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Reporters' Notebook: July 20, 2017

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to the first person to reach the summit of Mount Everest, Sir Edmund Hillary, born on this date in 1919, “It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.”

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GRAB A PLATE – New Hope United Methodist Church, 2846 Seneca St., West Seneca, will host a free community meal from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday. The menu will include goulash, salad, bread, dessert and beverages. A free-will offering is welcomed.

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The Buffalo Chamber Players (Photo by Tom Loonan)

TRUE CLASSICS – Works by an early 18th century Italian composer will be featured when the Buffalo Chamber Players present “An Evening of Pergolesi” at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Sculpture Court at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery.
The program will include a fully-staged performance of Giovanni Battista Pergolesi’s 1733 comic opera, “La serva padrona,” with soprano Colleen Marcello, baritone James Wright and actor David Bondrow.
Seating is limited. Hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar will be available. Tickets are $55, $45 for gallery members, and can be purchased by calling 270-8292 or by searching for “Pergolesi” at

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HARDSCAPING – Want to create an unusual outdoor accent? Virginia Koeppel will lead a class entitled “Concrete Leaves for Your Garden” from 6 to 8 p.m. next Wednesday at Enjoy the Journey Art Gallery, 1168 Orchard Park Road, West Seneca.
Students will bring a large leaf from a hosta or another sizeable leaf, the bigger the better, along with rubber gloves, Saran Wrap and a wooden board to work on that’s larger than the leaf.
After the leaves dry, the group will meet again from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 1 to paint and seal their leaves with outdoor acrylic paint and sealant spray. Cost is $35. For more information, call 675-0204 or visit

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Mitch McVicker

SPIRIT SONGS – Dove Award-winning Contemporary Christian singer and songwriter Mitch McVicker will perform at 8 p.m. Sunday in the Buffalo Irish Center, 245 Abbott Road. Sponsored by St. Martin of Tours Church and St. Thomas Aquinas Church, admission is free. A free-will offering will be taken.

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REUNION ALERT – July 31 is the deadline to make reservations for the Bishop Fallon High School All Years Reunion on Aug. 5 in DiTondo’s Restaurant, 370 Seneca St. The Class of 1967 will be celebrating its 50th anniversary. Cost is $40, which includes a steak dinner and a four-hour open bar starting at 4 p.m. For more information, visit

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Jack Dumpert, Donald Lange, Tom Keenan, Dennis Gorski, Karen Geiger, Kelsey Mech, Mason Rose, Ilyana Rose, Clare Purcell, Jessica Vastola, Sister Christine Marie Nizialek, Billy Johnson, Courtney Johnson, Brendan O’Malley, Abigail Paige Nicometi, Cindy Murphy, Tom McNichol, Patrick Jenner, Julia Mason, Kristen Grandinetti, Paul “Pie” Pieleck, Les Wrobel, Connie Bach, Corry Powley, Sydney Stisser, Jack Heitzhaus, Brendan O’Malley, Guy Vadala, Kevin Cline, Cassandra Grizanti, Joanne Serbinowski, Brian Bartkowiak, Edward Nitzer, Emmett Jakubowski and Dan McCarthy.

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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