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Reporters' Notebook: July 27, 2018

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to comedian Bill Engvall, born on this date in 1957, “That’s why dogs are man’s best friend. ‘Cause guys want buddies that are dumber than they are. So do women, but they’ve already got men.”

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BARGAIN TIME – The Ladies Auxiliary of the Matthew Glab American Legion, Unit 1477, will hold a flea market beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday at the post, 1965 Abbott Road, Lackawanna. To rent a table for $15, call 348-8568.

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DRUMSTICK BEAT – The Shriners of Western New York will host a chicken barbecue from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Shrine Center, 1600 Southwestern Blvd., West Seneca. Dinners are $10 and include corn, salad and roll. For info, call 674-8666.

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TAKE A FLING – The WNY Disc Golf Club will hold a free clinic for beginner and recreational disc golfers who want to improve their game at 6:30 p.m. Monday by the first tee of Beaver Island Golf Course on Grand Island. For more info, call Sam Castiglione at 628-4720 or visit

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MUSIC, MUSIC, MUSIC – The Harmonic Edge Barbershop Quartet and the Parkside Avenue Brass Band will be featured in a free concert and ice cream cone social from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday hosted by the First Presbyterian Church of Tonawanda at the Clinton Park Gazebo, Clinton Street and Broad Street, City of Tonawanda.

Jazz pianist George Caldwell returns from touring for a performance from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday in the Sportsmen’s Tavern, 326 Amherst St. His quintet includes bassist Cameron Kayne, who’s on leave from touring with the Air Force’s acclaimed jazz band Airmen of Note. Tickets are $15.

Gershwin’s “An American in Paris” sets the theme for the last orchestral concert in the Clarence Summer Concert season at 7 p.m. Sunday in Clarence Town Park, 10405 Main St., Clarence. Special guest is world-renowned Buffalo-born flutist Carol Wincenc, whose father, Joseph Wincenc, conducted the first concert in the summer series 60 years ago. A reception will follow.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Robert F. Moss, Pawan Matta, Bonnie Flickinger, George Costello, Floyd “Tod” Beckham, Annette Watts, Jeff Rapp, Cathleen Colvin, Rev. Charles J. Zadora, Lisa Grisanti, Chuck Brigham, Frank Rossi, Teena Wise, Tom Safe, Narda Cornwall, Gabriel Bieger, Samantha Toepfer Penziner, Donald Yager, Alex Prell, Carolyn Clancy Higgins, Alberta Obenauer, Paul Kamrowski Jr., Maria Genero and Natalie M. Lachut.

AND SATURDAY – Gertrude Revezzo, Amie Zimmer, Brad Philipps, Janique Curry, Dave Meinzer, Michelle Dickman, Tracey Drury, Sara Jo Kukulka, Dinorah Santos, Evelyn Johnson, Ann Erker, Kathleen O’Hearn, Angelika Marie Hennings, Willie Mae De Graffenried, Dr. Michael McCormick, Ty Jeffrey Baker, David Wilczak, Lexie Hart, Barb Berlin, Sara Bugenhagen, Sophia Izzo, Mike Smolen, Linda Dzierba, Sister Suzanne Marie Kush, Sister Mary DeAngelis Nowak, Anna Fontanese, Mary Ann Ballotta, Dawn Skowronski, Verna Naab, Alex Pronobis Angelo Sole and Ricky Boorman.

AND SUNDAY – Joseph Zabawa, James Domagalski, Elaine Richau, Mike Beebe, Airborne Eddy Dobosiewicz, Allison Powell, Haven Dove-Hampton, Kathy Ross, Kelly Zabawa, Janice Klyczek, Jennie Minor, Diane Skinner, Reese Barbara Vogt, Denise Adrian, Gary Aures, Emory Snyder, Louann Westfield, Sister Mary Michelle Mazur, Sister Marie Stachowiak, Sister Mary Jessica Terek, Terri Maurer, Janet Scanlon, Gretchen Eissien, Leanne Pinelli Morawski, Phillip Sterlace, James Sumbrum, Terrie Kelly, Valerie Pierro, Pamela Zepp Moore, Kim Kamrowski, Richard Boorman, Donnie Meyers, Terry Kalish Moore and Cole Cullen.

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