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Reporters' Notebook: Aug. 31, 2017

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to Buffalo-based Broadway and film actor Stephen McKinley Henderson, born on this date in 1949, “I always say you don’t want to get it right, you want to get it true.”

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CURTAIN CALL – Flix in the Park, the free summer movie series in Pine Woods Park, off Schenck and Niagara streets in North Tonawanda, concludes Friday with the 2017 computer-animated comedy “The Lego Batman Movie.” A bounce house and movie-style concessions are open at 7 p.m. The film starts at dusk, shortly after 8.

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FLOW OF HISTORY – The Buffalo Industrial Heritage Committee, which originated the exploration of the city’s grain elevator district three decades ago, wraps up its 32nd season of Historic Buffalo River Tours with a cruise Monday, Labor Day.
The tour will leave the Miss Buffalo dock at Erie Basin Marina at 12:30 p.m. Tickets are $19 for adults and $13 for children ages 4 to 11. For reservations, call 856-6696. For other information, visit

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BIG NIGHT – The 26th annual Farewell to Summer gala to benefit Orchard Lake Seminary in Orchard Lake, Mich., will be held from 5:30 to 9 p.m. next Thursday in the Millennium Hotel Buffalo, 2040 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga. Bishop Richard J. Malone, former Bishop Edward U. Kmiec and Auxiliary Bishop Edward M. Grosz have been invited.
The seminary, which prepares men for the priesthood, includes a number of young men from Poland who will be serving in American parishes after they are ordained.
Tickets are $30 and are available by mail. Checks payable to Orchard Lake Seminary, along with a stamped, self-addressed envelope, should be sent to Edward J. Reska, 4654 Kingswood Lane, Hamburg, NY 14075-2507. Deadline for reservations is Saturday. For information, call 648-0370.

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Rita Auerbach's painting "Chautauqua Classic"

BRUSHING UP – Local painter Rita Auerbach will be featured in a program titled “Portrait of an Artist: Rita’s Journey on the Palette,” at the next luncheon meeting of the WNY Pen Women at noon Sept. 9 in the Eagle House, 5578 Main St., Williamsville. Cost is $18, which includes gratuity. All are welcome. Reservations are needed by next Thursday. Call Barbara Blackburn at 634-2909 or Mary Ellen Shaunessey at 885-3292.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Barbara Katrein-Deci, Mary Saraceno, Nancy Tobin, Alan Kempf, Kara Park, Ann Marie Prell, Carol Albrecht, Eileen Virginia, Kevin Herr, Marie Ulrich, Anthony Palumbo, Steve Gartz, Timothy M. Roland, Brian Jaehn, Tyler Colwell, Aidan Allman, Mark Saunders, James Lanz, Scott Allen, Megan Costello and Patty Watson.

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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