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Reporters' Notebook: July 28, 2017

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to cartoonist Jim Davis, creator of “Garfield” and born on this date in 1945, “Vegetables are a must on a diet. I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread, and pumpkin pie.”

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BIG BARGAINS – A garage sale to support the Western New York Walk to End Alzheimer’s 2017 will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday at 296 School St. off Military Road, Town of Tonawanda. The walk will take place Sept. 16 in Delaware Park.
Committee member Ellen J. Brown reports, “We’ve been collecting items for weeks and there will be something for everyone.”

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The 1948 Playboy convertible had a retractable hardtop.

VINTAGE VEHICLES – The Playboy car, made in Buffalo in the late 1940s, will be one of the highlights as the Buffalo History Museum, Elmwood Avenue and Nottingham Terrace, hosts its fifth annual Antique and Classic Car Show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.
Admission is free and awards will be given based on votes by the visitors. In all, 50 trophies will be given. The Lenox Grill and Tony’s Ranch House will provide food. For more information and details on registering cars, call 873-9644 or visit

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SELF-PROPELLED – Get to know Buffalo from the water with the Buffalo Scholastic Rowing Association, which will host a series of six Learn to Row classes for adults next month. Classes will be held at the BSRA boathouse, 405 Ohio St., from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays and 8 to 10 a.m. Sundays from Aug. 13 to Aug. 24.
Cost is $250 for the six sessions. For more information and to register, call Meg Lauerman at 697-0950 or email her at

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A customer waits to be found on Vidler's Lost Spouse Spot.

LOST AND FOUND – There’s so much to look at in Vidler’s 5 & 10 at 676-694 Main St., East Aurora, that it’s easy to get separated from whoever you walked in with. And that can be a problem.
“We don’t have a PA system and no in-store GPS (hey, it’s an old store!), but we have come up with a creative, hi-tech (for us) solution,” owner Don Vidler reports.
It’s the “Lost Spouse Spot,” a circular marker installed on the floor near the top of the stairs leading to the basement.
“Simply stand there till your party finds you,” Vidler says.

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REUNION TIME – The Class of 1978 from Lackawanna High School has started planning for its 40th reunion next year and the reunion committee wants to update its membership list.
Classmates should send contact information, including home address, email address and phone numbers, to Date for the reunion is Aug. 11, 2018.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Brad Philipps, Janique Curry, Dave Meinzer, Michelle Dickman, Tracey Drury, Sara Jo Kukulka, Dinorah Santos, Sister Suzanne Marie Kush, Sister Mary DeAngelis Nowak, Kate O’Hearn, Ann Erker, Evelyn Johnson, Linda Dzierba, Colleen Butaney, Ty J. Baker, Barb Berlin, Sara Bugenhagen, Sophia Izzo, David Wilczak, Lexie Hart, Kelly Clark, Mike Smolen, Dr. Michael McCormick, Verna Naab, Alex Pronobis, Angelo Sole, Mary Ann Ballotta and Ethan Vaccaro.

AND SATURDAY – Kathleen Conway, James Domagalski, Elaine Richau, Mike Beebe, Airborne Eddy Dobosiewicz, Allison Powell, Haven Dove-Hampton, Louann Westfield, Sister Mary Michelle Mazur, Sister Mary Marie Stachowiak, Sister Mary Jessica Terek, Debbie King Russo, Kelly Zabawa, Steve Fleissig, Kim Kamrowski, Paula Szymkowiak, Diane Skinner, Reese Vogt, Judy Quagliana, Janice Klyczek, Denise Adrian, Gary Aures, Jennie Minor, Donnie Meyers, Christine Pasek, Terri Maurer, Jill Skretny-Packard, Terrie Kelly, Val Pierro, Leanne Pinelli Murowski and Cole Cullen.

AND SUNDAY – Ed Drozen, Sue Joffe, Ivory Payne, Doreen Gates, Sister Mary Rose Szymanski, Sister Mary Charatine Stankiewicz, Jim Creahan Sr., Patricia Edbauer, Cameron Bartus, Paul McGavis, Joseph R. Ciesinski, Russell Messier, Steve Ruszczyk, Norbert C. Czosek, Paula Betz, Michelle Knezevic, Jack Kelleher, Brook Faulkner, Sandy Brind’Amour, Tiffany Tidd, Maureen Alico Bruatlacht, Emilie Willman and Greg Wickett.

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