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Reporters' Notebook: April 21, 2017

OLAF FUB SEZ: An observation from Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, born on this date in 1926, “Grief is the price we pay for love.”

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BRAIN TEASERS – The West Seneca Public Library will hold its annual Team Trivia Competition from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday in West Seneca Post 735, American Legion, 35 Legion Drive, across the street from the library.
Registration is $20 per player or $80 for a four-member team. Individuals can be placed with teams. Prizes will be awarded to the top two teams. Admission for spectators is free. There also will be theme basket raffles and a silent auction with prizes the include a paranormal walk with John Koemer and dinner at Russell’s Steaks, Chops and More.
For more info, call library director Kathy Goodrich at 674-2928 or visit the library’s Facebook page. Proceeds will benefit the library’s expansion fund.

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SHOWING SUPPORT – Buffalo will join with cities across the nation Saturday in the March for Science. Sponsored by the Center for Inquiry-Western New York, it will begin at 1 p.m. from Soldier’s Circle on Bidwell Parkway and proceed along Lincoln Parkway to Delaware Park, where there will be a rally and science festival. For more info, visit

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JUST FOR FUN – Fantastic Friends of Western New York, which helps special needs people with socialization, will host “Kick Up Some Fun,” an indoor soccer outing from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday in Sahlen’s Sports Park, 7070 Seneca St., Elma. Mickey Mouse and Spider-Man will join in. It will conclude with a medal ceremony.
All are invited to play soccer or just run, Fantastic Friends director Debbie Cordone says. Admission is $5. For more info, call 863-7393 or visit

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SANCTIFIED – The choir of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Buffalo, 695 Elmwood Ave. at West Ferry Street, will feature Aaron Copland’s “In the Beginning,” based on the Book of Genesis, and three pieces from controversial composer Julius Eastman as part of “Verdant Song,” its Spring Music Sunday concert service, at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. Eastman died in Buffalo in 1990.

Julius Eastman

“There are challenges here,” says music director and choirmaster Daniel Bassin. “Copland’s ‘In the Beginning’ last 16 minutes, and it’s unaccompanied. And Julius Eastman tested the boundaries of composition and performance – our interpretations of ‘Buddha’ and ‘Stay On It’ will be very different than those recently performed at the Burchfield Penney Art Center.”
The choir will be accompanied by the church’s organist and pianist Su Lee and an instrumental sextet. All are welcome. Admission is free. Donations to the church’s music program are welcome.

Meanwhile, Holy Ghost Lutheran Church, 6630 Luther St., Wheatfield, will celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation with a Festival Choral Vespers service at 4 p.m. Sunday.
The Lutheran Chorale and organist Robert Duerr will perform an Easter cantata by Johann Sebastian Bach. The sermon will be given by Rev. Dr. Wilhelm Torgerson, who served in the Lutheran Church in Germany for 36 years. All are welcome. For info, call 731-7183.

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BARGAIN TIME – More than 50 tables will be featured as the Altar and Rosary Guild of St. Martha Parish, 10 French Road, Depew, holds a trash and treasure sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the Parish Center gym.

The Outreach Ministry at St. Christopher’s Church, will hold an indoor flea market, garage sale and book sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at St. Edmund’s Campus, 530 Ellicott Creek Road, Town of Tonawanda. Admission is $1 and includes coffee, tea and a ticket for door prizes.

The Orchard Park Home Bureau will hold a theme basket raffle Sunday afternoon in St. John Vianney School Cafeteria, 2950 Southwestern Blvd., Orchard Park. Doors open at noon. Theme baskets will be called at 1:30 p.m. There also will be special raffles with prizes of $100, $50 and $25. Pizza will be available on sale. For tickets and info, call Shirley Blab at 652-7588 or Sheila Stoklosa at 822-2393.

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KIELBASA AND MORE – The Lewiston/Niagara-on-the-Lake Rotary Club will host its third annual Pints, Polish Platter Fundraiser from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday in Historic Gadawski’s Restaurant, 1445 Falls St., Niagara Falls.
Tickets are $25 for adults, $15 for children, and include an authentic Polish Platter dinner plus local micro-brew beer samples for adults and pop for the kids. There also will be live Polish music. Proceeds benefit the Autism Center at Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo. For tickets and more info, call 870-1307.

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WEEKEND MENU – The Uganda Missions Team from Christ United Methodist Church, 350 Saratoga Road, Amherst, will hold a sub sandwich sale from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday. Turkey, ham and assorted subs are $7.50. For more info and to pre-order, call 839-2460.

The Town of Wheatfield Lions Club will have its annual pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday in the clubhouse, 6535 Ward Road, Sanborn. Tickets are $7 at the door, $4 for students and children 6 to 12, and include sausage, scrambled eggs and beverages.

The Dayton Volunteer Fire Company, 9512 Route 62, Dayton, will serve a chicken barbecue from 11:30 a.m. Sunday until sold out. Dinners are $10 adults, $6 kids under 12, and include salt potatoes, macaroni salad, coleslaw, homemade dessert and a beverage. To reserve a dinner, call 532-9098.

Kenmore United Methodist Church, 32 Landers Road at Delaware Road, Kenmore, will host a Chiavetta’s chicken barbecue from 11:30 to 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Dinners are $10 and include sides and dessert.

Six restaurants will offer 40 food items, ranging from $1 to $5, at the annual Taste of the Southtowns from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday in St. Aloysius Hall, 190 Franklin St., Springville. There also will be a basket auction, a silent auction and two live bands, the Rustic Ramblers and Wagner and Winston. Proceeds benefit Gooseneck Hill Waterfowl Sanctuary in Delevan, the largest waterfowl sanctuary in the U.S. For more info, call 942-6835.

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 930 Lake St., Angola, will hold a spaghetti dinner, featuring its prize-winning sauce, from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday. Dinners are $8.50 adults, $8 seniors, $4.50 for youngsters 5 to 12, and include salad, beverage and dessert.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Esther V. Baumann, Jennifer Neu, Sean Beiter, Roseann Stoklosa, Paul Dyster, Paula Huber, Sister Mary Jacqueline Benbenek, Tom Warden, David Wurster, Cynthia Christmas, Bob Suglia, Colleen Roof, Anita Serafin, Amelia Hakes, Alice Say, Lynn Daigler, Susan Whitney, Amanda Kosior, Ryan Varecka, Max Rivera, Ginny Graff, Megan Elaine Prell, Derek Adamczyk, Harley Marsowicz and Noah Clifford.
AND SATURDAY – Renee Ernst, Murry Galloway, Nancy Barry, Lee Ann Coppola, Joe Giambra, Carl Hasselback, Darby Fishkin, Ingeri Fleron, Daniel Pendley, Melvin Jones, Mary Beth Diggins, Amy Howdyshell, Paul Pignataro, Penny Siffringer, Arlene Worral, Nancy Lipka, Jeff Snyder, Mary Ann Tune, Lottie Jaczewski, Adrianne Minor, Craig Seibert, Jade Zwawa, Brad Clancy, Elinor Weinstein, Alex Monsalve, Thomas Nigro and Victoria Dan.
AND SUNDAY – Emily Brownell Tranquilli, Dylan Mahoney, Penny Wolfgang, Jennifer Sole, Jennifer Liber Raines, Jonathan Buchanan, Adam Plewik, Marilou Athans, Ed Whitney, Joan Denecke, Kathleen Mather and Nate Dove Sr.

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