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Reporters' Notebook: May 19, 2017

OLAF FUB SEZ: A favorite lyric from English guitarist and songwriter Pete Townshend of The Who, born on this date in 1945, “Meet the new boss/ Same as the old boss.”

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AUTHOR, AUTHOR – Gary Craig, an award-winning investigative reporter for the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, comes to Barnes & Noble Booksellers in the McKinley Mall, 3701 McKinley Parkway, Blasdell, from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday to talk about his new book, “Seven Million.” It recounts the $7.4 million robbery of a Brink’s armored car office in Rochester in 1993, one of the biggest crimes in Western New York history. Buffalo News Reporter Dan Herbeck reviewed it last week.

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BARGAIN TIME – The Holy Name Society of Fourteen Holy Helpers Church holds an indoor-outdoor flea market from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in Ebner Hall, 1345 Indian Church Road, West Seneca.

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PETS PLUS – Pony rides, a petting zoo, a Weidner’s chicken barbecue, vendors galore and dozens of dogs and cats available for adoption are among the attractions at the Rally to Rescue “Paws” for Summer Pet Expo from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday in Weber Post 898, Veterans of Foreign Wars, 2909 South Park Ave., Lackawanna. Admission is free.

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James Dao

DOUBLEHEADER – The music of Gilbert & Sullivan and an editor from the New York Times are featured this weekend in Hughson Hall at Calvary Episcopal Church, 20 Milton St. at South Cayuga Road, Williamsville.
Patrick Davis accompanies baritone Jonathan Sandburg and sopranos Emily DiMartino and Karen Davidson at 7 p.m. Saturday for G&S favorites. $20 tickets include hors d’oeuvres, desserts and beverages. For reservations, call 633-7800.
“Common Ground: Navigating the Road to Truth, a Day in the Life of a New York Times Editor” at 12:30 p.m. Sunday will feature Op-Ed editor James Dao. With the Times for 24 years, Dao is a graduate of Williamsville South High School and Yale College. Admission is free.

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LET’S EAT – Krolick’s chicken barbecue, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Williamsville Depot, 86 S. Long St., Williamsville. $10. Also garage, book and plant sale 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Pig roast, begins at noon Saturday. Rain date May 27. Emmanuel United Methodist Church, 75 East Ave., Lockport. Also blessings for bicycles and motorcycles, face painting and music by The Frame.

Chicken barbecue by Bob, Toni and Tony, noon till sold out Saturday. $10. First Congregational United Church of Christ, 132 N. Main St., Angola.

Chiavetta’s chicken barbecue, 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday. $11.95 adults, $7 kids. Orchard Park United Methodist Church, 3700 N. Buffalo St., Orchard Park.

Chicken barbecue, 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday. $10. Maryvale Drive Presbyterian Church, 425 Maryvale Drive off Harlem Road, Cheektowaga. Also a basket raffle.

Chiavetta’s chicken barbecue, starts at 11:30 a.m. Sunday. $10. Bergholz Fire Hall, 2470 Niagara Road, Wheatfield. For info, call 731-4848.

Wendel’s chicken barbecue, noon to 3 p.m. Sunday. $10 adults, $5 kids 10 and under. Marian Hall, St. Stanislaus Church, Fillmore Avenue and Peckham Street.

Chicken barbecue, noon to 4:30 p.m. Sunday or until sold out. $10. Shrine Center, 1600 Southwestern Blvd., West Seneca. For info, call 674-8666.

BW’s chicken dinner, 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. $10. Seneca Babcock Community Center, 1168 Seneca St. Also a chance auction.

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Father Merrick Bednar

TEE IT UP – The 14th annual Rev. Merrick Bednar Memorial Golf Tournament, which benefits Christ the King Seminary, moves Monday to a new location – Lancaster Country Club. Registration is at 10:30 a.m., lunch at 11, shotgun start at noon.
Registration is $200, $750 per foursome, and includes lunch, dinner and refreshments on the course. For $20, non-golfers can do the Grapes on the Green wine tasting from 4 to 5:30 p.m. (registration required). For $75, they can stay for cocktails and dine with the golfers.
Father Bednar, an Olean native, Christ the King seminarian and avid golfer, was 33 when he died in 1997 while awaiting a heart transplant. For more info and to register, call Laura DeMizio at 847-8373 or visit

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Amy Gales Flannery, John Gallo, Robert Elardo, Lori McGlone, Judith Lipsey, Mike Mesirov, Pattie Frentzel, Andrew Baglini, Jeanine O’Neil, Richie Bell, Thelma Blesy, Wilbur Stringer, Fran Taber, Sue Toplisek, Christine Endres Cox, Marjorie Merseurau, Harlon Perry, Jack Horohoe and Marty Coyne Sr.
AND SATURDAY – Diana Notaro, Don Boswell, Dawn Bender, Sandra Yund, Joe Marchese, Logan Hedges, Cameron Schlegel, Sue McClure, Sara Lesswing, Tom Willard Jr,, Richard Kelly, Sydney Hart, Chrissy Bain, Anne Lalley, Julia Grizanti, Sister Mary Albertine Stachowski, Sister Denise Marie Jaworski, Sister Mercy Assurukudiyil, Shannon Schmelzer, Andrew Sulski, Marilyn Melnyk, Jan Kennedy, Brant Hodgson and David Adam Quagliana.
AND SUNDAY – Michael Smith, Tony Harasimowicz, Dr. Jeffrey Dolgos, Bruce Jackson, Julie Porter, Brigid Doherty, Ann Ziemba, Brian P. McClure Sr., Aidan Johnson, Linda Gaughan, Dan Kovach, Denny Potvin, Edwin Rajewski, Robert Heindinger, Mike Mazurowski, Conor Michael Wade, Dave Baker Sr., Pat Cilano, Barbara Hanrahan, Paul Williams III and Diane Dinsmore.

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