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Reporters' Notebook: July 31, 2017

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman, born on this date in 1912, “If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in five years there’d be a shortage of sand.”

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PLAN AHEAD – Licensed real estate broker Michael Olear, of MJ Peterson, will present a free informational seminar for seniors and caregivers at 1 p.m. Wednesday in the Sandra Lane Senior Apartments, 705 Sandra Lane, North Tonawanda.
Topics will include how to plan to sell a house, how to simplify a living situation, along with legal issues. All are welcome. To register, call 880-4442 or email

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The 2017 Miss New York, Gabrielle Walter, performs Tuesday evening with the Amherst Symphony Orchestra. (Photo courtesy Kathleen Neville)

WINNING WAYS – The recently-crowned Miss New York, Gabrielle Walter from Clarence, will be a guest soprano soloist with the Amherst Symphony Orchestra in a free concert at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in Williamsville’s Island Park, behind Amherst Town Hall. Featured baritone soloist will be Robert Gerst. Leading the orchestra will be summer conductor Bryan Eckenrode.
Walter, a 2015 summa cum laude graduate of Canisius College now studying at the University at Buffalo Law School, competed in the state pageant as Miss Western New York and is going on to represent the state in the Miss America pageant Sept. 10 in Atlantic City, N.J.

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CHURCH NOTE – An Anointing of the Sick Healing Mass in honor of St. Peregrine will be offered at 7 p.m. Thursday in Holy Trinity Church, 1032 Central Ave., Dunkirk, by Father David Billittiere and the Friends of St. Peregrine. All those with cancer or in need of special healing are invited to attend. For more information, call 283-0011.

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CLEAR SKIES – The Newstead Historical Society will host its second annual Dancing Under the Stars evening from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday on the lawn of the Octagon House, 145 Main St., Akron. In addition to dancing, appetizers and desserts will be provided and there will be auction items and door prizes. Those attending may bring their own beverages.
Tickets are $30, $25 for seniors, and are available during business hours at four Akron locations – the Candy Apple Cafe, 81 Buell St.; Mary’s Good & Plenty, 73 Main St.; Mike & Rosie’s Country Market, 77 Main St.; and Recycle This Too, 69 Main St. For more information, visit

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Kevin Higgins, Roger Heck, Norma Philipps, Mary Travers Murphy, Ray Luedke, Lubitsa Wojno, Mara Huber, Dennis Gutfeld, Sharon Bachman, Maria Hardcastle, Diane Fecio, Jeff McGavis, Dee Meyer, Janet Taber, Emma Coyle, Mary Woelfe, Mary Ann DuBois, Theresa Haendiges, Bob Kenney, Lorraine Dissette and Eric “The Red” Clifford.

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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