard Park. For info and order forms, call 822-2201, Ext. 4, or visit mealsonwheelswny.org.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Patrick Concannon, Jeanne Buczkowski, Louise Continelli, Dan Herbeck, Miri Salamone-Burnett, Gene Kowal, Jim Vitale, Todd Miller, Ginger Parker, Shirley Manspeaker, Alison Russo, Bridget Sweet, Brendan Sweet, Ella Makowski, Cathy Gustafson, Kevin English, Nora English, Tom Starkey, Cathy Lasky, Colleen Cullen, Dee McCarthy, Susan Marien, David Federico and Joe Ricckio Jr.

email: olaffub@buffnews.com

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