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Reporters' Notebook: Sept. 8, 2017

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to singer and songwriter Aimee Mann, born on this date in 1960, “The knockout punch is always the one you never see coming.”

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AHOY! – The Buffalo Fire Department and the Fireboat E.M. Cotter Conservancy will open the historic fireboat for free tours from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. The Cotter will be docket at the Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park in front of the submarine Croaker at Erie Street and Marine Drive.

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TIME OF NEED – Four-year-old Liam Reszka of Blasdell is autistic and he needs a service dog to help keep him safe. To help purchase one, friends and family will hold a hot dog fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday in Fireman’s Memorial Park, Lake Avenue near Martin Avenue, Blasdell. Batman and Ironman impersonators will make appearances. There also will be other food, a bake sale, auctions and raffles.

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LET’S EAT – Fish Fry Fridays are back at Hank Nowak AMVETS Post 45, 3071 Abbott Road, Orchard Park. Battered, breaded and broiled fish dinners will be served from 4 to 8 p.m. today, along with other menu items. For details, visit

The Sanborn Area Historical Society will host an All-You-Can-Eat Country Breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday in the Sanborn-Lewiston Farm Museum, 2660 Saunders Settlement Road, Sanborn. Tickets are $8 adults, $5 for kids 5 to 12.

Trinity Old Lutheran Church, 3445 Sheridan Drive near Sweet Home Road, Amherst, will hold its annual Chiavetta’s barbecue chicken dinner and theme basket raffle from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Dinners are $12. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Alzheimer’s Association and the church Youth Ministry.

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TAKE IT AWAY – Cleveland Hill United Methodist Church, 546 Eggert Road, Cheektowaga, will hold a rummage and bake sale beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday. Admission is $1.

The Western New York Shrine Center will host a Sportsman’s Raffle of hunting, fishing and other sports items from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday in the Shrine Center, 1600 Southwestern Blvd., West Seneca. Tickets are $20 and include food and beverages. For more info, call 674-8666.

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MUNCH OUT – Dozens of restaurants and food-related businesses will be featured from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday in the sixth annual Taste of East Aurora on the village’s Main Street between Olean Road and Riley Street. Food and beverage items will be $1 to $4 per serving. The Old Hippies will perform at noon and 2:30 p.m. in the entertainment tent. For more info, call 652-8444 or visit the Greater East Aurora Chamber of Commerce Facebook page.

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INTO THE PAST – Author Diana Katovitch will discuss the research behind her book, “Beautiful Children: The Story of the Elm Hill School and Home for Feebleminded Children and Youth,” at 1 p.m. Saturday in the Dialogues on disABILITY Speaker Series in the Museum of disABILITY History, 3826 Main St., Eggertsville.
The Elm Hill School in Barre, Mass., founded in 1848, was the first of its kind in the U.S. The book, published by the museum, will be available for $9.95. Admission is free. Registration is encouraged. For info or to register, call David Mack-Hardiman at 629-3626 or email

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CHURCH NOTE – The Newman Center at SUNY Buffalo State will celebrate its 80th anniversary at its annual Convocation and Mass of the Holy Spirit at 10 a.m. Sunday in the Social Hall in Mildred Campbell Student Union. Sarah Young, Buffalo State’s director of student life, will receive the annual Newman Award. Auxiliary Bishop Edward M. Grosz will preside. A brunch will follow the service. All are welcome. For more info and to reserve a space, call 882-1080 or email

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Marquita Strong, Jennifer Mecozzi, David Doyle, Tanya Percy, Matthew John Panek, Deb Calway, Dr. Joe Buran, Kelsey Buran, Jim Garvey, Lynda Stidham, Lorrie Banas, Nick Borowski, Roseann Aquino and John Boyle.

AND SATURDAY – Laurie Patcyk, Jill Kelly, Kristen Pope, Rachele Mongiovi, Dan Mankowski, Monsignor James Campbell, Sister Mary Raymond Kasprzak, Megan Moretta, Cheryl Caulder, Kirk McKenna, Emily Lickfeld, Erica Guy, Diane Rogowski, Alyssa Jordan, Brandon Castaldo, Jack McKenna, Anthony Venditti, Gary Ziolkowski, Jan Schworm and Christina Fecio.

AND SUNDAY – Carolyn Thompson Ferreira, Rob Lederman, Nan Hoffman, Susan McGowan, Dr. Brian Block, Tim Baldwin, Martha Welte, Waylon Hassett, Paul Palisano, Pat Walh, Jeanette Nabozny, Sharon Roy, Sue Farry, Tom Nawotka, Patrick Brady, Sister Dolores Ryan and Frank Kraus.

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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