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Reporters’ Notebook

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to Mount Everest conqueror Sir Edmund Hillary, born on this date in 1919, “People do not decide to become extraordinary. They decide to accomplish extraordinary things.”


DOG DAY – The folks at Ted’s Hot Dogs hope to do something extraordinary Wednesday in celebration of National Hot Dog Month. They want to break the record for how many hot dogs they can sell in a day. The old mark, set during a customer appreciation day last February, was 32,000. This time they want to hit 40,000.

To increase the odds, they will serve regular hot dogs for $1.25 each, with no limit on how many each customer can order. For every one they sell, they also will donate 25 cents to the Change MS Foundation, an organization created by people with multiple sclerosis to help others with MS.

For good measure, Ted’s locations will open an hour early – at 9:30 a.m. – to give people a chance to beat long lines later in the day. Meanwhile, the Ted’s food truck will park at Canalside from 3 to 9 p.m. and host a live WYRK broadcast. Dropping by from 4 to 5 p.m. will be Tony Fero, founder of the Change MS Foundation.


OPEN LATE – Visitors will be able to come and go all day and evening Friday for the price of a single ticket at the Aquarium of Niagara, 701 Whirlpool St., Niagara Falls. Doors will open at 9 a.m. and stay open until 10 p.m.

Beginning at 6 p.m., food and beverages from Wine on Third will be available for purchase, and there will be live music from Lynda Williams. The aquarium will add a sea lion show at 7 p.m. and additional touch tank sessions at 6 and 8 p.m. Admission is $13 for adults, $9 for children.

“Offering extended evening hours allows us to highlight exhibits, shows and programs and show how they transform after dark,” says Gary Siddall, the aquarium’s executive director. He also notes that the aquarium’s second-floor deck is a great place to watch the fireworks over Niagara Falls after sundown.


WELL BEING – Free health screenings, educational activities and refreshments, including hot dogs and hamburgers, will be offered at a health fair and open house from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday at the Erie County Department of Health’s Jesse Nash Health Center, 608 William St.

“We want the community to know the variety of health care services available to them,” says Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein. “Everyone is invited to stop by, have a hot dog and say hi.”


GIVING BACK TO VETS – St. Michael & All Angels Church, 81 Burke Drive at Huntley Road, will hold a Veterans Appreciation Day on Saturday afternoon for all active duty military, reserves, veterans, their families and friends. All events are free.

The schedule begins with an interfaith worship service at noon, followed by lunch with hot dogs, hamburgers and salads at 1 p.m., children’s activities and live music by Creek Bend from 2 to 4 p.m. and basket raffles at 4 p.m. with proceeds benefiting WNY Heroes. For more info, call 836-0220.


ART ON WHEELS – Broken Sprocket Garage and Devil Chicken Design will host Voodoo & Burnt Rubber IV, an art, motorcycle and car show with food and music from 1 to 8 p.m. Saturday at a new location – Space Buffalo, 1711 Elmwood Ave. Admission is free.

Highlight will be the charity raffle, in which the top prize is a custom Harley-Davidson Sportster motorcycle built by Broken Sprocket. Tickets are $40 and are available at the garage, 660 Persons St. at Elm Street, East Aurora, or at a pre-party at 8 p.m. Friday in the Century Grill, 318 Pearl St. The winner must be present to claim the bike.

Proceeds will benefit the Rural Outreach Center, which benefits the poor in southern Erie County and surrounding areas, and Pets for Vets, which provides trained rescue animals as companions for veterans. For more info, visit


LIVING LEGACY – The sixth annual Lindsay Matthews 5K Run and 1 Mile Walk will take place at 10 a.m. Sunday at the Orchard Park Soccer Complex, 6909 Milestrip Road, Orchard Park. Prizes will be awarded to top finishers and a party with food and live music will follow.

The race is named for a Geneseo State College student and soccer player from Orchard Park who died after she was hit by a truck on Route 63 in Geneseo in November 2008. Entry fee is $25, $15 for students, $15 for the walk and $8 for a Kids Fun Run. Proceeds benefit a fund that provides scholarships annually to two Orchard Park High School students. For more info, visit


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Jack Dumpert, Tom Keenan, Dennis Gorski, Kelsey Mech, Brendan O’Malley, Jessica Vastola, Sister Christine Marie Nizialek, Tom McNichol, Guy Vadala, Julia Mason, Kristen Grandinetti, Connie Bach, Maxwell LaVenture, Mark Marth, Michael Marth, Mary Clancy, Patrick Jenner, Cindy Murphy, Matthew Tartaglione, Cassandra Grizanti, John Heitzhaus, Abigail Nicometi, Terri Moeller and CaraLynn Klopp.

AND THURSDAY –Shelley Conway Kennedy , Carolyn Smith Concannon, Susan Shanks Kelley, Pat Daley , Fred Caso, Terrie Benson Murray, Justin Philipps, Catherine Nugent-Panepinto, Loughan Driscoll, Joan Portik, Rich Taczkowski, Samantha Bonitati, Paul Donahue, Chuck Marra, Kavonna Ann Hargro, Minister Richard Flood, Corry Powley, Sydney Stisser, Bethany Charles Domanowski, Deborah Deubell, Kathy Stahura, John Deth, Natalie Klyczek, Lynne Peters TinHan, Judy Catalano, Harry Catalano, Donna Docenko, Nolan Gregory Chilcott, Joseph Ciesinski and Karen D’Arcy Wydra.


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