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Reporters’ Notebook

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to Archbishop Desmond Tutu, born on this date in 1931, “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse, and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.”


WINNERS’ CIRCLE – Prizes range from dinner for eight at the Roycroft Inn to eight hours of excavating services in the silent auction at “ROCtober,” a fundraiser from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday in the Elm Street Bakery, 72 Elm St., East Aurora, to benefit the Rural Outreach Center, which helps impoverished people in southern Erie County.

The event also will feature Elm Street Bakery food, wine and beer, and music by Doug Yeomans. Tickets are available for a $50 donation to the Rural Outreach Center and can be purchased at the bakery. For more info, call 242-2220 or visit


PENS IN HAND – Local writers will get to showcase their books at Indie Author Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the Central Library in Lafayette Square in downtown Buffalo. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Part of a national spotlight on independent authors, it’s admission free.


PROTECT YOURSELF – The Better Business Bureau of Upstate New York will host “Secure Your ID Day,” a free document shredding service, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the parking lots at two Tops Markets locations – 355 Orchard Park Road, West Seneca, and 3865 Union Road at George Urban Boulevard, Cheektowaga. Up to three bags or boxes of documents will be accepted from individuals and businesses.


FEET, START MOVING – The fourth annual Monster Scramble will bring runners and walkers in Halloween costumes to Holy Cross Cemetery, 2900 South Park Ave., Lackawanna, at 10 a.m. Sunday. Proceeds benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society of Upstate New York.

Runners will compete on 5K and 10K courses, while families will collect treats along the path of a one-mile stroll. Prizes will be awarded to the top finishers and the best costumes.

Registration is $25 advance, $30 Sunday, for runners, and $5 advance, $10 Sunday, for walkers. To register online, visit

Also taking place Sunday is the annual Ken-Top Crop Walk, which raises funds for Church World Service to feed the poor locally and around the world through food pantries of participating churches.

One-mile and three-mile walks will begin from the Church of the Nativity United Church of Christ, 1530 Colvin Blvd., Town of Tonawanda. Registration is at 1 p.m., with step-off at 1:30. Walkers also are asked to bring one or two cans of nonperishable food.


FURRY FRIENDS – Homeless animals will benefit from the Hay You Hoedown from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday at Gratwick Fire Hall, 110 Ward Road, North Tonawanda. Hosted by the Lakeview Animal Sanctuary in Pendleton, it will feature music and a performance by the Hot Country Line Dancing team from 1 to 2 p.m.

There also will be a scavenger hunt, games, food, a cash bar, more than two dozen vendors, pony rides, a petting zoo and several rescue groups with pets available for adoption. Those attending, however, are asked to leave their own pets at home.


FILL THE FREEZER – The Holy Name Society of St. John Gualbert Parish, 83 Gualbert Ave. at Doat Street, Cheektowaga, will sponsor a meat raffle Saturday evening. Doors open at 5 p.m. Drawings start at 6. Admission is $5 and includes snacks, pop, beer and a slice of pizza. For tickets and info, call 937-3531 or 684-0822.


ALL WET – The Allegheny River Valley Aquarium Society will hold its annual Tropical Fish, Plants and Aquarium Supply Auction on Sunday in the John Ash Community Center, 112 N. Barry St., Olean. Most of the fish in the auction have been spawned and raised by club members.

Admission is free. Registration starts at 10 a.m. The auction begins at 11. Food and beverages will be available. Anyone wishing to sell items may call 373-2639. For more info, visit


BARGAIN HUNT – Kenilworth United Church of Christ, 45 Dalton Drive, Town of Tonawanda, holds its annual Huge Rummage Sale and Bake Sale. Admission is $2 during the first hour from 4 to 5 p.m. this Friday, then $1 from 5 to 8 p.m. It concludes with a bag sale from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.

The Ladies Guild at St. Gabriel’s Church, 5271 Clinton St., Elma, sponsors an attic sale and bake sale in the parish center from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free.

St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3512 Clinton St., West Seneca, will hold a Vendor Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $2 and includes a strip of 10 tickets for items being auctioned by vendors.


POLKA MASSES – St. John Kanty Church, 101 Swinburne St., will offer a Mass for alumni of its elementary school at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, featuring music by the Rare Vintage Polka Band. A Harvest Dinner will follow until 4 p.m. Tickets are $10 advance, $12 at the door.

St. Andrew Church, Crocker and Reiman streets, Sloan, will offer a Polka Mass at 11 a.m. Sunday with music by Special Delivery, followed by Polish Platter dinners from noon to 2 p.m. in the Parish Hall. Dinners are $15, pre-sale only. For tickets and more info, call 892-0425.


WEEKEND MENU – The Knights of Columbus, 755 Erie Ave., North Tonawanda, host a fish fry from 4 to 7 p.m. this Friday and an all-you-can-eat Farmers Breakfast from 9 a.m. to noon Sunday. Breakfasts are $10 for adults, $5 for kids 6 to 11.

The Sheridan Drive Lions Club holds its annual pancake breakfast from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday in the St. Edmund Campus, 530 Ellicott Creek Road, Town of Tonawanda. Tickets are $7 and include sausage, fruit salad, beverage and all-you-can-eat pancakes. There also will be raffles and a baked goods sale.

A barbecue chicken dinner will be featured as the Altar and Rosary Society of Queen of Angels Parish, 144 Warsaw St., Lackawanna, holds its Fall Festival from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday in the Parish Social Center. Dinners are $11 and include a beverage and homemade dessert.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Irene Schwemmer, Margaret Myers, Carolyn Siracuse, Cathaleen Curtiss, Catharine McCracken, Kelsey Mogensen, Judith Rucki, Sandy Parker, Dave Walh, Emily Wickett, Peg Woods, Madelena Vredenburg, Paul Rung, Kim Williams, Joelle Dangelo, Darryl Melander, Joyce Scherer, Ron Jakubowski, Gussie M. Simmons and Joe Racsumberger.

AND SATURDAY – Stan Lipsey, Kathy Fenn, Melanie Pritchard, Amy Goldstein, Denise Braunscheidel, Jeremy Essman, Derek Hall, Donna Lisowski, Charlotte Lily Rouchka, Sue Capri Ruggerio, Rebecca Yots, Sharon Larsen Burke, Mark Simmons, Maria Sullivan, Dawn Springer, Larry Czwojdak, Debbie St. John, Al Czuprynski, Colleen Lewis, Sharon Clemons, Rick Ogorek, Rev. Harry Szczesniak and Diane Gartz.

AND SUNDAY – Patrick Connors, Mike Mahoney Sr., Raymond O’Neill, Casey Kowalski, Shonnie Finnegan, Thomas Knab, Rick Fleming, Wendy Guild Swearingen, Jeff Schaller, Jerri Maloney, Chris Riso, Mary Lynch, Ron Nolan, Bertha Tokasz, Sam Vulcheff, Eugenia Mendel, Rick Fishburn, Casimer M. Starzynski, Robert Snider, Carol Goehring, Heather Warner, Lauren Mueller, Jerry Hassett, Nadine Beacham, Tim Alessi and David Schlant.


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