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Reporters' Notebook: March 2, 2018

OLAF FUB SEZ: An invitation from singer and songwriter Lou Reed, born on this date in 1942, “Hey, babe, take a walk on the wild side.”

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WEEKEND MENU – Krolick’s fish fry, 3 to 7 p.m. today. Sacred Heart Church, 5337 Genesee St., Bowmansville. Dinners $10. Homemade desserts $1. Father Bob’s clam chowder also on sale.

Krolick’s chicken barbecue, 12:30 to 5 p.m. Saturday. Lewiston No. 2 Fire Hall, 1705 Saunders Settlement Road. Dinners $12. Basket auction drawings at 5 p.m.

Kenmore Lions Club 22nd annual pancake breakfast, 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday. St. Andrew’s Church Hall, Elmwood Avenue and Sheridan Drive, Town of Tonawanda. Adults $7, $4 for kids under 12. Also theme basket raffle and split clubs.

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ST. PAT’S PREVIEW – The Tonawandas kick off the St. Patrick’s Day season with Green Beer Sunday in North Tonawanda’s Gateway Harbor Park. It begins at noon with a float parade, featuring the Clan na Cara dancers, from the City of Tonawanda over the Webster Street Bridge. Poor Ould Goat will play Irish music under a heated tent in the park. Admission is free. See the Green Beer Sunday Facebook Page.

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HELPING OUT – A Purr-fect Fit Animal Rescue benefits from the Wine & Whiskers Gala on Saturday evening in Salvatore’s Italian Gardens, 6461 Transit Road, Depew. Tickets are $50, pre-sale only, and include dinner and an open bar. For tickets and info, call 633-6600.

The Western New York Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund is beneficiary from the Dream Big Dreams children’s fashion show Sunday afternoon in the Wick Center Social Hall at Daemen College. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. Show starts at 1:15. There’s also a photo booth, character artists, prizes and vendors. Donation is $10.

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STOP AND SHOP – West Seneca Post 8113, Veterans of Foreign Wars, 299 Leydecker Road, features Girl Scouts selling cookies and free antique appraisals at its St. Pat’s Flea Market from 9 a.m.. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
Salem United Church of Christ, 114 Morgan St., City of Tonawanda, holds its annual theme basket auction, luncheon and bake sale at 11 a.m. Saturday, with pizza and chowder till 1 p.m., drawings at 2. Special raffles include a $100 Federal Meats gift certificate and a 32-inch TV.

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Brother Guy Consolmagno

REACH FOR THE SKY – The American who is director of the Vatican Observatory in Rome, Brother Guy Consolmagno, will be keynote speaker at an Astronomy Symposium from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday in the auditorium at the Buffalo Museum of Science, 1020 Humboldt Parkway.
Joining him for “Looking Upward: The Stars, Heavens and Beyond” will be Allan Friedman of the Buffalo Astronomical Association and award-winning Buffalo-born astronomer and author Clifford Stoll. Moderator will be Kevin Williams from the Ferguson Planetarium at SUNY Buffalo State. Admission to the museum for the symposium is free. To reserve a seat, call 896-5200, ext. 308., or go to the museum’s Facebook page.

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SUNDAY SERENADES – Quiet Whispers Ministry will give a free Lenten concert at 3 p.m. Sunday in St. Philip the Apostle Church, 950 Losson Road, Cheektowaga.

ABC Bel Canto will feature all three choirs, Presto, Vivaco and Bravo, with singers from more than 30 schools, at its free “Musical Treats” concert at 3 p.m. Sunday in St. Mary’s Church, 6919 Transit Road, Swormville. Selections will range from early renaissance music to contemporary hits. For more info, visit

The Amherst Chamber Orchestra

“Concertos: Stepping Up to the Plate!” is the title of a concert by the Amherst Chamber Orchestra at 3 p.m. Sunday in Trinity Performing Arts Center at Trinity Methodist Church, 711 Niagara Falls Blvd. near Longmeadow Road, Amherst.
The program includes Shubert’s “Italian Overture in C,: Bruch’s “Serenade, movement III, Notturno,” featuring violinist Martha Welte; and J. C. F. Bach’s “Concerto for Viola and Piano,” with violist Leslie Bahler and pianist Linda Mabry. Admission is free. For more info, visit

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Amy Winklhofer, Beverly A. Lachut, Maureen Porter, Henry Chudy, Pam Batsford, Joanne Servi, Iris E. Hoehn, Doreen Fahey, A. J. Verel, Wil Schiermeyer, Susan Schaller, Kim Schmelzinger, Joan Pepperday, Lynn Emblidge, Kevin Hooley, Joe Blocho, Brianna Gorczyca, Jenny Joyce, Sandy Pennella, Luke Healy, Rebecca Padilla and Angela Liberatore Lauto.

AND SATURDAY – Alice Williams Shanks, Rob Skutnik, Ned R. Barber Jr., Emmanuel R. Morrow, Mel Skwierczynski, T. J. Griffin, Jonathan Hales, Mildred Alagna, Linda Swanekamp, Rev. David Borowiak, Rev. Bob Gebhard, Rosemary Villarini, JoAnne Morgante, Marg Reynolds, Dave Huller, Louise Forney, Matthew Lounsbury, Jeremy Werner, Doreen Czumaj, Jacob Kimiry, Bonnie Shul, Kathy Kirschmyer and Diane C. Reed.

AND SUNDAY – Susan Herrmann Shanks, Katie Shanks Kelly, Barry Weinstein, Kate Masiello, Kastle Brill, Nancy Torrell, Rebecca Silverman, Joanne Conboy, Rosemary Hicks, Petey Stelmach, John Riordan, William P. Griffin, Carly Fazio, Florence Antkowiak, Donna Bohan, Angela Berti, Lee Ann Kelly, Christine Sullivan, Tyler Sasiadek, Capriana Romanini, Roberta Gurbey, Calianna Januchowski and Aleena Januchowski.

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