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Reporters' Notebook: July 24, 2018

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to South American liberator Simon Bolivar, born on this date in 1783, “Judgment comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgment.”

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MUSIC MASTERS – Taking top honors in the American Legion State Convention Parade in Rochester last weekend was the American Legion Band of the Tonawandas. They showcase their winning ways in a free concert at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Bassett Park at Klein and Youngs roads in Amherst. In case of rain, they move indoors to the Clearfield Community Center, 730 Hopkins Road, Amherst.

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TAKE AIM – Wednesday is the deadline to sign up for the Youth Sportsfest Camp on Saturday hosted by the East Aurora Fish & Game Club, 1081 Luther Road, East Aurora. Youth aged 12 to 18 will learn about trap shooting, skeet shooting, archery and conservation with certified instructors and range safety officers. Lunch is included. All costs are covered by the club. To register, call 652-0229.

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CHARTER FLIGHT – While the newly-formed Buffalo Lafayette Optimist Club is continuing to welcome charter members, Optimist International vice president Robert McFadden of Kitchener, Ont., will drop in to greet them and their guests at 6 p.m. Thursday in the meeting room of the Crane Branch Library, 633 Elmwood Ave. All are welcome. For more info, call Pauline Leacock at 438-0890 or email bargecanaloptimists@gmail.com.

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RUN AND REMEMBER – The eighth annual Lindsay Matthews 5-K Run and 1-Mile Walk will be held at 10 a.m. Sunday from the Orchard Park Soccer Complex, 6909 Milestrip Road.
Prizes will be awarded, and a party with food and live music will follow.
Proceeds will benefit a scholarship fund in memory of Matthews, who was struck and killed by a tractor-trailer truck in Geneseo in 2008.
An All-Western New York soccer player in her senior year at Orchard Park High School, she was 19. For info, call 667-3786 or visit lindsaymatthewsrun.com.

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WALK ON WATER – Vacation Bible School takes on a nautical theme next week at St. Pius X Church, 1700 North French Road, Getzville. During “Shipwrecked,” youngsters aged 4 to 11 will sing songs, play teamwork-building games, take part in Bible-learning activities and make and eat treats between 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Monday through Aug. 3. Family members and friends can join in each day at noon. For more info, call 688-5417, ext. 301.

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GOING FOR GOLD – Ten Lives Club, the cat rescue and adoption agency in Blasdell, has high hopes of winning the $50,000 prize in the Support the Shelter Sweepstakes sponsored by the Bissell Pet Foundation. To help out, visit bissellpetfoundation.org/sweepstakes and list Ten Lives Club as shelter of choice.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Florence Johnson, Patrick Marren, Terri Katz Kasimov, Linda Tornquist, Ray Kaiser, Barb Klaffka, Frank Bartkowiak, John Lewandowski, Liane Seivert, Marie Willett, Cody Smith, Barb Sabadasz Robins, Bill Kraus, Dawn Ruettimann, Carl Berger, Carol Ottaway, Jackie Golda, Michaela Granelli, Sue Ott, Paul Gilmour, River Hassett, Scott Prell Jr., Sarah “Pumpkin” Mikulec, Andrew Maurer, Mike Kelly, Roger Ritz, Todd Ehret, Melanie Banas and Nicholas Revier.

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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