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Reporters' Notebook: May 5, 2017

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to novelist and essayist Christopher Morley, born on this date in 1890, “High heels were invented by a woman who had been kissed on the forehead.”

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LET’S EAT – South Buffalo Post 721, American Legion, 136 Cazenovia St., will have a Cinco de Mayo buffet from 4:30 to 8 p.m. today. Dinners are $10 and include tacos, quesadillas, refried beans, taco salad, enchaladas, Spanish rice and jalapeno poppers.

The Tonawanda Erie Canal Gateway Lions Club will hold a hot dog sale, rain or shine, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Valu Home Center, 4264 Delaware Ave., Town of Tonawanda. Sahlen’s hot dogs will be $2. Soft drinks are $1.

Vigiliant Fire Company will offer pulled pork sandwiches and dinners, drive-through only, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday in the parking lot of KeyBank, 4050 Seneca St. at Union Road, West Seneca. Sandwiches are $5. Dinners, which include a sandwich, beans and coleslaw, are $8. Proceeds benefit the scholarship fund.

The Knights of St. John Commandery 387 is sponsoring a Krolick’s chicken barbecue from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at St. John Vianney Church, 2950 Southwestern Blvd., Orchard Park. Dinners are $10, take-out only. For tickets and more info, call Tom McNichol at 675-0431 or Ed Orrange at 674-0468.

Clarence Center United Methodist Church, 9750 Clarence Center Road at Herr Road, Clarence, will hold a Chiavetta’s chicken barbecue from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday or until sold out. Dinners are $12.50 and include potato salad, baked beans, roll, dessert and beverage. For info and tickets, call 741-2410.

The Town of Hamburg Lions Club will host a Weidner’s chicken barbecue from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday or until sold out in the Town of Hamburg Community Center, 4540 Southwestern Blvd., Hamburg. Dinners are $11. There also will be a chance auction. For tickets and info, call Diane Baker-Minier at 648-4833.

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BARGAIN HUNT – Pet Connection Programs Inc. will hold an indoor yard sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the Variety Club Banquet Hall, 6114 Broadway, Lancaster. For every $5 spent, shoppers will get an extra chance to win door prizes. Donations can be dropped off there from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. today. For more info, call 652-0192 or visit

University United Methodist Church, 410 Minnesota Ave. at Bailey Avenue, will hold a closing sale for its Thrifty Threads & Treasures thrift store from 9:30 a.m. 1 p.m. Saturday. All household items, small furniture, books, knickknacks and seasonal clothing must go, along with clothes racks, book shelves and storage cabinets. Admission is free.

Antique World & Flea Market, 11111 Main St., Clarence, will kick off this year’s series of Great American Garage Sales from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. There is a small charge for parking. Sales will be held every first Sunday and third Saturday of the month through October. For more info, visit

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GIFTS FOR MOM – Schofield Care, 3333 Elmwood Ave., Town of Tonawanda, is hosting “Momsgiving” from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, with more than a dozen crafters, a trio of food trucks, raffles and door prizes every hour. Visitors also will have a chance to make a craft to take home for Mothers’ Day. Admission is free.

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FILL THE FREEZER – ECAL Veterans for Veterans Inc. will host a summer meat raffle Saturday evening in Niagara Frontier Post 1041, American Legion, 533 Amherst St. Doors open at 6 p.m. First draw is at 7. Admission is $5 and includes food, pop, beer and snacks. There also will be a basket raffle and, as a door prize, an outdoor grill.

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Robert Duerr

TALL TALENTS – Organist and conductor Robert Duerr will offer the local premiere of “The Third Day” by Nils Vigeland as part of an organ recital at 4 p.m. Sunday in Salem Lutheran Church, 10 McClellan Circle, McKinley Parkway and Whitefield Avenue, in South Buffalo. Donations at the door are welcome. A reception will follow. For more info, call 824-2787.
Duerr, who was organist and choirmaster at the church as a teen, has a bachelor’s degree in organ performance, studied conducting under Leonard Bernstein and Seiji Ozawa, and has led the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus, the Chautauqua Symphony, the Metropolitan Opera and other opera companies around the world. Also ordained as a priest in the Church of England, he serves as pastor at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Niagara Falls.

All three of the ABC Bel Canto choirs will be featured in the group’s final concert of the season at 4 p.m. Sunday in St. Joseph University Church, 3269 Main St. Seven high school seniors who sing with the groups also will be honored. They include Ivy Goetz, J. Kloberdanz, Karly Masters, Chloe Matecki, Sydney McKinley, Shea O’Halloran and Josh Ruszala. Tickets are $10, $5 for students and seniors. For more info, call artistic director Sue Fay Allen at 759-6428 or visit

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Paul W. Lorefice, Jean Currie, Maria Tricoli, Johnny Tricoli, Bob Jeffords, Lisa Smith Theurer, Theresa Suglia, Logan Myers, Christina Zilbauer, Brian Zilbauer, Melina Scime, MaryAnn Parini, Janice Galla, Madonna Igielinski, Bonnie Roetzer, Cheyenne Kepner, Tyler Regan, Stan Zmuda, Jim English, Marian Ward, Sandy Brown, Mary Renzo and Susan Liptak.
AND SATURDAY – Meghan O’Connell Davidson, Larry Norton, Tom Stelmach, Diana Principe, Raelyn Tiberio, Chase Longman, Anne McCarthy Lauber, Phil Jarosz, Shannon Burke, Wally Napierala, Debbie Popple, Nick Sikorski, Alexandra Kuhns, Brian Leistner, Bryan Staddon, Jerome Okonzak, Tyler Regan, Cindi Edington, Collin Neilson, Nancy Eckl and Corrine Wathen.
AND SUNDAY – Vi Seaner, Patti Meyer, Elizabeth Hastie, Jane Lytle, Mark Wozniak, Andy Parker, Linda Giancarlo, Kathy Philipps, Frankie Rivera, John Palkowski, Jeff Kraengel, Cheryl Escott, Gregory Cain, Father Michael Burzynski, Gerald Willman and Larry Jones.

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