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Reporters' Notebook: April 14, 2017

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to baseball legend Pete Rose, born on this date in 1941, “Somebody’s gotta win and somebody’s gotta lose and I believe in letting the other guy lose.”

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TODAY’S CATCH – The Second Chance Sheltering Network will host a BW’s fish fry from 4 to 6 p.m. today in Main-Transit Fire Hall, 6777 Main St., Amherst. Fish dinners are $10, chicken finger dinners are $8, including a beverage. Desserts will be available for purchase. Donate a case of canned cat food and receive 25 tickets for the chance auction. Drawings start at 6 p.m.

South Buffalo Post 721, American Legion, 136 Cazenovia St., will serve a Good Friday fish fry from 4 to 7 p.m. today. Dinners are $10 and include beer-battered or broiled haddock, french fries, macaroni salad, cole slaw and rye bread. Chicken finger and fries dinners also are available. For more info, call 825-9557.

The Holy Name Society of St. Mark Church will offer a fish fry dinner from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. today in the St. Mark School Dining Hall, 399 Woodward Ave. Haddock and fried clam dinners are $10, a combo dinner with fish and clams is $14. For youngsters, a grilled cheese sandwich and a slice of cheese pizza are $5. Dessert is included for those who dine in. Refreshments are available for an additional cost.

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Rev. Joseph F. Burke

CHURCH NOTE – The Seven Last Words of Christ will be featured during the Good Friday service from noon to 3 p.m. today in St. Michael’s Catholic Church, 651 Washington St. The service, led by Rev. Joseph F. Burke from Canisius College, will begin with the Stations of the Cross, and Communion will follow.

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BOOKS PLUS – Saturday is the final day of special free National Library Week programs at branches of the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library. Most branches are closed today in observance of Good Friday.
“Love Your Library” offerings Saturday include “Easter WOW!” for youngsters at the Eden Library, 2901 E. Church St., Eden, from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. It includes an interactive magic show, live ducklings and chicks, an egg hunt and a visit from the Easter Bunny. Registration is required. Call 992-4340.
Meanwhile, the Alden Ewell Free Library, 13280 Broadway, Alden, will host “Hanging With (Your) Peeps” for youths 11 to 18 from 12:30 to 2 p.m. The session will include making sushi from marshmallow peeps and dipping peeps in chocolate. To register, call 937-7082.
For a complete list of library activities, visit bit.ly/2o6H5W0.

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BULLY BARGAIN – The Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site, 641 Delaware Ave., will celebrate National Park Week by offering half-price admission Saturday and again on April 22 and 23.
Normal admission prices are $10 for adults, $7 for senior citizens and students with ID, $5 for children 6 to 18, and $25 for a family of two adults and all children 18 and under.
Weekend hours are noon to 5 p.m. for the Wilcox Mansion, where the 26th president took the oath of office in 1901, and the Visitor Center. For more info, call 884-0095 or visit trsite.org.

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SAVE A LIFE – AMVETS Medallion Post 13 and Johnetta R. Cole AMVETS Post 24 will co-sponsor a Unyts blood drive from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday when the Donate Life Express Bus visits the post at 25 Review Place, off Tonawanda Street. To schedule an appointment, visit unytsblooddonor.org and enter sponsor code 000324.

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Special Delivery plays the 43rd annual Dyngus Day celebration at the Depew Polish Falcons Club. (Photo by Les Kapuscinski)

DOING DYNGUS – Got plans for Dyngus Day? Here are two parties on Easter Monday that have come to our attention.
The smaller one runs from 4 to 8 p.m. in Hank Nowak AMVETS Post 45, 3071 Abbott Road, Orchard Park, where $11 admission includes Polish food, music, draft beer, pop and well drinks. There also will be drawings and $2 prize eggs.
The big one is the 43th annual Dyngus Day celebration beginning at 2 p.m. in the Depew Polish Falcons Club, 445 Columbia Ave., Depew.
Two of the area’s leading polka bands will be featured. Special Delivery will play at 2 p.m., followed by Phocus at 6. Food and beverages will be available. Admission is $10 or $2 with the Pussywillow Pass. Children under 12 are free. For tickets and info, call Ken Knoll at 683-7242, Roy Gajkowski at 685-1980 or the club at 684-2373, or visit polishfalconsdepew.com.

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HELP FOR COLLEGE – May 1 is the deadline for applications from high school seniors in Erie and Niagara counties for two college scholarships offered by Buffalo’s Italian-American Police Association in memory of two members – Erie County Sheriff’s Deputy Robert S. Insalaco and Buffalo Patrolman David J. Scime – who died in the line of duty.
Preference will be given to students with Italian heritage who are enrolling in a criminal justice program. For more information or an application, visit iapawny.org.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Erica Hartmann, Patrick Higgins, Jim Greer, Peter Flynn, Jeff Criden, Paula J. Zaczek, Michelle Becker, Marcia Zientara, Lily Clare, Jule Chilcott, Richard Smokowski, John Hemphill, Savannah Wysko, Janet DeSimone, Kathy Galbraith and Ray Ward.
AND SATURDAY – Barbara Shanks Smith, Laura Meier, Doug Sherman, Vic Adragna, Dr. Mark Donahue, Margy Toohey, Nick Tiberio, Margaret Eison, Patti Bissonette, Melanie Russell, Adelyn Grace Louth, Linda Smerka, Amanda McQuillan, Addison Rejewski, Debbie Skakal, Judy Hatrick, Ryan Patrick McClure and Linda Weber.
AND SUNDAY – Betty Thomas, Kyle Okposo, Joe Benenati, Jane Larcom, Geoff Kelly, Paula Witherell, Valerie Heywood, Sister Mary Loriette Tokasz, Zach Lesswing, Faye Evans, Dianne Williams, Amy Williams, Janis Porretti Preston, Carmine Pardi, Melissa Higgins Goff, Monsignor Francis M. Skupien, Karen Murray, Chloe Anne Bell, Dr. Nedra Harrison, Don Keuck, Ann Pochepan, Sharon Swiatek, Brad Trent, Chrissy Clancy and Patricia Jaeger Smith.

To submit birthdays and other items of interest to Reporters’ Notebook, please email olaffub@buffnews.com or send a letter to Reporters’ Notebook, Buffalo News, Box 100, Buffalo, NY 14240.

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