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Reporters' Notebook: Oct. 18, 2017

OLAF FUB SEZ: Advice from rock ‘n roll legend Chuck Berry, born on this date in 1926, “Don’t let the same dog bite you twice.”

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OLD SCHOOL – Only a few reservations are left for alumni, staff and others who want to attend a free semi-formal program at 6 p.m. Friday to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the former Beech Avenue School in Niagara Falls, which opened in 1958.
The program takes place in the school at 1800 Beech Ave., now the Henry J. Kalfas Magnet School. Kalfas, a former school superintendent, was the school’s first principal. For a reservation, call the school at 278-9180.

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GRAB A PLATE – Christ United Methodist Church, 350 Saratoga Road, Amherst, will host its annual Harvest Dinner, with roast pork, mashed potatoes, sauerkraut, carrots and dessert, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Friday. Dinners are $15, $7 for kids 10 and under.

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THE EYES HAVE IT – The Eyes On America Foundation, which has donated hundreds of cataract surgeries for the poor, the uninsured, veterans and immigrants, will hold its sixth annual fundraising dinner Friday evening in Russell’s Steaks, Chops and More, 6675 Transit Road, Lancaster.
The foundation will honor Anne D. Constantino, president of the Horizon Corp.; Dr. Michael Cummings, of ECMC Behavioral Health; and Althea E. Luehrsen, CEO of Leadership Buffalo. Cost is $65, $125 per couple. For info and reservations, call Karen Anthone at 529-0670.

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Katharine Cornell (Photo by Florence Vandamm)

WHERE IT BEGAN – Legendary Buffalo-born actress Katharine Cornell developed her love of acting in her very own theater, which her grandfather built for her on the top floor of his mansion at 484 Delaware Ave. Explore Buffalo will lead tours of the mansion at 6 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
The tour will end in the theater, where the stage will be used for the first time since it was restored. Vincent O’Neill, artistic director of the Irish Classical Theatre, will perform select readings.
Cost is $30. Space is limited. For reservations, call 245-3032 or visit

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SAVE A LIFE – The Church of the Ascension, 7580 Clinton St., Elma, will offer a free opioid awareness and Narcan training workshop at noon Sunday. Those who take part are eligible to receive a Narcan kit, depending on supply. Water and coffee will be provided. Participants are invited to bring a bag lunch. Registration is required. Call 683-5254 or email

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Gavin Thomas O’Neill, Ben Heidinger, Zenia Barrett Munger, Karen Greenwald, Barbara Kilbridge, Kathy Weppner, Kathy Toner, Maryann Schmigel, Martin Wise, Suzanne Wolff, Sophie Kurzanski, Nina Vadala, Joyce Cieslar, Pat Catalino, Ruth Degener, John Quaglietta, Terry Connors, Jeff Dunbar and Dan Rokitka.

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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