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Reporters' Notebook: Aug. 24, 2018

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to English essayist Max Beerbohm, born on this date in 1872, “Only mediocrity can be trusted to be always at its best.”

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BARGAIN TIME – The Ladies Guild of St. Gabriel’s Church, 5271 Clinton St., Elma, will hold a flea market and “junk in the trunk” sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. For sellers, parking lot spaces are $10, two for $15, and tables in the Parish Hall are $20. For info and registration, call Sally Herzog at 685-3986.

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ROOM FOR MORE – Mount St. Mary Academy, 3756 Delaware Ave., Town of Tonawanda, will hold a community business market and craft show in conjunction with its classic car show and food truck rally from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. There will be a beer tent, a wine tasting tent, a Chiavetta’s chicken barbecue, a pizza taste-off, a farmers’ market, raffles and performances by school music and dance ensembles. To take part in the business market or craft show, call John Hathaway at 689-1100.

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CANALSIDE CAPERS – The Rotary Club of Buffalo stages its fourth annual Duck Derby on Sunday at Canalside, with family activities beginning at 11:30 a.m., leading up to the race at 2 p.m.
Rubber racing ducks can be adopted in advance for a $5 donation at or at any city branch of the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library. Prizes of $250, $125 and $75 will be given to winning ducks. Proceeds benefit the Rotary Reads programs in Buffalo library branches.
Activities include book-themed crafts, sailboat building with Explore & More, a hula hoop workshop and a performance at 12:30 p.m. by Benjamin Berry from Young Audiences.
Over on the Great Lawn at Canalside, dogs, cats and rabbits will be available for adoption from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at Petpalooza@Canalside, hosted by NYS Citizens Against Puppy Mills. There also will be vendors, food trucks and raffles.

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BIG BIRD – Speaking of ducks, a 10-foot tall rubber duck will pose for photos from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at the annual Wild Wing Festival at Gooseneck Hill Waterfowl Sanctuary, 5067 Townline Road, Delevan.
Food by Colden Mill, including ribs, pulled pork sandwiches, barbecued chicken, burgers, corn on the cob and salads, will be available, along with pop and bottled water. The Rustic Ramblers, with Gene Hilts on steel guitar, will provide music.
There also will be $2 guided tours of the sanctuary’s 700 birds from 78 species, including the singing, dancing swans. General admission is $5. For more information, call 942-6835 or visit

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PASTA TIME – St. Anthony’s Parish, 306 Ingham Ave., will serve its annual spaghetti dinner, catered by Mulberry’s Restaurant, from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Dinners are $9.

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Rev. Karen Cronenberger Chamis

** CHURCH NOTE A former Sunday school student at Kenmore Presbyterian Church, 2771 Delaware Ave., Kenmore, returns Sunday to appear in the pulpit at the 10 a.m. worship service. Rev. Karen Cronenberger Chamis, daughter of long-time parishioners Bud and Colleen Cronenberger, also was married in the church 28 years ago.
She has gone to earn a master’s of divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary in New York City and serve as pastor for three congregations in New York and New Jersey. Currently, she is director for Congregational Development and Mission for National Capital Presbytery in Washington, D.C.

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** FESTIVAL BONUS More than two dozen select jewelry makers, ceramic artists and other crafters will take part in the 11th annual Summer Arts and Crafts Show in the Unitarian Universalist Church of Buffalo, 695 Elmwood Ave., during the Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts this weekend. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

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Jay Louis Dref

** SAY IT WITH MUSIC Vocalist and Buffalo native Jay Louis Dref, a graduate of the Juilliard School of Music in New York City, has returned this summer to sing at places like the Burchfield Penney Art Center, the North Park Theatre and the Italian Festival, where he performed with local musician and playwright Joey Giambra.
He joins Giambra again at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the Kavinoky Theatre at D’Youville College, 320 Porter Ave., to add an extra dimension to Giambra’s play, “Bread and Onions,” which recalls the lives and times of Sicilian immigrants on Buffalo’s Lower West Side.
Actors will include Constance Caldwell, Josie DiVincenzo, Darleen Pickering Hummert, David Lundy and Giambra himself. Other musicians include pianist Rick Carfa, guitarist Tom Naples and bassist John Curry. Tickets are $20.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Carl Paladino, Robert Traynor Coles, Kevin Kolb, Toni Cudney, Nancy Miranda, Danielle Burruss, Bob Kochanski, Harper Pawlak, Tim Safe, Nancy Kelly, Melvin Zielinski, John Flynn, LeVerne Bliek, Cailynn Jaehn, Helen Easton, Donna Vogt, Corky Forney, Caitlin Meegan, Rick Canazzi, Harold Beil and Jean Dunbar.

AND SATURDAY – Stephanie Christopher Shapiro, Sheila Rosenthal, Rosalie Rosenband, Keri Callocchia, Jessie Fisher, Dick Dombrowski, Catherine Wright, Pat Bukaty, Sister Mary Angelica Bielski, Megan Beres, Sister Patricia Burkard, Patty Keppler, Brody Maryniewski, Brendan Mattingly, Bob Brennan, Karen Hart, Marcia Mercuri, Jack Polowy, Karen Sommer, Tony “Tony the Barber” Scaccia, Arlene Knetsch, Dolores McKenzie, Erin Weber, Emily Weber, Mary Rozmus, Matt Warner, Marjorie Gritman and Daniel Brown.

AND SUNDAY – Ken Meier, Ashley Hassett, Carol Snider, Lydia Laboy, Barry Stelmach, Cary McCabe, Darrell L. Day, Amanda Gentilcore, Pat McCall, Tom Penziner, Maryanne Miller, Sue Brignon, Ric Gattuso, Bob Brooks, Bonnie Mulawka, Glenn Reed, Scott Warner, Jillian Grace Dobrzenski, Christina Williams and Peter J. Heffley.

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