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Reporters' Notebook: Aug. 14, 2017

OLAF FUB SEZ: A vacation thought from Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper columnist Russell Baker, born on this date in 1925, “The worst thing about being a tourist is having other tourists recognize you as a tourist.”

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ALL EARS – St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy will benefit from the all-you-can-eat Great Corn Roast from 3 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Donald Spoth Farm, 2715 Tonawanda Creek Road, between Hopkins Road and Campbell Boulevard, Amherst. Tickets are $20. Children under 12 are free. Music will be provided by the Voices of Mercy. For tickets and info, call 597-9086 or 874-2363.

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Janice Mitchell

SINGING THE BLUES – A former backup vocalist for Ray Charles and Stevie Wonder will be featured as the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities hold their second annual Burgers, Brews and Blues evening Tuesday at St. Mary of the Angels, 201 Reist St., Williamsville. Janice Mitchell, a member of the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame, will perform with the Jim Beishline Trio from 6:30 to 9 p.m.
The evening will begin with a social hour at 5 p.m., followed by dinner at 6. Beers will be provided by 12 Gates Brewing Co. of Amherst. Tickets are $50, with proceeds benefiting the sisters’ ministries. For info, visit or call Cindy Munschauer at 632-2155, ext. 687.

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WINNERS WANTED – Salem Lutheran Church, 10 McClellan Circle at Whitfield Avenue and McKinley Parkway, hosts a vendor show and game night from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday. Doors open at 6. A $10 donation includes Bingo cards for 10 games with prizes for each game from the vendors. Pizza and beverages will be for sale. For info, call 824-2787.

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THE NEW KIDS – Not all of the notable buildings in Buffalo are a century old. Explore Buffalo has developed a tour, “Postmodern Downtown Architecture,” that will examine the ornamentation and color that distinguish recent arrivals such as Coca-Cola Field, the Buffalo Savings Bank Annex, the Key Center at Fountain Plaza and Erie Community College’s Flickinger Athletic Center.
The tour starts at 1:30 p.m. Saturday from the Western New York Book Arts Center, 468 Washington St. at Mohawk Street. Cost is $15. For more info, call 245-3032 or visit

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Billy Petersen, Grace and Lauren Smith Derthick, Maureen Conway Goat, Walt Olszewski, Steve Powell, Donny Kutzbach, Sean Halt, Bart Sobczyk, Bonnie Nowicki, Tim Schaller, Lissa Peek, Jeffery Ernst, Tim Bain, Marlene Lindsay, Sheila Wiles, Father Edward Czarnecki, Jim Fish, Sherry Syro, Mercedes Torrido, Kelly Stauffiger, Diane Josefiak, Billy Mahoney Jr., Selah Raybuck, Amelia Boyd, Max Sheehan and Sean Sheehan.

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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