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Reporters' Notebook: Aug. 16, 2018

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to sportscaster and Hall of Fame running back Frank Gifford, born on this date in 1930, “Pro football is like nuclear warfare. There are no winners, only survivors.”

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FUN TIME – Pendleton Farm & Home Days kicks off at 4 p.m. Friday with a classic car cruise from 4 to 7 p.m. in Pendleton Town Park, 6570 Campbell Road. There’s also a Chiavetta’s chicken dinner from $10 at 5 p.m., a pie-baking contest at 7, with slices for sale for $2 at 7:30; the Prince of Pendleton Contest for boys 4 to 8 at 7 p.m. and music by JJ Swing.
Festivities resume at 11 a.m. Saturday with a schedule that includes a Princess of Pendleton contest for girls at 1 p.m., a bachelor auction at 9 p.m., music by 90 West and fireworks prior to closing at 11 p.m. There also will be a petting zoo and a craft and vendor show from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Both days will feature rides by Hammerl Amusements, food trucks and a beer tent. For more info, call Marisa Lucci at 417-6463 or visit the Pendleton Farm & Home Days page on Facebook.

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LOYALIST LAIR – Old Fort Niagara in Youngstown was held by the British throughout the Revolutionary War and it welcomes the Redcoats back Saturday and Sunday for a reenactment of battles, military drills and cannon firings, along with 18th century music and games.
Activities will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days, with battles between the British and colonial rebels at 2 p.m. The Officers’ Club just outside the fort will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for tours. The lighthouse will be open from noon to 3 p.m. Admission is $13 for adults, $9 for kids 6 to 12 and free from children 5 and under. For more info, call 745-7611 or visit oldfortniagara.org.

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HIT THE WATER – The Industrial Heritage Committee hosts the next-to-last cruise in its 33rd season of Historic Buffalo River Tours at 12:30 p.m. Sunday 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 buffaloharborcruises.com. This year’s final tour will be held Labor Day.

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GREENEST THUMBS – Deadline is Aug. 24 to sign up for Master Gardener training this fall by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Genesee County. Classes will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 5 to Nov. 14 in the CCE office, 420 E. Main St., Batavia.
Class size is limited. Enthusiasm is a must. Fee is $225, which includes materials. Graduates of the program are eligible to become Master Gardener volunteers in their home counties. To apply, call Brandie Waite at 585-343-3050, ext. 101, or visit genesee.cce.cornell.edu.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Mo Argenio, Mary Ann Lauricella, Gerald Mead, Justin Krzemien, Sharon Quaglietta, Debbie Blake, Kaitlin Tyler, Sophia Czosek, Gibbs Maryniewski, Mary A. Kless, Bette Peters, Joe Gervase, Amanda Bratek, Danny Nowicki, Robert Griffin, Marcia Dauscher, Joe Raimondo, Francine Trent Pawlicki, Charles Ihrig, Lori Boyd and Alice Skrzeczkowski.

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