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Reporters' Notebook: March 22, 2017

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to comedian Chico Marx, born Leonard Marx on this date in 1887, “If they’ll just put a good two-iron, a golf bag, a pack of gin cards and a beautiful blonde in my coffin, they can send it anywhere they want.”

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WINNERS WANTED – More than 200 baskets, gift certificates and gift cards will be the prizes Friday evening in the Great Basket Auction in the auditorium of Mary Queen of Angels Regional Catholic School, 170 Rosewood Terrace off George Urban Boulevard, Cheektowaga.
Doors will open at 5 p.m. The auction will begin at 7. A $5 donation includes a sheet of auction tickets. Students under 18 will be admitted free with parent. Snacks and pop will be available for purchase.
For more info on the auction or the school, call 895-6280 or visit mqangels.com.

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CENTURY OF CHANGES – Explore Buffalo will provide insights on one of Buffalo’s most historic industrial buildings in tours at 3:30 and 5:30 p.m. Friday in the Tri-Main Center, 2495 Main St.
Visitors will learn about the 575,000-square-foot building’s incarnations, first as a Ford automobile plant in 1915, then with Bell Aircraft and Trico before becoming a mixed-use facility housing more than 100 companies on six floors.
The tour will end at Buffalo Arts Studio, which will be taking part in Tri-Main’s monthly free Fourth Friday event.
The one-hour tour will involve about a mile of indoor walking and stair climbing. An elevator is available, if needed. Tickets are $15, $5 for students, and can be reserved by calling 245-3032 or visit explorebuffalo.org.

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NIGHT OUT – Music by Disco Duck will be featured as the Orchard Park High School Quaker Marching Band Boosters throw their third annual Spring Fling from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday in Orchard Park Post 567, American Legion, 3740 N. Buffalo Road, Orchard Park.
Those attending must be 21 and over. Tickets are $25 advance, $30 at the door, and include food and beverages. There also will be basket raffles and big ticket prizes. Tickets are available online at tinyurl.com/adultsocial2017.

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PASS THE SYRUP – The Amherst Lions Club will host its annual Pancake Breakfast from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in Christ United Methodist Church, 350 Saratoga Road at Harlem Road, Snyder. Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for kids 12 and under. There also will be a gift certificate auction and a bake sale.
Meanwhile, the church will be holding a free Community Wellness Health Fair from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. Testing for blood sugar, cholesterol, glaucoma and blood pressure will be offered, along with information on nutrition, dental care and diabetes.

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ROAD WORTHY – The Orchard Park Police Department will host a New Driver Safety Class for Orchard Park residents from 6 to 8 p.m. next Wednesday in the Town Court Room, 4295 S. Buffalo St.
The hands-on class, designed for licensed drivers 18 and under and their parents or guardians, will focus on the dangers of driving while distracted or impaired, traffic laws and other safety issues. The class is limited to 50 students. To register, call Officer Kristin Mazur at 662-6418.

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FRENCH FLAIR – From kings to explorers, “How the Huguenots Changed the World” will be the topic of a presentation by Bonnie G. Flickinger at a meeting of the Buffalo-Lille Association at 7 p.m. next Tuesday in Room 210 of Butler Library at SUNY Buffalo State. For info and reservations, call Jean F. Gounard at 878-5331 or email gounarjf@buffalostate.edu.

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JOHNNY B. GOODE – Spaces are available for a few more four-person teams to compete in Ultimate Music Trivia Contest to be held March 31 in the Flying Bison Brewery, 840 Seneca St. Topics will cover popular music from the 1960s onward. Proceeds will benefit Sister Johnice Rzadkiewicz and the Response to Love Center on Buffalo’s East Side.
Registration is $50 per team. Each player will receive a pint of Flying Bison beer. Prizes for the top two teams will include beer, concert tickets and CDs. For info and to register, call Rich Gurbacki at 361-1145 or email baxes58@yahoo.com.

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Christian actor Mark Price will make several appearances in the Buffalo area next week.

CHURCH NOTES – “Courage to Believe” is the theme of the 15th annual Catholic Men’s Conference from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 1 in Cardinal O’Hara High School, 39 O’Hara Road, Town of Tonawanda.
Featured speakers will be Robert Rogers, who lost his wife and four children in a flash flood; California-based Christian actor Mark Price portraying Jesus’ apostle Simon Peter, and Deacon Mike Ficorilli, president-elect of the Catholic Men’s Fellowship. Registration fee is $30, $10 for students, and includes lunch. For info or to register, visit spiritiscalling.org.
Actor Mark Price will appear again to give theatrical presentations on St. Thomas, St. Paul and St. Francis, speaking on their lives and experiences with Jesus, during a three-day parish mission at 7 p.m. April 3 to 5 in the Church of the Annunciation, 7580 Clinton St., Elma.
The programs are free and open to the public. A free-will offering will be welcome. For more info, call 683-5254 or visit annunciation.cc.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Denis Flanigan, Rita Finkelstein, Nicole Grover, Wolf Blitzer, Bob Halt, Megan Toohey, Marney Miller, Nancy Panek, Katie Ratchuk, Tim Joyce, Kimberly Gullo, Debbera Ransom, Michelle Roesler, Thomas Vogt, Brayden Logel, Brianna Day, Julie Coppola, Allen Kegler and Mark Comstock.
AND THURSDAY – Diane Smith, David Milch, Jack Trachtenberg, Bob Kaprove, Arthur Eve, Margot Shoemaker, Jim Ranney, Les Greenbaum, Nick Sinatra, Nancy Harper, Nick Carone, Mia McCabe, Mark Roetzer, Steven Black, Mercedes Koehler, Arlene Kranz, Annie Reese, Jeanette Rhone, Samantha Koeppel, Don Jaehn, Jackie Lawrie, Philomena Ventresca Gallagher, Kaleb Foster, Father Dave Richards and Dawn Schwendeman.

To submit birthdays and other items of interest to Reporters’ Notebook, please email olaffub@buffnews.com or send a letter to Reporters’ Notebook, Buffalo News, Box 100, Buffalo, NY 14240.

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