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Reporters' Notebook: June 29, 2018

OLAF FUB SEZ: Advice for the weekend from comedian Richard Lewis, born on this date in 1947, “If you have a date tonight, play it safe and leave your heart at home.”

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BIG RIGS – A variety of trucks and other large vehicles will be featured as the Western New York Railway Historical Society hosts a Touch-A-Truck program from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Orchard Park Train Depot at the end of South Lincoln Avenue next to the Orchard Park Library.
Along with the trucks, including new trucks from co-sponsor West Herr Automotive Group, there will be a large outdoor model train layout and a railroad caboose will be open for tours.
Food trucks from House of Munch, Polish Villa II and Sweet Melody’s also will be on hand. Admission is $5. Children under 3 are free. Proceeds will help restore the depot. For more info, call 662-7002 or visit

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HEATING UP – A five-burner gas grill is the grand prize in a summer raffle to benefit Niagara Heritage of Hope and Service, home of Historic Holy Trinity, 1419 Falls St., Niagara Falls. Second and third prizes are $75 gift certificates for the Natural Link, 105 Portage Road, Lewiston, and the New York Fish House in the Niagara Falls City Market.
The drawing will be held at noon Monday and streamed live on the Historic Holy Trinity page on Facebook. Winners will be notified by phone.
Tickets are $10 and are available by calling 299-0799 or by visiting the Historic Holy Trinity Community Thrift Store, Natural Link, the New York Fish House or Gadawski’s Restaurant, 1445 Falls St., Niagara Falls. Proceeds benefit the Holy Trinity furnace replacement fund.

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LET’S EAT – Hank Nowak AMVETS Post 45, 3071 Abbott Road, Orchard Park, serves its last fish fry of the summer from 3 to 8 p.m. today. A variety of dinners for adults and children, plus desserts, are available. To see a menu, visit The kitchen will reopen on Labor Day.

Maryvale Drive Presbyterian Church, 425 Maryvale Drive, Cheektowaga, will host a pulled pork dinner and basket raffle from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday. Dinners are $10 adults, $9 seniors, $6 kids 4 to 10 and includes two sides, beverage and dessert. Raffle tickets will be drawn directly after dinner.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Matthew Louisos, Geoffrey Tocin, Bill Feder, Beverly Feder, Troy Griggsby, Christine Ambrosone, Maxine Insera, Zackary Coburn, Marcus Rogowski, Tony Cardamone, Camden Roy, Sal Canazzi, Lisa Keane, Nicholas Kramer, Bryan Taylor, Dr. Haley Schilling Peer, Kathleen Burns Mendola, Nicholas Kramer, Missy Zakraysek, Leslie Morlock, Barbara Baruch and Lauren Boyle.

AND SATURDAY – Aaron Mentkowski, Dianne Bennett, Michelle Petrazzoulo, Lindy Korn, Stanley R. Jok, Patrick Meegan, Max Leatherbarrow, Norm Dziadaszek, Carmina Rogers, John Cipolla, Chris Cummings, Marilyn McGurn, Adam Musilli, Peggy Horlein, Sue Cook, Treena Mooar, Jessica Anderson, John Racsumberger, Carm Rogers, Pete Stelmach, Eileen Penkalski, Tom Denecke, Maria Torre, Ryan Tune, Tracey Haffner, Carol Hartwell, Lisa Susko and Jim Moran.

AND SUNDAY – Joe Rooney, Lou Michel, Jeff Bender, Erin Haggerty, Loretta Sterling, Mackenzie Bartus, Al Zabawa, Chris Yaskow, Jason Wojtaszczyk, Angie Allen, Doris Wodzinski, Shannon Zapalowski, Helen Roddy-Gray, Tim Elliott, Jacob Stillman, Paula Shank and Cathy Lempko.

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