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Reporters’ Notebook

OLAF FUB SEZ: Advice from theatrical showman Billy Rose, born on this date in 1899: “Never invest in anything that eats or needs painting.”


BARGAIN HUNT – Christ the King Seminary, 711 Knox Road, East Aurora, will have a secondhand book sale in its auditorium from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday to Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Books are available in many categories, but mostly religious.

First Presbyterian Church, 149 Broad St., City of Tonawanda, will hold an Early Autumn Sale from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, featuring the Mini Boutique, Plant Place and Thrift Shop. A luncheon will be available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., with a chicken salad plate, home-baked pie and coffee, tea or punch for $6. Proceeds benefit local charities.


MUY GUSTO – A Taco Night fundraiser, catered by Coyote Cafe, will be held from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in West Seneca West Senior High School, 3330 Seneca St., West Seneca. Tickets are $8 and include two tacos, Mexican spaghetti, chips, salsa and a beverage. Takeouts will be available. Proceeds fund scholarships for students at the school.


SEASONS CHANGE – Buffalo River Fest Park, 249 Ohio St., closes out its Wednesday Night Summer Concert Series this week with a return appearance by the local band Disco Duck, which will play favorites from the 1970s from 6:30 to 10 p.m.

Come Friday from 7 to 11 p.m., the park will look ahead to the end of winter by hosting its sixth annual Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day Party featuring the local Irish band Crikwater.

Admission is free. So is parking on nearby streets. Lawn chairs and blankets are welcome. Coolers are not allowed. Food and refreshments will be available for sale. For a full schedule of park events, visit For updates, see the park’s page on Facebook.


RECALIBRATING – The date for the September meeting of Chapter 153 of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE) has been changed, chapter president Lori Gervasi reports. For this month only, it will be on the first Thursday.


REMEMBRANCE RUN – The first Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers 5K Run/Walk to be held in Buffalo will take place Saturday morning along the waterfront, starting at 9 a.m. on South Park Avenue at KeyBank Center, formerly First Niagara Center.

The event, which honors first responders, including firefighter Siller, who died in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, has been held annually in New York City and is expanding on the 15th anniversary to other cities across the nation. Proceeds help build specially adapted homes for veterans severely injured in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Online registration is $25 for adults, $15 for those 13 to 17. Children 12 and younger can take part for free, but do not receive a T-shirt. Registration on the day of the event is $10 more. To register online, visit For more info about Tunnel to Towers Foundation, go to


CLASS ACTS – Brazilian master percussionist Cyro Baptista, who has performed with everyone from David Byrne and Paul Simon to Yo-Yo Ma and Sting, will be the headliner at the 11th anniversary Slyfest, a celebration of world music from Friday to Sunday at the Great Blue Heron Festival site, 2361 Waits Corners Road, Sherman.

Also featured will be xylophone master Bernard Woma and master percussionist Arthur Lipner, both from Ghana, as well as locally based artists including the Buffalo Afrobeat Orchestra, Outer Circle Orchestra and Neville Francis. There also will be interactive workshops, vendors and light shows. Camping is permitted.

Gates open at noon Friday. Three-day tickets are $45 advance, $75 at the gate. Single-day passes are $25. VIP passes are $175. Children under 12 are free. For tickets and info, visit


GREEN PENCIL – Local garden columnist Carol Harlos speaks on “Growing Stories for Publication” at the next luncheon meeting of WNY Pen Women at noon Sept. 17 in the Eagle House, 5578 Main St., Williamsville. Price is $18 with a choice of three entrees. All are welcome. Reservations are needed by Sept. 15. Call Barbara Blackburn at 634-2909 or Mary Ellen Shaughnessy at 885-3292.


HOME RUNS – Twelve men and a woman will be inducted as the Class of 2016 into the WNY Softball Hall of Fame in ceremonies at a dinner at 6 p.m. Sept. 16 in Ilio DiPaolo’s Ringside Restaurant, 3785 South Park Ave., Blasdell. Tickets are $40. For tickets and more info, call 812-2950 or 675-3237. The Hall has inducted more than 800 players, coaches and umpires since it was established in 1965.

This year’s class includes Ron Bretz of Ripley, Rick Coppola of East Concord, Vic DeGeorge of Buffalo, Paul DiNello and Donna Michalek of Cheektowaga, John Dry of Salamanca, Richard Jakubczyk of Dunkirk, Terry Presto of Brocton, Hank Puleo of Angola, Dave Scott of North Tonawanda, R. Michael Turlecky of Williamsville, Steve Ulmer of Getzville and Jerry Whitehead of Wilson.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Mary Woeperer Kelley, Tiffany Lankes, Helen Colbert, Saleh Fetouh, Kim Ziegler, Concetta Muscarella, Den M. Long, Sister Mary Antonille Tyczkowski, Sister Jeremy Marie Miedura, Claudia Emmerson, Anthony Ioviero, Kristen Solack, Erin Maghran, Tommy Sullivan, Renee Ward Sterling, Dominic J. Colangelo and Ken Carlucci.


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