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Reporters' Notebook: Aug. 23, 2017

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to piano-playing political satirist Mark Russell, born in Buffalo on this date in 1932, “If love of country was measured by the size of their flags, car dealers would be the most patriotic Americans.”

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FAMILY FUN – GM Lockport Operations will host its 19th annual Buy American Family Day and Car Show from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Delphi Thermal Systems plant, 200 Upper Mountain Road, Lockport. Admission is free.
Proceeds from $15 classic car registrations from 9 a.m. to noon will assist the veterans’ group WNY Heroes. Basket raffle proceeds will purchase Buy American-made uniforms for local school Robotics Teams. A cash raffle will benefit Niagara Hospice and a dunk tank will raise funds for the Buy American committee.
The Seneca Park Zoo will lead a bio-blitz in the garden area, monitoring and recording Wildlife Habitat garden life, with collecting kits for visitors. They also will hand out seed kits for pollinator gardens.
In addition to the classic cars, the latest GM models will be on display. Other attractions include giant slides, an obstacle course, bounce house, pony rides, robotics demonstrations, music, vendors and food trucks.

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TAKING FLIGHT – The annual Wild Wing Festival from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday marks the last chance for visitors to see the birds this season at Gooseneck Hill Waterfowl Sanctuary, 5067 Townline Road, Delevan.
Food by Colden Mill, including chicken wings, pulled pork sandwiches, burgers, corn on the cob and salads, will be available, along with pop and bottled water. Providing music will be the Rustic Ramblers, with Gene Hilts on steel guitar.
There also will be $2 guided tours of the sanctuary’s 700 birds from 78 species, including the singing, dancing swans. General admission is $5. For more information, call 942-6835 or visit

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Nicole C. Mullen

WOMEN’S WORK – Dove Award-winning singer, songwriter and ministry leader Nicole C. Mullen and Friends will be featured at the Arise Women’s Conference Sept. 8 and 9 at the Four Points by Sheraton Niagara Falls, 7001 Buffalo Ave., Niagara Falls.
With the theme of “Calling Women Back to Life,” activities begin at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 8, when there will be dinner and music by Mullen, and 8 a.m. Sept. 9, when there will be breakfast, lunch and music. Mullen and her friends will share their personal struggles, victories and faith.
Friday is the deadline for registration and payment for the conference, which is multi-denominational and open to all women. Cost is $165. Tickets are available at First Baptist Church, 554 Main St., Niagara Falls, or by contacting Kathleen Ordiway at 213-7374 or email

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Bruce Derthick, Jim Neaf, Leslie Stolzenfels, Rocco Lucente, Cathy Ciambella, Anne McCaffrey, Marcia Brogan, Scott Bieler, Thomas Miller, Suzannah Boutet, Danielle Peoples, Jessie Dresch, Jackie Baldwin, Pat Manchester, Anthony Scheeda Sr., Mary Ann Andrzejewski, Maryann Makowski, Janice Rogacki, Cher Toepfer, Vinny Raven, Tony Woyshner, Kerrick Woyshner, Kathy Clark and Nick Palmer.

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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