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Reporters' Notebook: Oct. 4, 2017

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to newspaperman and short story writer Damon Runyon, born on this date in 1880, “The race is not always to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, but that’s the way to bet.”

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BARGAIN HUNT – Find books, music, housewares, toys and electronics at the annual rummage sale and baked goods sale at Kenilworth United Church of Christ, 45 Dalton Drive, Town of Tonawanda. It opens for early birds at 4 p.m. Friday with $2 admission. From 5 to 8 p.m., the fee drops to $1. On Saturday, it’s a $3 bag sale only from 9 a.m. to noon.


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CONSECRATED – Dogs, cats, birds, fish, reptiles and livestock are welcome at a Blessing of the Animals at 5 p.m. Saturday at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 140 Rainbow Blvd., Niagara Falls, in commemoration of the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi. The pastor, Rev. Dr. Howard Whitaker, says that stuffed animals accompanied by their young owners and photos of pets that have died also will be blessed. For more info, visit

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Blessed Trinity Church (Photo by Maureen Jameson)

TRANSFIXED – “Come See a Bit of Old Italy” is invitation as Blessed Trinity Catholic Church, 313 Leroy Ave., holds an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday in conjunction with New York State’s Path Through History Weekend.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Blessed Trinity is considered the purest replica of 12th century Lombard-Romanesque architecture in the nation. For a comparison, there will be a photo display of 12th century churches in Pavia, Italy.
For additional church info, call 833-0301 or visit For more Path Through History Weekend details, visit

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IT’S RAINING MEN – The Pendleton Home Days Bachelor Auction to Benefit Mason’s Mission, rained out in August, has been rescheduled for 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Friday in the New York Beer Project, 6933 S. Transit Road, Lockport. There will be a cash bar and complimentary finger foods. Proceeds will benefit the effort to build Western New York’s first all-inclusive special needs playground in Pendleton. For more info, visit

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CHURCH NOTE – The Reformation Readers Book Club will meet at 7 p.m. next Tuesday in St. John Lutheran Church, 6950 Ward Road at Niagara Falls Boulevard, Wheatfield, to discuss its current selection, “Why I Am a Lutheran: Jesus at the Center,” by Rev. Dr. Daniel Preus. The public is welcome. For info and to acquire a copy of the book, call Pastor Alan Bauch at 434-3106 or email

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Michael Murphy, Betty Kleinfelder, Karen McCombs, Marlene Kelly, Lisa Kelly, Maryann Leskiewicz, Maki Becker, Norm Sham, Howard Saperston, Jessica Pirro, Dr. Sandra Block, Kelly Markowski, Sister Mary Kevin Szeluga, Bob Meegan, LaShari J. Morrow, Kevin Colvin, Aidan Ruettimann, Sharon Becker, Tracy Ernest, Norman “Lucky” Seaner, Linda “Mrs. Wack” Stanek, David T. Pratts, Caroline Hawthorn, Charlie Hawthorn, Ruth Carbone, Maryann Omicioli, Stacey Russell, Vincent Amigone Sr., Michele Sutherland, Lauren Sutherland and Eddie Konieczny.

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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