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Reporters' Notebook: Nov. 2, 2017

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to our 29th president, Warren G. Harding, born on this date in 1865, “I have no trouble with my enemies. I can take care of my enemies all right. But my friends ... They’re the ones that keep me walking the floor nights!”

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PATCHING UP – The Fall Festival ended last weekend at the Great Pumpkin Farm, 11199 Main St., Clarence, but there’s a bit of unfinished business.
“We had ‘zillions’ of pumpkins again this year,” says owner Kelly Schultz, “and there are still some left. Rather than see them go to waste, we’re hoping to donate as many as we can.”
Schultz is offering the pumpkins for free to area schools, churches and non-profits from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday. Those who show up with proof that they represent an organization can take away as many pumpkins as they can fit in their vehicle.
The Great Pumpkin Farm already has donated pumpkins, several hundred pounds of them, to the Buffalo Zoo, as it does every year. For more info, call 759-8483.

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Father Ricky Manalo

SACRED SOUNDS – Father Ricky Manalo, a pianist and Paulist priest whose compositions are found in Catholic and Protestant hymnals, will be joined by the Our Lady of Hope Church Youth Choir for a concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday in St. John Vianney Church, 2950 Southwestern Blvd., Orchard Park.
Presented by the Church Musician’s Guild of Buffalo, tickets are $10. For more info, call 531-8986 or visit

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GOOD READS – More than 70,000 books will be available as the North Tonawanda History Museum, 54 Webster St.., holds its seasonal Used Book Sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Paperbacks are 50 cents or three for $1. Hardcover books are $1 each or three for $2. Those who purchase a bag for $5 can fill it with books.

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ETHNIC EVENINGS – St. Francis of Assisi Church will host an Oktoberfest Dinner from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday in the Parish Hall, 70 Adam St., City of Tonawanda. There will be homemade German food, Oktoberfest beer and music by the Parkside Avenue Brass Band. Dinner tickets are $18 and are available in the rectory office.

Polish music and dance will be featured from 5 to 11 p.m. Saturday in the Knights of Columbus Hall, 2735 Union Road near William Street, Cheektowaga. Providing music will be the Buffalo Touch and the Knewz Band. Tickets are $15 and include a 32-ounce cup of beer. Food and beverages will be available. For info, call 683-8209 or 668-4145.

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BAZAAR BONANZA – Hamburg United Methodist Church, 116 Union St., Hamburg, will hold its Homespun Holiday Bazaar from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, with a book sale both days. Lunch from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday will feature two kinds of homemade soup, chili and home-baked pies.

Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, 10th Street and Michigan Avenue, Niagara Falls, will hold Zion’s Bountiful Bazaar from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, with theme baskets, attic treasures, food items and Christmas decorations. Lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Those who bring their own containers can buy chicken chowder for $5 a quart.

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 115 O’Connell Ave., will hold its annual Fall Bazaar from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, with kids activities, food, refreshments and assorted booths. Santa also will drop by. Admission is free. For info, call 852-2671.

Covenant United Church of Christ, 4449 Main St., Gasport, will hold its Donation Dinner and Autumn Bazaar on Saturday. The bazaar with crafts and homemade food items begins at 10 a.m. A free-will donation of any amount entitles the giver to a full-course Thanksgiving dinner at 3:30 p.m. For info, call 772-7802.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Lauran Sullivan, Mia Toczynski, Kristen Walters, Charlie Gable, Kathy Pollock, Thom Burnett, Tom Stahl, Marlene Roll, Lucie Desautels, Rasheed Wyatt, James Halt, Carolyn Bright, Phyllis Colman, Bradley Harper, Joan Guarino, Peyton Zakrzewski, Diana Maskell, Florence Sodus, Mary Riordan, Derek Kania, Dolly Cippola, Barb Coyne, Diane Christiansen, Carolyn G. Bright, Ashlee Lonergan, Donna Shine, Beth Safe and Sue Metzger.

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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