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Reporters’ Notebook

OLAF FUB SEZ: A thought for this political convention season from Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and novelist Stephen Vincent Benet, born on this date in 1898, “You call my candidate a horse thief, and I call yours a lunatic, and we both of us know it’s just till Election Day. It’s an American custom, like eating corn on the cob. And, afterwards, we settle down quite peaceably and agree we’ve got a pretty good country – until next election.”


CHARGE AHEAD – The new John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital in Buffalo will benefit when members of the Erie-Niagara Chapter of the New York Credit Union Association use their credit union credit cards or debit cards Saturday.

Under the Children’s Miracle Network “Shop For Miracles” program, the credit unions will donate 25 cents from every purchase toward construction of the hospital. For more info on “Shop For Miracles,” call 771-5018 or visit the Erie Niagara Chapter NYCUA page on Facebook.


SUMMER SERENADES – A mini-taste of Kenmore and three musical attractions will be featured as the Kenmore Merchants Association hosts a free concert on the Village Green, 2919 Delaware Ave. at Delaware Road, from 4 to 11 p.m. Friday. Beer and wine will be available for purchase.

Providing the music will be jazz saxophonist Bobby Militello from 4 to 6 p.m.; Vinnie DeRosa’s Band, featuring 11-year-old Kenmore guitarist Jax Jordan, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.; and Party Squad from 8 to 11 p.m.


WELCOME MAT – A variety of activities will be offered as the Oakwood Cemetery Association hosts its annual Garden Walk in the historic cemetery at 763 Portage Road, Niagara Falls, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

At 10 a.m., there will be a tree tour of the 18.5-acre grounds led by Cornell Cooperative Extension agent John Farfaglia, plus a tour of the grave sites of historic people. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., there will be free soil testing by master gardeners and a perennial plant sale. For info, visit


CALL OF THE WILD – AWARE, the Association for Wild Animal Rehabilitation and Education, will hold an open house from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at 6570 Mann Road, Akron.

On display will be rescued birds of prey, along with Cheyenne the coyote and Tazzy the silver fox. Eastern Monarch Butterfly Farms of Clarence and Kindred Kreek Alpaca Farms from Akron also will be on hand.


QUICK BITES – The Cafe at the Curve opens for breakfast and brunch for the season from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 4007 Main St., Eggertsville. New this year is the Daily Bread Food Truck, with a breakfast sandwich menu, plus granola, yogurt and smoothies.

Purchases from the food truck breakfast sandwich menu will allow the church to provide a meal to a hungry family in the Windermere Elementary School area. The cafe and food truck will operate Saturdays and Sundays through September.


AL FRESCO – Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 115 O’Connell Ave. in Buffalo’s Old First Ward, will hold its annual Summer Fest from 4 to 11 p.m. Saturday, with a Krolick’s chicken dinner from 4 to 7 p.m., live music from Bill LaRusch from 7 to 11 p.m., a beer tent, theme baskets and children’s activities. Admission is free. Tickets for the dinner are $10 in advance, $13 at the door. For info, call 854-5351.

The Sheldon Fire Company will hold its annual picnic and chicken barbecue with homemade pie beginning at noon Sunday at the St. John Newman Church Grounds (St. Cecilia Site) at Centerline and North Sheldon roads, Sheldon. There will be a free dance with music by the Mid Life Crisis Band from 7 to 11 p.m.

The Buffalo Polka Boosters will hold their summer picnic from 2 to 7 p.m. Sunday in Fontana’s Picnic Grove, 2299 Clinton St., West Seneca. Hot dogs, hamburgers and other picnic food will be served from 3 to 6. Robin and His Surprise Band will provide the music. Tickets are $25 and include food, beer, pop, water and coffee. A cash bar will be available. For info, call 771-1076.


PAGE TURNERS – The North Tonawanda History Museum, 54 Webster St., will hold a Canal Fest edition of its used book sale from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. Paperbacks are 50 cents, three for $1. Hardcovers are $1, three for $2. Or buy a bag for $5 and fill it with books. For info, call 213-0554.


SPLIT DECISION – It’s too cold to throw a party on Sugar City’s real anniversary in January, so they’re having it Saturday in two parts.

From 6 to 10 p.m. in the gallery at 1239 Niagara St., it’s an all-ages affair with an art show of collected items, plus music by half a dozen alternative artists.

At 10:30 p.m., it moves across the street to Resurgence Brewery, 1250 Niagara St., for a Chronological Dance Party for those 18 and older, with deejays spinning up the years from the ’60s to the ’90s. Admission is $7 for Part I, $5 for Part II or $10 for both parts.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Dawn Komanski, Colleen Flaherty Gonzalez, Willie Schoellkopf, Todd Mattina, Adrian Figliotti, Diane Gardner, Val Dunne, James Felschow, Mike Shatzel, Mike Eagan, Janet Cochran, Ryan Ruettimann, Adam Simonson, Pam Bielanin, Bonnie Cichuniec, Arlene Magdziak, Mary Ann Wieberg, Arlene Marie Kowal, John Lewandowski Sr., David Hottum, Dale Irwin and Eli Platt.

AND SATURDAY – Renee Acosta, Karen O’Neill, Rick Jeanneret, Elizabeth Young, Jim Hayes, Mark Kelso, Bob Koshinski, Ethan Cox, Anita McCabe, Sister Mary Edmund Gorski, Shaelynn Meyer, Mary Sikorski, Kate Scaglione, Barbara Kuehn, Mary Herr, Franklin McGavis, Leah Pfitzinger, Jacob Roy, Jay Karb, Robert Weinstock, Justice Myers, Monsignor Dino Lorenzetti, Diane Wilke, Edie Fantaske, Pam Desing, Father David LiPuma, Sally Gregory, Tony Peters, Peter J. DeMarco Sr., Peter J. DeMarco Jr., Claire Farry, Judy Burgio, Joseph Ratajczak, Mary Potts, Michele Northrop, Adam Fries, Father Paul P. Sabo, Pani Lily Gniewecki, Pippa Jill Gniewecki and John Miller.

AND SUNDAY – Florence Johnson, Scott Charles Prell Jr., Patrick Marren, Betty Leary, Linda Tornquist, Ray Kaiser, Barb Klaffka, River Hassett, Dawn Reuttimann, Dan Miller, John Lewandowski, Liane Seivert, Mike Kelly, Cody Smith, Carl Berger, Michaela Granelli, Julie Ann Golubski, Karen Szafran, John Billittier Sr., Barb Sabadasz Robins, Nancy Greene, Linda Dudek Shriber and Todd Ehret.


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