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Reporters' Notebook: March 31, 2017

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to French philosopher, mathematician and scientist Rene Descartes, born on this date in 1596, “Nothing is more fairly distributed than common sense: no one thinks he needs more of it than he already has.”

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BARGAIN HUNT – Clothing, accessories, vintage linens and collectibles, including sports items and coins, are among the offerings at the Spring Flea Market from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in Harvey D. Morin Post 2940, Veterans of Foreign Wars, 965 Center Road, West Seneca. Breakfast and lunch will be available. For more info, visit the Our Famous Flea Market Facebook page.
Come back to the Morin Post from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday for the Spring Bada-Bing Craft and Vendor Show, featuring fashions, home goods and accessories for Easter and Mother’s Day. For more info, call 674-2940.

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HARMONIOUS – More than 100 young singers will in the spotlight as the American Choral Directors Association holds a Treble Choir Festival at 4 p.m. Saturday in Clarence Presbyterian Church, 9675 Main St., Clarence. Admission is free.
The ABC Bel Canto Choir, the Chautauqua Youth Chorale and the Hochstein Youth Singers will raise their voices under the baton of a guest director they will meet for the first time that morning – Norman Zogaib, head of choral music in the Hamburg Central Schools. Each choir will perform separately, then combine for the finale.

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SEASON OPENER – A new exhibit, “Sock It To Me – The 1960s,” will be on display as the Knight-Sutton Museum, 123 Main St., Akron, opens from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. The museum, operated by the Newstead Historical Society, is open on the first Sunday of every month through October and every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. To arrange other times, call 542-7022.

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LONG LEGACY – John Andreozzi, author of “The Italians of Lackawanna, N.Y.,” will give a presentation on the history of St. Anthony’s Church at 1 p.m. Sunday in the parish’s Drilling Hall, 306 Ingham Ave., Lackawanna. Admission is free.
St. Anthony’s, which merged with Queen of All Saints Parish in 1998, will celebrate its 100-year anniversary on May 21 with a Centennial Mass led by Bishop Richard Malone.

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The Eastern Bluebird, the official New York State bird, is one of the first to come north in the spring.

SINGING THE BLUES – "Bluebirds in Our Backyards" will be the topic of a presentation by John Ruska of the New York State Bluebird Society from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at Bond Lake Park, 2363 Lower Mountain Road, Ransomville. His talk will take place in the Nature Center at the rear of the Warming House building. Ruska will talk about how to help preserve the state's official bird, which is under threat from starlings and sparrows. Admission is free, but seating is limited. For info and reservations, call Carol Schmelz at 694-3488.

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CASH FOR COLLEGE – The Buffalo Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority is accepting applications for college scholarships from African American high school seniors. An official transcript, two letters of reference and a typewritten essay must be submitted by Monday. For applications, visit For additional info, email

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TODAY’S CATCH – The Holy Name Society of Our Lady of Peace Church, 10950 Main St., Clarence, holds its annual Lenten fish fry from 4 to 7 p.m. today. Dinners are $11, including dessert and beverages. A children’s meal of macaroni and cheese with a veggie is $4. For more info, call the rectory at 759-8554 or Luther Townsend at 200-9188.

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STILL HUNGRY? – St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3512 Clinton St. at Union Road, West Seneca, hosts its free monthly community dinner from 4 to 6:30 p.m. today. The menu includes tomato soup, salad with a scoop of tuna, dessert and beverages. All are welcome.

Columbia Hook and Ladder 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.

Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish, 5337 Genesee St., Bowmansville, will hold a BW’s chicken barbecue from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday. Dinners are $10, drive-through only. For more info, call 683-2375.

The Western New York Railway Historical Society hosts an all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Cleveland Heights Christian Church, 4774 Union Road, Cheektowaga. Dinners are $9 adults, $5 children 5 to 12, and include two meatballs, salad, beverage and dessert. Proceeds benefit restoration of the Williamsville Depot.

The Holy Name Society of St. Pius X Church will host a pancake breakfast from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Sunday in the Father Weber Center, behind the church at 1700 N. French Road, Getzville. Tickets are $7 adults, $6 seniors and $2 for children under 12. Breakfast includes eggs, sausage, home fries and beverages plus all-you-can-eat pancakes.

The Blessed Virgin Mary Sodality of St. Mother Teresa Parish, 500 Terrace Blvd, Depew, will hold its annual pork chop dinner from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Dinners are $12 and include beverage and dessert. A children’s mac and cheese meal is available for $3.50. For more info, call 684-9275.

The Polish Falcons of America, Nest 6, will hold an all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday in their club at 3171 Broadway near Union Road, Cheektowaga. Dinners are $8 adults, $7 seniors and $3 children under 10, and include meatballs, salad, beverage and dessert. For more info, call 895-2807 or 685-0250.

SS. Peter and Paul Church, 68 E. Main St., Hamburg, will host a Chiavetta’s chicken barbecue from 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday. Dinners are $10 and include homemade desserts.

St. Jude Shrine of Lewiston, 975 Ridge Road, Lewiston, will serve its annual Pasta Italiano Dinner from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Dinners are $15 adults, $8 children 6 to 12, and include tortellini, penne, chicken piccata, meatballs, Italian zucchini bake, salad, dessert and beverage. Pre-sale tickets only. For reservations, call Joanne LaRosa at 284-7043.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Sam Vullo, Victoria Persons Cipollone, Arlene Kaukus, Susan Copley, Laurie Lisowski Frey, Don Portik, Lois Floreale, Sarah Jankowiak, Gail Riley Montedoro, Rose Marie Schumacher, Ronald Knapp, Veronica Cavan, Ken Partridge, Katie Casey, Helen Krypel, Albert Serbinowski and Frank Kamysz,
AND SATURDAY – Rita Astyk, Aly Wachowski, Michelle Eisen, W. Paul Ganley, Barbara Miller-Williams, Nancy Fischer, Lauren Hall, Sister Mary Christine Marie Luczynski, Bonnie Werdein, Gerry Lewandowski, Kenneth Bond Kovach, Michael McGavis, Pat Hawkins, Cheryl Franklin-Cook, Rob Chmielowiec, Jon Monaco, Sister Ann Helene Koenig, Barbara Hastings, Sister Karen Joseph, Julia Hall, Adeline LaVenture, Julie Greco, Cheryl Utech Cummings, Teresa Tasker and Jill LaMantia.
AND SUNDAY – Yvonne Minor-Ragan, Vincent J. Coppola, Madelyn Grace Buczkowski, Brian Rathke, Doris Yetter, Dolores Osika, Addison Huller, Greg DiLorenzo, Kerry Lightenberger, Michael Clark, Ryleigh Schneider, Geoff Schall, Megan Higgins, Roy Bruner, Julie Annabelle Naab, Sam Partridge, Dick Nagle, Wayne “Tuna” Christman, Matt Roth, Shane Vredenburg, Luca Tiranno and Doreen E. Green.

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