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Reporters' Notebook: June 15, 2017

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to long-time member of the House of Representatives Mo Udall, born on this date in 1922, “If you can find something everyone agrees on, it’s wrong.”

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SLEEPING GIANTS – Some of Buffalo’s most impressive mechanical marvels – the five 60-foot-high triple expansion steam engines in the Col. Francis G. Ward Pumping Station at the foot of Porter Avenue – will be on view to the public Sunday. The engines, installed in 1915, are no longer operating.
Doors open at 1 p.m. The tour, hosted by the Industrial Heritage Committee, starts at 1:30. Admission is free. No reservations are needed. For more info, visit

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KID HEAVEN – Costumed characters, inflatables and face painting are among the attractions at the Magical Family Fun Night beginning at 5:30 p.m. Friday at Blessed Sacrament Church, 263 Claremont Ave., Town of Tonawanda. Award-winning magician Paul Antonio will perform at 7. Admission is $10 adults, $5 kids, $25 for a family. Refreshments will be available. For more info, call 834-4282 or visit

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SPECIAL GUEST – Alan Smithwick, commercial and brand ambassador for Sullivan’s Brewing Co. of Kilkenny, Ireland, will greet beer lovers at the 17th annual Buffalo River Fest this weekend in River Fest Park, 249 Ohio St. near Michigan Avenue.
Starting at 6 p.m. Friday, 3 p.m. Saturday and noon Sunday, Smithwick will be in the beer tent, where the Sullivan’s award-winning Malting’s Red Ale will be on tap. Sullivan’s has chosen Buffalo as its first market in the U.S.
The Buffalo River Fest runs from 5 p.m. to midnight Friday, 11 a.m. to midnight Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, with live music every day, a waterfront memorabilia expo, vendors, a kids’ area and “I Got It Bingo” daily.
Highlights include the Rigidized River Fest Regatta at 11 a.m. Saturday (to compete, call 849-4780 or visit, a “Take Your Dad Fishing” contest from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, and rides on the historic fireboat E. M. Cotter (call 823-4707, ext. 3, to reserve a spot). For more info, visit


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Robert N. Blair (Burchfield Penney Art Center archives)

PERFECT PAIRING – “Music on Canvas” will combine the talents of Buffalo Suzuki Strings students and the artwork of painter Robert N. Blair from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday in the historic Blair Family Home, 125 Woodbridge Ave. in North Buffalo. Blair, who died in 2003, and his brother, Charles, a pioneering military aviator and third husband of actress Maureen O’Hara, grew up in the house.
Twenty artworks from the Blair family collection, curated by Benjamin Gallery’s Emily Tucker, will be shown. Tickets are $25. For tickets and more info, call 834-2116 or visit

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Jay Denecke, Mercedes Reinbolt, Rick Miller, Stan Kozlowski, Deena McNeil, ElizaBeth Berry, Cheryl Bierma, Donna Smith Tomaka, Jordon Healy, Dylan Sasiadek, Tricia Panek, Shea Durand, Deanna “Dee Dee” Wach, Sara Meehan, Larry Bagarozzo, Maria Muriel, Joseph P. Cal, Evetta Cannon, Ginny Taber, Jackson Sabo, Ashley Marie Len and Tom Klosko.

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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