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Reporters' Notebook: Nov. 17, 2017

OLAF FUB SEZ: A song lyric for the season from Canadian troubadour Gordon Lightfoot, born on this date in 1938, “The legend lives on from the Chippewa on down/ Of the big lake they called ‘Gitche Gumee.’/ The lake, it is said, never gives up her dead/ When the skies of November turn gloomy.”

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JOLLY OLD ELF – Faith United Methodist Church, 5505 Broadway, Lancaster, will be “Ho-Ho-Hosting Santa” for photos from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Visitors can snap their own pictures or Santa’s photographer will take one and forward it by email. Pets that come on leash or in carriers also can join in.
Mrs. Claus will offer warm cookies and there will be a holiday project for children. An offering of $10 is requested to support local mission projects. For more info, call 583-5293.

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BARGAIN TIME – St. Francis of Assisi Church, 70 Adam St., North Tonawanda, will have a sale of gently-used jewelry and accessories from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. Costume jewelry, purses, hats, scarves and a few vintage pieces will be available. Admission is $2.50 and includes coffee and a bagel or other breakfast item. Children under 12 are admitted free.

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INTERLUDE – Music from Mendelssohn, Beethoven and Mussorgsky will be featured as the Amherst Chamber Ensemble’s ACE Chamber Winds give a concert, “Winds in Autumn,” at 3 p.m. Sunday in Trinity United Methodist Church, 711 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst. Admission is free.

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HUNGRY? – Niagara Hose Fire Company No. 3, 74 Wheeler St, City of Tonawanda, will hold a chowder sale beginning at noon Saturday. Cost is $4 per quart. Advance orders can be made by dropping off a container early.

The Third Ward Social Club, 147 12th Ave., North Tonawanda, will feature the “Famous St. Joe’s Recipe” for its chowder sale Saturday. Soup will be ready at noon.

The Sheridan Drive Lions Club will hold its annual Pancake Breakfast from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at the St. Edmund Campus, 530 Ellicott Creek Road, Town of Tonawanda. Tickets are $8 and include sausage, fruit salad, beverage and all-you-can-eat pancakes. Kids under 5 eat free. There also will be raffles and a baked goods sale. For more info, email

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* GAME TIME – An abundance of Buffalo Bills alumni are scheduled to appear at the Sports Collectors Expo from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in the Batavia Downs Gaming Center, 8315 Park Road, Batavia.
On tap for Sunday are Eric Moulds, Billy Shaw, Jerry Butler, Greg Bell, Paul Guidry, Butch Byrd, Darryl Talley and Cornelius Bennett, among others. Saturday will see a bevy of big names from major league baseball, basketball and hockey, including Hockey Hall of Famer Marcel Dionne.
There also will be dozens of sports card and memorabilia dealers from across the country. Admission is $8, which includes $7 in free play at the casino for those 18 and older. Kids under 10 are free when accompanied by a paying adult. For schedules, autograph fees and more info, visit

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* GOBBLE, GOBBLE – Cambria Volunteer Fire Company, 4631 Cambria-Wilson Road, Cambria, will hold a turkey raffle and party Saturday evening, with turkey, pork and beef loin prizes. Doors open at 6 p.m., concessions begin serving at 6:30 and raffles start at 7. Free admission and refreshments.

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* PICKING THE BEST – An awards reception will be held from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday in the West Seneca Senior Center, 4620 Seneca St., West Seneca, to honor winners in six categories in the Burchfield Nature and Art Center’s annual photo contest. Admission is free. Refreshments will be served. Visitors to the exhibit at the Senior Center today and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. can vote for their favorite photo. The exhibit will remain on display through Nov. 27.

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A cook in a 19th century kitchen at Genesee Country Village & Museum explains her preparations to visitors.

* DAYS OF YORE – They’re getting ready for an old-fashioned Thanksgiving at Genesee Country Village & Museum in Mumford and visitors from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday can help with some of the preparations.
Among the activities will be the butchering of a hog, demonstrations of salting and brining meats in one of the village smoke houses, a look at brewing, baking and candle-making, the tasting of holiday foods, plus a separate program – Crafts at Christmas – where visitors can make special gifts and ornaments.
Admission is $10. Those 18 and under get in free. Cost of the craft program is $5 for each of five crafts. For more info, call 585-295-8218 or visit

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Ruth Jones, Maria Whyte, Cheryl Hagen, Zach Anner, Sister Beth Brosmer, Bill Hambridge, Donna Damstetter, Paul Leone, Sister Mary Thomas Frys, Annette Nigrelli, Beverly Nixon, Mike Karpie, Jeff Mueller, Steve Mueller, Sheila Recktenwalt, Peggy Morgan, Jean S. Lombardo, Jason Moll, Jay B. Duderwick, Keith Safe, Tommy Zaborowski Jr., Janice G. Bennett, Rebecca LeeAnne De Graffenried, Jennifer Gallagher, Dana Haug, Steve Taylor, Floryan Pawlowski, Sonja Miller and Carol Zaffram.

AND SATURDAY – Gladys Daughtry, John Koelmel, Gary Woodbury, Sally Lococo, Patrick M. Gallivan, Dinash Lal, Richard Mechlinski, Eric Faulring, Amy Herr, Diane Sieminski, Owen Terceros, John Stachewicz, Audrey Sambrotto, Karl Oesterle, Joe Higgins, Armando Bondanza, Mark Orzechowski, Debby Armbruster, Patrick Lynch, Sue Zemrak and Dr. Joe Biasillo.

AND SUNDAY – Tim Gorman, John Mariano, Roy Pipitone, Jennifer Demert, Grant Ledyard, Steve Vaughan, Tommy Naab, Rick Starzynski, Monsignor Pat Kelleher, Marybeth Schumer, Carol Ward, Crystal Gayle Chauby, David Gilmour, Janet Robinson, Lucille Malizia, Sharon Gray, Barbara Herr, Gwenn Gottlieb, Sue Gugino, Mike Vaccaro, Peter Stelmach and Kim Lutz.

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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