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Reporter's Notebook

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to humorist and activist Dick Gregory, born on this date in 1932, “Don’t you young people let the old folk tell you about the good old days. The only good thing about the good old days is that they left.”
Tensions mount;
Joined hands pray.
We count each second
Tick away.
Will it come,
The longed for call?
Will it echo through the hall?
Seconds – ten
Slip down to four.
Then it comes,
The awesome roar,
Electrifying, Jeanneretric
Hearts that stopped
Are beating now.
And life continues on,
– Bill Slon
WARM AND COZY – An afghan raffle will be the highlight as the Women of the First Congregational Church of Little Valley, 301 Rock City St., Little Valley, hold their annual Church Bazaar and Luncheon beginning at 11 a.m. Friday. The luncheon features farm-fresh vegetable beef soup, “secret recipe” turkey salad and homemade pies. There also will be a bake sale and a variety of hand-crafted items.


Women of the First Congregational Church of Little Valley display an afghan that will be raffled Friday. 
LUNCHEON DATE – Thursday is the deadline for reservations for the first program in this season’s Let’s Do Lunch series at 11:30 a.m. on Oct. 20 in the Orchard Park Presbyterian Church, 4369 S. Buffalo St., Orchard Park. Featured will be actress and historical re-enactor Denise Reichard, who will present “Remembering the Underground Railroad.”
Cost is $10 and can be paid at the door. To reserve a seat, call 662-9348. All adults in the community are invited to attend. The next luncheon presentations will be held Nov. 17 and Dec. 15.
DO THE TIME WARP – The Friday Night Flicks movie series at Old Fort Erie, 350 Lake Shore Road, Fort Erie, Ont., celebrates Halloween with a screening of the 1975 comedy horror film, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” at 7 p.m. Friday. Doors open at 6:30. Tickets are $5. For more info, call (905) 871-0540 or visit

FELIX AND OSCAR – The Western New York Players will present Neil Simon’s comedy, “The Odd Couple,” for the next two weekends in Immanuel Lutheran Church, 107 Scott St., City of Tonawanda. Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Tickets are $12 at the door. For more info and to reserve tickets, call artistic director John Reich at 692-0906.
WRAPPING UP – A Harvest Festival from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday will mark the end of the 14th season for the Alden Farmers Market in the Alden Village Plaza, 13119 Broadway (Route 20), Alden.
There will be a “kids and pets” costume parade about 11 a.m. The first 25 youngsters to sign up will receive goodie bags. The Apen Family Band will play bluegrass and country music from about 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Winning tickets for several raffles, including a quilt, an Amish-made shed and a big basket of gift certificates from local merchants, will be drawn around 12:45 p.m.
The market is sponsored by the Alden Chamber of Commerce. For more info, call Jenny Urbanski at 937-6177 or visit
CARING TOUCH – The Church of the Annunciation, 7580 Clinton St., Elma, will host a six-week session of Powerful Tools for Caregivers, a nationally based program that helps people who are caring for friends or relatives who are impaired physically or mentally.
Classes will be held from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays, beginning next week and continuing through Nov. 22. Fee is $25, including “The Caregivers Helpbook,” which is covered by BlueCross BlueShield and Independent Health. For more info and registration, call the Erie County Caregivers Resource Center at 858-2177 or email
IMPROVING THE ODDS – A Compliance Workshop, which covers all aspects of charitable gaming from pull tabs to duck races, will be held at 1 p.m. next Wednesday in Hamburg Post 527, American Legion, 2 Memorial Drive, Hamburg.
The workshop, led by Richard Kuczynski of the State Gaming Commission, is free. The program is open to members of all veterans and fraternal groups and other non-profit organizations.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Kevin O’Neill, Salvadore Juste, Karen Robinson, Raymond James Luedke, Jake McCabe, Jonathan D. Cox, Leslie Shayne, Rosanne Frandina, Christine Michalski, Brandi Koehler, Brooke Koehler, Jerome Lokcynski, Stacey Smith, Stacy Gibbins, Lynne Battaglia, Clare Hildebrand, Mary Jane Olejnik, Arlene Mack, Brandon Bartus, Ava Sullivan, Teegan Anthony, Maureen Higgins, Louisa Fraiser-Merritt, Dennis Pietraszewski, Jim Robinson, Byron Kocher, Chadwick A. Podkulski and Theresa Klemm.
AND THURSDAY – Bruce Andriatch, Harvey Garrett, Bill Fenzel, Paul Safe, Kaitlin Safe, Jennifer Schaller, Davis Jajkowski, Diane Grant, Mary Jo Biggane, Father Louis Dolinic, Lauren Rae Farry, Chris Panek, Joe Czuprynski, Alvin H. Hargro, Luz Pierla-McGoin, Ian Sabadasz, John Garvey, Joseph E. Higgins and JoAnne Quinn.


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