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Reporters' Notebook: July 21, 2017

OLAF FUB SEZ: An insight from Canadian philosopher and media theorist Marshall McLuhan, born on this date in 1911, “Diaper backward spells repaid. Think about it.”

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BARGAIN HUNT – The Judges Row Block Club in Eggertsville, which includes streets between Eggert Road, Huntley Avenue, Kensington Avenue, Croy Avenue, Eldon Road, Burke Drive and Treehaven Road, will hold a garage and yard sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Residents will be selling items ranging from antiques and furniture to toys and children’s clothing.

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The Hamburg Village Lock-Up

LAW AND ORDER – There weren’t many amenities in the Hamburg Village Lock-Up. Built in the early 1900s, each of its three small cells had wooden bars on the doors, a wooden bunk and a small opening to provide air, but no toilets or running water.
Moved to the Hamburg Historical Society grounds at 5859 South Park Ave. in 1980, it’s newly restored. For its grand opening Sunday afternoon, it will house three inmates – Hamburg Town Supervisor Steven J. Walters, Town Clerk Catherine Rybczynski and Police Chief Gregory Wickett – and visitors will be asked to help raise their bail.
There also will be a Weidner’s chicken barbecue from noon to 5 p.m. Tickets are $11 and include a homemade dessert. Opening ceremonies will be at 3 p.m. All proceeds benefit the Historical Society. For more information, call Dick Tone at 649-6061.

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CHANCE TO BLOOM – If you love gardening and talking about plants, the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens in South Park will give you a chance to share those talents.
The Botanical Gardens is starting a new class for docents beginning Aug. 5 and continuing from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays through Sept. 16. Docents will lead tours, teach hands-on programs and help with field trips and other special events.
Registration fee is $25. For more information, call 827-1584, ext. 291. To register online, visit

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STEP RIGHT UP – The Great Pumpkin Farm, 11199 Main St., Clarence, is opening its outdoor stage to local organizations and groups free of charge during its 22nd annual Fall Festival on weekends Sept. 16 to Oct. 31.
Organizers are looking for performances and demonstrations that are entertaining, child-friendly and family oriented, and offer a chance for audience participation.
Applications are available online at or by calling promotions manager Katy Toth at 749-8483. Times are limited. Deadline for applications is Sept. 1.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Carolyn Smith Concannon, Shelly Conway, Susan Kelley, Pat Daley, Justin Philipps, Catherine Nugent-Panepinto, Terrie Benson Murray, Fred Caso, Laughan Driscoll, Staryl Glynn, Samantha Bonitati, Chuck Marra, Kavonna Ann Hargro, Minister Richard Flood, Mark Marth, Michael Marth, Natalie Klyczek, Rich Taczkowski, Bethany Domanowski, Deborah Deubell, Monsignor David Lee, Paul Donahue, John Deth, Lynne Peters TinHan, Eli Platt, Judy Catalano, Harry Catalano and Rosemary Doster.

AND SATURDAY – Colleen Flaherty Gonzalez, Todd Mattina, Adrian Figliotti, Diane Gardner, Willie Schoellkopf, Val Dunne, Mike Shatzel, Janet Cochran, Mary Kate O’Hearn, Michael Eagan, Mary Ann Wieberg, Henry Baczkiewicz, Barb Sokolowski, Arlene Magdziak, Mike Eagan, Arlene Kowal, Sheila Ruszczyk, Donna Kolek, Connor Brian Heer and Henry Baczkiewicz.

AND SUNDAY – Karen O’Neill, Dawn Komanski, Renee Acosta, Rick Jeanneret, Judy Vecchio, Elizabeth Young, Jim Hayes, Mark Kelso, Bob Koshinski, Ethan Cox, Shaelynn Meyer, Mark Filipski, Anita McCabe, Bennett Paul Maczurga, Sister Mary Edmund Gorski, Justice Myers, Monsignor Dino Lorenzetti, Edie Fantaske, Pam Desing, Kate Scaglione, Barbara Kuehn, Mary Herr, Franklin McGavis, Jacob Roy, Jay Karb Jr., Leah Pfitzinger, Robert Weinstock, Julie Mehnert, Sally Gregory, Father Paul Sabo, Father David G. LiPuma, Tony Peters, Julie Smith, Ryan Ruettimann, Peter Demarco Sr., Peter Demarco Jr., Claire Farry, Beth Gilmour Gates, Mary Sikorski, Sarah Stitzel, Debbie Deney and Doug Wegner.

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