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Reporters' Notebook: Sept. 15, 2017

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to humorist Robert Benchley, born on this date in 1889, “A boy can learn a lot from a dog: obedience, loyalty and the importance of turning around three times before lying down.”

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PROSIT! – The Citizens Hose Company of the Lancaster Fire Department in conjunction with the James Metz Foundation will hold their annual Lancaster Oktoberfest from 5 to 11 p.m. Saturday in Our Lady of Pompeii School Hall, 158 Laverack Ave., Lancaster. Admission is $5. The evening will feature homemade German food, plenty of Germany refreshments and music by the Auslanders.

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CHANCE TO WIN – A riding lawn mower, two 65-inch TV sets and a snow blower are among the 30 prizes when St. Mother Teresa Parish at St. James Church holds its eighth annual appliance and electronics raffle Saturday evening in the Parish Hall, 500 Terrace Blvd., Depew.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Drawings start at 7. Tickets are $30 and include a hot roast beef or turkey sandwich, sides, snacks, beer, pop and coffee. For tickets, call 668-5118 or 683-4295.

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CATS AND DOGS – Cat fanciers and dog lovers come together for the Purrs & Pugs Basket Paw-looza from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday in the Cove Seafood and Banquets, 4701 Transit Road, Depew. A joint fundraiser for the Ten Lives Club cat adoption group and the Buffalo Pug and Small Breed Dog Rescue organization, it will feature an upscale theme basket raffle, a live silent auction and large-screen TVs tuned to the Bills game.
Tickets are $20, including an open bar and pizza. For those under 21, admission is $7, including pop and pizza. For more info and to donate items for the live auction, call 646-5577.

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HUNGRY? – The Tonawandas Erie Canal/Gateway Lions Club will hold a Sahlen’s hot dog sale to benefit Hurricane Irma relief from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Valu Home Center in the Delton Plaza, 4264 Delaware Ave., Town of Tonawanda. Hot dogs are $2, Texas hots are $2.50, pop is $1.

South Buffalo Post 721, American Legion, 136 Cazenovia St., will hold a chicken barbecue from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday. Dinners are $10 and include three sides. For info, call 825-9557.

Amherst Presbyterian Church, 151 S. Youngs Road, Amherst, will hold its annual chicken barbecue and craft sale from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, featuring Krolick’s chicken and barbecued ribs. For info, call 633-4656 mornings.

The Shriners of Western New York will have a chicken barbecue from noon to 4:30 p.m. Sunday in the Shrine Center, 1600 Southwestern Blvd., West Seneca. Dinners are $10. For info, call 674-8666.

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STARTING LINE – The Kevin Guest Fall Fest 5K and Fun Run begins with runners taking off at 4:30 p.m. Saturday from the Kevin Guest House Campus, 782 Ellicott St. Walkers and fun runners go at 4:45.
The Fun Fest follows from 5 to 10 p.m., with German and seasonal foods from Dash’s Markets, beer from Flying Bison, wine from On the Rox Liquors, live music by the Nickel City Pimp Choir and a Kids Zone featuring a bounce house, games and pumpkin painting.
Special-offer tickets are $30 for three race entries and $30 for two tickets to the Fall Fest. For tickets, info and registration, call 882-1818 or visit

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TODAY’S CATCH – Bennett Wells Post 1780, American Legion, 1356 E. Delavan Ave. at Courtland Avenue, will offer a Friday fish fry from 3 to 6 p.m. today. For orders, call 449-6668.

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Janat'e Solar Ingram

PAGE TURNER – Author, WUFO radio host and community activist Janat’e Solar Ingram will host a release and review of her memoir, “Cast Iron Omissions,” which recounts her struggles and the lessons she has learned, from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday in the Main Street Art Gallery, 515 Main St., in downtown Buffalo. It’s a catered event and admission is free.

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SEASON OPENER – A special Armed Forces Weekend will kick off the 22nd annual Fall Festival Saturday and Sunday at the Great Pumpkin Farm, 11199 Main St., Clarence. Held in conjunction with WNY Heroes Inc., it offers free admission for military, police and fire department personnel, plus a guest, when they show ID at the gate.
In addition, the first 200 who arrive this weekend also will receive a goodie bag. A military veteran will serve as bartender in the Witches Brew Bar & Cafe inside the Pumpkin Palace for a special happy hour from 2 to 5 p.m. both days. There will be live music and all tips will benefit WNY Heroes.
Other special opening weekend attractions include the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library Bookmobile from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m Saturday; comedy ventriloquism shows and magic shows, and “Dinosaurs in the Cornmaze,” in which prehistoric mascots roam the pathways looking for prey.
Admission is $7, with discount tickets available at Wegmans supermarkets. Admission to the Cornmaze is extra. Hours are 10 a.m. to dusk on weekends through Oct. 29 and Columbus Day. For more info, visit

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Gabrielle Bycina, Michael Andriaccio, Tom Prohaska, Jorge Guitart, Ellen Errigo, Lucas Halt, Tom Buczkowski, Ernestine Richardson, Joyce Troutman, Linda Roberts, Nick Palisano, Ryan Christopher Schaller, Mark Gallagher, Nicolas Curry, Gregory Bosworth, Julie Wipperman, Sarah M. Musilli, Mark Herle, Lisa Fucina, Luke Chambers, Tim Crawford and Muhammad Abdul-Latif,

AND SATURDAY – Lavera Johnson, Bobbie Rein, Tammy Bialek-Lehrer, Michael Vallely, Sue Grzankowski, Heather Forster, Debbie Hart, Rex Blattenberger, Matthew Reinbold, Jamie Smith, Kyle Terceros, Judy Andrews, John McGavis, Nicole Toepfer, Shelly Weinstock, Abigail Grace McCormick, Vincent Muscarella, Dennis Hogan, Elisa Roesser, Joe Riga, Ryan Sadowski, Luann Chambers, Carol Maurer-Skrlin, Annie Unger, Mary Beth Quinn, Yolonda Wilson, Colby Posson, Rob Melander, Josh Eagan and Shawn Lis.

AND SUNDAY – Louis P. Ciminelli, Dona Tepas, Robin Schimminger, Carl Dennis, Kara Kenney, Sister Denise Roche, Seamus Gallivan, Rachelle Uschold, Teri Bebak, Jodi Zimpfer, Patricia A. Walkowiak, Eadie Streb, Diane Kasprzyk, Sandie Marcin, Racheal Szumigala, Laura Mantione, Marty Waleszczak, Peter Koehn, Ken Beckwith, Fannie Mae Denton, Partner Posson, Anita Sengbush and Albert Cimato.

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