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Reporters' Notebook: Nov. 8, 2017

OLAF FUB SEZ: A thought from “Dracula” author Bram Stoker, born on this date in 1847, “How blessed are some people, whose lives have no fears, no dreads; to whom sleep is a blessing that comes nightly, and brings nothing but sweet dreams.”

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HONORING VETS – The director of Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park, retired Coast Guard Capt. Brian Roche, is keynote speaker at a Veterans Day ceremony at 1 p.m. Thursday in Room 301, Freedom Hall, in the Buffalo Veterans Affairs Medical Center, 3435 Bailey Ave.

A Veterans Day observance will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the main flagpole at the Batavia VA Medical Center, 222 Richmond Ave., Batavia. A coffee social will follow.

Trinity Old Lutheran Church, 3445 Sheridan Drive, Amherst, will host a Veterans Day worship service at 11 a.m. Saturday. Veterans who wish to take part in the processionals and flag ceremony should arrive at 10:45. A coffee hour will follow. All are welcome. For more info, call 836-4868.

Daemen College will host a tree planting ceremony in honor of Veterans Day at noon Saturday near the Founders Bell. It’s free and open to the public. Daemen student veterans and their families will be admitted free to the 4 p.m. men’s basketball game with Nyack College in Lumsden Gymnasium. All vets attending will be recognized at halftime.

The next Buffalo Blues Benefit for Veterans takes place at 7 p.m. Saturday in Couzins, 7115 Boston State Road, Hamburg, featuring Dave Constantino, Laughing Bandit, South City and Haden Fogle. Tickets are $10.

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Cathy Stephens

MERRY MINUETS – “Hands Across the Border,” honoring the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederacy, is the theme as the Amherst Victorian Dance Society holds its 19th annual Victorian Ball from 6 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday in historic Hamlin House, 432 Franklin St. Music will be by City Fiddle.
Dance mistress is Cathy Stephens of London, Ont. Semi-formal wear or Victorian styles and military uniforms are appropriate. Tickets are $65 and include a morning dance workshop and dinner. For details, call Mike Dowling at 634-7594 or email

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SINGING OUT – Singer and songwriter Chris Wilson, winner of an MTV Viewers Choice Award, returns to the Church of the Annunciation, 7580 Clinton St., Elma, with songs of faith and Christmas songs at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. It’s free and open to the public. For more info, call 683-5254 or visit

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Pete Gallivan

HERE’S THE BEEF – WGRZ-TV reporter Pete Gallivan hosts a meat raffle to benefit the Buffalo Regals Junior Hockey Program from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday in the Moose Lodge, 5437 Broadway, Lancaster. Tickets are $5 advance, $8 at the door, $60 for a reserved table for eight, and include beer and pop. Outside snacks are permitted, but no outside alcoholic beverages. For tickets and info, call John Evoy at 510-1784 or email

Father Baker Council, Knights of Columbus, 2838 South Park Ave., Lackawanna, holds its annual Fall Meat Raffle Saturday evening. Doors open at 6 p.m., first spin at 7. Tickets are $5 and include draft beer, pop and a roast beef sandwich. Bring your own snacks, no personal alcohol.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Tamara Parshall Geveci, Khris Klaich, Donald Kelly, Michael Wooten, Rabbi Alex Lazarus-Klein, Robert Rivard, Chris Halt, Nolan Halt, Mike Buczkowski, Mary Lynn Gallagher, Vincent Occhino Jr., Mary Eldridge, Kristin Pronobis, Joan Carol Coventry, Jeanna Karb and Mackenzie Pyle.

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

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