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Reporters' Notebook: Sept. 28, 2017

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to French prime minister Georges Clemenceau, born on this date in 1841, “It is easier to make war than to make peace.”

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RACK ‘EM UP – A trio of outstanding local pool players will be remembered Saturday in a memorial 8-ball pool tournament sponsored by Norm and Diane Skulski in Classic Cue Billiards, 6061 Transit Road, Depew.
Kevin “K.C.” Cogan, who died in 2015, and “Fast Eddie” Rosas and “Lefty” Bob Matyjaszek, who died in 2016, took part in many charity pool tournaments over the years.
Entry fees are $10 for seniors over 60 and juniors under 17, $20 for league players and $30 for all others. There’s also a $10 green fee. No pros are allowed. Part of the proceeds will benefit the Variety Kids Telethon.
Doors open at 11 a.m., there’s free practice from 12:30 to 1 p.m. and play begins at 1:30. Food and drink specials will be offered all day. For more info, call Carl at 684-4644 or Diane at 715-7037.

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VALUE ADDED – How much are your old baseball cards worth? Charles Stabile, regional sales manager for Beckett Grading Services, can tell you when he visits Bases Loaded Sports Collectibles, 794 French Road, Cheektowaga, from noon to 7 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
Grading also can be given for nonsports cards, magazines, pocket schedules and gaming cards. For every 10 cards submitted for grading, customers will have a chance to win an autographed photo of Andre Reed or Bill Polian, or a $20 gift certificate. For more info, call 656-0066 or email

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TREASURE HUNT – Ebenezer United Church of Christ, 630 Main St., West Seneca, will hold a rummage sale from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday. All proceeds benefit the church’s building fund.

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RAISE YOUR VOICE – Women who like to sing are invited to join the Lake Effect Harmony Chorus to learn the art of a capella singing on four Tuesdays in October, beginning next week. Openings are available for all four parts. For info, call June Donovan at 627-4894.

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St. Francis of Assisi

BEATIFIED – The annual blessing of animals in conjunction with the Feast of St. Francis will be offered Sunday by St. Simon’s Episcopal Church, 200 Cazenovia St., at its 10 a.m. service and again at 2 p.m. at the Cazenovia Park Casino. All animals should be leashed or otherwise contained.

Calvary Episcopal Church, 20 Milton St. at South Cayuga Road, Williamsville, will bless “anything that purrs, barks, grunts or otherwise communicates” at 4 p.m. in the Kryder Courtyard. Light refreshments for all species will be offered. A collection of pet food items will be taken for the Pet Food Cupboard at St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church in Alden.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Kelly Leisel Kaczor, Shelley Dumpert, Jim Lorentz, Larissa Filipski, Bruce Wawrzyniak, Robert Maloney, Phyllis Panek, Suzanne Tiranno, Stevie Chauby, Grace Halt, Emersyn Schlegel, Lydia Herren, Betty Hermann, Sally Schutt, Lori Vogt, Steven John Chauby, Elaine Weishaupl, Jim Brady, Rev. Bill Higgins, Ron Morcio, Laura Roof, Karen Jackson, Diane Helinski, Arianna Rokitka, Chris Clancy, Jeff Faltyn, Dorothy Cook and Laura Prendergast.

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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