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Reporters' Notebook: Aug. 2, 2017

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to Warner Bros. film studio boss Jack Warner, born on this date in 1892, “If it’s anything I can’t stand, it’s yes-men. When I say no, I want you to say no, too."

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THANKS FOR SERVING – St. Christopher Church, 2660 Niagara Falls Blvd., Town of Tonawanda, is giving special recognition to the men and women who serve in the military during the final day of its annual Summerfest, which runs Friday to Sunday.
Anyone with military ID or in uniform who visits the beer tent will receive a commemorative mug, $2 refills of the mug, $3 in food coupons, a $5 coupon for a purchase from the festival’s Attic Treasures and a coupon for a sheet of theme basket raffle tickets. Hours are noon to 8 p.m., with a Polish dinner at 2, pre-sale reservations only, and wine tasting from 2 to 4.
Friday’s hours are 5 to 11 p.m. and feature a fish fry at 5 and music from West of the Mark beginning at 7. It’s open from noon to 11 p.m. Saturday, with beef and chicken chowder all day, kids’ activities from 1 to 5 p.m., a 5K race and walk at 6:30 p.m. and music from Nerds Gone Wild at 7. For more info, call 692-2660 or visit

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Dave Bauer explains a natural phenomenon.

THE GREAT OUTDOORS – Though he’s retired as a teacher of environmental science, Dave Bauer of Williamsville hasn’t stopped sharing his appreciation of the natural world with youngsters. He published his first book, “What’s Under That Rock, Papa?,” last year and he’s founded Creative Nature Play, where he inspires the natural curiosity of children.
“It’s an experience to be shared with parents or grandparents,” he says, “in settings that might include back yards, parks, sidewalks, schoolyards, playgrounds, ponds, creeks or woods. It’s a proven fact that connecting with nature is important for both children and adults, and that time spent in nature builds confidence and fosters greater creativity.”
His next Creative Nature Play program, “Build a Hideout for Trolls,” for youngsters 3 to 10, will be held at 9 a.m. Friday at Monkey See, Monkey Do Children’s Bookstore, 9060 Main St., Clarence. Cost is $20. To register, visit For more information, visit Bauer’s Facebook page.

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The SS Columbia. (Mark Mulville/Buffalo News)

RIVER ROLLERS – Want a close-up look at the SS Columbia, the passenger steamship awaiting restoration featured in last Sunday’s Buffalo News, at its dock near Silo City? It’s one of the sights on the two-hour Historic Buffalo River Tour, hosted by the Industrial Heritage Committee at 12:30 p.m. Saturday. Tours leave from the Miss Buffalo Dock in Erie Basin Marina. Cost is $19 for adults, $13 for kids 4 to 11. For reservations, call 856-6696 or visit

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Joelle Seaner, Cynthia Conides, Dale Volker, Debbie Keller, Rachel Kingston, Arlan Peters, Melanie Perreault, Ray August, Chase Henry Conway, Michela Hacker, Michele Ragusa, Michael Collins, Lt. Dan Burke, Sister Mary Angelette Helak, Sue Cole Farry, Tim Dingboom, Anne O'Neill Licker, Paul Quagliana, Faith Carberry, Stephanie Mucha, Jack Plevniak, Tom Brodfueher, Joseph Florea, Sandy Mizinkiewicz, Father Richard “Duke” Zajac, Sue DeRose and Suzi Czech.

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