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Reporter's Notebook: Nov. 18

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to Canadian novelist Margaret Atwood, born on this date in 1939, “If we were all on trial for our thoughts, we would all be hanged.”

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TINY TREASURES – A dozen vendors will offer a wide variety of stamps and other items as the Buffalo Stamp Club holds its 12th annual Autumn Stamp Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday in Pvt. Leonard Post Jr. Post 6251, Veterans of Foreign Wars, 2450 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga. The U.S. Postal Service will sell current stamps at face value.
Experienced collectors will be on hand at the hospitality table to answer questions and offer suggestions. Parking and admission are free. Call George Gates at 633-8358 or email

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MARK OF AFFECTION – Get a tat, help a cat – that’s the motto of a tattoo fundraiser to benefit Ten Lives Club cat rescue and adoption group in Ink, Inc., 320 Grote St. near Elmwood Avenue, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday. Customers are limited to 100, first-come, first-served. Numbers will be given, along with estimated times to eliminate long waits.
More than 25 pet designs are available for $50 each. Pictures of the designs can be seen on the Ten Lives Club Facebook page. Call 646-5577.

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TOY STORY – Marx toys and play sets will be the topic of a free presentation by James Wolfe for the Lancaster New York Historical Society at 2 p.m. Sunday in the society’s museum, 40 Clark St., Lancaster. Refreshments will be served.

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HELP A VET – S.E.R.V. (Support, Empower, Respect Veterans) Niagara is accepting donations of turkeys and other dinner items for Thanksgiving dinner deliveries to veterans and families in need on Monday and Tuesday. The organization also is taking names of needy veterans and others who could use a holiday meal. Call 912-0522 or email

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MILESTONE MOMENT – The Town of Hamburg Lions Club will celebrate its 75th anniversary with a dinner at 6 p.m. Saturday in Michael’s Banquet Facility, 4885 Southwestern Blvd. Tickets are $35. For more info, call Patty McMahon at 866-0609.

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KING ME – Everyone who enjoys chess and checkers is invited to play at the weekly session at 1 p.m. every Monday by the Chess and Checkers Group of the Dale Association, 33 Ontario St., Lockport. Fee is $2, free for members. Call Gerry Stafford at 434-4084.

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MUSIC, MUSIC, MUSIC – Sanctuary organist Bob Hull will give a solo performance, then will be joined by the Niagara Wheatfield Choir and the St. Francis Choir in a free Pipe Organ Concert at 7 p.m. Saturday in St. Francis of Assisi Church, 73 Adam St., City of Tonawanda.


Buffalo-based Blue Stone Groove plays the final concert in the Carnegie Art Center's jazz series Sunday afternoon.

Blue Stone Groove, a six-piece Buffalo-based band, will be featured in the final concert in this season’s Sunday Jazz Series at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Carnegie Art Center, 240 Goundry St., North Tonawanda. Space is limited. Tickets are $10. To purchase them in advance, call 694-4400 or visit

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LET’S SHOP – St. Francis of Assisi Church, 73 Adam St., City of Tonawanda, will hold a used jewelry and accessory sale from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, including purses, hats and scarves. Admission is $2.50 and includes coffee and a breakfast treat. Children under 12 are free.

The Orchard Park Garden Club will hold its biannual Marketplace Sale from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday in the railroad depot behind the Orchard Park Library. Offerings will include Christmas crafts, terrariums, pantry items, bird feeders, wreaths and swags. Proceeds will benefit scholarships.

More than 75 crafters will be featured as the John F. Kennedy Varsity Club holds its Autumn Craft Show from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday in John F. Kennedy High School, 305 Cayuga Creek Road, Cheektowaga. Admission is $1.

St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church, 3275 Elmwood Ave., Town of Tonawanda, will hold its Christmas bazaar from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. There will bre vendors, attic treasures, theme baskets, pierogis and cabbage rolls to go, baked goods and a hot lunch. Admission and parking are free. For more info, call 873-5011.

Amherst Presbyterian Church, 151 S. Youngs Road, Amherst, will hold a basket raffle and craft show from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday. Proceeds will benefit the church’s youth summer work program.

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HUNGRY? – Niagara Hose Fire Company No. 3 at 74 Wheeler St., City of Tonawanda, will hold a chowder sale Saturday. Chowder will be ready at noon for $4 a quart. Advance orders will be accepted from anyone dropping off a container.

Holy Mother of the Rosary Cathedral, 6298 Broadway, Lancaster, will host a roast beef dinner and chance auction from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday. Dinners are $11 for adults, $6 for kids 12 and under.

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WIN A DINNER – Cambria Volunteer Fire Company, 4631 Cambria Wilson Road, Town of Lockport, will hold its annual Turkey Party from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday. Admission and refreshments are free. Concessions open at 6:30. Turkey, pork and beef loin raffles begin at 7.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Gladys Daughtry, John Koelmel, Gary Woodbury, Sally Lococo, Patrick M. Gallivan, Dinash Lal, Kilian Salerno, Kathleen Darcy, Sue Zemrak, Dr. Joe Biasillo, Audrey Sambrotto, Karl Oesterle, Thomas William Yeates, Douglas Vaught, Leslie Conway, Janet Ganje, Joe Higgins, Eric Faulring, Amy Herr, Diane Sieminski, Manda Wiles, Brian English, Owen Terceros, John E. Stachewicz, Tim Panek, Geri Suplicki, Mark Orzechowski, Danielle Vaccaro, Barbara Rose Arber and Steve Taylor.

AND SATURDAY – Tim Gorman, Roy Pipitone, Thad Lewis, Jennifer Demert, Brandon Jeffords, Christine Fenzel, Carmela Salerno, Mercedes Tiranno, Barbara Herr, Carol Ward, Carol Cherkas, Marybeth Schumer, David Gilmore, Janet Robinson, Lucille Malizia, Patrick Kane, Sharon Gray, Crystal Chauby, Loretta Fries, Monsignor Pat Keleher, Rick Starzynski, Sue Gugino and Michael Vaccaro.

AND SUNDAY – Tom Krehbiel, Rich Kegler, Newell Nussbaumer, Cheryl Bell, Jim Sarra, Sheila Barrett, Mary Wolters, Eric Bondanza, Alanna Bain, Chris Van Veghten, Natalie Recktenwalt, Peg Overdorf, Edward Schroeder, Steve Ryniec and Ella Smith Perry.


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