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Reporters' Notebook: June 9, 2017

OLAF FUB SEZ: A favorite lyric from songwriter Cole Porter, born on this date in 1891, “I get no kick from champagne/ Mere alcohol doesn’t thrill me at all/ So tell me why should it be true/ That I get a kick out of you.”

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BRING ’EM BACK – Boy Scout Troop 500 will hold a drive to collect returnable bottles and cans from 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday in the school parking lot of St. Mother Teresa Parish at St. James Church, 496 Terrace Blvd., Depew. For more info, call Scoutmaster Bob Harhigh at 812-6553.

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GOOD TIMES – Pony rides, a petting zoo, carnival games, crafters and raffles are featured at the third annual Family Fun Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Bacon Memorial Presbyterian Church, 166 59th St., Niagara Falls.
Everyone gets a free hot dog and beverage from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Pets on leashes and stuffed animals will be blessed at 11:30 a.m., bikes, motorcycles and cars at noon. More than a dozen outreach organizations also will have displays. For more info, call 283-5744.

Meanwhile, St. Francis of Assisi Parish, 70 Adam St., City of Tonawanda, hosts its annual Family Fun Fest from noon to 9 p.m. Saturday, with Krolick’s chicken and other picnic food, kids’ games, a bounce house, a garden booth, a baked goods sale, plus music by Switch Back and Slim Chance. Super Raffle prizes –a 50-inch TV, $250 cash and eight others – will be drawn at 8 p.m.

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BARGAIN TIME – Delaware Hose holds an indoor flea market from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in City of Tonawanda Fire Headquarters, 44 Williams St. For info and tables, call 693-2122.

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LICKIN’ GOOD – The Holy Name Society of the Church of the Annunciation, 7580 Clinton St., Elma, hosts a chicken barbecue and theme basket raffle beginning at noon Sunday in Selbert Hall. Dinners are $11 adults, $5 kids under 12. For more info, call 683-5254 or visit

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SWEET IDEA – Staying Alive with Scholeroderma will sponsor its fourth annual baked goods sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday in St. John’s Lutheran Church, 67 Litchfield Ave., Depew. There also will be crafts, a basket raffle and other prizes. For info, call Amy Gietzen at 675-8824.

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HOT WHEELS – Ten Lives Club, the Southtowns cat rescue and adoption service, has teamed with The Motley Cruisers Car Club to present its ninth annual Cruisin' For Cats car show from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at Sunset Bowling Lanes, 331 Old French Road, West Seneca.
The afternoon will include live music with Billy Dee paying tribute to Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley and other legends, a food tent, cash bar, open bowling, vendors, theme baskets and raffles.
Admission is free. Donation for car owners is $10. First 50 vehicles registered receive dash plaques. Trophies for People's Choice, Best of Show and other categories will be awarded by public vote.
Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. Sign up in advance by visiting For more info, to donate or volunteer, call 646-5577.

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THE GREAT OUTDOORS – Explore nature from several angles from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday as Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve, 93 Honorine Drive off Como Park Boulevard, Depew, hosts its "Get Outdoors! Community Day."
"The event has something for everyone, whether you're loooking to try the latest outdoor trends or just enjoy a hike in the woods," says Meaghan Boice-Green, Reinstein Woods Center director.
There will be a birding challenge trail, orienteering, geocaching and nature play stations. There also will be an archery shooting range, jump roping, chalk art, balloon animals and several food trucks. Registration is not required.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Joe Denecke, Jan Hasselback, Sharen Trembath, Jackie Albarella, John Welte, Liz Sasiadek, Brent Maczuga, Dean Roe, Peter Gonciarz, Mark Crehan, Bill Galuszka, Felicia Bosinski, Marianne Darnley, Ruth Mohr, Cheryl Pena, Danny Buczek, Jason Christensen, Norine Nowinski, Kathy Czech, Ryan John Griffin, Frankie Anthony and Dan Trent Sr.

AND SATURDAY – Kara Denecke McGuire, Phil Rumore, Amy Vigneron, Charles Castiglia, Doug Hartmayer, Pete Lipczynski, Kevin Lombardo, Kaylee Wise, Ed Endres, Cleo Calloway, Shawnati R. Crews, Lois Urbanski, Sue Danzer, Harriette Dobierz, Monsignor Donald R. Wangler, Emily Buckley, Thomas Buckley, Mandy Schlegel, Nancy Czajka, Matt Williams, Gerard Ruszczyk, Dawn Boudreau, Deb Lis, Mike Carrig, Patricia Wannemacher, Janet Mobius, Lucy Betz, Clare Atkinson, Eric Perry, Ben Bailey and Sheryl Ravel.

AND SUNDAY – Ann Sheehan Devlin, Joe Hartman, Dylan Wojciechowski, Tom Barone, Ryan Miller, Rachel Beerman, Cory Haqq, Chris Krzemien, Dean Millar, Colten Kujawa, Molly Bauer, Diane Klajbor, Olivia Stuckel, Sophie Grzybek, Kayleigh Anne Smith, Alexander Goldberg, Pat Weisenburg, Kathy Szlachetka, Maura Graber and Elaine Myszka.

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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