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Reporters' Notebook: Sept. 21, 2018

OLAF FUB SEZ: Advice from Canadian poet and songwriter Leonard Cohen, born on this date in 1934, “Act the way you’d like to be and soon you’ll be the way you act.”

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COUNTRY COMFORTS – Immaculata Home for Women benefits from a Harvest Dinner Dance at 6 p.m. Saturday in All Saints Hall, 76 Church St., Lockport. Featured are a three-course dinner prepared by chef Charles Kesterson, formerly of Thaxton’s Dinner House, and Western swing music for dancing by the Skiffle Minstrels. Tickets are $25. Call 727-0003 or visit

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NEW START – The Amherst Chamber Ensembles debut their 22nd season of free concerts with a chamber music program at 3 p.m. Sunday in Trinity United Methodist Church, 711 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst. For more info, visit

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MARK THE DATE – Monday is the deadline for reservations for the Northtown Christian Women’s Connection luncheon program at 11:30 a.m. next Wednesday in Classics V, 2425 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst. A presentation on basket weaving and decorating by Maureen Quale of Quale’s Nest Handcrafted Basketry will be followed by an inspirational message from Eileen Bank. Cost is $22. Call 775-5002 or 835-1061.

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CHURCH NOTE – The annual Public Novena in honor of St. Therese, the Little Flower of Jesus, will begin Sunday and close on the feast day, Oct. 1, in the Carmelite Monastery, 75 Carmel Road.
Services each evening will begin with the Rosary at 7 p.m., followed by Mass. Principal celebrant on the feast day will be Bishop Richard J. Malone. All who attend are asked to be properly dressed.

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TIME TO EAT – Annual chicken barbecue, 2 to 6 p.m. today. South Buffalo Post 721, American Legion, 136 Cazenovia St. $10.

Ladies Auxiliary country breakfast buffet, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday. Lewiston Fire Company No. 2, 1705 Saunders Settlement Road, Lewiston. $9, $5 kids 5 to 12. Reservations call 754-7617 or 283-7955.

Annual Wendel’s chicken barbecue, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. St. Philip’s Church, 950 Losson Road, Cheektowaga. $11, $10 advance.

Friends of Harmony annual spaghetti supper, 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday. Clarence Town Park Clubhouse, 10405 Main St., Clarence. $10, $5 kids under 12. Live entertainment by the chorus and quartets. Call 389-1820 or 474-8992.

Ten Lives Club Cat Adoption Group all-you-can-eat pasta dinner, 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Knights of Columbus Hall, 36 Pierce Ave., Hamburg. $10, $5 kids under 10. Cash bar and desserts available.

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Chef Melvin "Boots" Johnson

** ALL FIRED UP – The Food Network’s 2018 Chopped: Grill Masters Tournament champion, chef Melvin “Boots” Johnson, will be on hand for three days as the Great Pumpkin Farm, 11199 Main St., Clarence, holds a barbecue cookoff in its annual Oinktoberfest Weekend.
Barbecue contestants will warm up for the competition on Preview Night from 5 to 9 p.m. tonight when admission is free. The Witches Brew Bar and Cafe will be open and Miller and Other Sinners will play Southern soul music from 6 to 9 on the main stage.
Gates open at 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday for a schedule that includes barbecue competitions both days and a variety of attractions, including a petting zoo, hayrides, magic by Mike & Annie in the Pumpkin Palace and bands on the main stage from 11 a.m. to dusk. Admission is $8, with discount tickets available at Wegmans supermarkets. For more info, visit

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** THE ROAD BACK – Embrace Recovery Buffalo, which helps those struggling with addiction, will host a seminar, “Understanding Addiction and Recovery,” from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday in The HUB, 4999 McKinley Parkway, Hamburg. Speakers will include Dr. Arthur Weissman on opioid treatment and Avi Israel of Save the Michaels of the World. For more info, visit

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** GET MOVING – The Parkinson’s Foundation hosts its annual Moving Day Buffalo, A Walk for Parkinson’s, on Saturday morning at the Richardson-Olmsted Campus, 400 Forest Ave. Gates open at 9 a.m. The walk, a celebration of movement held in conjunction with more than 40 other events across the nation, begins at 11.
There also will be a children’s area and a Movement Pavilion with dance, Tai Chi, drumming and other activities that help manage Parkinson’s symptoms. For more info, call 449-3795 or visit There is no registration fee, but donations are welcome. Walkers who raise more than $100 receive the Moving Day T-shirt.

