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Reporters' Notebook: March 23, 2018

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to record-shattering runner Roger Bannister, born on this date in 1929, “It’s amazing that more people have climbed Mount Everest than have broken the 4-minute mile.”

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** BIGGER AND BETTER – The Genesee Society of Model Engineers will hold its semi-annual Great Batavia Train Show from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday in the new Richard C. Call Arena at Genesee Community College, which will allow the show to expand.
All forms of model railroad and train-related items will be available. There also will be modeling demonstrations and door prizes. Admission is $6, $3 for teens 13 to 18, free for children under 13. For more info, visit

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** MUSIC TO OUR EARS – More than 120 singers in five youth choirs from three states will perform at the American Choral Directors Association Treble Choir Festival at 4 p.m. Saturday in Clarence Presbyterian Church, 9675 Main St., Clarence. The public is invited. Admission is free.

Jose "Peppie" Calvar

The choirs include the ABC Bel Canto Choir Vivace from Buffalo, the Chautauqua Youth Chorale from Fredonia, the Hochstein Youth Singers from Rochester, the Young People’s Chorus of Erie from Erie, Pa., and the Boston Children’s Choir from Boston, Mass.
Guest conductor is Jose “Peppie” Calvar, director of the Hendricks Chapel Choir at Syracuse University. Teachers are welcome to observe him rehearsing the singers earlier Saturday. For more info, call Laura Biddle at 440-6783 or visit

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** STRIKE UP THE BAND – The award-winning 85-member American Legion Band of the Tonawandas, conducted by Michael Shaw, will perform its Spring Pops Concert at 7:30 p.m. Sunday in the Riviera Theatre, 67 Webster St., North Tonawanda.
The program includes favorite Broadway show tunes and rousing marches, including John Philip Sousa’s “Easter Monday on the White House Lawn.” Featured vocalists will be Mary Kofahl and Bruce Montgomery. Tickets are $16. For more info, visit

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BORN TO SHOP – The Ladies Auxiliary of Bellevue Volunteer Fire Company will hold a flea market and baked goods sale from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the fire hall, 511 Como Park Blvd., Cheektowaga. Admission is free.

Cannoli, pizza, breads and desserts will be offered as the Ladies Society of Holy Cross Church holds its annual baked goods sale from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sun day in Holy Cross School Hall, Niagara and Maryland streets. A 36-inch chocolate bunny will be raffled.

Chocolate rabbit booths and handmade craft booths will be featured at the Easter Bazaar from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday in Queen of Angels Church Social Center, Warsaw Street and Electric Avenue, Lackawanna. There also will be raffles, auctions and homemade desserts.

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WEEKEND MENU – Chiavetta’s chicken barbecue and basket raffle, 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday. $11. Grove Street Christian Church, 85 Grove St., City of Tonawanda.

All-you-can-eat pancake breakfast, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday. $8 adults, $4 kids under 12. Rapids Fire Company Hall, 7195 Plank Road, Lockport.

All-you-can-eat pancake breakfast, 8 to 11:30 a.m. Sunday. $7 adults, $4 kids 6 to 12. Hosted by the Orchard Park Lions Club in Orchard Park Post 567, American Legion, 3740 N. Buffalo St., Orchard Park.

Spaghetti dinner and basket raffle, noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. $8 adults, $5 kids under 12. Shawnee Fire Hall, 3747 Lockport Road, Sanborn. Drawings start at 4.

Chiavetta’s chicken barbecue and chance auction, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. $11. Lancaster Elks Lodge, 33 Legion Parkway, Lancaster. Benefits the Renegade Drum Corps.

Spaghetti dinner and basket raffle, 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday. $10 adults, $8 seniors, $5 kids. Hosted by the Lancaster Lions Club in Twin District Fire Hall, 4999 William St., Lancaster.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Diane Smith, Anastasia Wiszka, Barbara Blackburn, David Milch, Jack Trachtenberg, Bob Kaprove, Arthur Eve, Margot Shoemaker, Jim Ranney, Les Greenbaum, Nick Sinatra, Calvin College, Annie Reese, Jeanette Rhone, Nick Carone, Mia McCabe, Megan Toohey, Richie Calorico, Pat Nowak, Linda Morrisette, Arlene Kranz, Samantha Koeppel, Joe Dabrowski, Mercedes Koehler, Don Jaehn, Jackie Lawrie, Steve Black, Adam O’Connor, Ella Tripi and Philomena Ventresca Gallagher.

AND SATURDAY – Peggy Courier Pierakos, Pat Rasmus, Bonnie Besmanoff, Dave Gillen, Barbara Pieterse, Lisa Pupo, Megan Giambra, Lynn Skubish, Steven Jay Bagel, James Celotto Jr., Robin Willard, Jan Dziadaszek, Rosemary Fehr, Liz Merrick, Julie Wilczak, Lisa Pickens, Karen Wood, Kyler Simmons, Eric Pacer, Nanette Gurney Cravens, Aimee Roth Longman, Peter Bellanti, Frankie Dryjas and Gary T. Refermat Sr.

AND SUNDAY – Mary Hurley Carney, Betty Loucks, Sharon Benz, Nicole Fieramusca, Don Vidler, Bobby Militello, Sandy Rifkin, Dr. David Dougherty, Glenn Gronkowski, Ellen E. Grant, Larry Chirico, Cindy Smith, Gary Hoehn, Erin Willard, Loretta Czaganiaszek, Emma Hawthorn, Betty Hummel, Madelyn Bosworth, Lorry Garlock, Chris LaGrow, Addie Horner, Mary Jurek, Kali Yeates, Delores Rossitto, Jeanne Binner, Donna Arnold, Trey Czumaj and Cassie Hammersmith.

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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