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Reporters' Notebook: March 9, 2018

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to hardboiled crime novelist Mickey Spillane, born on this date in 1918, “The first chapter sells the book; the last chapter sells the next book.”

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ROCK ON – The Roadrunners Band will play hits from all decades Saturday evening as the Depew Polish Falcons Club, 445 Columbia Ave., Depew, hosts its annual Rock Into Spring Dance. Tickets are $15 and include beer, pop and snacks. A cash bar will be available. Doors open at 6 p.m. Music starts at 7. For info, call 860-5885.

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WINNERS WANTED – St. Gabriel’s Church, 5271 Clinton St., Elma, will hold a theme basket raffle Sunday. Admission is free. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. Raffle starts at 2 p.m. Food and beverages will be available.

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CHURCH NOTE – The annual Novena in honor of St. Joseph will begin Sunday in the Carmelite Monastery, 75 Carmel road, and continue through the feast day March 19. Services begin each evening with the Novena at 7 p.m., followed by Mass. All who attend are asked to be suitably dressed. There will be no Sunday afternoon benediction services during the Novena.

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GRAB A BITE – Chowder and baked goods sale, 11 a.m. Saturday. Bergholz Fire Company, 2470 Niagara Road, Bergholz. Chowder is $1.50 per bowl, $4 per quart, $16 per gallon. Plastic containers are 50 cents.

Spaghetti dinner, 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday. North Collins Senior Center, 11065 Gowanda State Road (Route 62), North Collins. $9 adults, $6 kids 4 to 12. Special guests: Pin Up For a Cause. Hosted by the North Collins Veterans Tribute.

Corned beef and cabbage and ham dinner, 4:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday. Emmanuel United Methodist Church, 75 East Ave., Lockport. $11 adults, $5 children. Proceeds support a July mission trip to Trinidad.

Chiavetta’s barbecue chicken dinner and basket raffle, 11:30 a.m. Sunday until sold out. Sanborn Fire Hall, 5811 Buffalo St. (Route 429), Sanborn. $10. Basket drawings start about 1:30 p.m.

Turkey dinner, 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday. Abiding Savior Lutheran Church, 1534 Ruie Road, North Tonawanda. $12 adults, $7 kids 5 to 12. For info, call 693-0180.

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OLAF ONLINE EXTRA

Sinead Tyrone

LOTS TO LIKE – The dozens of vendors at the second Collectors & Artisans Expo from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the Buffalo Irish Center, 245 Abbott Road, won’t be the only attractions.

Special guests Sinead Tyrone of Cheektowaga, author of “A Song of Ireland: A Collection of Poems,” and John McGlarry of Boston, author of two novels about the trials and adventures of Irish immigrants, will sign copies of their books.

Members of the Buffalo Bandettes, the Buffalo Bandits dance team, will appear from 11 a.m. to noon, followed by Buster Bison from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

The kitchen will offer corned beef and roast beef sandwiches with a pint of beer for $12. Water Valley Antiques will offer antique appraisals for $2 per item or $5 for a maximum of three.

Admission is $2 and benefits the Irish Center and two South Buffalo Catholic high schools. Children under 10 are free with an adult. For more info, visit the expo’s Facebook page.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Phil Housley, Art Morth, Myra Razik, Rocco Termini, Andrew Moquin, Janat’e Solar Ingram, Judy Kawryluk, Emily Haggerty, Evelyn Rycroft, Shari Rader, Gerry Sacca, Amanda Stadlmeir, Marlea Malota, Dawn Safe, Dorothy Dolan, Rose Barus, Carol Batt and Margaret Mary “Peg” Kelly.

AND SATURDAY – Aubrey Turner, Peter Grubea, Marlies Wesolowski, Morgan Halt, Barbe Schaff, Sister Martha Olszewski, Marytherese Hayes, Ann Russell, David Badaszewski, Sammy Jo Reynolds, Lisa Brosart, Pete Sivu, Jeffrey Marsowicz, Matt Woelfle, Benjamin Staszak, Kim Olejniczak and Heidi Henzler.

AND SUNDAY – Joanne Kasparek, Amy White, Mary Jo Monnin, Mylous Hairston, Dick Haynes, Harper Bishop, Zachary D. Burns, Mark Jarmusz, Sister Mary Agnes Czarnecki, Sister Mary Dianne Marie Szylkowski, Judy Otto, Shawnna Zelasko, Joan Migas, Pat Granville, Donna Lee Melberg, Stephanie Chauby, “Sweet” Shyillah Draman, Deb Keller Meier, Patrick Pellow, Kennedy Jean Kovach, Helen Senker, Matty Gorczyca and Joe Matjuchin.

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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