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Reporter's Notebook: Nov. 11

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to the first woman to drive across the U.S. from coast to coast, Alice Huyler Ramsey, born on this date in 1886, “Good driving has nothing to do with sex. It’s all above the collar.”

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FREE FOR VETS – Free tours of Buffalo’s Central Terminal, 435 Paderewski Drive, will be part of the Veterans Day Tribute at 11 a.m. today.
The Central Terminal Restoration Committee will lead tours following a ceremony featuring students from the Academy for Visual and Performing Arts, the Hutch-Tech JROTC, Melissa Kate, the Hogs and Heroes Foundation, the Dog Company, the 16th Infantry Division WWII Re-enactors, the CTRC, Forgotten Buffalo and Fillmore Council Member David Franczyk.
Complimentary coffee and doughnuts will be provided by Potts Deli & Grille. All civilians and veterans are invited to attend.

Meanwhile, Empire Beauty School, 2190 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga, will thank veterans and current armed forces personnel by offering them free haircuts by its senior level students from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today. Military ID must be presented.

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BRIGHTEN THE SEASON – Women and Children’s Hospital will benefit as Our Bar, 861 Military Road at Hoover Avenue, Kenmore, holds a pig roast and gift drive from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday. The pig roast and other food will be served at 4. Donation is an unwrapped toy of $10 value or more, which will include all food. There also will be live music all afternoon, a cash bar, prizes and raffles. Bands will include 55 Main and Walter Oblivion.

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HOLIDAY CRAFTS – The Women of St. Paul Lutheran Church, 453 Old Falls Blvd., North Tonawanda, will hold their 25th annual Craft Show and Trash ‘N Treasures Sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

The Lancaster New York Historical Society will hold its annual Holiday Craft Sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the Historical Society Museum, 40 Clark St.

The Lancaster Opera House will benefit from a craft fair and basket raffle from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in Holy Mother of the Rosary Cathedral, 6298 Broadway, Lancaster. Santa will be on hand for pictures.

The Women’s Association of Maryvale Drive Presbyterian Church, 425 Maryvale Drive, Cheektowaga, will host its annual Harvest Holiday Bazaar from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday. There will be theme tray baskets, Christmas and Thanksgiving items, jewelry, handmade gifts, baked goods and a white elephant table. Lunch will be available. Drawings for the theme trays start at 2 p.m.

More than 50 crafters will be featured at the Big Red Church Holiday Craft Show from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday in St. James Church Hall at Blessed Mother Teresa Parish, 500 Terrace Blvd., Depew. Admission is $1.

St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church will hold its Ukrainian Bazaar from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in Ukrainian Hall, 1219 Abbott Road, Lackawanna. There will be more than 200 theme baskets, games, raffles, pierogi, cabbage rolls and baked goods. Admission is free.

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MUSIC AND MORE – An evening of music, “From Song to Rhapsody – the Genius of George Gershwin,” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the Church of the Annunciation, 7580 Clinton St., Elma. Performing will be pianist Krista Seddon, accompanied by bassist Bud Fadale and saxophonist Matt Harris.
A family-style dinner featuring roast turkey breast served by Patty Markowski Burdette Catering will precede the concert at 6 p.m. in Annunciation’s Selbert Hall. Guests can bring their own beverages.
Tickets are $25 for dinner and the musical performance, pre-sale only. Tickets for the concert only are $10 pre-sale and $12 at the door. Tickets are available at the parish office or by clicking the Give Online button at

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STRIKE UP THE BAND – The American Legion Band of the Tonawandas, conducted by Michael Shaw, will give a Veterans Day concert at 7:30 p.m. Sunday in the Riviera Theatre, 67 Webster St., North Tonawanda. The program will include marches and popular show tunes. Tickets are $12 to $15. For more info, visit

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DINNER BELL – Marilla United Methodist Church, 1910 Two Rod Road, Marilla, will serve free turkey dinners to the community from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, dine in or take out. Call 652-7465.

