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Reporters' Notebook: Aug. 17, 2018

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to film producer Samuel Goldwyn, born on this date in 1879, “Give me a smart idiot over a stupid genius any day.”

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CLEAR FOR TAKEOFF – The tarmac at Niagara Falls International Airport turns into a race course Sunday morning. The 10,825-foot main runway and the taxiways will host the inaugural Calspan 5K Run the Runway.
Registration and packet pickup will be held from 8 to 9:30 a.m. The race starts at 10. There will be prizes in five age groups from 14 and under to 75 and older. The first 325 who register will receive T-shirts and there will be food and beverages after the race.
Registration is $28 and is available online at Part of the proceeds will benefit the Niagara Aerospace Museum and the 914th Tactical Airlift Wing’s Friends of Family Support Association.

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SOUNDS OF SUMMER – The Linwood Preservation District and Friends will host their annual free summer concert at 5 p.m. Saturday in Sisti Park at the corner of Linwood Avenue and North Street. Featured will be the bands Copper & Gin, the Wazmopolitans and the Blues Thugs. Lawn chairs, snacks and beverages are welcome.

The Summer Concert Series at the Burchfield Nature and Art Center, 2001 Union Road, West Seneca, comes back for an encore at 3 p.m. Sunday in the outdoor amphitheater by Buffalo Creek. Featured will be the West Seneca Town Band. Admission is free. For more info, visit

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FIND A BARGAIN – The Sodality of Blessed Mother Teresa Church, 496 Terrace Blvd., Depew, will hold its annual rummage sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $1. A $2 bag sale starts at noon.

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TONS OF FUN – Brighton Place Library, 999 Brighton Road, Town of Tonawanda, holds its annual Krolick’s chicken barbecue and Family Fun Day from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday. Dinners are $10 advance, $12 on Sunday. There will be live music, carnival games, trained dogs from the Canine Sports Complex, dance performances by ModDance and martial arts demonstrations by Riederer’s Kenpo Self-Defense Studio. For more info, call 332-4375.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Jayne Freeman, Doug Yeomans, Bill Lindner, Carl O. Fischer, Jordan Levy, Gayle Syposs, Tristan Lambright, Tom Halt, Jason Czerniak, Carl Bastian, Robert Battaglia, Michelle Kurzanski, Morgan Yeates, Bob Kautilus, Trystan Simmons, Kathy Rejewski, Mark Williams Sr., Kirsten Biddle, Mike Mandeville, Lara Jean Huber and Melissa Green.

AND SATURDAY – Taylor K. Hough, Mona Schwartzberg, Liz Vetrano, Jane Kwiatkowski Radlich, Ralph Perry, Tova Reinhorn, Todd Santos, Althea Luehrsen, Jim Safe, Bill Brown, Melanie Santora, Jeffrey William Yeates, Raymond Jedrysik, Cindy Wurster, Doug Kilian, Samantha Curtiss, Samantha Renaud, William Schenk, Kyle Schmitt and Karen Pulinski.

AND SUNDAY – Kevin Kelley, Marietta Wells, Annette Pinder, Katie Burd, Bruce Adams, Susan Gallo, Ed Roeser, Mary Ellen Kosis, Adele Wiecher, Mary “Pat” Klein, Bob Kuminski, Sharon Marsowicz, Dean Brucz, Mary Ellen Lawrie, Annette Theis, Ann Schunk, Linda Agone, James A. Webb, Fran Cirbus, Mark Warden, Jennifer Fecio McDougall, Deborah Pecoraro, Jaclyn Smolen and Sue Compise.

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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