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Reporters' Notebook: April 18, 2018

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to legendary trial lawyer Clarence Darrow, born on this date in 1857, “History repeats itself. That’s one of the things wrong with history.”

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BIG NIGHT – “Buffalo’s Small Plate Debate II,” an array of appetizers from several restaurants, will be featured at he 10th annual Dog Ears Bookstore Gala from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday in the Buffalo Irish Center, 245 Abbott Road.
Tickets are $50 and include appetizers, beer, wine and music by the Johnny Cash tribute band, A Boy Named Sue. The gala has a country theme and prizes will be awarded to the best-dressed cowboy and cowgirl. For more info, call 823-2665 or visit

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SAFETY FIRST – Drivers can take three points off their licenses and save 10 percent on car insurance for three years by taking a driver safety class Saturday at Metro Roberts Real Estate, 861 Abbott Road, or April 28 at Metro Roberts Real Estate, 2211 Sheridan Drive, Town of Tonawanda. Classes run from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. To reserve a seat, call Donna Jeffers at 868-8266.

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EARTH DAY DOINGS – The Town of Tonawanda Youth, Parks and Recreation Department will hold its third annual Earth Day Clean Up, focusing on the Rails to Trails Path, Lincoln Park and planting tree seedlings. Volunteers should meet to receive assignments at 8:30 a.m. at Lincoln Arena, 1200 Parker Blvd.
Friends of Reinstein Woods will offer free paper shredding and recycling from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday in Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve, 93 Honorine Drive off Como Park Boulevard, Depew. Limit is six copier-paper-sized boxes. For more info, call 683-5959.

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CHURCH NOTE – Lysa TerKeurst, best-selling author and president of Proverbs 31 Ministries, will be guest speaker Saturday at Western New York Women of Worship, a one-day spiritual event for women at Houghton College. Additional speakers will include Therese Main, assistant program director and music director of the Family Life Network.
It will close with an evening concert featuring The Late Show’s Gospel Choir, which has appeared more than a dozen times on the CBS late night talk show. Men are welcome to attend the performance.
Tickets are $12 for the concert only, $65 for the day and $125 for a VIP program. For info and tickets, visit

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Kathleen Addison Smith, Kim O’Connor Riley, Marianna Hereth, Bob Padgug, Paula Salamone, Tony Caferro, Diane Elmer, Kelly Kennelly, Rob Weisenburg, Chris Sasiadek, Mikey Klodzinski, Connie Borgese, Marcia Herren, Derek Litwin, Chuck Bratek, Robin Bartoo, Elsie Ver, Amy Preston, Michelle Ritchey, Savannah Weaver, Pete Kooshoian, Tracey Sobocinski and Marcia Cleary Walker.

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