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Reporters' Notebook: June 27, 2018

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to deaf and blind social activist Helen Keller, born on this date in 1880, “The heresy of one age becomes the orthodoxy of the next.”

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TAILS WAGGING – Today is the deadline to register for the Ninth Annual Dog Show at 2 p.m. Friday in Northgate Health Care Facility, 7264 Nash Road, North Tonawanda. Prizes will be awarded for best in show, best trick, best outfit and most obedient.
Registration is free. Dogs must be on a leash and have a copy of a rabies vaccination certificate. Call Sarah Piazza at 694-7700 or email spiazza@mcguiregroup.com.

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STRIKING UP – The award-winning American Legion Band of the Tonawandas begins its summer concert schedule at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Quaker Arts Pavilion on Lincoln Avenue in Orchard Park. In case of rain, they’ll move inside the Orchard Park Middle School. The band plays the Chautauqua Institution Amphitheatre at 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Both concerts are free.

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GET OUTDOORS – The Niagara Falls Senior Citizen Council hosts a Welcome to Summer Picnic from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at the John Duke Center, 1201 Hyde Park Blvd. In addition to picnic food favorites, there will be live music from Second Time Around. Tickets are $2 and may sell out. Call 297-9324.

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NEW ADDITION – EPIC-Every Person Influences Children and Rich Products will co-host the first West Side Community Day from 2 to 5 p.m. Friday in the Rich Products Atrium and parking lot at West Ferry and Niagara streets. Admission is free.
There will be an EPIC Storytime with Buster Bison, Awesome Animals with the Buffalo Zoo and Super Science Stuff with Explore and More. Health and wellness agencies will offer information.
There also will be a free car seat safety checking station, with technicians from EPIC, the State Police and the Erie County Sheriff’s Department. Registering for advance for the car seat check is recommended. Call 332-5115.

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GRAB A PLATE – Barbecue hamburgers, macaroni salad, beverages and dessert are offered at the 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. The dinner is free and family friendly. Donations are welcome.

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REUNION ALERTS – The North Collins High School Class of 1946 will hold a 72-year reunion at noon Monday in the Three Star Family Restaurant, 10770 Main St., North Collins. For info, call Lois George at 585-322-7754.

The Class of 1958 at North Tonawanda High School will have a 60th reunion gathering at 7 p.m. July 13 in Gratwick Hose Banquet Hall, 6110 Ward Road, North Tonawanda. Cost is $10 for food. There will be a cash bar. For info, call Linda Barrett at 799-7226.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Helen Lynch Jones, Brayden Godzich, Mike Billoni, Heidi Raphael, Jill Colvin, Ryan Johnson, Robert VillaReale, Marie Carpenter, Ann Brunning Weaver, Joan Little, Judy Rung, Devon Martinez, Jim Lickfeld, Lisa Guy, Mark Morgan, Jeff Rejewski, Barbara Burger, Matthew Muscarella, Jessica Zimmerman and Doris Coburn.

PLUS TUESDAY – Belated best wishes to Monica Neuwirt, Ashley Martinez, Mary Ann Colarusso, Ted May, Nina Barone, Joe Czajka, Charlie Rusek, Sister Mary Therese Chmura, Mark Barrett, R. James McCarthy, Madison Grace Schaller, Cassie Kubiak, Valarie LaVenture, Carolyne O’Sullivan, Demi Falade, Louanne Schweitzer, Matthew Swanekamp, Donna Esford Resetarits, Robert Pyszczynski Jr., Patty Wolfsohn, Linda Goodine, Heather Mardino, Aldo Filipetti, Joe E. Gerrie, Peggy Parlato and Lola Prisaznuk.

To submit birthdays and other items of interest to Reporters’ Notebook, please email olaffub@buffnews.com or send a letter to Reporters’ Notebook, Buffalo News, Box 100, Buffalo, NY 14240.

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