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Reporters' Notebook: March 10, 2017

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to author/ambassador Clare Boothe Luce, born on this date in 1903, “If men had to bear babies, there’d never be more than one child in a family.”

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GO FISH – Here are a couple of Lenten dinners that didn’t appear in the big Friday fish fry roundup in Gusto last week:

Orchard Park United Methodist Church, 3700 N. Buffalo St., Orchard Park, 4:30 to 7 p.m. today and March 24. Dinners are $11 adults, $6 children, and include fried haddock, German and cold potato salad, coleslaw, dessert and beverage; takeouts are available. Part of the proceeds support programs at the Seneca Street United Methodist Church.

Hamburg United Methodist Church, 116 Union St., Hamburg, 4:30 to 7 p.m. every Friday through Easter. Dinners are $11.95 and include broiled or battered fish or battered shrimp, coleslaw, potato salad, beverage and dessert. Chicken fingers and fries also are available for $5.95. For takeout call 649-8080.

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SAFETY FIRST – More than two dozen organizations will offer information for adults and activities for youngsters at Super Safety Saturday, a free child safety fair from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday in Catholic Health’s Administrative and Regional Training Center, 144 Genesee St., Buffalo.
While supplies last, Safe Kids Western New York will offer free child bike helmets, and the Amanda Hanson Foundation will distribute free carbon monoxide alarms.
The Buffalo Police Department will provide child ID fingerprinting. EPIC and WNED will host storytelling with Clifford the Big Red Dog. There will be raffles, facepainting and a magic show.
Free car seat safety checks are available by appointment. For info or an appointment, call 447-6205 or visit

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LOTS OF CHANCES – A total of 56 drawings for ham, chicken, pork, ribs, steaks, shrimp and more will be featured as the Holy Name Society of the Church of the Annunciation, 7580 Clinton St., Elma, hosts a meat raffle at 2 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $10, pre-sale only, and include a hot sandwich and beverages. Only 300 tickets are being sold. Call 870-7986.

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WAG THE DOG – Diamonds in the Ruff, a nonprofit animal rescue service, will hold a St. Pawtty’s Day basket raffle fundraiser from 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday in the Shawnee Fire Hall, 3747 Lockport Road, Sanborn. Pre-sale tickets are available today for $7 admission only, $12 including beer and wine. Prices at the door are $10 and $15. Food and baked goods will be available for purchase. Call 550-1635 or visit the Diamonds in the Ruff on Facebook.

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BARGAIN TIME – St. Andrew Church will hold its annual flea market and rummage sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday in the Parish Hall, 111 Crocker St., Sloan. Breakfast and lunch will be available. Call 892-0425.

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Dick Hirsch

WRITE ON – Veteran journalist Dick Hirsch has collected more than 100 of his BfloTales columns that appeared in Buffalo Business First for a new book, “A New Bathtub for the White House and Other Intriguing Tales.” He will sign copies at 2 p.m. Sunday in Talking Leaves Books, 951 Elmwood Ave.; visit

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GRAND FINALE – The series of eight Harry Potter films in the Riviera Theatre, 67 Webster St., North Tonawanda, comes to a conclusion at 3 p.m. Sunday with the screening of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2.” Doors will open at about 2:30. Tickets are $3. Fun packs are $10, which includes the ticket, a box of popcorn, a snack-size sweet and a beverage of choice. Visit or call 692-2413.

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COME HUNGRY – The Lancaster Senior Center, 100 Oxford Ave., Lancaster, will sell all-you-can-eat soup from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday. Cost is $5. Dessert and coffee will be available for purchase. Bingo will begin at 3 p.m. Call 684-9369.

The Kiwanis Club of Marilla will serve an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday in the Marilla Fire Company Recreational Hall, Two Rod Road and West Avenue, Marilla. Meals are $8 for adults, $4.50 for children 5 to 12, free for kids under 5, and include maple syrup, sausage, juice, milk and coffee.

The North Amherst Ladies Auxiliary will hold an all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday in the Amherst Fire Hall, Tonawanda Creek Road and Campbell Boulevard, Amherst. Dinners are $9 for adults, $5 for children 5 to 12, free for kids 4 and under, and include salad, beverage and dessert. Beer and wine will be available.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Shane Matuszewski, Greyson Anthony Allen, Olivia Grace Allen, Sean McGrath, Aubrey Turner, Peter Grubea, Marlies Wesolowski, Morgan Halt, Barbe Schaff, Katie Fritz, Pete Sivu, David Badaszewski, Ann Russell, Sammy Jo Reynolds, John Tiberio, Sister Martha Olszewski, Benjamin Staszak, Kim Olejniczak, Marcia Otero, Albert Derrico, Heidi Henzler and Bill Schmid Jr.
AND SATURDAY – Joanne Kasperek, Amy White, Mylous Hairston, Dick Haynes, Harper Bishop, Mary Jo Monnin, Ellie O’Malley, Gail Bauer, Mark Jarmusz, Sister Mary Agnes Czarnecki, Sister Mary Dianne Marie Szylkowski, Eleanor O’Malley, Zachary D. Burns, Jim Kelly, Judie Otto, Sean MacNamara, Marie Kreuder, R.J. Gray, Shawnna Zelasko, Evan Frascella, Dorothy Marrelli, Brian Carroll, Pat Granville, Donna Lee Melberg, Sarah Piasecki, Sheridan Furl Papich, Stephanie Chauby, Deborah Keller-Meyer, Matty Gorczyca and Kennedy Jean Kovach.
AND SUNDAY – Dottie Soong, Jeremy Zellner, Cora Sabatino, Joseph Barnashuk, Alice Buczkowski, Marsha Kamrowski, Marty Schwab, Marilyn Heidle, Ginny Rauls, Hillary Redwine, Sandy Cardamone, Louise Yots, Pat Luvender, Shirley Toepfer, Stacy Werner, Yves Coulombe, Pat Jaworski and Chief Bob Zamrok.

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