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Reporters' Notebook: June 16, 2017

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to comedian Stan Laurel, born on this date in 1890, “You can lead a horse to water, but a pencil must be led.”

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BARGAINS + BITES – Attic and basement treasures from more than 20 households can be found at the Zonta Cheektowaga-Lancaster Foundation charity garage sale. It’s open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at 79 Cunard Ave., Cheektowaga.

Harris Hill United Methodist Church, 8495 Main St. at Harris Hill Road, Clarence, will host a Pancakes, Plants & Plenty Yard Sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The pancake breakfast will be served from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Deerhurst Presbyterian Church, 257 Deerhurst Park Blvd. at Colvin Boulevard, Town of Tonawanda, will hold a yard sale beginning at noon Saturday and a Chiavetta’s chicken barbecue starting at 4 p.m. Dinners are $10. The Alex Rene Big Swing Band will play for diners at 5 p.m.

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Jony James

BEAT THE BLUES – Four bands will share the stage Saturday at the Fifth Annual Crossroads Bluesfest in Chicken Coop Grove at VFW Post 8113, 299 Leydecker Road, West Seneca. Doors open at 2 p.m. Music begins at 3. Emcee Anita West will welcome a lineup that includes Randle and the Late Night Scandals, the Blues Daddios, the Rod Horning Project and Jony James with special guest Hayden Fogle.
Tickets are $10 advance, $15 at the door, and are available by calling 393-3906 or visiting Proceeds benefit Plymouth Crossroads in Lancaster, a shelter and support center for abused, runaway and homeless young men aged 16 to 20.

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CHURCH NOTES – Bluegrass music will be part of the 10 a.m. Sunday worship service in St. Peter’s United Church of Christ, 1475 Orchard Park Road, West Seneca. Leading the picking and singing will be Mark Kasprzak and Strike Up the Band.

(Online Extra) The power of forgiveness will be explored as Gerald Turk, a mental health professional with a spiritual background, speaks at 7 p.m. Monday in Fourteen Holy Helpers Paris Hall, 1345 Indian Church Road, West Seneca. Admission is free. All are welcome.

(Online Extra) The Reformation Readers Book Club will discuss “The Wittenberg Reformation” at 7 p.m. Monday in St. John Lutheran Church, 6950 Ward Road at Niagara Falls Boulevard, Wheatfield. Attending will be John Stephenson of Concordia Seminary in St. Catharines, Ont., who has translated the 1545 document. For info and copies of the book, call Rev. Alan Bauch at 434-3160.

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JUST FOR DAD – The Ladies Auxiliary of the North Amherst Fire Department will hold its 33rd annual Father’s Day Breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon Sunday in the Fire Hall, Tonawanda Creek Road and Campbell Boulevard, Amherst. It’s farmer style, all you can eat. Tickets are $8 adults, $4 kids 10 and under.

The Ladies Auxiliary of AMVETS Post 8113 will host a Father’s Day Breakfast from 9 a.m. to noon Sunday in Post 735, American Legion, 35 Legion Parkway off Union Road, West Seneca, across from the West Seneca Library. Tickets are $8 adults, $4 kids under 10. For tickets and info, call Loreen Wilhelm at 674-2161.

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Praying For Rain

The cold wind ruffles the leaves
outside his bedroom window.
The sky was clear and blameless.

He sighed...
as he looked at his meager closet.
A few shirts, one pair of pants,
the dreaded rain slicker.
how embarrassed he was
wearing that slicker to school,
his only coat.
Everyday he prayed for rain.
Every day.

Today a soft rain is falling
outside my kitchen window.
I watch the rain my Dad prayed for
all those years ago.
And I picture him raising
his face to the sky...
and I smile.
– Carol J. Russell

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BIG SCREEN – "Diffability Hollywood," a documentary about portrayals of people with disabilities in film and popular culture, will be screened at 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday in the Museum of disABILITY History, 3826 Main St., Eggertsville.
A reception with refreshments and a question and answer session with the filmmaker, Adrian Esposito of Rochester, will be held between screenings at 5 p.m.
Tickets are $5. Seats are limited. For advance tickets and reservations, call 629-3626 or visit

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HOT WHEELS – Holy Mother of the Rosary Cathedral, 6298 Broadway, Lancaster, holds its first Car Cruise and Blessing from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Free coffee and doughnuts for cruise participants while they last. Food will be available for purchase. For more info, call 824-1980.

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Crag Burn Golf Club

WAY ABOVE PAR  – The golden age of golf course architecture in the Buffalo area will be the topic at 9 a.m. Monday as Explore Buffalo leads a tour of Crag Burn Golf Club, 1231 N. Davis Road, East Aurora, which was designed by the legendary Robert Trent Jones.
Tickets are $25. Advance reservations are required. Space is limited. Those attending should dress for the weather (rain or shine), wear comfortable walking shoes and observe the course's dress code, which means no denim. For info and reservations, call 245-3032 or visit

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Adison James Kelley, Paula Trice, Frank Richards, Jim Heaney, Howard Lippes, Tovie Asarese, Jeff Lang, L. D. Burns, Patty Hastreiter, Spencer Gates, Evelyn Burnett, Alex Brennan, Sean McGee Jr., Sister Mary Francesca Buczkowski, Sister Mary Ruth Warejko, Tommy Carlucci, Dee McCarthy, Daniel Gottlieb, Marge Bartus, Mark Kreib, Chuck Recktenwalt, Marilynn Speich, Mary Jane Ross, Mike Carrig and Adam Brzozowski.
AND SATURDAY – Karyn Shanks, Heather Hartmann, Sheila Bienko Huber, Mary Lou Rath, Tina Powell, Adam Powell, Marge Terranova, Dee Dee Tomaka, Rosemary Whitling, Troy Osswald, Mary Beth McCarthy, Chris Woroniecki, Bill Lehr, Broderick Kamuda, Jim Santora, Shelly Guzzetta, Lois Thurnherr, Jerry Waszak, Tom Partridge, John F. Baker and Dick Curran.
AND SUNDAY – Judy Alessi, Bob McCarthy, Francine DelMonte, Elizabeth Carey, Sarah Cotter, Kathy Galbo, Debbie Andrzejewski, Rev. Gary Burdick, Cheryl Ann Toepfer, Caroline Stelmach, Judy Alessi, Cassandra Seifert, Jo Bissell, Cindy Pusatier and Twinkle English.

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