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Reporters' Notebook: July 3, 2017

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to humorist and newspaper columnist Dave Barry, born on this date in 1947, “People who want to share their religious views with you almost never want you to share yours with them.”

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DOUBLE DOSE – The holiday week brings not one, but two free outdoor concerts to Buffalo River Fest Park, 249 Ohio St. Featured from 7 to 11 p.m. today will be Disco Duck, playing favorites from the 1970s. The Wednesday night concert series features South City with electric and acoustic rock from 6:30 to 10 p.m.
Lawn chairs and blankets are welcome. Personal coolers are not. Refreshments are available for purchase. Proceeds help maintain the park. If it rains, concerts are canceled. For updates, visit the Buffalo River Fest Park page on Facebook.

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Shannon "The Cannon" Ritch

GLOVES OFF – One of Western New York’s most unusual and unheralded attractions, the Bare Knuckle Boxing Hall of Fame, will hold its ninth induction ceremony July 8 in the Allegany County village of Belfast.
A dozen men will be welcomed into the Hall, six bare fisted fighters and six honorary inductees who have brought positive attention to Upstate New York. Among them is Shannon “The Cannon” Ritch, a mixed martial artist from Arizona with 25 bare-knuckle knockouts who has been seen in bad-guy roles in films and on TV.
Tickets are $55, $20 for kids, pre-sale only, and include the induction brunch, a chance to meet the honorees, glove signing, unveiling of original artwork and a tour of the Hall of Fame’s restored 19th century barn complex at 5 W. Hughes St. where legendary champ John J. Sullivan worked with trainer William Muldoon for a major bout in 1889.
For info, tickets or tours at other times, contact Hall of Fame president Scott R. Burt by texting (585) 610-3326 or email

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PURR-FECT PITCH – Want to introduce your business or services to cat lovers? Ten Lives Club cat rescue and adoption group is accepting sponsors for its 2018 cat calendar. For a $50 donation, a business card will appear on one of the months. Deadline is Friday. Email a scanned copy of a business card to For more info, call 646-5577.

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REUNION ALERT – The Class of 1950 at Burgard Vocational High School will host a reunion for all classes, teachers and staff on Sept. 16 in the Grill @ the Paddock Dome, 175 Brompton Road, Town of Tonawanda. Tickets are $30, $50 per couple. For info, call Ken Ball at 632-3725 or Dan Conner at 634-4378.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Amy Hartmann Gilbert, Larry Van Horn, Michael Pacifico, Mark Gurowicz, Danielle Szymkowiak, Denise Jewell Gee, Jim Mabry, Derek Campbell, Jody Lomeo, Joe Granat, Cooper Panek, Jenne Rusek, Peg Kaznowski, Amy Walther, Ava Hooley, Kathleen Harrity Kait, Val Domiano, Bill Schworm, Ann Kilmurray and Joyce Palmowski.

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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