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Reporters' Notebook: Oct. 6, 2017

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to Norwegian adventurer and ethnographer Thor Heyerdahl, born on this date in 1914, “Progress is man’s ability to complicate simplicity.”

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WINNING TICKETS – The Auxiliary of the Wilson Conservation Club, 2934 Wilson-Cambria Road, Wilson, will hold its Fall Basket Auction beginning at noon Saturday with drawings at 2 p.m. The club also will have a chowder sale starting at 11:30 a.m.

Meanwhile, more than 85 vendors will be featured as the Cambria Volunteer Fire Company, 4631 Cambria-Wilson Road, Cambria, holds its annual vendor show and basket auction from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday.

St. Jude the Apostle Church, 800 Niagara Falls Blvd., North Tonawanda, will hold a basket auction and chicken barbecue beginning at noon Sunday in the Parish Hall. The baskets will be available for early viewing after 5 p.m. Mass Saturday.

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LOOKING BACK – The Orchard Park Historical Society will offer tours of the Jolls House Museum, 4287 S. Buffalo St., Orchard Park, from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday and again Oct. 21.
The society will hold its annual meeting and election of officers at 7 p.m. Oct. 16 in the Orchard Park Municipal Building, 4295 S. Buffalo St. Following the business meeting, Maryann Saccomando Freedman will talk about women’s rights activist Belva Lockwood, a Western New York native who became one of the nation’s first female lawyers. The public is welcome.

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TRUE NORTH – Clarinetist Sarah Wilder will be the featured soloist in “Northern Lights,” a concert by the Amherst Chamber Orchestra at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Trinity Performing Arts Center at Trinity United Methodist Church, 711 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst.
Principal conductor Thomas Witakowski will lead the ensemble in Mozart’s Symphony No. 38 and selections by Sibelius, Cherubini and Kurpinski. Admission is free. For more info, visit

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NEVER TOO LATE – Angelo F. LaDuca, of Grand Island, graduated from law school, worked for many years as a realtor and didn’t begin painting until he was 68. Now, 12 years later, he has a one-man exhibition.

Angelo LaDuca

The show, entitled “Angelo LaDuca Celebrates Being 80 with an Art Show,” which includes 42 of his still lifes, portraits and landscapes, will open Saturday in Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village Museum, 3755 Tonawanda Creek Road, Amherst, and remain on view through the end of the month.
LaDuca, who studied at the Partners in Art School in North Tonawanda, will give a free talk, “What an Artist Thinks About When Doing a Painting,” at 6:30 p.m. next Thursday in the museum. He also will meet the public at a free reception from noon to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 14.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Justin Dickey, Tom Sartori, Brandon Lysenko, Brian Higgins, Jay Rey, John LaFalce, Barbara Ganis, Courtney Marie Williams, Peter Ruettimann, Mike Wills, Maggie Conlon, Joe Zelasko, Traci Astyk, Carl Zemrak, John Scott, Julie Knospe, Nancy Cal, Jace Rutledge, Tom Januchowski, Eric Domroes and Lita Bouquard.

AND SATURDAY – Larry Eberhardt, Irene Schwemmer, Carolyn Siracuse, Cathaleen Curtiss, Catharine McCracken, Kelsey Mogensen, Judith Rucki, Marge Myers, Joe Betz, Maureen Long, Gussie M. Simmons, Sandy Parker, Mary Ann Fensel, Dave Walh, Nancy Hathaway Dobmeier, Madelena Rose Vredenburg, Paul Rung, Ron Jakubowski, James Hanners, Diane Martinelli, Rosemary Carlson, Darryl Melander, Kim Williams, Sydney Garlapo, Joelle D’Angelo and Mary Louise Charles.

AND SUNDAY – Kathy Fenn, Melanie Pritchard, Amy Goldstein, Chloe Stehlar, Larry Czwojdak, Debbie St. John, Colleen Lewis, Kate Schroeder, Sharon Burke, Rick Ogorek, Diane Gartz, Denise Braunscheidel, Maria Sullivan, Sue Capri, Bernadette Marczak, Father Harry Szczesniak, Dawn Springer, Bob Finnegan, Jeremy Essman, Derek Hall, Donna Lisowski, Charlotte Lily Rouchka and Rebecca Yots.

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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