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Reporters' Notebook: June 14, 2017

OLAF FUB SEZ: Advice from “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” author Harriet Beecher Stowe, born on this date in 1811, “Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.”

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CELEBRATE – Civil servants, bring your ID badges today to the Hard Rock Cafe, 333 Prospect St., Niagara Falls, and get an Original Legendary Burger for just 71 cents. It commemorates the opening of the first restaurant in the music-themed chain in London, England, on this date in 1971.

Come Saturday, Vidler’s 5 & 10, 676-694 Main St., East Aurora, holds its 87th anniversary party. The annual cake-cutting will take place at 11 a.m., with free cake as long as it lasts. Dimes will be given to youngsters for popcorn and rides on Sandy, the store’s mechanical horse.

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FLOAT IN – The annual Dragon Boat Festival to benefit breast cancer survivors will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Buffalo Riverworks, 359 Ganson St. In addition to the colorful boats, there will be vendors, concessions, refreshments, children’s activities and entertainment.
Admission is free. Proceeds go to Hope Chest, which offers free exercise classes for breast cancer survivors at the three Buffalo Athletic Club for Women locations, plus nutrition classes and other support. For more info, visit

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WELCOME MAT – Sweet Charlottes, a pre-school and child care center at 10255 Main St., Clarence, will hold an open house and networking session from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday. All are welcome, including children. Refreshments will be served.
The open house will highlight the expanded pre-school for youngsters aged 2 to 4. The networking session will feature mothers who are “mompreneur” business owners. A basket raffle will benefit the center’s sensory play program and organizations that serve youngsters with autism. For more info and to RSVP, call 320-5848 or visit

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RIP IT UP – The Buffalo Sunrise Rotary Club will hold shredding session for business and personal papers from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 724 Delaware Ave. Cost is $10 per box. Non-rechargeable batteries also will be accepted for recycling.

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GOOD WORKS – Missionary Ann Marie Zon of Amherst will speak about her work in Nicaragua and accept donations of household items, linens, towels, school supplies, religious articles and clothing suitable for the tropics Saturday and Sunday at the Church of the Annunciation, 7580 Clinton St., Elma. Items may be dropped off before weekend Masses. Volunteers from Boy Scout Troop 325 will help load her truck. Monetary donations also are welcome.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Grace Gilbert, Darryl Gies, Jim Brennan, Sammy Watkins, Sheryl Bierma, Pattie Sacco, Janet Kobos, Brenda Alesii, Nancy Buckley, Bill Prenatt, Daniel Lawrence, Mark Romanini, Father Walter Grabowski, Michael Cacciatore, Father Joseph Janaczek and Adair Saviola.

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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