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Reporters' Notebook: Sept. 14, 2018

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to newspaper columnist Sydney J. Harris, born on this date in 1917, “The real danger is not that computers will begin to think like men, but that men will begin to think like computers.”

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GIVE BACK – Beginning Saturday, you can help Sister Johnice Rzadkiewicz and the Response to Love Center of Buffalo’s East Side when you take your returnable cans and bottles to any of the 19 locations of Bottles and Can Retrieval Centers in the area. Just tell them to credit the deposit money to the account for the Response to Love Center.

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HUNGRY? – Niagara Hose Fire Company No. 3 at 74 Wheeler St., City of Tonawanda, will hold a chowder sale at noon Saturday. Cost is $4 per quart.

Amherst Presbyterian Church, 151 Youngs Road, Amherst, will hold its annual chicken and ribs barbecue and craft sale from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday. Chicken dinners are $10, ribs are $12. For more info, call 633-4656.

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RIDE THE RAILS – You have to be small – 30 and 52 inches tall and weigh less than 75 pounds – to get aboard the Peanut Express. The vintage Railmaster park train will operate from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Orchard Park Depot, 395 S. Lincoln Ave., Orchard Park. Tickets are $3 per trip. No charge to watch the kids ride. Proceeds benefit restoration of the depot.

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TREASURE HUNT – More than glass will be on display when the Greater Buffalo Bottle Collectors Association holds its 20th annual Antique and Bottle Show from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday in the Polish Falcons Hall, 445 Columbia Ave., Depew.
There also will be table top antiques, books, postcards, toys and Pan American Exposition and Larkin Soup memorabilia. Free appraisals are available for all antiques and there will be free bottles for children. Admission is $3. Kids under 12 are free. For info, call Peter Jablonski at 440-7985.

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POLKAS PLUS – Fourteen Holy Helpers Church, 1350 Indian Church Road, West Seneca, offers a Polka Mass at noon Sunday with music by Buffalo Touch. The season’s first Holy Name Society Pinochle Tournament follows in Monsignor Ebner Hall, with registration at 1:30 p.m. and play at 2.

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** FEEL BETTER – Mount Moriah Missionary Baptist Church, 400 Northampton St., will hold a Community Day and Health Fair from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, with fire trucks, bounce houses, face painting, food, games and health-related information. For more info, call 886-8778 or visit mtmoriahbuffalochurch.com.

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** WALK THE DOG – Buffalo Pug and Small Breed Rescue will hold a Tails on the Trails Walk at 10 a.m. Sunday in Delaware Park. Advance entries are $20 per walker, $35 for a family of four, $5 more on Sunday. Dogs are welcome. To pre-register, visit buffalopugs.org/?page=new_walkreg_app.

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** DAY IN THE COUNTRY – The Town of Somerset Historical Society will host an Old Fashioned Farm Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Babcock Cobblestone House, 7449 Lake Road, Appleton. There will be horse-drawn wagon rides, farm animals, children’s games and demonstrations of old-time crafts, including apple pressing for cider. A chicken barbecue begins at 11:30 a.m. Cow Chip Bingo starts at 3 p.m. Admission is free.

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** SUNDAY SERENADE – Cellist Natasha Farny, Israeli-born pianist Eliran Avni and violinist Yuki Numata Resnick will be featured as the Friends of Vienna open their 42nd season with a concert at 3:30 p.m. Sunday in the Unity Church, 1243 Delaware Ave. Tickets are $12.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Helaine Bell, Linda Marie Jones, Nellie Crews, Nadia Piazarro, Carmen D. Rivera, Mitch Flynn, Nancy Naples, Michael A. Siragusa, Monica Pellegrino Faix, Joanne Zavarella, Gina LaPlante, Monica Kemp, Sister Mary Marcelette Bogniewski, Nicholas Parsons, Hudson C. Meegan, Jenn Louth, Jane Brennan, Karon Kester, Frani Walters, Raelyn Kaminski, Michael Dillman, Bob Krone, Thomas E. Gresock and Cheryl Grisanti.

AND SATURDAY – Joyce Troutman, Ernestine Richardson, Linda Roberts, Michael Andriaccio, Tom Prohaska, Jorge Guitart, Ellen Errigo, Tom Buczkowski, Lucas Halt, Brooks Owczarczak, Nick Palisano, Kevin Gorman, Gregory Bosworth, Julie Wipperman, Ann Henderson-Stokes, Jackie Lyons, Nicholas Curry, Luke Chambers, Tim Crawford, Ryan Christopher Schaller, Mark Gallagher, Monsignor Paul Burkard, Father Romulus Rosolowski, Gabrielle "Gabby" Bycina and Casey DeLong.

AND SUNDAY – Lavera Johnson, Bobbie Rein, Tammy Bialek-Lehrer, Michael Vallely, Sue Grzankowski, Abigail G. McCormick, Kyle Terceros, Jamie Smith, Kate DeSantis, Judy Andrews, John McGavis, Matt Reinbold, Lisa Essman, Jen Lippold, Nicole Toepfer, Shelly Weinstock, Carolyn Friend, Rob Melander, Rex Blattenberger, Luann Chambers, Josh Eagan, Debbie Hart, Shawn Lis, Eileen “Shelby” Naab, Rita Kuberka and Kim Seifert.

To submit birthdays and other items of interest to Reporters’ Notebook, please email olaffub@buffnews.com or send a letter to Reporters’ Notebook, Buffalo News, Box 100, Buffalo, NY 14240.

*** All of the items in today's online edition of Reporters’ Notebook appeared in shorter form in the print edition. Those with asterisks were trimmed entirely, due to space limitations.

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