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Reporters' Notebook: Aug. 23, 2018

OLAF FUB SEZ: A recent observation from piano-playing political satirist Mark Russell, born Mark Ruslander in Buffalo on this date in 1932, “The most dangerous thing about those Canadians is that they look just like us, eh?”

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FIND A BARGAIN – Most items will be $1 at this weekend’s yard sale at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 220 Young St. at McChesney Street, Wilson, just down the street from the annual Wilson Field Days at the Wilson Fire Hall. Hours for the sale are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, when there will be a $2 bag sale.

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HELPING VETS – Programs for wounded veterans and their families will benefit from Paddle for the Troops, a kayaking event from 9 a.m. to noon Sunday at Buffalo RiverWorks, 359 Ganson St. The day includes a fun paddle and competitive races open to paddle boards and kayaks.
Cost is $25, $80 for a family of four, and includes lunch. To register, donate or become a sponsor, call Kathy Weppner at 445-1066 or visit and look under “Events.” Rental craft can be reserved by calling 342-2292, ext. 505.

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MUCH MUSIC – Ten bands will take the stage for the fifth annual Bridget’s Battle Band Jam beginning at 1 p.m. Sunday in the Grove at Banchetti by Rizzo’s, 550 North French Road, Getzville. There also will be prize raffles and family activities.
Donation is $10 and benefits the Angel Fund at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, which provides financial support to patients and their families. It’s hosted by the Bridget’s Battle Foundation, established in memory of Bridget Schuh, who died after a battle with cancer in 2014. For more info, visit the foundation’s Facebook page.

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STRUT YOUR STUFF – Models have two chances to try out for “Cirque de la Mode,” a wearable art runway show Oct. 13 in the Niagara Arts and Cultural Center in Niagara Falls. Wearable art designers will hold auditions from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday in Buffalo at the Gypsy Parlor, 376 Grant St., and from 3 to 5 p.m. Sept. 16 in Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls, 1900 Military Road. Modeling experience is not required. To book an appointment, email

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MORE REUNIONS – Deadline is Sept. 1 to register for the annual all-year reunion for graduates of Bishop Colton High School on Sept. 30. It begins with Mass at 10 a.m. in Villa Maria Convent Chapel, 600 Doat St., and continues with lunch at noon in the Millennium Hotel, 2040 Walden Ave. The Class of 1968 is especially welcome. For info, call Mary Ann Wieczorek at 674-3838 or call Annmarie Nichter at 813-985-4368 (email

The 43rd annual Ha Ha Luncheon for retired staff who served in any capacity in the North Tonawanda Schools will be held Sept. 5 in Classics V Banquet Center, 2425 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst. Call Rose Marohn at 694-3360 for details.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Rocco Lucente, Cathy Ciambella, Anne McCaffrey, Marcia Brogan, Scott Bieler, Leslie Stolzenfels, Danielle A. Peoples, Jessie Dresch, Ida Mruk, Maryann Makowski, Mary Ann Andrzejewski, Anthony M. Scheeda Sr., Pat Manchester, Cher Toepfer, Vinny Raven, Rose Wehner, Janice Rogacki, Jacob Frampton, Dave Benzel, Linda Brooks, Amelia Grace Boyd, Tony Woyshner, Kerrick Woyshner, Harris Wienke, Harry Carlson, Adrienne Kremblas, Kathy Clark and Nick Palmer.

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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