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Reporters' Notebook: Sept. 27, 2018

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to psychologist Albert Ellis, born on this date in 1913, “The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own. You do not blame them on your mother, the ecology or the president. You realize that you control your own destiny.”

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REPLENISHED – The Yia Yia’s Attic Treasures sale, a highlight of the 2018 GreekFest in June at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 146 W. Utica St., returns with a fresh inventory of toys, books, housewares and jewelry from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday.

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PROSIT! – The Shriners of Western New York will host their 38th annual Oktoberfest at 7 p.m. Friday in the Shrine Center, 1600 Southwestern Blvd., West Seneca. Admission is $5 and includes snacks and music by the Auslanders. German food and beverages will be available for purchase. For more info, call 674-8666.

The Auslanders play again at an Oktoberfest sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph from 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday in St. Aloysius Gonzaga Church, 157 Cleveland Drive, Cheektowaga. German food and German beer will be available. Tickets are $5 and $6 at the door. Proceeds benefit work by the Sisters and the food pantries at St. Aloysius Gonzaga and at Clarence Presbyterian Church.

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BUCKLE UP – Experts say more than 50 percent of child car seats are improperly installed and incorrectly used. Find out about yours at a car seat safety inspection from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Volkswagen of Orchard Park, 3524 Southwestern Blvd., near Milestrip Road. It’s sponsored by the Niagara Frontier Auto Dealers Association and the State Police.

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THE RIGHT TYPE – Get a free haircut coupon from Sport Clips, 5095 Transit Road, Clarence, when you donate at the Red Cross blood drive from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the Williamsville United Methodist Church, 5681 Main St. at Oakgrove Drive, Williamsville. Call 634-4800 for an appointment or visit and use the keyword WUMC.

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GOD’S CREATURES – Dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, snakes, lizards and chickens are welcome for benediction at a Festival Chorus Evensong and Blessing of the Animals at 4 p.m. Sunday in Westminster Presbyterian Church, 724 Delaware Ave. Pets should be on leash or in carriers and have current vaccinations. Following the service, two reserve deputies from the Erie County Sheriff's Mounted Patrol will be on hand with their horses, Doc and Peppy.

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HERE’S HELP – The Brain Aneurysm Foundation’s Western New York Support Group, which offers information and resources for those who have experienced a brain aneurysm, holds its next monthly meeting at 5 p.m. Monday in the University at Buffalo Neurosurgery Office, 3980-A Sheridan Drive, Amherst. Family members and friends also are welcome.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Rosemary Dumont, Billy Dumont, Dr. Steve Lakomy, Dr. Peter Ostrow, Thecly Ortolani, Donald Ogilvie, Nick Guy, Helen Tederous, Jackson McCarthy, Karen Regensdorfer, Zeina Williams, Maria Foltyniak, Sandie Marcin, Paige Raven, Betty Virostko, Peggy Mallabar, Zachary Bouquard, Bob Hartmann, Diane Lanza and Deborah Zielinski.

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