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Reporters' Notebook: Sept. 20, 2018

OLAF FUB SEZ: A verse from former U.S. poet laureate Donald Hall, born on this date in 1928, “When I was nineteen,/ I told a thirty-/ year-old man what a/ fool I had been when/ I was seventeen./ ‘We were always,’ he/ said glancing down, ‘a/ fool two years ago.’ ”

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Chris and Lorissa Naugle (Buffalo News file photo)

TUNE IN – Breaking into prime time on HGTV at 8:30 p.m. tonight is the pilot show of “Risky Builders,” featuring Buffalo-area house flippers Chris and Lorissa Naugle, and they’re looking for good ratings in their hometown. It got good response when it first aired on an afternoon in June and if viewership tonight is strong enough, the Naugles hope to land a full series of programs and give national exposure to Buffalo real estate.

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PASTA TIME – It’s Italian night as New Hope United Methodist Church, 2846 Seneca St., West Seneca, hosts a free community dinner from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Friday. Spaghetti with all the trimmings will be featured, along with a beverage and dessert. Donations are welcome.

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GET CHECKED – The Tonawanda Erie Canal Gateway Lions Club sponsors a mobile breast screening from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday in Valu Plaza, 1365 Nash Road, North Tonawanda. To participate, women should bring a prescription from their doctor and proof of insurance. Otherwise, call Windsong Radiology at 929-9494 for assistance.

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MONEY TALKS – The Niagara Frontier Coin Club will hold its semi-annual Coin, Currency and Collectibles Show from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday in Lewiston Fire Hall No. 2, 1705 Saunders Settlement Road, Lewiston. Admission, parking and appraisals are free. For more info, visit niagarafrontiercoinclub.com.

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SO LONG, SUMMER – Sasi, which provides services for people with disabilities, holds a Summer Sendoff party from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at its Mayfield Grounds, 7200 Old Lake Shore Road, Derby. Music will be provided by Terry Buchwald and Boys of Summer.
Beer and wine will be available for purchase and several food trucks will be on hand. Admission is $15.50. Food and beverage tickets will be sold separately. For tickets, visit sasinc.org.

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POLISH FEASTS – Depew’s Central Hose Company No. 4 will host its sixth annual Polish dinner from 2 to 7 p.m. Saturday in the Northside Fire Station, 112 Brewster St., Depew. Dinners are $11 advance, $12 at the door, and include fresh and smoked Polish sausage, pierogi, vegetable, rye bread and dessert. Polish beer also will be available.

Meanwhile, the Sodality of Our Lady at Fourteen Holy Helpers Church will serve a Polish Platter dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. in Monsignor Ebner Hall, 1345 Indian Church Road, West Seneca. The platter includes a golumpki, smoked and fresh kielbasa, pierogi, cabbage, rye bread and coffee or tea. Tickets are $12 advance, $13 at the door. Desserts can be purchased.

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IN THE PINK – Pumpkinville, 4830 Sugartown Road, Great Valley, the oldest continually operating pumpkin farm in the state, continues its 50th anniversary celebration Saturday and Sunday with its first Sunflower Festival. Bunches of half a dozen sunflowers will be sold for $5 with all proceeds benefiting the Pink Pumpkin Project in Olean, which provides financial and emotional support for local women and men undergoing breast cancer treatments. For more info, call 699-2205 or visit pumpkinville.com.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Mark Misercola, Bev Ralyea, Cathy Kempf, Vaughn Keller, Linda Pellegrino, Pamela Pope, Vanessa Glushefski, Sister Mary Joanne Suranni, Sister Anne Marie Jablonicki, Mary Ross, Katherine Gibbins, Ashley Guzzetta Smith, Madeline Lickfeld, Steven Granelli, Karen Chmiel, Sally Harper, Tony Niescher, Teresa Karg, Dan Sikorski, Joe Enhes, Mary Helinski, Ian Dobrzenski, Dru Weaver, Val Sweetland and Georgia Brooks.

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.

Today’s online edition of Reporters’ Notebook contains items that appeared in shorter form in the print edition, due to space limitations.

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