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Reporters' Notebook: Nov. 7, 2017

OLAF FUB SEZ: In the words of singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell, born Roberta Joan Anderson on this date in 1943, “Don’t it always seem to go/ That you don’t know what you’ve got/ Till it’s gone.”

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FEEL BETTER – A free Wellness Fair will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday in the auditorium at Blocher Homes, 135 Evans St., Williamsville. There will be free massages, blood pressure screenings and credit reports, and samples of smoothies and other items.
More than 20 health-related organizations will provide information and answer questions. For details, call Holly Lange at 810-7403 or email

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WORDS OF WISDOM – Ray Weigel, manager of the Erie Canal Discovery Center in Lockport, will talk about the development and construction of the western end of the canal at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Black Rock Historical Society, 1902 Niagara St., as part of its Fall Speaker Series. Admission is free. All are welcome.

Historian Greg Kinal speaks about European immigration at the turn of the 20th century at the next meeting of the Newstead Historical Society on Thursday evening in Newstead Town Hall, 5 Clarence Center Road, Akron. Refreshments will be served at 6:30 p.m. The program begins at 7. It’s free and open to the public.

Award-winning painter and sculptor Dean Vigyikan, a member of the East Aurora Art Society, will be featured at the next meeting of the society at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Aurora Senior Center, 101 King St., East Aurora.

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Father Ryszard Biernat (Photo courtesy of the Ampol Eagle)

LUNCH DATES – Deadline is Thursday for reservations for the next Let’s Do Lunch program Nov. 16 in Orchard Park Presbyterian Church, 4369 S. Buffalo St., Orchard Park.
Lunch at 11:30 a.m. will be followed by a presentation by Father Ryszard Biernat, a beekeeper and producer of locally-sold Holy Honey. All are welcome. Cost is $10. All are welcome. To reserve a seat, call the church at 662-9348.

Meanwhile, “Addressing Youth Opioid Addication” is the topic when Jessica Hutchings of Kids Escaping Drugs speaks at 11:30 a.m. Nov. 16 in the Parish Hall of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Buffalo, 695 Elmwood Ave.
Sponsored by the Women’s Society of the church, cost is $5 for the talk only. Payment for a catered luncheon following the talk is due by Friday in the church office. For more info, email

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PIEROGI TIME – Orders for the Thanksgiving season are needed by Friday for the Pierogi Sale at St. Basil’s Ukrainian Catholic Church, 12 Embry Place, Lancaster. Cheese, sauerkraut and potato pierogi are $12 a dozen. Call 683-0313.

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TIME OF NEED – Friends will host a benefit for the family of Jim Pierce, of Wheatfield, who died unexpectedly in August, from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday in Gratwick Hose Fire Company No. 6, 110 Ward Road, North Tonawanda. Tickets are $25 for those over 21, $10 under 21, and include draft beer, wine, pop, snacks and music. There also will be a cash bar and raffles.
Pierce, who was 47, left behind his wife, Pam, two sons and a step-daughter. He worked at Siemens Building Technologies and was a former race car driver at local speedways. For more info and donations, call Lori Overdorf at 207-2824.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Mary Dories McCarthy, Mark Mueller, Michele Weber, Jenna Luehrsen, Patricia A. Mancabelli, Gaile Amigone, Bertha White, Finley Rathke, Ed Qualey, Ron Little, Kelly Grim, Lori Houston-Greene, Marilyn Bigelow Winters, Kathy Tibbetts, Michael Klimeczko, Gino Joseph Pinto, Jamie Leah Pinto, Matthew Wyzykowski, Cathy Schrader, Marie Garone and Karen Sciascia.

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