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Reporters' Notebook: July 17, 2018

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to radio and television personality Art Linkletter, born Gordon Arthur Kelly on this date in 1912, “The four stages of a man are infancy, childhood, adolescence and obsolescence.”

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RINGING OUT – The 40th season of carillon concerts begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Calvary Episcopal Church, 20 Milton St. at South Cayuga Road, Williamsville, with a proclamation from Mayor Daniel Delano. The carillon was a gift from Daniel and Grace Niederlander in 1959.
Chicago-area carillonneur James Fackenthal will perform, followed in the church’s Hughson Hall by the Les Davis Jazz Quartet, featuring members of the Colored Musicians Club.
Lawn chairs and blankets are welcome. Food will be available for purchase. In case of rain, both parts of the evening will be held in the church. It’s free and open to the public. Concerts will continue each Wednesday through Aug. 8.

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INTO THE SUNSET – A retirement party in honor of Buffalo Police Inspector William “Pokey” Blake will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. next Sunday in Marinaro’s Larkin Tavern, 131 Van Rensselaer St. Tickets are $25 at the door.

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BODY AND SOUL – There’s a new location for the Good News Gospel Festival and Health Fair, the Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center’s annual celebration of wellness and faith, which takes place from noon to 7 p.m. Saturday. Held recently in the Niagara Arts and Cultural Center, it moves to the city’s North End, to Gluck Park, South Avenue at 15th Street.
Among those scheduled to perform are the Dynamic Dixie Wonders of Rochester and local artists Marsha McWilson, God’s Plan, the New Gospel Times, KD Music and Denise Hurst.
Health screenings will be offered from noon to 3 p.m. and healthy living info will be available all afternoon. The fair also features the Niagara Falls OG Cruisers Car Show and the Pastors and Police Basketball Game. For more info, call 344-7423.

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BRANCH OUT – The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens is looking for garden lovers to become docents. A new six-week training course for docents, who lead tours and help with educational programs, will begin Aug. 11. There’s a $25 registration fee. For more info and registration, call 827-1584, ext. 223, or visit

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GRAND SLAM – Hook up with the Niagara County Community College Alumni Association and get a good seat for Superhero Night with the Buffalo Bisons at 6:05 p.m. Aug. 11. A $10 ticket guarantees a reserved spot near home plate and $5 in Bison Bucks for food and merchandise at Coca-Cola Field.
NCCC alumni, employees and friends are welcome. Costumes are encouraged. Tickets must be purchased by July 30. For info and tickets, visit

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** TIME’S RUNNING OUT – Today is the last chance to get tickets for the Erie Canal Cruise hosted by the Town of Lockport Historical Society from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday. They’re $20 and they must be purchased by 4:30 p.m., by check only, at the Lockport Town Clerk’s office, 6560 Dysinger Road, Lockport.
The cruise leaves from the Lockport Locks and Erie Canal Cruises Building, 210 Market St., Lockport. There will be entertainment and a cash bar.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Griffin James Saloman, Nancy Blaschak, Terry Lew, Ryan Miller, Melinda Miller, Jennifer Fay, Mary Ann Schaller, Sandy Kistka, Virginia Everett, Marilyn Moran, Tom Toplisek, Diane Wacker, Daniel Recktenwalt, Andy Rouchka, Lisa Meegan, Annie Chilelli, Denise Bell, Caitlin Augustyn, Brayden Simmons, Dave Lempko, Artie Kwitchoff, Rev. Jerome Stelmach, Marcia Wolinski, Adeline Colpoys, Ronald R. Ratajczak, Connie Schafer Collins, Christine Reaser and Michael Kumiega.

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