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Reporters' Notebook: July 31, 2018

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to British author J. K. Rowling, born on this date in 1965, “It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.”

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TOWERING TONES – The free carillon concert series continues at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Calvary Episcopal Church, 20 Milton St. at South Cayuga Road, Williamsville. Performing will be noted carillonneur Carlo van Ulft from Springfield, Ill., followed in the church’s Hughson Hall by the Celtic Spirit Pipe Band. Lawn chairs, blankets and picnic baskets are welcome.

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WHERE IT BEGAN – The newly-formed Buffalo Lafayette Optimist Club will hold an informational meet and greet session at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the Lafayette Brewing Co., 391 Washington St. The first Optimist International club was founded in the same building in 1911. For more info, call Pauline Leacock at 438-0890 or email

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VACATION’S OVER – Disabled American Veterans Roll of Honor Chapter 120 ends its summer hiatus and holds a monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday downstairs in the Brounshidle Post, 3354 Delaware Ave., Town of Tonawanda. All veterans are welcome. Those who need to use an elevator will find one at the rear of the building. For more info, call 909-1713.

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SAIL AWAY – The Industrial Heritage Committee hosts the next cruise in its 33rd season of Historic Buffalo River Tours at 12:30 p.m. Saturday from the Miss Buffalo Dock in Erie Basin Marina. Tickets are $20 for adults, $13 for kids 4 to 11. For reservations, call 856-6696 or visit Additional tours will be held Aug. 19 and Labor Day.

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A "reading radio."

SPARE CHANGE – Here’s your chance to get rid of all those pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters that are cluttering up your desk and dresser. The Niagara Frontier Radio Reading Service, the nonprofit station that broadcasts specially to Western New York’s blind and print-handicapped people, wants them for its annual “Radio Reading Makes Cents” Coin Drive, which runs throughout the summer.
President Bob Sikorski invites individuals, groups and companies to gather up coins for the service, where volunteers read daily newspapers, including this one, as well as magazines and books for those without sight. The service also provides the sight-impaired special “reading radios” to listen to the broadcasts.
Donations may be dropped off at the station, 1199 Harlem Road, Cheektowaga, between William and Clinton streets, or mailed to NFRRS, Box 575, Buffalo, NY 14225. Large quantities of coins can be picked up on request. For info, call 821-5555.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Richard Janik, Kevin Higgins, Norma Philipps, Mary Travers Murphy, Ray Luedke, Lubitsa Wojno, Mara Huber, Dennis Gutfeld, Sharon Bachman, Maria Hardcastle, Burt Freiman, Jeff McGavis, Diane Fecio, Emma Coyle, Kimberly Trammell, Mary Woelfe, Nicole Bycina, John Bycina Jr., Mary Ann DuBois and Cameron Bartus.

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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