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Reporters' Notebook: May 31, 2017

Dale Anderson

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to comedian Fred Allen, born on this date in 1894, “I don’t want to own anything that won’t fit into my coffin.”

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PASTA PATROL – It’s spaghetti dinner time from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday in Stephen Sikora Post 1322, American Legion, 950 Payne Ave., North Tonawanda. Dinners are $7 and include meatballs, bread and butter and beverage. For an extra $1.50, there’s a choice of homemade desserts.

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BARGAIN HUNTS – An Inside Garage Sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday in St. Andrew’s School Building, 111 Crocker St., Sloan, offering housewares, small kitchen appliances, toys, tools, antiques, sports gear, jewelry and clothing, including a large selection of women’s wear for $1. Free hot dogs with every purchase starting at 11 a.m., one per customer. For more info, call 892-0425.

Fox Run Retirement Community, Big Tree Road near California Road, Orchard Park, will hold its first-ever rummage sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, followed by a $2 bag sale from 2 to 3 p.m. Proceeds will help construct a new senior center in Orchard Park.

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LOCAL FLAVOR – The Alden Chamber of Commerce will hold its 19th annual Taste of Alden from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday in Alden Town Park, 13118 W. Main St., in conjunction with the Alden Community Scholarship Foundation’s annual 5K Run.
In addition to the race and menu items from local restaurants, there will be live music from the local band Yesterday, a beer tent, basket raffle, a kids’ zone with a bounce house and fireworks at dusk. For more info, call 937-6177 or visit

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FILL THE FREEZER – St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta Parish will hold its ninth annual Get Ready for Summer Meat Raffle, featuring grilling meats from Lorigo’s Meating Place, on Friday evening in St. James Church Hall, 500 Terrace Blvd., Depew. Admission is $5 and includes a roast beef or turkey sandwich, beer, pop, snacks and a door prize ticket. For more info, visit

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Samuel L. Radford III

A FAMILY AFFAIR – Ministers, educators, artists, medical professionals and community activists will be among the speakers at the annual State of Our Black Family conference from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday in Erie County Medical Center. Moderator will be Samuel L. Radford III of the District Parent Coordinating Council. Sponsored by UMOJA Inc., the conference and parking are free. There also will be a buffet lunch at noon. For more info, call 533-6283 or 578-3571.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Kevin Fitzgerald Jr., Daniel R. Connors, Hannah Buehler, Lorenzo Alexander, Carolyn Powell, Jan Halt, Henry Krempa, Kay McDaniel, Nicole Karb, Ethan Ruszczyk, Andy Hanrahan, Joe Waz, Shelly Jarmusz, Millie Toy, Helen Calloway, Kathryn Williams, Paul Galvin, Anna Luce, Art Andrews and Emily King.

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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