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Reporters' Notebook: March 24, 2017

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to English poet, textile designer and political activist William Morris, born on this date in 1834, “The past is not dead, it is living in us, and will be alive in the future which we are now helping to make.”

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O SAY CAN YOU SEE – Start warming up your vocal cords. The Buffalo Bisons are holding their annual National Anthem auditions from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Coca-Cola Field. The try-outs are open to the public. There are no reservations for audition times.
Singers should enter the ballpark via the Pettibone’s Grille entrance and be ready to perform “The Star Spangled Banner” and “O Canada” a cappella in front of the home dugout. For more info, call 846-2080 or visit

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PET PROJECT – Forest Lawn will help celebrate the sesquicentennial of the SPCA Serving Erie County with a special exhibit, “Lost and Found: Celebrating 150 Years of the SPCA.” The display in the Margaret L. Wendt Archive and Resource Center, 1990 Main St., includes a letter from Millard Fillmore, one of the SPCA’s founders. It can be seen free from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
The exhibit will open at 2 p.m. Sunday with a presentation by Gary Willoughby, executive director of the SPCA Serving Erie County. Tickets for the opening are $15 and can be purchased at

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BIGGER THAN EVER – The Buffalo Geological Society’s 49th annual Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show at the Erie County Fairgrounds in Hamburg has expanded to three venues – the Market, Grange and State Police buildings. Hours will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Theme is “Garnet: Our State Gem.”
More than 30 dealers will offer gems, beads, jewelry, minerals and fossils. Demonstrators will include renowned Canadian soapstone carver Sandy Cline. There also will be the Mini-Mine for young collectors and Grandpa’s Corner for children’s crafts. Door prizes will be drawn hourly.
Admission is $5 for adults. Two-day tickets are $7. Scouts in uniform and children under 12 are free.

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Ray Bentley

STARS COME OUT – Former Buffalo Bills Pete Metzelaars, Keith McKeller and Ray Bentley, former Sabres star Rob Ray and former Buffalo Braves forward John Shumate will appear at the Sports Card and Memorabilia Expo from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday in the Grapevine Banquet Hall, 333 Dick Road, Depew.
Shumate will sign autographs from 11 a.m. to noon, Ray will sign from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Metzelaars and McKeller will sign from noon to 2 p.m., all for $15 per item. Bentley will sign for free with a purchase from his table.
Admission is $5 for adults, $2 for youngsters 8 to 15, free for kids 7 and under. For more info, call 432-7388 or visit
Bentley also will appear from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the Walden Galleria Mall in Cheektowaga, near Sears on the first floor, to sign autographs and collect donations for BB&G (Building, Believing & Giving, formerly Buffalo Blue & Gold) Charities, which helps youngsters in need in Western New York. Bentley’s novel, “Driftwood,” and his “Darby the Dinosaur” and “Bubba Gator” children’s books will be available.

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SANCTIFIED SOUNDS – The Buffalo Choral Arts Society, a community chorus of more than 100 voices, will give its next Concert in the Church at 7 p.m. Saturday in St. Francis of Assisi Church, 150 Broad St., City of Tonawanda. Tickets are $10. The public is invited.

Jazz saxophonist Bobby Militello and his quartet will give a concert at 2 p.m. Sunday in St. Michael’s Church, 651 Washington St. Tickets are $10 at the door.

The Canisius College Chorale, directed by Frank Scinta, will continue its Sacred Spaces Concert Series at 7:30 p.m. Sunday in the Church of the Annunciation, 7580 Clinton St., Elma. The program, with works of Vivaldi, Whitacre and Lauridsen, is free and open to the public.

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BARGAIN TIME – Good Shepherd Community of Faith, 187 Southside Parkway, will hold a book and baked goods sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Paperbacks are 50 cents. Hardcovers are $1. Other media also may be available. For info, call 824-4112.

Salem Lutheran Church, 10 McClellan Circle at McKinley Parkway and Whitfield Avenue, will hold a potluck dinner and auction Saturday evening. Dinner is at 5 p.m., auction at 6 p.m. with items including collectible antique dolls and jewelry, gift certificates to neighborhood restaurants and theme baskets. To reserve a seat, call 824-2787.

