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Reporters' Notebook: May 18, 2018

OLAF FUB SEZ: A toast from mathematician, philosopher and poet Omar Khayyam, born on or about this date in 1048, “Drink! For you know not whence you came nor why. Drink! For you know not why you go, nor where.”

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KIDS’ DAY – Westminster Presbyterian Church, 724 Delaware Ave., will hold its 55th annual WECP Children’s Fair from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday with rides, games and food for youngsters. All are welcome.

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BARGAIN HUNT – Bishop Gibbons Seniors hold their annual baked goods and garage sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Bishop Gibbons Apartments, 1110 Payne Ave., North Tonawanda. Parking and entrance are off 19th Avenue.

The Western New York Railway Historical Society holds its Extra Event Weekend, a garage sale, plant sale and book sale, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Williamsville Depot, 86 W. Long St., Williamsville. A chicken barbecue will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

More than 30 families are participating in the Aurora Women’s Club charity garage sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in Nativity Lutheran Church, 970 E. Main St., East Aurora. Profits will be donated to All Hands and Hearts, a non-profit group that assists communities around the globe after natural disasters.

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EXTRA SAUCE – Orchard Park United Methodist Church, 3700 N. Buffalo St., Orchard Park, sponsors a Chiavetta’s chicken barbecue from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday. Dinners are $12 adults, $7 children.

St. Stanislaus Church, Fillmore Avenue and Peckham Street, hosts a chicken barbecue dinner from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday in its Marian Hall. Donation is $10.

The Shriners of Western New York host a chicken barbecue from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday in the Shrine Center, 1600 Southwestern Blvd., West Seneca. Dinners are $10. Call 674-8666 for info.

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 ** FULL WEEKEND – Calvary Episcopal Church, 20 Milton St. at South Cayuga Road, Williamsville, celebrates spring at 4 p.m. Sunday with a Choral Evensong program by the Parish Choir under the direction of Kevin Durkin. Admission is free. A reception will follow.
Meanwhile, Calvary Church will benefit from a Shopping Day from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday in Carousel Clothing and Collectibles, 6094 Main St. near Youngs Road, Williamsville. Mention the church at checkout and 15 percent of your total purchase will be donated.

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 ** CANS FOR CATS – Ten Lives Club cat adoption group will benefit from a bottle and can drive from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Xtra Dime Back Bottle and Can Return, 1041 Englewood Ave., Town of Tonawanda. Call 646-5577 or visit for info.

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 ** ON TOP – Marcia Buhl, of Buffalo, a longtime member of Westminster Presbyterian Church, has been installed as leader of the Presbytery of Western New York, the regional governing body for 48 Presbyterian congregations in Erie, Niagara, Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties. She will serve as moderator for one year.
In the regional Presbytery, she has served on the Committee on Preparation for Ministry and the Committee on Ministry and has been a member of several administrative commissions. At Westminster, she has been an elder and clerk of session, a tutor in the after school program and has been active in Women of Westminster.
Before she retired in 2014, she served for 31 years as executive director of CMH Counseling in Buffalo.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Kathleen O’Neill Cleary, Art Schumacher, Kelly Gruber, Andrew Rudnick, Diane English, Carole McDade, Melissa Jok, Maryanne Long, Eileen McKenna, Kelly Panek, Shawn McCabe, Judy Gangloff, Denise Fitzpatrick, Jackie Rasulo, Linda Trotta, Dale Michael Brucz, Mary Ann DeSimone, Jillian Boyle, Elena Purpura, Eileen McKenna, Kris Osswald, Sophia Schapiro, Kathy Stafford, Jeff Pronobis and Brian Wysko.

AND SATURDAY – Amy Gales Flannery, Robert Elardo, Lori McGlone, Judith Lipsey, Mike Mesirov, Pattie Frentzel, Andrew Baglini, John Gallo, Angela Muscato, Wilbur Stringer, Fran Taber, Jeanine O’Neil, Sue Toplisek, Richie Bell, David W. Friend, Martin Coyne, John Sciole, Anita Clark, Dorothy Sheldon and Fay Ciesinski.

AND SUNDAY – Diana Notaro, Don Boswell, Dawn Bender, Shannon Schmelzer, Sandra Yund, Matt Marinaro, Sister Mary Albertine Stachowski, Sister Denise Marie Jaworski, Sister Mercy Assurukudiyil, Patty Williams, Julia Grizanti, Logan Hedges, Cameron Schlegel, Tom Willard Jr., Sara Lesswing, Chrissy Bain, Richard Kelly, Sydney Hart, Joe Oddo, Joe Marchese, Caroline Testa, Michael Evans, David A. Quagliana and Edward Joseph Olejniczak,

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