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Reporters' Notebook: July 26, 2018

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to playwright George Bernard Shaw, born on this date in 1856, “Both optimists and pessimists contribute to society. The optimist invents the aeroplane, the pessimist the parachute.”

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HIT THE LINKS – The first Drive for Devin, a nine-hole golf tournament in memory of Devin Waring, a Canisius High School senior who took his own life last December, will be held Friday at Deerwood Golf Course, 1818 Sweeney St., North Tonawanda.
It will be followed by a dinner at 6 p.m. in Classics V, 2425 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst. A cash bar with complementary draft beer and wine will open at 4:30.
Progressive tee times begin at 11 a.m. Donation is $85 for golf and dinner, $50 for dinner, $20 for kids 12 and under. Proceeds will help support children, teens and adults in times of crisis. For more info, visit or visit the Drive4devin page on Facebook.

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OLD WORLD TREATS – St. Stephen Serbian Orthodox Church, 177 Weber Road at Abbott Road, Lackawanna, will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the parish at SerbFest 2018 from noon to midnight Saturday and noon to 10 p.m. Sunday.
Attractions include a roast lamb and pig, right off the spit, and the Serbian minced meat dish, cevapcici, plus other dinners; a huge variety of ethnic pastries, continuous music from three Serbian orchestras; performances by the St. Stephen Tamburitzans and Dancers, and dancing under the tent. Admission is $1 for adults over 18.

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Gooseneck Hill is the largest covered aviary in the nation.

BOUNCING BACK – Gooseneck Hill Waterfowl Sanctuary, 5067 Townline Road, Delevan, celebrates its recovery from two natural catastrophes earlier this year with a grand reopening and Rubber Duckie Festival from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.
There will be music by Nip N’ Tuck, catered sandwiches and desserts from Colden Mill, $2 guided bird tours and a chance to pose for photos with the newest bird in the five-acre sanctuary, a 10-foot tall rubber duck. Admission is $5.
Gooseneck Hill, which provides a home for more than 700 endangered ducks, geese and swans, sustained major damage from a 20-inch snowstorm in March and lost a net above one of its aviaries in June when four large trees came down. For more info, call 942-6835 or visit

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HOT WHEELS – The Orchard Park Lions Club will hold its 24th annual Quaker Days Car and Motorcycle Show and Cruise from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday on North Buffalo Street in the center of the village. Vehicles will gather in the Orchard Park High School parking lot on Baker Road and cruise in a procession to North Buffalo Street at 11.
There will be 22 car and motorcycle classes, three of them for Corvettes, and 105 awards will be presented. Car entries are $18 advance, $20 day of show. Proceeds will support the Lions Club Blind and Charity Fund. For info and registration, call Tony Zappia at 662-1806 evenings.
There also will be live music by Joe and the Schmoes, food and many Quaker Days events, including a street dance featuring the Boys of Summer at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot of Orchard Park Library.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Audrey Casey, Len Mattie, Christine Roth Dagostino, Shirley Krypel, Dr. Edwin Tomaka, Jim Evans, Gary Fazio, Brittany Cooper, Jessica Giordano, Pat Welch, Eliza Delaney Raven, Linda Coe, Amanda Gentilcore, David M. Strobele, Kimberly Monaco Bump, Jerome Hall, Erik T. Bohen, Aubrey Schneider, Alisah Schneider, Mark Mays, Jeff Wannemacher and Allie Hess.

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