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Reporters' Notebook: April 20, 2018

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, born on this date in 1920, “It is not our job to apply laws that have not yet been written.”

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CASH IN – You can help Ten Lives Club cat shelter, 3741 Lake Shore Road, Blasdell, by bringing your leftover deposit bottles and cans there from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. today. There also will be a hot dog sale from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more info, call 646-5577 or visit the shelter’s Facebook page. The collection, held in cooperation with Xtra Dime Back Recycling of Tonawanda, took in more than 8,200 cans and bottles and raised more than $400 the last time it was held.

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BARGAIN HUNT – North Presbyterian Church, 168 Payne Ave., North Tonawanda, will hold its annual rummage sale from 11 to 2 p.m. Saturday with a $3 bag sale beginning at 1. Admission is free. Refreshments will be available for purchase.

The Niagara County Central Rotary Club will hold an auto parts swap meet and car corral from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at Frontier Fire Hall, 2176 Liberty Drive, Niagara Falls. Admission is $5. For info, call Tom Grimm at 693-9713.

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WEEKEND MENU – Niagara Hose Fire Company No. 3, 74 Wheeler St., City of Tonawanda, holds its last chowder sale of the season at noon Saturday. Cost is $4 per quart.

Lt. Col. Matt Urban Post 7275, Veterans of Foreign Wars, 3741 Walden Ave., Lancaster, hosts a Stink and Drink Party, with Limburger, liverwurst and fried balogna, from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday. Cost is $5.

Kenmore United Methodist Chruch, Delaware and Landers roads, Kenmore, offers a Chiavetta’s chicken barbecue from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Dinners are $10 and include sides and pie.

Taste of the Southtowns features 40 food items from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday in St. Aloysius Hall, 190 Franklin St., Springville. Providing music are Nip n’ Tuck with Dave Tucker and the Rustic Ramblers with steel guitarist Gene Hilts. Admission is free with purchase of food tickets. Proceeds help Gooseneck Hill Waterfowl Sanctuary rebuild aviaries destroyed in the March 2 snowstorm. For info, call 942-6835 or email

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BE A WINNER – Vera Bradley Bingo, with handbags for prizes, will be played at noon Saturday in the Polish Falcons Club, 445 Columbia Ave., Depew. $5 admission includes a door prize ticket. Doors at 10:45 a.m. The kitchen will be open. For info, call 668-0768.

Augustana Lutheran Church, 3143 Eggert Road near Colvin Avenue, Town of Tonawanda, will hold a basket raffle, featuring sports memorabilia, household and kids’ items, at 12:30 p.m. Sunday. Ticket sale starts at 8:30 a.m. Proceeds benefit the church’s program that teaches refugees and immigrants to drive. To date, the program has assisted 100 participants from 30 countries. For more info, call 832-5720 or visit

The Orchard Park Home Bureau will hold a theme basket raffle at noon Sunday in St. John Vianney School, 2950 Southwestern Blvd., Orchard Park. $1 admission includes coffee and dessert. Pizza will be sold. For info, call Eleanor Pohl at 674-9265 or Linda Zachewicz at 668-5226.

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 ** STEPPING OUT – Crash Cadillac will play as Corker’s Social Club holds its 17th annual Spring Dance from 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday in the Polish Falcons Club, 445 Columbia Ave., Depew. Tickets are $15 and include beer, pop and snacks. Reserved seating and a cash bar are available. For info, call 880-6276.

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Chris Wilson

 ** MUSIC, MUSIC, MUSIC – Award-winning Christian singer and songwriter Chris Wilson returns at 7:30 p.m. Saturday for a concert in the Church of the Annunciation, 7580 Clinton St., Elma. Free-will donations will be accepted. For info, call 683-5254 or visit

The Buffalo Silver Band will perform classic and modern selections at 3 p.m. Sunday in Churchill Memorial United Methodist Church, 8019 Boston State Road, Hamburg. Donations will be collected.

The Amherst Chamber Orchestra features Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony when it plays at 3 p.m. Sunday in Trinity United Methodist Church, 711 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst. Admission is free. Donations are welcome.

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 ** STILL HUNGRY?  Ten Lives Club cat shelter sponsors an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday in Cleveland Heights Christian Church, 4774 Union Road, Cheektowaga. Tickets are $8 adults, $5 kids under 10, and include two sausage links, a pancake topping bar and beverage. For tickets and info, call 646-5577 or visit the Ten Lives Club cat adoption center in Eastern Hills Mall.

Frank L. Gierlach Post 1320, American Legion, 50 Gates Ave., Sloan, will serve a spaghetti dinner from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. dinners are $8 adults, $5 kids under 12, free for kids under 3.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Kathleen Regan, Kate Willoughby, Diana Nathan, John Gavigan, Denise Slattery, Skylar Merrell, John Lempke, Angel Wesolowski Stranges, Donald Insalaco, Derek Adamczyk, Kaitlyn Morris, Bentley Schlegel, Adelaide Tiranno, Cole Pennella, Sharon Butterstein, Mary Wenum, Celina Mason, Gordon James Borowiec and Bob Refermat.

AND SATURDAY – Holly Mootz, Maria LoBalsamo, Jennifer Neu, Kathie Morrison, Sean Beiter, Roseann Stoklosa, Paul Dyster, Paula Huber, David Wurster, Natalie Pellnat, Bonnie Sullivan, Tom Warden, Kathy Griffin Bridge, Bob Suglia, Lynn Daigler, Mary Ann Shapiro, Amelia Hakes, Alice Say, Anita Serafin, Sister Mary Jacqueline Benbenek, Colleen Roof, Cynthia Christmas, Loren Silvertrust, Larry Latini, Ryan Varecka, Amanda Kosior, Amanda Parlato, Carrie Ford, Josh Cullen, Nancy Olejniczak, Ron Rosolowski, Adele Andrzejewski, Erin M. Brown, Minta Marie and Marcia Niles.

AND SUNDAY – Renee Ernst, Murry Galloway, Nancy Barry, Lee Coppola, Joe Giambra, Carl Hasselback, Darby Fishkin, Ingeri Fleron, Daniel Pendley, Michelle Kratts, Melvin Jones, Paul Pignataro, Arlene Worral, Nancy Lipka, Lottie Jaczewski, Mike Lynch, Megan Lynch, Anna Sherry, Mary Beth Diggins, Amy Howdyshell, Jeff Snyder, Craig Seibert, Kayla M. Nicometi, Penny Siffringer, Brad Clancy, Mary Ann Tune, Victoria Dan and Sharon Drzyzga.

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 **  All of the items in today’s online edition of Reporters’ Notebook were either trimmed from the print edition, or appear there in considerably shorter form, due to space limitations.

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