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Reporters' Notebook: April 25, 2018

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to award-winning broadcaster Edward R. Murrow, born on this date in 1908, “The obscure we see eventually. The completely obvious, it seems, takes longer.”

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HONORING HEROES – Poland’s last World War II veterans living in the Buffalo area will be honored when the Ampol Eagle celebrates the 100th anniversary of Poland’s independence at a special Mass at 5:30 p.m. Saturday in St. Adalbert’s Basilica, 212 Stanislaus St. They include Josefa Solecki, Stanislaw and Antonina Markut, Janusz Nieduzak, Walter Futyma, Stanislaw Nicewicz and Casimer Kawalek.

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THE YEAR AHEAD – Performers will unveil the upcoming season at a preview party at 7 p.m. Friday in the Lancaster Opera House, 21 Central Ave., Lancaster, Admission is $5 or free with purchase of $25 cash giveaway ticket. There also will be complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. For info and tickets, visit

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BARGAIN HUNTS – St. Francis of Assisi Parish will hold a rummage sale Saturday in the School Hall, 70 Adam St., City of Tonawanda. Admission for early birds at 8 a.m. is $3. Regular $1 admission begins at 9. The sale ends at 1 p.m.

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Buffalo, 695 Elmwood Ave., will hold its annual book sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Saturday, May 5 and May 6. Admission is free.

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DOG PAUSE – Lancaster Unleashed, which hopes to establish a dog park in the Town of Lancaster, will hold a Zumbathon from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday in Fit Happenz, 485 Cayuga Road, Cheektowaga. Cost is $12, $10 with pre-registration at

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BACK IN TIME – Bishop Benincasa Council, Knights of Columbus, will sponsor an Oldies Night with food and music from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday in St. Aloysius Church Cafeteria, 157 Cleveland Drive, Cheektowaga. Tickets are $12, $10 advance at the rectory or by calling Jack Sperrazza at 836-2675.

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Brett Shurtliffe

SEASON FINALE – The Friends of Vienna conclude their 41st season at 3 p.m. Sunday with “an imaginative program of music that has a story to tell.” Featured in the Unity Church, 1243 Delaware Ave., will be Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra associate principal bassist Brett Shurtliffe and pianist Amber Nicholson. Tickets are $12, $5 students. A reception follows.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Jessica Plyman, Judi Marshall, Sam Anson, Larry Wojno, Lisa Coppola, Jeff Bucki, Art Page, Katy Lesswing, Tim Oswald, Jose Latalladi Jr., Brandy Amorosi, Joe Hawryluk, Karen Sweet, Ayden Hooley, Dona Bondanza, Jake Schneider, Al Piccirillo, Ann Moulton, Sid Zaretsky, Silas Fleckenstein, Judy Ziemba, Stephen Lanza, Mary Lynn Lefort, Jennifer Parsons, Patricia Wannemacher, Beverly Johnson, Dennis Sands, Debbie Lombardo, Jennifer Pronobis, Kelly Govern and Patrick Govern.

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