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Reporters' Notebook: April 7, 2017

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to newspaper columnist Walter Winchell, born on this date in 1897, “A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out.”

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TODAY’S CATCH – The Holy Name Society of St. Mark Church will host a fish fry dinner from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. today in the St. Mark School Dining Hall, 399 Woodward Ave. Haddock and fried clam dinners are $10, a combo dinner with fish and clams is $14. For youngsters, a grilled cheese sandwich and a slice of cheese pizza are $5. Dessert is included for those who dine in. Refreshments are available for an additional cost.

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TIME TO SHOP – The Ladies Auxiliary of Bellevue Volunteer Fire Company will hold a flea market from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the fire hall, 511 Como Park Blvd., Cheektowaga. Admission is free. There also will be baked goods and refreshments for sale. For more info, call Pat Reitz at 684-5783.

More than 50 crafters will take part in the Big Red Church Craft Show from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday in St. James Church Hall, 500 Terrace Blvd., Depew. Admission is $1. Children under 12 are free. There also will be door prizes and refreshments available for purchase. For more info, call 683-2746, ext. 208.

The Ladies Auxiliary of AMVETS Post 72, 1881 Clinton St., will hold a bake sale and bazaar from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. In addition to desserts, there will be crafts, Tupperware and novelties.

Chocolate rabbits, homemade crafts, raffles and auctions will be featured as Queen of Angels Parish holds an Easter Bazaar from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday in Social Center, Warsaw Street and Electric Avenue, Lackawanna. There also will be booths for children and refreshments for sale, including homemade desserts.

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WINNERS WANTED – St. Matthew’s United Church of Christ, 5289 McKinley Parkway, Hamburg, will hold a theme basket raffle from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday. Drawings will take place at 3:30. Winners need not be present. There also will be 50-50 split drawings and snacks available for purchase. Proceeds benefit the church’s parking lot project.

Furniture, appliances and household items will on the block as Bacon Memorial Presbyterian Church, 166 59th St., Niagara Falls, holds a live auction Saturday evening. Preview begins at 5 p.m. First bids will be taken at 6. There also will be a chowder sale. For more info, call 283-5744.

Meanwhile, grilling meats will be up for grabs Saturday evening as St. Casimir’s Church holds its Spring Meat Raffle in its Social Center, 1833 Clinton St., between Bailey Avenue and South Ogden Street. Doors open at 6 p.m., the bar starts serving at 6:30 and first drawing is at 7. Admission is $5, adults only, and includes beer, wine or pop and a ham or turkey sandwich.
Door prize is an overnight stay and breakfast for two at the Millennium Buffalo Hotel in Cheektowaga. Meats are provided by Market in the Square in Southgate Plaza, West Seneca. For ticket info, call Kathy Stewart at 432-7755.

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TIME OUT – No school next week, but youngsters can still have recess in the spring break open gym sessions sponsored by the Amherst Youth and Recreation Department from 1 to 4 p.m. Monday to Thursday in the Clearfield Community Center, 730 Hopkins Road, Amherst.
All ages are welcome. Children 6 and under must be accompanied by someone 13 or older. Fee is $15 per family per session for Amherst residents, $40 for non-residents. Pre-registration and ID is required. For more info and to register, call 631-7132 or visit

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REUNION ALERT – Members of the Class of 1958 from South Park High School will have a luncheon get-together at 12:30 p.m. Monday in Alton’s Restaurant, 2221 Transit Road, Elma. For more info, call Loretta Sterling at 822-6028 or email

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WEEKEND MENU – The Sheldon Fire Company will hold a take-out chicken barbecue, ham raffle and auxiliary bake sale from 11:30 a.m. until sold out Sunday in Weber Hall, Centerline and North Sheldon roads, Sheldon.

The Ladies Auxiliary of the Swormville Fire Company will host a Krolick’s chicken barbecue from 11:30 a.m. until sold out Sunday in the fire hall, 6971 Transit Road, East Amherst. Dinners are $11 and include a homemade dessert.

The cooks from Town Line Lutheran Church, 1159 Townline Road, Alden, will hold their third annual Taste of Town Line from 12:15 to 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for kids 5 to 12, free for youngsters 4 and under, which includes unlimited tastings and a chance to vote for favorite appetizer, entree, side dish and dessert.
A beverage bar, with coffee, hot chocolate and variety of teas will be available. Those who bring a toiletry item for residents of Symphony Manor in Lancaster will be entered in a special prize drawing. Proceeds benefit the Buffalo Pug and Small Breed Rescue, which saves homeless and abandoned dogs.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Milt Northrop, Collette Schoellkopf, Jason Gruenauer, Seth Amman, Tim Burns, Joe Sikorski, Isaiah Hart, Jeff Nowak, Karen Cwiklinski Penziul, Dave Skretny, Maureen Pronobis, Dave Hazen, Dan Robinson and Bernice DiNunzio.
AND SATURDAY – Irene Sipos, Bryan Bechard, Kevin Hassett, Jenny Zabawa, George Sax, Saul Elkin, Tom Ehni, Dan McFall, Sister Mary Raymondine Raczkowski, Bill Leary, Carol Stein, Joey Bush, Scott Kuhns, George “Butch” Riehle, John J. “Johnny Fin” Miller, Robby Brant, Justin Baginski, Greg Hall, Tina L. Franco, David J. Sliwinski, Bill Leary, Anne Kajfasz and Tevia Mastykarz.
AND SUNDAY – Dr. Eric Kaczor, Donna Siudak, Deborah Bucki, Mike Foglia, Lisa Ludwig, Lana Benatovich, Jo Ann Rizzo Kirsits, Howard Foster, Lynn Chilelli, Dave Brautlacht, Cheryl Meegan, Corrine Nowak, Diana Rousseau, Briana Christiano, Joan Mahar, Noreen Rokitka, Margaret Wrobel, Curtis Czajka, Sam Sampman, Alexander Hartman and Christine Thomas.

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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