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Reporters' Notebook: Aug. 29, 2018

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to Sen. John McCain, born on this date in 1936, “Your character is not tested on occasions of public scrutiny or acclaim. It is not tested in moments when the object of your actions is the regard of another. Your character is what you are to yourself, not what you pretend to be to yourself or others.”

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AFTERNOON DELIGHT – Seventeen local eateries and about 350 vehicles are expected for the fourth annual Taste of West Seneca and West Seneca Police Benevolent Association Car Show from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday on Union Road. Union will be closed to traffic from Main Street to Center Road.
Food tickets will be $1 each at booths along Union Road. Food vendors will include Cater Tots, Dave’s Kitchen, Ebenezer Ale House, Eileen’s Centerview Bakery, Rusty Nickel Brewing Co., Schwabl’s, Ultima Taco and at least three pizzerias.
The Boys of Summer will provide live music from noon to 4 p.m. For more info, call the West Seneca Chamber of Commerce at 674-4900 or visit

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PLAN AHEAD – Saturday is the deadline for reservations for the Ladies’ Tea from 1 to 3 p.m. Sept. 8 in Augustana Lutheran Church, 3143 Eggert Road, Town of Tonawanda. It’s free and includes sandwiches, quiche, desserts and assorted teas. To save a seat, call 832-5720 or email

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BE A LEADER – Explore Buffalo, which leads tours of architectural treasures in and around the city, is offering a new series of training sessions for docents. Classes will be held from 8:30 a.m. to noon Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from Sept. 17 to Sept. 28 in First Presbyterian Church, 1 Symphony Circle.
New docents will be trained for the Inside Downtown South downtown walking tour. Application deadline is Sept. 7. Space is limited. Fee is $75, which includes materials, a portable microphone and a messenger bag. For info, email Brad Hahn at Docent applications are available at

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GLORY DAYS – All men who played any sport in the Monsignor Martin High School Athletic Association during the 1960s are invited to The Gathering 2018 from 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 28 in Ilio DiPaolo’s Restaurant, 3785 South Park Ave., Blasdell.
Tickets are $30 and include a three-hour open bar, plus antipasto, penne pasta and beef on weck sliders. For tickets and more info, call Joe Mooney (Timon 1965) at 481-6878, Jim Disarno (Timon 1966) at 998-9322 or Jim Cavanaugh (St. Joe’s 1966) at 807-6606.

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** LOOKING UP – An informational meeting for the Buffalo Lafayette Optimist Club will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the Lafayette Brewing Co. in the Hotel@Lafayette, 391 Washington St. Charter memberships are still being accepted for the new chapter of the civic-minded international service organization, which focuses on youth programs and community improvement and was founded here in Buffalo in 1911. For more info, email

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Joe Mihalich, Stu Shapiro, Gerard Puccio, Andrew Bialota, Emma O’Hearn, Vince Edbauer, Ray Bienik Jr., Hanah Buczkowski, Joan Glinski, Brianna Tutuska, Suzanne Derylak, Autumn Abramo, Christopher Toepfer, Annette Henninger, Megan Zoladz, Richard Sterling, John Vaccaro, Jimmy Drzewiecki, Susie Kukelka and Nicholas Reed.

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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