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** BITS AND PIECES – The Rotary Club of Hamburg will offer an opportunity to dispose of unwanted financial documents and other papers when it sponsors a Shredding Day from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday in the parking lot of Howard Hanna, 3674 Commerce Place off Camp Road, Hamburg.
Documents should be packed in medium-sized kitchen bags or in boxes no bigger than 10 inches by 15 inches by 24 inches. Shredding will be done on the spot by Lincoln Archives Inc.
Cost is $10 per box or bag, with a maximum of five containers. Proceeds benefit Rotary Club of Hamburg projects, including college scholarships for students at Hamburg and Frontier high schools and the Warm the Children program.

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** IT’S ALL IN LEWISTON – The Lewiston Harvest and Craft Festival celebrates its 35th year this weekend by becoming the Lewiston Harvest and Hops Festival. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Center Street again will be closed to traffic and more than 130 artisans, crafters and food vendors will be on hand. Providing the hops will be the Brickyard Brewing Co., which will introduce new beers, and participating restaurants, which will offer specialty brews from Germany.
There also will be a farmers market, live music and chainsaw sculpture demonstrations in the Peace Garden, 476 Center St., by Aja Blain and Sara Wojtowecz of the Chainsaw Chix.

Lynda LaGreca as Nina Starkweather

At 7 p.m. Saturday in the Peace Garden, Lewiston’s Marble Orchard Ghost Walks begin another season. The Marble Orchard Players, who bring figures from the past to life during the 90-minute walk, include three new roles – Eva Frankovitch as Frozen Charlotte, Don Batalaris as the man who saw the Tuscarora demon Skedatti, the Screaming Killer of Dogs; and Lynda LaGreca as eccentric spinster Nina Starkweather. Tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for brave children under 12.

Meanwhile, there will be a Wildlife Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Niagara Power Vista, 5777 Lewiston Road (Route 104), with more than 50 vendors and exhibitors. Among the attractions are wildlife shows, a fishing pond and dancing and crafts in the Tuscarora Tent. Admission is free and there’s a shuttle to the Lewiston Harvest and Hops Festival.

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** WAG THE DOG – Fix-A-Bull WNY, a bully breed dog spay and neuter program, will benefit from a Rock-A-Bully concert from 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday in Club Marcella, 439 Pearl St. Bands include the Lower Town Trio, Previous Love, Good Dude and Smoke Yourself Thin. There also will be raffles and hourly door prizes.
Tickets are $25 at the door, $20 advance. For info and tickets, call 247-5090, Option 3, or visit The first 50 guests will receive pet shampoo samples from John Paul Pet.

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** TASTE TEST – Rusty Nickel Brewing Co., 4350 Seneca St., West Seneca, will announce the results of its “Malt Madness” home brewing competition beginning at 3 p.m. Sunday. Amateur beer makers, who submitted their entries earlier this week, are vying for medals in six categories and the overall winner will be invited to go big and make beer on Rusty Nickel’s brewery that will be served in their tasting room.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Josephine Harris, Judy Kaprove, Judie Bailey, Andrea Haxton, Marian Hetherly, Claudine Ewing, Michelle Barron, Derek Landri, Colleen Kaney, Jordan Nicolle Panek, Andre W. Huber, Francesca Bond, Mark Scheer, Marian Lazickas, Mark Kromer, David Karb, Alyssa Lickfeld, Sandy Schilling, Helen Mack, Katie Hatrick, Ed Kowalczewski, Charlotte Pawlak, Jordan Joel Jacobsen, Lilia Qi, Bill Schworm Jr. and Jack Breen.

AND SATURDAY – Diane Schafer, Sondra Scoins, Marc Adler, Robert Shibley, Laurie Brown, Amy Heumann, Hadar Borden, Susan Campbell Klinshaw, David Merrell, Betty Ann Wilson, Becky Freeman, Gigi Helliwell, Francine Delmonte, Norm Murray, Denise Daniels, Jack Helinski, Eleanore Persichini, Brandon Kuczmarski, Rita Fleckenstein, Kathy Giglio, Maeve Sheehan, Meghan Sheehan, Donald Daigler, Samantha Herberger and Gerry Aquino.

AND SUNDAY – Kenneth J. Turner, Ani DiFranco, Rose H. Sconiers, Amiyah King, Stanley Kopiasz, Tabetha McCabe, Sister Mary Gloria Lewandowski, Parker Fay, Vera Kowal, Katie Alexander, Jacob Yots, Susie Kellogg, Ellen Zelasko, MaryPat Schlicht, Leann Guzzetta, Bridget Hall, Pam Gibbins, J. F. Karb III, Dean Roman, Zachary McGowan, Moose Tomassi, Andrew Kuczmarski, Gordon Fredrickson, Nancy Fredrickson, Nora Rose Murphy, Betsy O’Brien and Emmett Gallagher O’Neill.

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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