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Troy Lundblad

WORLD OF WORK – NAFTA and progressive labor in the U.S., Canada and Mexico will be the topic as the Western New York Peace Center and Peace Action/Canisius hold a coffeehouse and presentation at 7 p.m. Monday in Canisius College Science Hall. Speakers will be Troy Lundblad of United Steelworkers Canada and Stuart Schussler of the Mexico Solidarity Network. For more info, visit

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WEEKEND MENU – The Orchard Park United Methodist Church, 3700 N. Buffalo St., Orchard Park, will serve fish dinners from 4:30 to 7 p.m. today. Dinners are $11 for adults, $6 for children, and include fried haddock, German and cold potato salad, coleslaw, bread and butter, dessert and beverage. Part of the proceeds support programs at the Seneca Street United Methodist Church.

Iron Island Museum, 998 Lovejoy St., will host a Krolick’s Lenten fish fry from 4 to 7 p.m. today. Dinners are $12 and include French fries, coleslaw, potato salad and roll. There also will be a theme tray and basket auction, with proceeds benefiting the museum and Macki’s Memory Feral Cat Group. For more info, call 892-3084.

The Cheektowaga Central School Soccer Boosters will hold their annual pancake breakfast and basket raffle from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday in the cafeteria of the high school, 3600 Union Road, Cheektowaga. Breakfasts are $5. Basket raffle tickets are $5 a sheet or three sheets for $10.

The Orchard Park Lions Club will hold its annual pancake breakfast from 8 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday in Orchard Park Post 567, American Legion, 3740 N. Buffalo St. Breakfasts are $7 for adults, $4 for children 6 to 12, free for youngsters under 6, and include Western New York maple syrup, sausage and beverages.

The Kiwanis Club of Niagara-Wheatfield will host a pancake breakfast and basket raffle in conjunction with New York State Maple Weekend from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday in Wheatfield Post 1471, American Legion, 6525 Ward Road, Wheatfield. Breakfasts are $7.50 for adults, $4 for children 4 to 11 and free for youngsters 3 and under, and include all-you-can-eat pancakes, New York State maple syrup, sausage, juice and coffee or tea. For tickets, call 754-4548 or 731-3696.

The Lancaster Lions Club will sponsor a spaghetti dinner and basket raffle from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday in Twin District Fire Hall, 4999 William St., Lancaster. Dinners are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $5 for children.

The Sheridan Drive Lions Club will host its annual all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday in the St. Edmund’s Campus, 530 Ellicott Creek Road, Town of Tonawanda. Dinners are $8 for adults, $5 for kids 12 and under, and include meatballs, salad, bread and beverage.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Peggy Courier, Pat Rasmus, Bonnie Besmanoff, Dave Gillen, Barbara Pieterse, Lisa Pupo, Megan Giambra, Lynn Skubish, Lisa Pickens, Rosemary Fehr, Liz Merrick, Madeline Elminowski, Kyler Simmons, Steven Jay Bagel, Gary Refermat Sr., Aimee Longman, Daniel Horigan and Frankie Drejas.
AND SATURDAY – Mary Hurley Carney, Betty Loucks, Sharon Benz, Nicole Fieramusca, Don Vidler, Bobby Militello, Sandy Rifkin, Dr. David Dougherty, Glenn Gronkowski, Larry Chirico, Cindy Smith, Angie Carrol, Erin Willard, Gary W. Hoehn, Dick Roberts, Betty Hummel, Kali Yeates, Emma Hawthorn, Blake Staszak, Addie Hoerner, Madelyn Bosworth, Lorry Garlock, Chris LaGrow, Warren Fleckenstein, Mary Jurek, Cassie Hammersmith, Delores Rossitto, Noreen McMorrow Buckley, Jeanne Binner, Trey Czumaj and Mary LoCurto.
AND SUNDAY – Letizia Tagliafierro, Shirley Cassety, Deidre Williams, Rolene Pozarny, Michael Foglia, Eric Godzich, Isabel Lempke, Joan McFall, Bob Panek, Chuck Basil, Elaine Kloc, Susan Eager, Stella Schultz, Ariana France, Andreya France, Daniel L. Smolarek, Dorothy Wysocki, Angie Carroll, Dale Bosworth, Jamie William Brown, Edward Christmas, Jamie Wannemacher Krieger, Tim Chambers, Tammy DiPirro and Scott Kashino.

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

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