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Reporters' Notebook: April 13, 2018

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to our third president, Thomas Jefferson, born on this date in 1743, “He who knows best knows how little he knows.”

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** HISTORY BUFFS – Mark Lewandowski of the Central Terminal Restoration Corp. will speak about ongoing efforts to preserve the historic train station at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Lancaster Historical Society Museum, 40 Clark St., Lancaster.

Both Newstead Historical Society museums in Akron– the Knight-Sutton Museum, 123 Main St., and the Rich-Twinn Octagon House, 145 Main St., reopen for the season at 1 p.m. Sunday. Exhibit at Knight-Sutton is “Making the Grade,” which follows the history of Akron-Newstead schools. For info, call 542-7022.

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** SLEIGHT OF HAND – Gene Gordon-Karl Norman Ring 12, American Federation of Magicians, will present a dinner and show Monday evening in Ilio DiPaolo’s Restaurant, 3785 South Park Ave., Blasdell. Tickets are $30. Seating is limited. For info, call 825-3675.

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Sister Kathleen Dougherty helps Lugundi Hassan, 12, with his homework. (Sharon Cantillon/ Buffalo News file photo)

** HOMETOWN HEROES – West Side Community Services will honor six community leaders, three adults and three teens, at its second annual Remarkable West Siders Awards program from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday in Resurgence Brewery, 1250 Niagara St. Honorees include:
John F. Siskar of SUNY Buffalo State, who oversaw the creation of the Community Academic Center, which has served more than 12,350 residents since it opened on the West Side in 2011.
Rubens Mukunzi, a native of Rwanda, CEO and publisher of Karibu News.
Sister Kathleen Dougherty, a member of the Sisters of St. Mary of Namur, who set up a tutoring program for immigrants through the Somali-Bantu Youth Association and created the 10-acre Providence Farm in East Aurora, where families can cultivate crops.
Issa Abdulkadir, a student activist for social justice who helped start the Youth Action Team.
Ingabire Adam, a student at the Emerson School for Hospitality who is a leader in the Massachusetts Avenue Project.
Abdikadir Farah, a student advocate for social justice and a volunteer at West Side Community Services.

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BRING IT HOME – The Women of First Presbyterian Church, 100 Church St., Youngstown, will hold a rummage sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Lunch will be available after 11.

The Buffalo Ladies of Charity will hold their inaugural event, a gift card raffle and party, Saturday in Catholic Charities, 75 Caldwell Place, Lackawanna. Doors at 11 a.m., drawings at noon. Admission is $12 and includes pizza and soft drinks. Outside snacks are allowed. For info, call 895-4001.

The Altar and Rosary Society at Sacred Heart Church, 3148 Abbott Road, Orchard Park, will hold a basket raffle Saturday. Doors at 11 a.m., drawings at 1:30 p.m. Admission is $2 and includes pizza, beverage and dessert.

St. Bernard’s Church will hold a theme tray and basket raffle Saturday in the Parish Hall, 1988 Clinton St. Doors at 5 p.m., drawings at 6:30. Admission is $3 and includes 25 raffle tickets. For info, call 822-8856.

Kenmore Presbyterian Church, 2771 Delaware Ave., Kenmore, will hold its annual scholarship luncheon and basket auction from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.

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WEEKEND MENU – The Bergholz Fire Company will hold its monthly chowder and baked goods sale at 11 a.m. Saturday in the truck hall, 2470 Niagara Road, Bergholz. Chowder is $4 a quart or $1.50 a bowl.

Covenant United Methodist Church, 539 Main St., will hold an all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Dinners are $8 adults, $5 kids 5 to 10.

Vigilant Fire Company will hold its third annual pulled pork fundraiser for its scholarship fund from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday in the KeyBank parking lot, Seneca Street and Union Road, West Seneca. Dinners are $10, sandwiches are $7, drive-through only.

The Blessed Virgin Mary Ladies Sodality will host their annual pork chop dinner from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday in St. James School Hall, 500 Terrace Blvd., Depew. Dinners, provided by Zasada’s Catering, are $12.

SS Peter and Paul Church, 68 E. Main St., Hamburg, will serve a Chiavetta’s chicken barbecue from 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday. Dinners are $10 advance, $11 at the door.

Polish Falcons Nest 6, 3171 Broadway near Union Road, Cheektowaga, will hold an all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Dinners are $8, $7 seniors, $3 kids under 10. For info, call 895-2807 or 685-0250.

Mount St. Mary Academy, 3756 Delaware Ave., Town of Tonawanda, will hold its first chili cook-off from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday in the school cafeteria in conjunction with the school’s meat raffle, which begins at 5. For info and to enter, call 689-1100 or email

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Dana Tillou, Paul Hokanson, Jack Quinn, Liz Kahn, Russell J. Salvatore, Patrick Kane, Dwane Hall, Toni Vazquez, Curlane Jones Brown, Jordan Middlebrooks, Kristi Wise, Paul O’Brien, Lauren Guy, Ian Forsyth, Allyson Siffringer, Joe Serwinowski, Dave “Brauts” Brautlacht, Dan Marth, Taylor Perry, Terry Ryan and Marc G. Bellanti.

AND SATURDAY – Erica Hartmann, Patrick Higgins, Jim Greer, Peter Flynn, Jeff Criden, Paula Zaczek, Ray Ward, Pauline Maloney, Patrick Edbauer, Kenny Dale De Graffenried, Russell Knab, Jim Connolly, Marcia Zientara, Lillian Clare, Karen Kolb, Elaine Dabick and Janet DeSimone.

AND SUNDAY – Barbara Shanks Smith, Laura Spinner Meier, Doug Sherman, Vic Adragna, Dr. Mark Donahue, Margaret Eison, Margy Toohey, Dave Clouden, Pat Chiacchia, Peter Maduri, Gordon Williams, Debbie Skakal, Melanie Russell, Adelyn Grace Louth, Linda Smerka, Amanda McQuillan, Judy Hatrick, Fran Senker, Addison Rejewski and Austin Henneberry.

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