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Reporters' Notebook: April 10, 2018

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to English essayist and critic William Hazlitt, born on this date in 1778, “Man is the only animal that laughs and weeps; for he is the only animal that is struck with the difference between what things are, and what they ought to be.”

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SHARING PLATES – Hurricane relief in Puerto Rico and local families in need will benefit when the Niagara University Lions Club holds a fundraiser from 4 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in Denny’s Restaurant, 8020 Niagara Falls Blvd., Niagara Falls. Denny’s will donate 20 percent of their pre-tax sales to the club. For more info, call the club’s faculty adviser, Sharon Green, at 286-8071 or email

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DOG STARS – Fix-A-Bull WNY, a bully breed spay and neuter program, and Diamonds in the Ruff Animal Rescue will benefit when Los Angeles filmmaker Jon Mancinetti screens his award-winning short film, “Loss and Found,” at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Riviera Theatre, 67 Webster St., North Tonawanda.
The evening begins at 5 p.m. with a PrePAWty in Canal Club 62, 62 Webster St., North Tonawanda, and concludes with a PostPAWty following the screening in the Dockside Bar and Grill, 153 Sweeny St., North Tonawanda, where Mancinetti will greet filmgoers. Tickets are $15 and are available at or at the Dockside. For more info, call 310-7644.

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MARK THE DATE – Thursday is the deadline for reservations for the next program in the Let’s Do Lunch series April 19 in Orchard Park Presbyterian Church, 4369 S. Buffalo St., Orchard Park. The HyNotes Quartet from the Barbershop Harmony Society will entertain and there will be a catered, Italian-inspired luncheon. Cost is $10. To reserve a seat, call 662-9848.

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AERIAL VIEW – Allen Kidder, a flight instructor and a member of the Airport Christian Airmen, will give a presentation, “Akron Airport: History, Current Status and Future Plans,” at the next meeting of the Newstead Historical Society at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in Newstead Town Hall, 5 Clarence Center Road, Akron. It’s free and open to the public. For more info, visit

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WORD POWER – Vietnamese-born poet, spoken-word artist and community activist Bao Phi, two-time Minnesota Grand Slam champion, will be featured in the Canisius College Contemporary Writers Series at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Montante Cultural Center, 2001 Main St. at Eastwood Place. A reception and book-signing will follow. It’s free and open to the public.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Lori Repicci, Steve Tasker, Sarah Fonzi, Candace Johnson, Lisa Kane, Jim Szczublewski, Lee Tulumello, Sandy Roessler, Peg Forcucci, Cheryl Lorenz, Karley Baker, Dorothy Dillemuth, Bobby Galligan, Robert Balbick, Dr. Reg Abraham, Dan Pawlowski, Peggy Nigrelli, Nina Crimi, Nancy Johnston and Lynne Meidenbauer.

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