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Reporters' Notebook: June 13, 2017

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to Irish poet William Butler Yeats, born on this date in 1865, "Education is not the filling of a pail, but rather the lighting of a fire."

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BERRY SEASON – New Hope United Methodist Church, 2846 Seneca St., West Seneca, will hold its annual Strawberry Festival from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday. In addition to shortcake, there will be hot dogs and burgers.

The First Congregational United Church of Christ, 132 N. Main St., Angola, will host its 45th annual Strawberry Social from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday, with hot dogs, burgers, fries, sundaes, cones and, of course, shortcake. Linda G., lead singer from Crash Cadillac, will perform from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday. Gary Burdick and Edge of Sundown will play from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday.

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Amy J. Steiner

SUMMER SOUNDS – The Buffalo Niagara Concert Band, under the direction of Amy J. Steiner, will present the first of its three summer concerts at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Quaker Arts Pavilion, 60 S. Lincoln St., Orchard Park. The program will include Broadway and movie themes, patriotic favorites and a medley of favorites from The Doors.
Admission is free. In case of bad weather, the concert will move indoors to the nearby Orchard Park Middle School auditorium. For more info, visit or

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ROUND ‘EM UP – The Shriners of Western New York will stage their first Food Truck Rodeo from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the parking lot of the Shrine Center, 1600 Southwestern Blvd., West Seneca, with a wide variety of food, desserts and beverages. Seating will be available inside and outdoors. The rodeos will continue every Wednesday through August.

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GOOD DEEDS – The Ken-Ton Kiwanis Club will celebrate 80 years of helping local charities at its annual Scholarship Dinner at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in Banchetti’s by Rizzo, 550 North French Road, Getzville. The volunteer organization, which supports about 30 local charities, will award eight scholarships to students from the Town of Tonawanda.

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BACK TO LIFE – Bob Johnson of Jamestown, who has been working for about 20 years to restore the Old #93 Trolley from Jamestown Trailways, will talk about the car, which was taken out of service in 1938, at this month’s meeting of the Chautauqua Historical Society at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Depot Museum, 16 Water St., Mayville. All are welcome. For more info, call 753-2710.

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Michael Keane

WATER POWER – Author and historian Michael Keene will talk about his book, “The Psychic Highway: How the Erie Canal Changed America,” at the next meeting of the Greater Buffalo Bottle Collectors Association at 7:45 p.m. Wednesday in St. Peter’s Episcopal Church Hall, Callodine Avenue and Longmeadow Road, Amherst. His talk will follow the club’s meeting at 7. All are welcome. Light refreshments will be served. For more info, call Peter Jablonski at 440-7985.

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BREAKING PAR – The Chris Maloney Legacy Foundation, which supports unique ways to overcome addiction, will host its first charity golf tournament next Monday at Lockport Town & Country Club, 717 East Ave., Lockport. Check-in will begin at 9 a.m., with a shotgun start at 11. Play will be in a best-ball format.
Fee is $175 and includes golf, cart and lunch at the turn. Dinner will follow at 5 p.m. with a cash bar, a wine raffle, silent auctions and guest speakers. Maloney, an outstanding golfer and a graduate of St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute, died June 19, 2016, at the age of 23 after a lengthy battle with addiction. For information and to make donations, call Deb Hicks at 471-6367 or visit

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Andres D. Ortiz, Will Keresztes, Lottie Sue Koszela, Joy Griggsby, Dolores Kurzdorfer, Therese Purcell, Lillian Hussar, Tom Clohessy, Kelly Colvin, Bill Whalen, Betty Sante, David Hess, Mark Lempko and Ronald Reynolds.

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