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Reporters' Notebook: April 28, 2017

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to comedian and former late night TV host Jay Leno, born on this date in 1950, “The New England Journal of Medicine reports that nine out of 10 doctors agree that one out of 10 doctors is an idiot.”

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BATTLEFIELD QUEST – The story of New York Tribune correspondent Sam Wilkeson’s search for his son among the wounded after the Battle of Gettysburg will be recounted at 2 p.m. Sunday in Forest Lawn’s Margaret L. Wendt Archive and Resource Center, 1990 Main St., across from Canisius College.
Speaking will be Charles Raasch, author of “Imperfect Union,” which clears away the myths about one of the battle’s most famous stories. Tickets are $15. For more info and tickets, visit Wilkeson was the son of a Buffalo mayor and is buried in the family plot in Forest Lawn.

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COMING UP ROSES – With the Kentucky Derby just a week away, the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site, 641 Delaware Ave., will celebrate this weekend with luncheons and fashion shows with seatings at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
The luncheons, with Derby-themed food and beverages, will be followed by fashion shows featuring elaborate Derby styles from the first Run for the Roses in 1875 through the 1950s. Reservations must be made in advance. Tickets are $40 and are available by calling 884-0095.

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Paul Ferrington

SACRED SETTINGS – Paul Ferrington, retired Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra conductor, will give a free lecture on composers of sacred music, “Hymns and Hers,” at 1:30 p.m. Sunday in Christ United Methodist Church, 350 Saratoga Road at Harlem Road, Snyder. A general hymn sing-along will follow. For more info, call 839-2460 or email

The Ars Nova Musicians Chamber Orchestra, directed by Marylouise Nanna, will help celebrate the 125th anniversary of St. John Kanty Church, 101 Swinburne St. at Broadway, with a concert at 3 p.m. Sunday. Soprano soloist Emily Tworek Helenbrook will be featured. Tickets are $12 at the door or online at

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BARGAIN HUNT – The Alumni Committee of St. Francis of Assisi School will hold a rummage sale Saturday in the School Hall, 70 Adam St., City of Tonawanda. Admission for early birds at 8 a.m. is $3. Admission is $1 at 9. The sale ends at 1 p.m.

St. Stephens-Bethlehem United Church of Christ, 750 Wehrle Drive at Union Road, Amherst, will hold a flea market with more than 60 vendors from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free.

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WINNERS WANTED – More than 30 gift cards worth $20 to $50 for restaurants, supermarkets and stores will be offered Saturday evening in the Gift Card Bonanza Raffle in St. Bernard’s parish Hall, 1988 Clinton St. Doors open at 6 p.m. Admission is $5. Raffle tickets are $1 each. There also will be door prizes. For more info, call 822-8856.

Blessed Sacrament Church, 263 Claremont Ave., Town of Tonawanda, will hold a meat raffle Saturday evening in the Parish Center. Doors open at 5 p.m. First spin is at 6. Admission is $5 and includes beer, pop, cookies and popcorn. Pizza will be for sale. Outside snacks are welcome. There also will be drawings for a gas grill, smoker, freezer and theme coolers. For more info, visit

Lake Erie Italian Club, 3200 South Park Ave., Lackawanna, also will hold a meat raffle Saturday evening with proceeds to benefit historic Corpus Christi Church in Buffalo. Doors open at 6 p.m. First spin is at 7. Admission is $5 advance, $6 at the door and include beer, pop and snacks. Outside snacks are permitted. A cash bar is available. There also will be theme baskets and a drawing for a freezer filled with meat. For info and tickets, call 896-1050 or 864-5590.

Terrific towels are the prizes in a Towel Bingo session Sunday in Holy Mother of the Rosary Parish Center, 6298 Broadway, Lancaster. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. Bingo will begin at 1 p.m. Admission is $5 and includes a Bingo board, coffee, dessert and a chance at a door prize. Extra boards are $2 each or three for $5. For more info, call 685-5766.

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MILESTONE – The Women's Club of Orchard Park will mark its 50th anniversary with the planting of a tree at the renovated pavilion at Green Lake. The planting ceremony will take place at 10:30 a.m. this Friday.

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SEAWORTHY – RCR Yachts, 284 Feuhrmann Blvd., under the Skyway, will hold an open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday to introduce its line of new sailboats. Featured will be vessels from Beneteau, the world's largest sailboat manufacturer, which range from 20 feet to 41 feet. There also will be boats from J/Boats and Alerion and powerboats from Back Cove. For more info, call 856-6314 or visit

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ROCK ON – Bishop Benincasa Council 10868, Knights of Columbus, will sponsor an Oldies Night with music and food from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday in the cafeteria at St. Aloysius Church, 157 Cleveland Drive, Cheektowaga. Tickets are $10 advance, $12 at the door. For tickets, call Jack Sperrazza at 836-2675.

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LET’S EAT – St. David’s Episcopal Church, 3951 Seneca St., near Southgate Plaza, West Seneca, will hold its take-out Spring Chicken Barbecue from 3:30 p.m. Saturday until sold out. Advance tickets are $10. Dinners include salad, potato salad, roll and butter. For tickets, call Amy Turner at 827-8582.

The Parents of Troop 500 will host a steak dinner and theme basket auction from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday in the cafeteria at St. Mother Teresa School, 496 Terrace Blvd., Depew. Tickets $18, pre-sale only, and include potato, vegetable, salad, roll, dessert and beer, wine or pop. For tickets, call 830-1314.

Lt. Col. Matt Urban Post 7275, Veterans of Foreign Wars, 3741 Walden Ave., Lancaster, will serve a spaghetti dinner from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $10 advance at the post, $11 at the door, and include meatballs, salad, roll and butter, dessert and beverage. For info, call 681-8387.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Michelle Gorlewski, Janet Frisch, Dave Sladek, Benjamin Park, Erin Higgins Clifford, Kellan Inman, Sean Forney, Joy Pfitzinger, Angela Williams, Gary Janiga, Maureen Geoghan, Jeff Naab, Ella Weber, Avery Overacker, Wendy Ricigliano, Kim Martinen, Brian Michalovic and Griffin O’Donnell.
AND SATURDAY – Connie Campanaro, Don Paul, Susan Martin, Michelle Richau, Marty Richau, Dean Brownrout, Doug Swift, Garnell Whitfield Jr., Irv Weinstein, Geoffrey Gerow, James P. Kennedy, Jack Panek, Riley Moll, Christine M. Kukelka, Suzette Simonson, Pat Smolarek, Paul Kamrowski Sr., Rachel Kamrowski, Elizabeth Kamrowski, Ken Knapp, Emily Powley, Timothy Zimpfer, Frances Manley, Judy Kirst, Chad Czuprynski, Hayee Jankowiak, Bob Patterson, David Nowak, Frank Ganci and Alexander J. Aylward.
AND SUNDAY – Linda Mabry, Doug Morgano, Peter Cutler, Karen May, James M. Sampson, Alice Reed, Catherine Artman, Betsy Phillips, Ron Bieler, Diane Moser, Bill Vogt, Mary Lou Driscoll, Lynda Benzel, Thia Schilling, Marilyn Jubulis, Denise Beaton, Peggy Gonzalez, Karl Hanel, Pam Grabowski, Diane Sobocinski, Tim Meidenbauer, Wilson Martinez, Ginny Homewood, Colleen Burke, Bill Norman, Karl Hanel, Kathy Scharlock and Carol Pasnik.

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