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Reporters' Notebook: Aug. 4, 2017

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to British poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, born on this date in 1792, “When my cats aren’t happy, I’m not happy. Not because I care about their mood but because I know they’re just sitting there thinking up ways to get even.”

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WHAT’S IT WORTH? – Two experts will be featured as the West Seneca Historical Society and Museum, 919 Mill Road, West Seneca, holds an Antiques and Collectibles Appraisal Day from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. A $2 donation is requested for each item, maximum three per per son. Refreshments will be served.

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EATING AROUND – Guests are invited to the Pitass Center at St. Stanislaus Bishop and Martyr Church, 123 Townsend St., in the heart of Buffalo’s Polonia, for peach melba from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday. A $5 donation is requested.

Brighton Place Library, 999 Brighton Road, Town of Tonawanda, hosts a Krolick’s chicken barbecue from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday. Dinners are $10 advance, $12 at the door, with There also will be live music, children’s carnival games and dance performances by ModDance. Call 332-4375.

Bring the flyer from its website and My Tomato Pie, 3035 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst, will give 15 percent of your guest check to the Alzheimer’s Association from 11 a.m. and 9 p.m. Monday.

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CHURCH NOTE – The community is welcome as Orchard Park United Methodist Church and Emmanuel United Methodist Church hold a joint outdoor worship service and picnic Sunday in the grove at Hillcrest Volunteer Fire Company, 7125 Ellicott Road, Orchard Park.
The 10 a.m. service will be followed by games, a bounce house horseshoes, volleyball and other activities. Picnic lunch is at noon. Hamburgers, hot dogs, lemonade, ice water and paper products will be provided. Church members should bring lawn chairs and a dish to pass.

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The Buffalo Jazz and Swing Band plays Sunday evening in Clarence Town Park.

GRAND FINALES – The Buffalo Jazz and Swing Band will play for dancing at the season’s last free Clarence Concert in the Park at 7 p.m. Sunday in Clarence Town Park, 10405 Main St. If it rains, it moves to Clarence Middle School, 10150 Greiner Road. For more info, visit

The American Legion Band of the Tonawandas gives its final free summer concert at 7 p.m. Sunday in Niawanda Park, River Road, City of Tonawanda. Rain date is next Wednesday.

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REUNION TIME – The Lafayette High School Class of 1967 holds its 50th reunion from 7 to 11 p.m. Sept. 30 in Banchetti’s by Rizzo, 550 North French Road, Getzville. Classes of 1966 and 1968 are welcome. Tickets are $50 and include a deluxe dinner, gifts and deejay music. Payment deadline is Sept. 8. Call Carolyn Patti at 833-9758, Michelle Petrone at 832-6149 or Irene Curro Stevens at 867-8538.

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BORN TO RIDE – The 11th Annual Ride for Charity for the Make-A-Wish Foundation will begin with registration for the motorcycle dice run at 11 a.m. Saturday in the visitor parking lot across from the Sumitomo Tire plant, 10 Sheridan Drive, Town of Tonawanda. Cost is $25, which includes rider and passenger and a chance to win a set of motorcycle tires.
All are welcome for the car show following the run from 3 to 9 p.m. in Sheridan Park, 738 Sheridan Drive, Town of Tonawanda. There will be live bands, food, a beverage garden, auctions and raffles.

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OUT WITH THE OLD – Find a new home for those old religious artifacts in your attic. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, the Buffalo Religious Arts Center, in the former St. Francis Xavier Church, 157 East St., will be accepting rosaries, statues, Bibles, prayer books and old black and white photos of weddings, first Communions and Buffalo street scenes. Some of the items will be kept by the Arts Center, others will be distributed to local parishes. Moldy items will not be accepted.

Cleaning out your closets to make room for new back-to-school wear? Buffalo City Mission is accepting gently used men’s, women’s and children’s clothes and shoes for its Agape shops, which provide free clothing for the homeless and other people in need. Clothes can be dropped off at the main location, 100 E. Tupper St., or at the City Mission Thrift Store, 576 Dick Road in the Dick-Urban Plaza, Depew.

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ROCK OF AGES – Buffalo's Black Rock neighborhood has an illustrious history. One of the area's earliest villages, it was a rival to become the terminus of the Erie Canal and was site of one of the first railroad lines and public water systems. Explore Buffalo will lead a free walking tour of Black Rock, in conjunction with 14207 Day, beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday in Market Square Park, Niagara and Amherst streets. The tour includes views of some of the oldest homes in the city and a walk across the International Railroad Bridge to see the Black Rock Lock. For more tour info, call 245-3032 or visit For more details on the many 14207 Day activities, visit

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Lynn Marinelli, Mark Sommer, Ellen Goldstein, Sally Cunningham, Ed Cardoni, Tracy Coene, Joe Donofrio, Lia Colvin, Judy Brody, JoAnn Michael, Kathy Sfeir, Renee Bielmann, London Wisniewski, Jacob Scott Prell, Kristen Lewandowski, Flo O’Shei, Breslyn Rielle Gonzalez, Pat Zelasko, Rick Szymanski, Linda Wilk, Daniel Kuzniarek, Paul Pfitzinger and Colton Blakely.

AND SATURDAY – Pamela Cefaly, Mike Kisiel, Dorothy Keenan, Mike Harrington, Sandy Anzalone, Matthew Mooney, Zeddie Dennard Jr., Billy Griffin Jr., Sister Mary Cynthia Kilian, Al Zenger, Jacquie Connelly, Isabella Miller, Phyllis Crupe, Paula J. Litwin, Rachel Makowski, Dan Trent Jr., Angel Krempa, Lisa Kernen, Joseph Gajewski, Brandon Whited, Amy Hartz and Paula Litwin.

AND SUNDAY – Dr. Joseph Noworyta, Robin Lenhard, Barbara Sadkin, Evette Slaughter, Martin Metzger, Danny Gagliardo, Christopher Scanlon, Linda Hanes, Martin Farawell, Ambriella Hope Leisten, Chelsea Bogold, Alicia Matuszewski, Allison Rzeszutek, Amelia Ioviero, Denise Kiener, Dennis Pietraszewski, Tony Ando, Brendan Overdorf, Jean Klumpp, Debbie Jurek, Sarah Brown, Heidi Mueller and Jim Kuczkowski.

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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