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Reporters' Notebook: April 26, 2018

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to Bernard Malamud, author of “The Natural” and born on this date in 1914, “We have two lives ... the life we learn with and the life we live after that.”

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WILD AND FREE – Patricia Feral, president of the national animal advocacy organization Friends of Animals, is guest speaker in a program hosted by Animal Advocates of Western New York at 7 p.m. tonight in the Harlem Road Community Center, 4255 Harlem Road, Snyder.
Feral also is president of Primarily Primates, the nation’s original primate sanctuary in Texas. Joining her will be Friends of Animals correspondent Nicole Rivard. Their topic is “Targeting NY’s Trophy Hunters, While Securing Victories for Wild Horses and Swans.”
Suggested donation is $10, but no one will be turned away for inability to pay. Those planning to attend are asked to RSVP by emailing or leaving a message on the Animal Advocates page on Facebook.

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PRICE IS RIGHT – Mark’s Sloppy Joes are on the menu with chips and pickles at the free monthly community dinner from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Friday in St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3512 Clinton St. at Union Road, West Seneca. Donations are welcome.

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PIN SETTERS – The Town of Niagara Lions Club hosts Bowling For Sight on Saturday in the Bowl-A-Drome, 2712 Pine Ave., Niagara Falls. Registration at noon. Bowling at 1 p.m. Donation is $25, $100 per team, and includes pizza and soft drinks. One lucky bowler will win a $100 bill. For info, call 628-0244 or email

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DIALING IN – The Western New York Players present “An Evening of Nostalgia, Imagination and Creativity,” a series of five radio plays, at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday in Immanuel Lutheran Church, 107 Scott St., City of Tonawanda. Tickets are $10 and include dessert. For reservations, call John Reich at 692-0906.

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FASHION FORWARD – WGRZ-TV news anchor Maryalice Demler is host and members of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra are models for Runway Rhapsody, a Philharmonic Fashion Show, at 11:30 a.m. Sunday in Wanakah Country Club, 5161 Lake Shore Road, Hamburg. Tickets are $40. For info and reservations, call 759-6428.

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STEP INSIDE – The 2018 Historic Linwood Tour of Homes from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday commemorates the 40th anniversary of the Linwood Historic Preservation District. In addition to private homes, visitors can see the Saturn Club, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church and Oscar’s Bed and Breakfast. The self-guided tour begins at Linwood Avenue and North Street. Tickets are $25, $20 advance at

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CENTURY MARK – Turning 100 years old today is Viola Hill, longtime aide to former Deputy Assembly Speaker Arthur O. Eve. She helped him found the Challenger newspaper and served as his administrative assistant.
Born Viola Smith in South Carolina, she came to Buffalo in 1923 and attended Schools 50 and 75. She left Fosdick Masten High School during the Depression, earned her diploma more than 20 years later in night school and received a degree in sociology from Buffalo State College in 1974.
Active as a volunteer in BUILD, the NAACP and the Michigan Avenue YMCA, she is a longtime member of the Buffalo Association of Black Social Workers.
Her husband, Manning Hill, died in 1982. Her four children and many of her five grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and numerous friends will gather to celebrate her centennial Saturday in the Adam’s Mark Hotel.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Janine Trusello, Marge Thielman Hastreiter, Donna Fernandes, Glenn Einschlag, VaSean D. Crews, Gail Berger, Shannon Cook, Emma Giordano, Brandon Makowski, Marie Cusick, Dawn Hanel, Audrey Klippert, Gladys Brodzik, Luba Pfeiffer and Michelle Fecio.

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