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Reporters' Notebook: Aug. 28, 2018

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to naturalist and ornithologist Roger Tory Peterson, born in Jamestown on this date in 1908, “Butterflies are very interesting. Here these things are little grubs for a while. And then they go into a little coffin. There they are in a sarcophagus, and then they come out and dance with the angels.”

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BIG NIGHT – Deadline is Thursday for reservations for the 27th annual Farewell to Summer gala on Sept. 6 in the Millennium Buffalo, 2040 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga. Proceeds benefit the Orchard Lake Seminary in Orchard Lake, Mich., which prepares young men for the priesthood, including Polish seminarians who will serve in American parishes after ordination.
Rev. Richard Augustyn, director of pastoral care and volunteer services at Buffalo General Medical Center and director of the St. Jude Center for Pastoral Care and Wellness, is chairman. More than 500 are expected to attend a sit-down dinner with auctions and raffles.
Tickets are $30 and are available by mail. Send a self-addressed envelope with a check payable to Orchard Lake Seminary to Edward J. Reska, 4654 Kingswood Lane, Hamburg, NY 14075. For more info, call 648-0370.

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HOT WHEELS – Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 77, will hold its 10th annual car show, Classics on the Niagara, next Sunday in Niawanda Park in the City of Tonawanda. All makes and models of classic cars, hot rods, imports and special interest vehicles are welcome.
Registration is $15 and will be held from 8 a.m. to noon. Awards will be presented at 3 p.m. There also will be food, music, vendors, raffles and auctions. Proceeds benefit programs that assist veterans. For more info, call 693-4479 or email

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GREEN THUMBS – The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens will offer a six-week series of beginner horticulture classes on Saturdays beginning Sept. 8.
The classes from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. will be led by horticulturist David Clark, a certified nursery and landscape professional, and will continue through Oct. 20. Those who attend all six classes will receive a certificate.
Fee is $23 per class or $138 for the series. For info, call 827-1584, ext. 292. For a syllabus and to register online, visit

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MORE REUNIONS – The Class of 1956 from Bishop McMahon High School will have a reunion Sept. 19. For info and details, email

The Class of 1963 from St. Luke’s School will hold its 55th year reunion Sept. 22. For info, call Christine Matuszak Durys at 491-8600.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Emma Kathleen Concannon, Fred Carroll, Alex Rokitka, Monica Zucco, Lynda Ciminese, Isabel Komornicki, Susan Grelick, Jason McCarthy, Vic Bergsten, Dr. Ryan Maine, Irma Bolden, Louise Porter, Brandon Powell, Christine Robinson, Barb Waz, Patricia M. Hughes, Ray McGurn, Ray Degli, Rick Zelasko, Bob Rader, Hope Cheney, Suzanne Zajac, Mike Murphy, Molly Griffin, William Griffin, Mark Blake, Zach Williams, Christine Muszynski, Zenon Katrij, Nate Siffringer, Sue Vaccaro, Otis McGurn, Larry Palys and Erin Noe.

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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