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Reporters' Notebook: Sept. 18, 2018

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to former Buffalo Sabres hockey coach William Scott “Scotty” Bowman, born on this date in 1933, “There is nothing so uncertain as a sure thing.”

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Garrett Martin

DOUBLE DATE – The Westminster Friends of Music present the first of this season’s free monthly lunchtime concerts at noon Wednesday in Westminster Presbyterian Church, 724 Delaware Ave. Featured on the historic Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ will be Westminster’s organist and choirmaster Garrett Martin.
Martin will perform in the church again at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the opening concert in a series sponsored by the Westminster Friends and the Western New York Chamber Orchestra.
Highlight will be the world premiere “Angels & Demons,” an organ concerto by WNYCO conductor Glen Cortese. Admission is free. Donations are welcome. The concert will be repeated at 4 p.m. Sunday in King Concert Hall at SUNY Fredonia, where the chamber orchestra is based. For more info, call 884-9437 or visit

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HELP IT FLOWER – You can beautify the streets around the University at Buffalo South Campus when you eat at Denny’s Restaurant, 4445 Main St., Snyder, from 4 to 10 p.m. Wednesday. Denny’s will donate 20 percent of the proceeds to the Capen Garden Walk to support its Christine Brooks Garden Grant program, which assists gardeners in the University Heights neighborhood.

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HE’S BUYING – Niagara Falls Council Member Chris Voccio resumes his Coffee with Chris sessions at 8 a.m. Thursday in the Power City Eatery, 444 Third St., Niagara Falls. Voccio will buy coffee and talk casually with his guests, who can order other food and beverages at their own expense. No reservations are required.

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Debbera Ransom

BIG NIGHT – Jesse Clipper Post 430, American Legion, will celebrate its 99th anniversary at an awards dinner at 6:30 p.m. Saturday in Lucarelli’s Banquet Center, 1830 Abbott Road, Lackawanna.
Receiving awards are Western New York Heroes; Sam Feaster of the Buffalo Veterans Affairs Medical Center; and Debbera Ransom, founding commander of Johnnetta R. Cole AMVETS Post 24. Guest speaker is County Legislator Barbara Miller-Williams, who is an Army veteran. Tickets are $50, advance sale only. Call 986-1025.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Mary Lempke, Grace Martorana, Lucille Stiglmeier, Phil Banaszak, Darryl Dennard, Samantha Summers, Tod Kniazuk, Demone Smith, Jerry Raven, Dr. Katherine O’Donnell, Nancy Abramo, Andrea Blanchard-Cone, Kate Sarata, Sister Mary Janet Mazierski, Bill “Big Daddy” Higgins, Don Hauser, Michael Strobele, Donna Hirsch, Mike McKenna, Ellen Joseph, Seamus Moriarty, Halina Bres, Shirley Jaehn, Emma Vangalio Nowak, Alberta Roetzer, Art Sala, Marshall Weinar, Allissa Amorosi, Carol Ziarniak, Geralyn Rose Goress, Todd Piotrowski, Becky Stelmach, Elliott Woyshner, Patricia Regan, Kathy Deakin, Nick Ugale and Maureen Weber.

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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