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Reporters' Notebook: March 3, 2017

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to inventor Alexander Graham Bell, born on this date in 1847, “Sometimes we stare so long at a door that is closing that we see too late the one that is open.”

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TAKE SOME HOME – Columbia Hook and Ladder Fire Company, 85 Columbia Drive, North Tonawanda, will hold a chowder sale at 11:30 a.m. Saturday. Price is $4.50 per quart. For more info, call 695-1740.

The annual Lenten homemade pierogi and placek sale begins this weekend in St. John Kanty Church, 101 Swinburne St. Hours are 3 to 5 p.m. Saturdays and 9:30 a.m. to noon Sundays. For more info, call 893-0412 weekday mornings.

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BARGAIN HUNTS – The consignment shop at St. Andrew’s Church, 111 Crocker St., Sloan, will have a One-Day Dollar Sale from 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday. All clothing and accessories, including handbags, jewelry, shoes, boots and scarves, will be $1. For more info, call 892-0425.

Harvey D. Morin Post 2940, Veterans of Foreign Wars, 965 Center Road, West Seneca, will hold its annual St. Patrick’s Flea Market from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, offering books, toys, jewelry, tools, CDs and DVDs, sports items, antiques, collectibles and memorabilia. Breakfast and lunch will be available. For more info, call 674-2940.

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FILL THE FREEZER – The Shriners of Western New York will hold their Spring Meat Raffle at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Shrine Center, 1600 Southwestern Blvd., West Seneca. Admission is $2 and includes beer, pop and sandwiches.
A special $10 Big Ticket Raffle will offer chances to win a chest freezer with a grocery gift card, a Salvatore’s Italian Gardens dinner and overnight stay package, and a cash drawing for $200. For more info, call 674-8666.

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Poor Ould Goat will play for the Green Beer Sunday celebration in North Tonawanda.

GREEN ON TAP – Get in shape for St. Patrick’s Day partying at the third annual Green Beer Sunday celebration Sunday afternoon in Gateway Harbor Park, Sweeney and Webster streets, North Tonawanda.
Festivities begin at noon with a parade across Gateway Harbor Bridge and continue from 1 to 4 p.m. under heated tents. There will be corned beef sandwiches, salt potatoes, adult beverages and live music by the Irish band Poor Ould Goat. Sponsors are Gateway Harbor Park and Dwyer’s Irish Pub.

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BLENDED VOICES – The Buffalo Chips, the award-winning all-male a cappella singing ensemble from the University at Buffalo, will be special guests as the ABC Bel Canto Choirs present their annual Musical Treats Concert at 3 p.m. Sunday in the First Presbyterian Church, 1 Symphony Circle.
Selections will range from early Renaissance to current pop hits. Admission is free. For more info, call Sue Fay Allen at 759-6428 or visit

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The Sixth Annual South Buffalo Pizza Fest takes place Sunday.

PIZZA GALORE – Boy Scout Troop 60 at St. Teresa's Parish will benefit from the Sixth Annual South Buffalo Pizza Fest from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday in the St. Teresa's Parish Gym, 33 Mineral Springs Road. Admission is $2 advance, $3 at the door and there will be $1 food and drink tickets. Each $1 food ticket will be good for a sample slice. Pizzerias in and around South Buffalo will compete to win awards for Best Cheese and One Topping Pizza, Specialty Pizza, Table Presentation and Best Chicken Wing. For more info and tickets, call Dan Scheck at 823-2260 or Dan Scheck Jr. at 462-9761.

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WEEKEND MENU – Lt. Col. Matt Urban Post 7275, Veterans of Foreign Wars, 3741 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga, will hold a Chili, Chowder, Soup and Dessert Cook-off from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday. A $3 donation covers tastes of all entries. Proceeds will benefit the Western New York Homeless Veterans Soup Kitchen.

The Kenmore Lions Club will host its annual Pancake Breakfast from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday in St. Andrew’s Church Hall, 1525 Sheridan Drive at Elmwood Avenue, Town of Tonawanda. Tickets are $7 for adults, $4 for children 4 to 12, and include all-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage, orange juice, coffee and tea. There also will be a theme basket raffle and split club raffles.

The Kenmore Presbyterian Church Board of Deacons will hold its annual Scholarship Luncheon and Basket Auction from 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday in the church at 2771 Delaware Ave., Kenmore. Dinners are $8 for adults, $5 for children under 12, and include pasta, meatballs, salad, rolls and beverage. Proceeds will support scholarships for high school seniors and college students.

St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3512 Clinton St. at Union Road, West Seneca, will serve a Ravioli Dinner from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $10 at the door and include homemade sauce and ravioli, salad, beverage and dessert. There also will be a raffle for a 4K television set and an Xbox game system. For raffle tickets, call Mark Koeppel at 440-8173. Proceeds benefit the church mortgage fund and the monthly community dinner.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Mildred Alagna, Pugsy Kelley, Ayden Whalen, Alice Williams Shanks, Doreen Czumaj, Jay Hyde, Rob Skutnik, T.J. Griffin, Rosemary Villarini, Marg Reynolds, Kristina Young, Dave Huller, Linda Swanekamp, Emmanuel R. Morrow, Kathy Kirschmyer, Bonnie Shul, Rev. David J. Borowiak, Mel Skwierczymski, Jacob Kiniry, Marlene Lagace, Rachel Fentzke, Louise Forney, Matthew Lounsbury and Jeremy Werner.
AND SATURDAY – Katherine Shanks Kelly, Susan Herrmann Shanks, Barry Weinstein, Kate Masiello, Nancy Torrell, Rebecca Silverman, Marian Roche, Jim Donathen, Bill Griffin Jr., Marian Locke, Carly Fazio, Florence Antkowiak, Rosemary Hicks, Donna Bohan, Angela Berti, Tyler Sasiadek, Roberta Busch Gurbey, Bill Bruton, Lee Ann Kelly, Capriana Romanini, Caliana Januchowski, Aleena Januchowski and Petey Stelmach.
AND SUNDAY – Hailey Gies, Lindsay Neilson, Beverly Dale, Ben Chee, Michele McClintick Mehaffy, Michele Costa, Father Ray Donohue, Sister Mary Felicia Golembiewski-Dove, John Sweet, Gus Wright, Elinor Chilcott, Marion Mann, Tom Kazmierczak III, Dawn Woodman, Marty Surdam Sr., James L. Short, Dustin Domhart, John Schultz, Helen Polanski, Steve Messier, Bette Kotlarsz and Skye Norton.

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