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Reporters' Notebook: May 25, 2017

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to poet and philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson, born on this date in 1803, “It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.”

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TAILS WAGGING – All well-behaved pets on a leash are invited to the Clarence Bark in the Park, a festival for dogs and families, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in Clarence Town Park, 10405 Main St. Donation is $5, $10 per family, and includes a goodie bag and a door prize entry.
Featured will be a barn hunt demonstration, sheep herding, a scavenger hunt, an agility course, a dog kissing booth, an off-leash play area, vendors, rescue groups, food and refreshments. For more info, visit

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Mindy Fried

AUTHOR, AUTHOR – Mindy Fried, a sociologist and teacher at Boston College, returns to speak about her book, “Caring for Red: A Daughter’s Memoir,” at 7:30 p.m. today in the Maxine and Robert Seller Theatre at the Jewish Community Center, 2640 N. Forest Road, Getzville. The book recounts her experiences caring for her 97-year-old father, activist and playwright Manny Fried, during the last year of his life. Tickets are $10, $5 for students.

Children’s book author and illustrator Wendy Essrow visits Dog Ears Bookstore & Cafe, 688 Abbott Road, at 10:30 a.m. Saturday to read from her latest book, “Where’s Your Belly, Nelly?,” and help children make paper bag puppy puppets to accompany the story. For more info, call 823-2665 or visit

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FIRE ONE UP – The Cigar Ambassadors will sponsor a John Wayne’s Birthday Smoker from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday in the Eagles Lodge, 7269 Ward Road, North Tonawanda. Tickets are $40 advance, $45 at the door, and include a steak dinner with “all-American fixin’s,” three hours of open bar and a premium cigar.
Additional cigars and accessories will be available for purchase. There also will be raffles, door prizes, chair massages and shaves from master barbers. For tickets, call 696-2021. For more info, visit the Cigar Ambassadors Facebook page.

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Sheila L. Brown

MAJOR MOVERS – Reservations are needed by Friday for 2016/2017 Women in Leadership Dinner hosted by the Buffalo Niagara Chapter of New York State Women Inc. on June 7 in the Park Club, 4949 Sheridan Drive, Amherst. Keynote speaker Wyleia Miller will talk on “Women Changing the World.”
Cost is $45. Registration and a reception begin at 5 p.m. To register online, visit

Honorees include Mandy Bailey, chef, Big Big Table Community Cafe; Rosanna Berardi, managing partner, Berardi Immigration Law; Lisa Booz, regional director, Camp Good Days and Special Times; Sheila L. Brown, owner, radio station WUFO 1080 AM; and Franchelle Hart, executive director, Open Buffalo.
Also Christine E.B. Howard, president, E.B. Howard Consulting; Karen L. King, executive director, Erie County Commission on the Status of Women; Linda Pellegrino, AM Buffalo TV host; Ann-Marie T. Orlowski, CEO, Cradle Beach; Nancy Rizzo, owner, Smart and Simple Wellness; Catherine Linder Spencer, artist; and Therese Vita, senior vice president, Key Private Bank.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Robert Alois Stiglmeier, Patricia Gelman, George Maziarz, April Jones, Amber Dixon, Richard Satterwhite, Karen D. Klostermann, Andrea Benkovich, Jill Krzemien, Melissa S. Golimowski, Debbie Frank, Olivia Oliver, Sean Creahan, Liz Carone, Mikayla Stelmach, Kathy Pangburn, Nada Jelenovic, Kristin Wach, Diane Sopicki, Betty Harris, Sheila Lempko, Carol Mackey, Chi-Chi Dan and Ricky Pirritano.

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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