St. Stanislaus Church, Fillmore Avenue and Peckham Street, will host a Harvest Brunch and basket raffle from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday in the church’s Marian Hall. Donation is $10.

A spaghetti dinner catered by Chef’s Restaurant and a basket auction will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday in Father Justin Knights of Columbus Hall, 2735 Union Road at William Street, Cheektowaga. Dinners are $9 adults, $5 for kids up to 10. Proceeds benefit the Franciscan Center.

The Ushers Society at St. Gabriel’s Church, 5271 Clinton St., Elma, will host a spaghetti dinner from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Cost is $8 adults, $5 kids 5 to 12. Desserts will be available for purchase. A cash bar will serve pop, draft beer and wine.

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PLAYING TO WIN – Niagara Catholic Junior Senior High School, 520 66th St., Niagara Falls, will hold a Super Bingo game Saturday in the school gym to benefit programming and student activities. Doors will open at noon. An 18-game program with a $3,000 prize payout will be played from 2 to 4 p.m. There will be a basket raffle. Visit

Second Chance Sheltering Network will hold a chance auction Sunday in the Main-Transit Fire Hall, 6777 Main St., Amherst. Doors open at 1 p.m. Drawings start at 3. Donation is $10 and includes five auction tickets, beverage and dessert. Bring a 3½ pound or larger bag of Purina One Cat or Kitten food and receive 25 auction tickets for free. Visit the shelter’s Facebook page.

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TURKEYS, TOO – St. Teresa’s Parish will hold its Fall Meat Raffle Saturday in the Parish Center, 33 Mineral Springs Road. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Raffle begins at 7. Admission is $5, which includes pizza, beer, pop and snacks. There also will be theme baskets and a special raffle. Call 822-0608, Ext. 3.

West Seneca Magic Softball will host a meat raffle Sunday afternoon in the Hamburg Knights of Columbus Hall, 36 Pierce Ave., Hamburg. Doors open at noon. First spin is at 1 p.m. Admission is $5 and includes beer and pop. Outside snacks are welcome. For reservations, call 631-7671 or email

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CHURCH NOTES – Trinity Baptist Church, 2930 Bailey Ave., will celebrate its 99th anniversary Sunday at worship services at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. All are welcome.

St. Mark Lutheran Church, 1135 Oliver St., North Tonawanda, will hold a Hymn Festival at 4 p.m. Sunday to kick off celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. Featured speaker and performer is Paul Soulek, organizer and composer at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Seward, Neb. The public is invited. Free will offerings are welcome. For more info, visit

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Kiley Weber, Robert Stewart Shanks, Tony DiStefano, Dan Komanski, Sharon Fronkowiak, Roger Powell, Jo Ann Gabor, Roy Sasiadek, Lauryln M. McGrath, Marlene Lunz, Nancy Puma, Marge Bartholomew, Kerry Chella, Jeff Otterstein, Todd DeVorchik, Lynn Markel, Linda Fox, Peter Weinreich, Ryan Granville, Tina Kovach, Davis Miller, Sandra Mendel and Audrey Mitchell.
AND SATURDAY – Valerie Burkhard, Father Bill Quinlivan, Gary Crosby, Amy Gorski, Pete Montemarano, Samuel Tanesh Abraham, Mary Lou Przybylo, Ann Kelly, Brad Pyle, Pat Lonergan, Mallory Chase, Bobby Popp Jr., Margie Starczynski, Joan Daigler, Joanne Karpik, Jane Rostlochowski and Matthew Snodgrass.
AND SUNDAY – Roger Durant, Gil Perreault, Don Thompson Jr., Elizabeth Licata, Lucy Candelario, Mitchell Stenger, Meghan Donachick, John Fecio Jr., Mary Ann Alberalla, Stefan Mychajliw, Carol Maurer, Steven Vaught, Louise Mankiewicz, Megan Maghran, Rose Murphy, Maureen Dash and Ron Rowley.


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