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Reporters' Notebook: April 27, 2018

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to playwright August Wilson, born on this date in 1945, “All you need in the world is love and laughter. That’s all anybody needs. To have love in one hand and laughter in the other.”

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R.I.P. – Old First Ward historian Gene Overdorf will give a presentation, “Buffalo’s Irish Last Stop – Holy Cross Cemetery,” at 3 p.m. Sunday in Tewksbury Lodge, 249 Ohio St., with a history of the cemetery and anecdotes about those buried there. Suggested donation is $5. The lodge kitchen will be open. For more info, call 840-2866.

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HERE’S THE BEEF – South Buffalo American Legion Auxiliary Unit 721 is sponsoring a meat raffle Saturday evening in the post at 136 Cazenovia St. Doors open at 6 p.m. First spin is at 7. Admission is $5, adults only, and includes snacks and refreshments. For more info, call 825-9557.

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WEEKEND MENU – St. David’s Episcopal Church, 3951 Seneca St., near Southgate Plaza, West Seneca, will hold a Krolick’s chicken barbecue from 3:30 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dinners are $10, take-out only. For advance tickets, call 827-8582.

St. Thomas Aquinas Church and St. Martin of Tours Church will jointly host a pancake breakfast from 9 a.m. to noon Sunday in Notre Dame Academy, 1125 Abbott Road. Tickets are $5 adults, $5 kids, and include sausage, beverages, baked goods and unlimited pancakes.

Lt. Col. Matt Urban Post 7275, Veterans of Foreign Wars, 3741 Walden Ave., Lancaster, will serve a spaghetti dinner from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $11, $10 advance, and include beverage and dessert. For info, call 681-8387.

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 930 Lake St., Angola, offers a spaghetti dinner with its prize-winning sauce from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday. Dinners are $9, $8.50 seniors, $5 kids 5 to 12, and include salad, beverage and dessert. For info, call 549-0063.

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Lauren Belfer (Photo by Nancy Belfer)

**  SHEDDING LIGHT – Explore Buffalo will host an illustrated talk by author Lauren Belfer, “From Fact to Fiction in ‘City of Light’,” at 4:30 p.m. Saturday in Marcy Casino in Delaware Park, 199 Lincoln Parkway. Belfer, a Buffalo native now living in New York City, will explain how people and places from local history inspired her novel. Tickets are $30. For info, call 245-3032 or visit

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**  PAWS FOR THE CAUSE – More than 40 crafters will be featured as Buffalo Pug and Small Breed Rescue holds a Craft Pawzar from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday in the Grange Building at the Erie County Fairgrounds in Hamburg. Admission is $3.

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**  WRITE IT DOWN – A workshop entitled “Journaling for a More Peaceful Life” will be presented from 11 a.m. to noon Monday in the Montabaur Heights Event Center at Brothers of Mercy, 4530 Ransom Road, Clarence. To register, call 407-5100.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Patrick Michael Smith, Ed Righter, Phil Nyhuis, Denise Easterling, Diana P. Peete, Billy Kimmit, Sister Mary Magdalino, Timothy Bondanza, Andrea Maguder, Joe Nowak, Peg Trautmann, Melanie Romance Ruiz, Judy Romance Coburn Muscarella, Cathy Calleri, Pat Selby, Joan Mattingly, Anna Catherine Allman, Donna Goral, Kathy Anticola, Bob Joyce, Taylor Schmitt, Dave Schmitt and Molly Govern.

AND SATURDAY – Michelle Gorlewski, Janet Frisch, Dave Sasiadek, Benjamin Park, Bill Yeates Jr., Sean Forney, Joy Pfitzinger, Eleanor Trimble, Meg Martinen, Maureen Geoghan, Gary Janiga, Jeff Knab, Erin Higgins Clifford, Angela Williams and Ella Weber.

AND SUNDAY – James P. Kennedy Jr., Connie Campanaro, Don Paul, Susan Martin, Michelle Richau, Marty Richau, Dean Brownrout, Doug Swift, Garnell Whitfield Jr., Geoffrey Gerow, James P. Kennedy, Monica Mooney, April Stevens, Christine M. Kukelka, Suzette Simonson, Pat Smolarek, Judy Kirst, Frances Manley, Katie Grossi, Emily Powley, Timothy Zimpfer, Bob Patterson, Nancy Wright, Jack Panek, Riley Moll, Kellan Inman, Alexander J. Aylward, Sheila Kwiatkowski, Avery Overacker, Dan Marzec, Paul Kamrowski Sr., Rachel Kamrowski and Elizabeth Kamrowski.

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