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Reporters' Notebook: July 27, 2017

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to Hall of Fame baseball manager Leo Durocher, born on this date in 1905, “I believe in rules. Sure I do. If there weren’t any rules, how could you break them?”

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GRAB A PLATE – St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3512 Clinton St. at Union Road, West Seneca, will serve its free monthly community dinner from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Friday. The menu includes barbecue beef soup with summer salad, dessert and beverages. All are welcome. Free-will donations are appreciated.

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FESTIVAL TIME – The 19th annual Lebanese Festival at St. John Maron Maronite Catholic Church, 2040 Wehrle Drive, Williamsville, kicks off three days of activities Friday evening with Lebanese food, music, dance and a gift shop. Hours are 5 to 11 p.m. Friday, 2 to 11 p.m. Saturday and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday. Call 634-0669 or visit

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STREET WISE – An Operation Kids tent, with young entrepreneurs as vendors, will be one of the highlights of the Greater East Aurora Chamber of Commerce’s 48th annual Street Festival and Sidewalk Sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday on Main Street.
Other attractions include Chalk Walk Murals; a Fisher-Price Collectors Club show and sale in the Masonic Lodge, 645 Main St.; and performances by the Rince Na Tiarna Irish Dancers at 10:30 a.m., the Hoffman School of Dance at 12:30 p.m. and the Crescendo barbershop quartet at 2 p.m.
For more information, call 652-8444 or visit

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COMING CLEAN – “Chemical-Free Living” is the theme of a presentation by Wendy Schmidt of Essentially Rooted at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the weekly lecture series at Brighton Place Library, 999 Brighton Road, Town of Tonawanda. She will show how to replace chemical-filled home products with natural materials. Seating is limited. To sign up, call 332-4375.

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MORE REUNIONS – The Class of 1959 from Bishop Colton High School will hold a mini-reunion at 2 p.m. Aug. 6. For information, call 895-1606.

The South Park High School Class of 1967 will celebrate its 50th reunion Sept. 23 in Carriagers Grove, 224 Fisher Road, West Seneca. Cost is $25 and includes hot and cold catered hors d’oeuvres from 6 to 7 p.m. Terrie George and the Shadows, which include alumnus Pete Holguin, will play. The Classes of 1966 and 1968 are welcome to attend. Prepaid reservations are due by Sept. 1. Call 310-2114 or email

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Albert Obenauer, Robert F. Moss, Pawan Matta, Bonnie Flickinger, George Costello, Madeline Topor, Cathy Colvin, Alma Cosgrove, Annette Watts, Jeff Rapp, Floyd Beckham, Carolyn Clancy Higgins, Donald Yager, Paul Kamrowski Jr., Rev. Charles J. Zadora, Samantha Penziner, Nancy Tobias Mourad, Lorraine Cieslak, Joan Velez, Alex Scott Prell, Teena Wise, Tom Safe, Kimberly Witkop, Frank Rossi and Natalie Lachut.

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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