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Reporters' Notebook: April 26, 2017

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to naturalist John James Audubon, born on this date in 1785, “A true conservationist is a man who knows that the world is not given by his fathers, but borrowed from his children.”

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WEEKEND FOR VETS – A ceremony at noon Thursday in Buffalo’s Front Park to mark the arrival of the American Veterans D’Youville Traveling Tribute Vietnam Wall will kick off the sixth annual WNY Laps for Limbs event sponsored by the D’Youville College Student Veterans Association.
The wall, a reduced-size replica of the Vietnam War memorial in Washington, D.C., will remain on view until a closing ceremony at 3 p.m. Sunday. In the meantime, visitors are invited to test their skills in the Grit & Wit Obstacle Course from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
The Laps for Limbs run, walk and roll will take place during time slots from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m. Proceeds will benefit local amputees. For more info, call 829-7582, email veterans@dyc.edu or visit the Student Veterans Association’s Facebook page.

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GRAB A PLATE – The Justinettes will host a soup and salad dinner from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Father Justin Council Knights of Columbus Hall, 2735 Union Road near William Street, Cheektowaga. Tickets are $8 advance, $9 at the door, $4 for kids 4 to 12, and include a choice of homemade soups, a salad bar, rolls, dessert and beverage. For tickets and more info, call 262-0071 or 633-9353.

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BARGAIN TIME – The Women’s Fellowship of Kenmore United Church of Christ will hold its spring rummage sale from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, followed by a $1 bag sale from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday in the church hall at 295 Delaware Road, Kenmore.

Orchard Park Presbyterian Church, 4369 S. Buffalo St., Orchard Park, will hold its annual rummage sale from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday followed by a bag sale from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. Admission to the bag sale is $1 and each bag will cost $1.

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MILESTONE MOMENT – It was 1997 when Laura Scalfani, working another job and going to school, decided to take over a friend’s lease on a vacated shop in Williamsville.
Now, 20 years later, Carousel Clothing & Collectibles, A Shop With Cottage Charm, 6094 Main St., will celebrate its anniversary with an open house from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday.
Scalfani promises refreshments and special sales. For more info, visit the store’s Facebook page.

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Chris Wilson

HIGH NOTES – Singer and songwriter Chris Wilson, a finalist on MTV’s talent contest series, “The Cut,” will perform his Songs of Faith concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Church of the Annunciation, 7580 Clinton St., Elma. It’s free and open to the public. Free-will offerings will be appreciated. For more info, call 683-5254 or visit annunciation.cc.

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READY TO ROLL – F.I.T. Method Studio, 172 Robinson St., North Tonawanda, will host a Pay It Forward benefit for Roswell Park Cancer Institute’s Empire State Ride from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday. There will be music, pizza and raffles featuring more than 150 baskets and more than 50 gift cards. Door prize is a wheelbarrow filled with bottles of liquor. Other prizes include a trip to St. Lucia.
Tickets are $20 advance, $25 at the door. For tickets, call Janice Hetrick, who will be taking her bicycle on the seven-day Empire State Ride, at 553-1083; Lisa Celeste at 940-2505 or the studio at 389-0438.

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EAST SIDE STORIES – Explore Buffalo will offer its first Michigan Street African-American Heritage Tour at 1 p.m. Saturday, beginning at the Michigan Street Baptist Church, 511 Michigan Ave.
Visitors will get inside looks at the church, the Nash House Museum and the Colored Musicians Club Museum, among other landmarks. Cost is $20. For tickets and info, call 245-3032 or visit explorebuffalo.org.

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TEA TIME – The music of Michael Ross Nugent will provide accompaniment as the Amherst Presbyterian Church, 151 S. Youngs Road, Amherst, holds an April Tea from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $15 and can be ordered by calling 634-0223 or 289-0621. Proceeds will benefit the summer youth mission trip.

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REUNITED IN SONG – Local women singer-songwriters who were featured in the 1994 compilation album, “No Illusions,” will be joined by special guests for a reunion show at 3:30 p.m. Saturday in the Sportsmen’s Tavern, 326 Amherst St.
Among those appearing will be Alison Pipitone, Leah Zicari, Cathy Carfagna, Katie Miller, Kilissa Cissoko, Rosaleen Marion, Liz Spiro-Carman, Susan Rozler and Kathy Moriarty. Tickets are $10. For info, call 874-7734 or visit sportsmensbuffalo.com.

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STRANGE DOINGS – “Perilous and Paranormal in Pennsylvania” will be the topic when paranormal investigator Stan Gordon speaks at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Arts and Media Auditorium in Building F at Niagara County Community College, 3111 Saunders Settlement Road, Sanborn.
Gordon has been investigating reports of UFOs and other mysterious incidents in the Keystone State since the late 1960s and has done many books, articles and TV appearances. Admission is free, but a donation of $3 for Niagara Hospice will be appreciated. For more info, call 614-6764.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Janine Trusello, Marge Thielman Hastreiter, Larry Levite, Donna Fernandes, Glenn Einschlag, Marie Cusick, VaSean D. Crews, Gail Berger, Shannon Cook, Emma Giordano, Dawn Marie Len, Michelle Fecio, Audrey Klippert and Dawn Len Hanel.
AND THURSDAY – Patrick Michael Smith, Jean Hoier, John Michalovic, Ed Righter, Phil Nyhuis, Denise Easterling, Pat Selby, Kelly Govern, Patrick Govern, Diana P. Peete, Teri Cotton, John Fraissinet, Timothy Bondanza, Joe Nowak, Andrea Maguder, Elaine Kronbeck, Kathy Anticola, Molly Govern, Sister Mary Magdaline, Cathy Calleri, Anna Cate Allman, Joan Mattingly, Peg Trautmann, Bob Joyce, Dave Schmitt, Taylor Schmitt and Mary Scinta.

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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