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Reporters' Notebook: Nov. 3, 2017

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to comedian Roseanne Barr, born on this date in 1952, “The day I worry about cleaning my house is the day Sears comes out with a riding vacuum cleaner.”

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CALLING VETS – A veterans open house will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday in Milton J. Brounshidle Post, 3354 Delaware Ave., Town of Tonawanda. Available to answer questions will be reps from the Veterans Administration, the Erie County Veterans Service Agency, the Legal Aid Bureau of Buffalo, Western New York Heroes, the Veterans One-Stop Centers of WNY and the D’Youville College Veterans Affairs Office.

John Murphy (Buffalo Spree photo by KC Kratt)

Sportscaster John Murphy will be host as the award-winning 110-voice Buffalo Choral Arts Society presents “A Salute to Our Armed Forces” at 4 p.m. Sunday in St. John Vianney Church, 2950 Southwestern Blvd., Orchard Park. Tickets are $15. Veterans and active military are admitted free with ID. For info and tickets, call 775-7664 or visit

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NOT FORGOTTEN – A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday in Westminster Presbyterian Church, 724 Delaware Ave., to honor homeless people who have died. Representatives from the Homeless Alliance of WNY and other organizations will offer scripture readings, prayers and commentary.
“This inter-religious memorial service is intended to bring dignity to Buffalo’s homeless who may never had a service to recognize their lives,” says Garrett F. Martin, the church’s organist and choirmaster. All are welcome. Admission is free. A free catered reception will follow.

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MORE BAZAARS – Bishop Gibbons Apartments, 1110 Payne Ave., North Tonawanda, hosts many vendors for its annual Kris Kringle Bazaar from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. There also will be money and basket raffles, baked goods, jewelry, books and attic treasures.

An Amish quilt raffle is featured as St. Joseph Church, East Main Street and Erie Avenue, Gowanda, holds its Heavenly Angels Bazaar from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. A $6 lunch with sloppy joes, chips, dessert and a beverage will be served until 1.

St. Mark Lutheran Church, 1135 Oliver St., North Tonawanda, holds its annual Candy Cane Fair Craft Show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Lunch featuring chowder, hot dogs and hamburgers is available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

More than 100 booths will be offering items at the Depew High School Holiday Craft Show, hosted by the High School Band from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday in the school at 5201 Transit Road, just south of Broadway. Admission is $1.

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FOOD PLUS – Pet Connection Programs holds a BW’s chicken barbecue and basket auction from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday in the Variety Club Banquet Hall, 6114 Broadway, Lancaster. Dinners are $11, take-out only, with vegetarian options at $7. Drawings for more than 200 items start at 6. Winners need not be present.

Diamonds in the Ruff animal rescue holds its annual chowder sale and basket raffle from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday in Shawnee Fire Hall, 3747 Lockport Road, Sanborn. Chicken and vegetarian chowder will be available by the bowl, quart or gallon.

The Polish American Congress, Western New York Division, will hold its fourth annual Zupapalooza Polish Soup Festival from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday in Pvt. Leonard Post Jr. Post, 2450 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga. Tickets are $7 adults, $5 children 12 and under, and include two samples of soups. More soups and desserts can be purchased. Visitors and judges will vote for best soups. There also will be Polish music by DJ Red, Polish beer and vodka, Polish books and Polish genealogy. For more info, call Jim Lawicki at 864-6110.

Blessed Sacrament Church, 1035 Delaware Ave., will hold a spaghetti dinner and basket raffle from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Dinners are $12 adults, $6 children 10 and under. For tickets, call 884-0053.

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Tastes from local distilleries will be featured at the Western New York Book Arts Center's Liquor & Letterpress event Saturday night.

TYPE CASTING – The Western New York Book Arts Center, 468 Washington St., will host its third annual Liquor & Letterpress evening from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, featuring food and cocktails by Fat Bob’s Smokehouse, beer, wine and tastings from local distilleries.
There also will be an art and basket raffle and a chance to create hand-printed souvenirs on the center’s antique printing presses. Tickets are $40, $65 per couple. For tickets and info, call 348-1430 or visit

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Sean and Jeff Seibert, David Fernan, Adrienne Tworek-Gryta, Gretchen Grobe, John Hochadel, Dr. Stephen Turkovich, Steve Vesey, Stephanie Kennedy, Kathy Przybylo, Marie Diane Calhoun, Kelley Mitchell, Mary Jo Magiera, Ron Rzeszutek, Kim Kowal, Chip Schnurstein, Carleen Dixon and Mike “Moose” Higgins.

AND SATURDAY – David Mammoser, McKenna Godzich, Nita Ferrell, Mary St. Mary, Joe Hopkins, Frank Housh, Carrie Maciejewski, William D. Johnson, Todd Kocialski, Brian Placta, Barbara Reif, Brendan Buczkowski, Patti Draper, Jen Zakrzewski, Hannah Binga, Helen Battaglia, Michael Streb, Marilyn Burkard, Sue McCooey, Colin Buggenhagen and Joanne Ziolo.

AND SUNDAY – Fred Yellen, David Robinson, Evelyn Vitello, Loraine O’Donnell, Elnora B. Grice, Lee Denz, Lynn Horrigan, Sister Mary Immaculate Ballak, Bruce Myers, Keri Lickfeld, Phyllis Pasternak, Michael Kozan, John Percy, Dan Bieger, Irene Sztukowski and Mary Pat Lempko.

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