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Reporters' Notebook: July 30, 2018

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to legendary baseball manager Charles Dillon “Casey” Stengel, born on this date in 1890, “Sometimes it’s easier to understand things than it is to figure them out.”

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ON POINT – The annual Pencils 4 Schools program will bring teachers, school principals and other educators to a tent at the William Mattar law offices at 6720 Main St., Amherst, to pick up free pencils for the coming school year from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday. Paula’s Donuts will provide free doughnut holes for those stopping by.
Quantities are limited and registration is required. Visit, go to the Community tab and find “Pencils 4 Schools” under the Program and Campaigns section. In two years, the program already has distributed more than 1 million pencils.

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INSIDE LOOK – Explore Buffalo’s next Spotlight Tour at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. Tuesday will take visitors inside Canisius High School, 1180 Delaware Ave. Heart of the campus is a mansion built for George Rand, president of Marine Midland Bank a century ago. Cost is $25. Reservations are required. Tickets for the 7:30 tour are sold out. For info and reservations, call 245-3032 or visit

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REUNION SEASON – Starpoint Central School will hold its eighth annual All Inclusive Reunion from 11 a.m. to dusk Aug. 11 in Pendleton Town Park, 6570 Campbell Blvd., Pendleton. There is no cost. Alumni are invited to bring their own food and beverages. Reid’s II snack bar also will be selling a variety of items.
There will be a tour of the school at noon and music from the band Nite Cruise from 3 to 7 p.m. All are asked to bring school supplies for donation. Photos, mementos and yearbooks are welcome. For info, call Becky Thompson Wilson, Class of 1970, at 998-9052 or Mary Jane Kelsch, Class of 1971, at 998-8598.

The Lafayette High School Alumni Association will sponsor a free All-Class Reunion Picnic from noon to 8 p.m. Aug. 19 in Tonawanda Firemen’s Park, 318 Two Mile Creek Road, Town of Tonawanda. Alumni should bring their own food, beverages and chairs. For info, call Renate Yuhnke at 698-8246 or 885-4231.

A joint reunion of all West Seneca Central High School classes from 1945 to 1967 will be held from 1 to 6 p.m. Aug. 22 in Joseph’s Country Manor and Grove, 275 Columbia Ave., Depew.
Food will be served from 1 to 4 p.m. Beverages, including beer and wine, will be served all day. There will be games, drawings and three hours of music. Reservations are limited to 350 and none will be accepted after Aug. 8. Cost is $30. For reservations, call Phyllis Saba Gossel at 674-9171 or Terry Sutton at 632-4040.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Ed Drozen, Sue Joffe, Ivory Payne, Jim Creahan Sr., Joseph R. Ciesinski, Dan Cunningham, Doreen Gates, Patricia Edbauer, Paul McGavis, Rita Dietrich, Sandy Brind’Amour, Janet Taber, Russell Messier, Steve Ruszczyk, Paula Betz, Sister Mary Rose Szymanski, Maureen Alico Brautlacht, Kathleen Vogl Byrne, Megan Hauser, Greg Wickett and Jack Kelleher.

To submit birthdays and other items of interest to Reporters’ Notebook, please email or send a letter to Reporters’ Notebook, Buffalo News, Box 100, Buffalo, NY 14240.

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