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Reporters’ Notebook

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to Russian novelist Ivan Turgenev, born on this date in 1818, “I agree with no one’s opinion. I have some of my own.”


GOOD DEEDS – The East Aurora Educational Foundation will present its annual James Ford Commitment to Education Award to Alison Hyde for her educational and humanitarian work in Africa at its 2014 Celebration Event from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the Main House at Knox Farm State Park, 437 Buffalo Road, East Aurora. Tickets are $30. For tickets and info, visit


HALLOWEENING – The Parkside Community Association will hold a Children’s Halloween Party from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday in the Church of the Good Shepherd, Jewett Parkway and Summit Avenue, with games, crafts, music and treats for kids 12 and younger. Admission is free. For info, call 838-1240 or visit

Closer to downtown Buffalo, Young Community Relations Inc. and Rodgers Enterprise will host their second annual Masquerade Halloween Party for youngsters and adults beginning at 6 p.m. Friday in the Metropolitan Entertainment Complex, 1670 Main St. There will be games, prizes, candy, dancing and karaoke, plus cash prizes for costumes. DJ McAdory of Mack Attack Productions and DJ Story will be in charge of the music. Children are admitted free from 6 to 9 p.m. Adult tickets are $20. For tickets, call 602-1156 or 935-0117.

Meanwhile, the Wilson Lions Club kicks off its annual Kids Halloween Parade and Party at 7 p.m. Friday with a march in costumes down Young Street to Wilson No. 1 Fire Hall at 250 Young, where youngsters can have doughnuts, cider and candy. One lucky boy and girl will receive a new bicycle donated by Lions Joe Jastrzemski and Carmen Presti. Costumes will be judged and winners will receive Silver Dollar prizes. For info, call Steve Clark at 751-6120.


WINNING TICKET – The Patriots Club and Col. J. B. Weber Post 898, Veterans of Foreign Wars, will host a Monte Carlo Night from 7:30 p.m. to midnight Saturday in the post at 2909 South Park Ave., Lackawanna.

In addition to games of chance, there will be a cash bar and roast beef sandwiches available for purchase. Admission is $5 and includes two beverages – beer, wine or pop.

Raffle tickets also will be on sale for the theme basket raffle from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the post, sponsored by the Ladies Auxiliary and the Bett-Toomey Marine Corps League Auxiliary. Admission Sunday is free. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.


PASTA PLUS – The annual spaghetti dinner to benefit the Sisters of St. Francis (Williamsville) will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday in Our Lady of Peace Church, 10950 Main St., Clarence. Dinners are $10 for adults, $5 for kids under 10. There also will be door prizes, theme baskets, auctions and the popular “Nun-Sweeter” Bake Sale. For info, call 632-2155, Ext. 687.


LIFTING THEIR VOICES – The 120-member Buffalo Choral Arts Society, directed by Marcia A. Giambrone, will offer the first concert of its 49th season at 3 p.m. Sunday in St. Joseph University Church, 3269 Main St.

The program, “A Jubilant Song,” will feature a variety of sacred, secular and patriotic music. Tickets are $10. For info and tickets, call 775-SONG (775-7664) or visit


DAY OF THE DEAD – Celebrity psychic Thomas John will host “An Afternoon with Spirit: Messages from the Other Side” from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday in the Buffalo Niagara Marriott, 1340 Millersport Highway, Amherst.

John, who has done readings for Jennifer Lopez, Courtney Cox and Sean Young, will deliver messages from departed loved ones to members of the audience. Tickets are $50 advance, $60 at the door, and are available by calling (347) 637-8592 or visiting


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Jamie Petersen, Dylan Potter, Marie Suprinick, Marie Donovan, Meghan Corcoran, Ed Kilgore, Richard Rybak, Carole Pietrykowski, Dana Cassiano, Ashlee Blewis, Darlene Lyons, Connie Pardi, Paul Kowalewski, Kathleen Kellner, Lottie Pajak, Dorothy Felder, Ashley Billittiere and Theresa Kipler.