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Reporters’ Notebook

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to comedian and late-night television host Stephen Colbert, born on this date in 1964, “Don’t cry over spilled milk. By this time tomorrow, it’ll be free yogurt.”


DON’T LOOK BACK – The premise of the Beat the Train Down Main 10K race is simple. Given a 20-minute head start, can you get from the University Station on the University at Buffalo’s South Campus down Main Street to Canalside in downtown Buffalo before a Metro Rail train does?

Runners in the full 10K race and a 5K relay, with a switch at the Delavan Station, will start from University Station at 8 a.m. Sunday, with registration starting at 6. The first 20 male and female runners who beat the train will get a special medal. The first 275 runners will get a free pack of refreshments from Ringside Beer.

There’s also a free half-mile fun run for kids at 10 a.m. at the Courtyard Marriott hotel at Canalside, where the post-race party takes place.

Registration is $45, $50 for two-person relay teams, with proceeds benefiting Kevin Guest House. Enter the code 16TRAIN and get a $10 discount on registration when signing up online at or by phone at 882-1818.


SPRINGING AHEAD – A craft show will be featured along with vendors offering plants, early produce and homemade treats as the Alden Farmers Market opens for the season from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in Alden Village Plaza, 13119 Broadway.

The market continues through Oct. 15. For a calendar of events, visit the Alden Chamber of Commerce website at


PROM PREP – Getting a gown for that big night won’t bust your budget at Buffalo’s Best Dressed Prom Event in the Old First Ward Community Center, 62 Republic St. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

More than 125 gently used dresses, most worn only once, are available for $20 or less. There also is a selection of shoes and purses. In addition, consultants from Jamberry Nails, Mary Kay and Paparazzi will be on hand to offer advice.


BOOKS GALORE – The North Tonawanda History Museum, 54 Webster St., will have its Spring Used Book Sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. More than 70,000 books are available. Paperbacks are 50 cents or three for $1. Hardcovers are $1 or three for $2. Customers also may purchase a bag for $5 and fill it with as many books as it will hold.


BOUNCING BACK – More than $40,000 in Pavilion Central School District Parent Teacher Organization funds have disappeared and a variety of programs for students have been put on hold until the PTO can replenish its coffers.

To raise funds, the PTO is hosting a Small Town Art Show and Sale from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday in BW’s Country Club Banquet Facility, 11070 Perry Road, Pavilion. Works donated by local artists and Pavilion students can be seen on the Small Town Art Show and Sale page on Facebook. Beer and wine will be offered for sale.


BARGAIN HUNTS – The Youth Group at Salem Lutheran Church, McKinley Parkway and Whitfield Avenue in South Buffalo, will sponsor an indoor garage sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Tables for vendors are available for $12. For info, call 824-2787.

Trinity Old Lutheran Church, 3445 Sheridan Drive near Sweet Home Road, Amherst, is holding a basement sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday along with a chicken chowder sale, which begins at noon. There also will be hot dogs, beverages and baked goods for sale. As a bonus, the Covelli Custom Cream ice cream truck will be on hand.

Windom Community Church, 3766 Abbott Road, Orchard Park, will hold a Theme Tray Auction from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the Fellowship Hall. Pizza, hot dogs and beverages will be available.


SWEET HARMONY – The Red Blazer Men’s Chorus will offer a free concert of music from musicals at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Church of the Nativity United Church of Christ, 1530 Colvin Blvd., Town of Tonawanda. Free-will offerings will be accepted to benefit the Ken-Ton Closet, which provides clothing and other items to families in need.


LET’S EAT – Starpoint Central School will hold its third annual Art, Music and Food Truck Festival with Classic Cars from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Friday. Admission is $5 per car. There will be 10 food trucks, a laser maze and music by student ensembles.

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, North Fourth and Ridge streets, Lewiston, will serve a pancake breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. Sunday and again May 21 and 28. Donation is $3. Veterans and active military eat free. For info, call 754-4591.

Francis J. Donovan Post 1626, American Legion, 3210 Genesee St., Cheektowaga, will offer an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday. Donation is $8, or $4 for kids 5 to 11, and includes scrambled eggs, sausage and beverage. For more info, call Gary Kruger at 681-1585.

The Seneca-Babcock Community Center, 1168 Seneca St., will hold its annual chance auction and chicken dinner at 12:30 p.m. Sunday. Drawings begin at 4:30 p.m. A $10 ticket includes admission and a BW’s chicken barbecue. For info, call 822-5094.

Good Shepherd Community of Faith Church, 187 Southside Parkway, will host a chicken and rib barbecue and theme basket raffle from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Chicken dinners are $9. Ribs are $11. For info, call 824-4112.


WARM AND FURRY – A pair of pet adoption events are on the calendar this weekend in the Col. J.B. Weber Post 898, Veterans of Foreign Wars, 2909 South Park Ave., Lackawanna. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, the Rally to Rescue “Paws” for Summer Pet Expo will feature several rescue organizations with a variety of animals. There also will be vendors, pony rides, a petting zoo and a Weidner’s chicken barbecue. Admission is free.

The VFW hall opens again Sunday for the Buffalo Greyhound Association, which will hold its annual Adoption Expo from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be vendors, representatives from various animal rescue groups and a pair of food trucks – the Cheesy Chick and the Dirty Bird. Admission is free. Well-behaved pets on leashes are welcome.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Conor O’Neill, Gerry Maher, Dave Larcom, Sharon Linstedt, Anthony Chase, Tim Herzog, Mike Fiorello, Maryjo Budimirovich, Audrey B. Zolnierowicz, Ernest Gawinski, Peggy Rybicki Olm, Joan Crosson Clark, Marcia Sheliga, Lorraine Bartus, Freddie Mosca, Carl Panzarella, Gussie Podawada, Dale Missert, Bob Benevento, Scott Wright, Beatrice Young and Evan Pietraszewski.

AND SATURDAY – Ann McCarthy, Desiree Wiley, Paul Gelyon, Gary Kelley, Jerry Fecio, Mike Whelan, Donna Fox, Jonathan Hakes, Hillary Daley, Lauren Dearth Terry, Sonia O’Brien, Brendan Papich, Ann Marie Myers, Florence Rembold, Cindy Miranda, Sherry Grimaldi and Carol Volk.

AND SUNDAY – Nalina Shapiro, Calvin Rand, Joelle Labert, Judy Larkin, Jenna Myers, Sean Meegan, Mary Jo Gervase, Sue Gawley, Pennie Karb, Julia Rishel, Nandor Decsi, Florence Opiel, Amy Fijol Pascarella, Bob Lukasik, Lisa Kishbaugh, Gretchen Porcher, Jamie Wagner, Brent Pawelczak, Ruth Smokowski and Charlie DiSalvo.