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Reporters' Notebook: Sept. 28, 2018

OLAF FUB SEZ: A favorite lyric from blues singer Koko Taylor, born on this date in 1928, “You can have my husband, but please don’t mess with my man.”

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THINK SMALL – The Western New York Miniature Enthusiasts hold their 38th annual Show and Sale of Dollhouse Miniatures from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday in the Grange Building on the Erie County Fairgrounds in Hamburg. Admission is $5.50, $2 for children under 12. Part of the proceeds benefit Buffalo City Mission and Cornerstone Manor.

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RECYCLED READING – Bargains abound in the book sale at South Buffalo’s Cazenovia Neighborhood Library, 155 Cazenovia St. Hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Sunday features a bag sale. For info, call 821-0564.

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COMING OF AGE – Three authors who were graduate students at the University at Buffalo in the 1980s have compiled essays about their experiences in an acclaimed memoir, “Buffalo Trace: A Threefold Vibration.” Mary Cappello, James Morrison and Jean Walton return to talk about their project at 7 p.m. tonight in Hallwalls, 341 Delaware Ave. Admission is free.

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LOOKING BACK – Reenactors will portray the pioneering personages who shaped Western New York history in the “Meet Our Past” tours beginning at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Hull Family Home and Farmstead, 5976 Genesee St., Lancaster.
Among them are Holland Land Company agent Joseph Ellicott; Margaret Saint John, whose house was spared when the British burned Buffalo in 1813; and President Jefferson’s Indian agent, Erastus Granger. Cost is $12. Reservations are requested. Call 741-7032.

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** TUNEFUL TIMES – It’s a weekend of music at Calvary Episcopal Church, 20 Milton St. at South Cayuga Road, Williamsville. An Evening with Mike and Mandy from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday in Hughson Hall features local artists Mike Way and Mandy Raff. Tickets are $25 and include pizza and wings. Outside beverages are allowed.
On Sunday, a Choral Evensong program by the Parish Choir at 4 p.m. is preceded at 3:30 with an organ recital and installation of officers of the Buffalo Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. Admission is free.

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Elaine Fiegl

** LIVING LARGE – Elaine Fiegl of Tonawanda Creek Road, Amherst, won first prize at the annual Williamsville pumpkin weigh-off last weekend with a white pumpkin that tipped the scales at 685 pounds. She named it Pearl. She and her husband, David, have been growing large pumpkins for 10 years.
Pearl is just a pup compared to the monsters that will compete at noon Sunday in the World Pumpkin Weigh-off at the Great Pumpkin Farm, 11199 Main St., Clarence. Last year’s winner, grown by Andy Wolf of Little Valley, set a New York State record, weighing 1,971.5 pounds. A $10,000 prize awaits this year’s winner if it tops 2,000 pounds. Admission is $8. Discounted tickets are available at Wegmans supermarkets. For more info, visit

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** BE PREPARED – Michael Olear, president of Olear Realty Group at MJ Peterson Real Estate, will present free workshops of how to get ready for a move, “Four Steps to Simplify: Right-Sizing Your Life,” at 11 a.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Tuesday in Brookdale Kenmore, 2971 Delaware Ave., Kenmore. Light refreshments will be served.

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** SPARE CHANGE – Volunteers from Ten Lives Club cat shelter will take to the streets of Blasdell and Hamburg in feline attire from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday with big yellow buckets for a “Kitty Up for the Cats” donation drive. For info, call 646-5577 or visit

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Dorothy Cook, Arianna Rokitka, Julia Oswald, Shelley Dumpert, Jim Lorentz, Jim Brady, Rob Maloney, Phyllis Panek, Jeff Faltyn, Chris Clancy, Grace Halt, Phil Borelli, Hank Mayer, Emersyn Schlegel, Lydia Herren, Betty Hermann, Sally Schutt, Lori Vogt, Suzanne Tiranno, Steven John Chauby, Anne Marie Jacobson, Elaine Weishaupl, Laura Roof, Linda Gentz, Rev. Bill Higgins, Diane Helinski, Morgan Farry, Kelly Liesel Kaczor, Laura Christine Prendergast, Jack Lempko and James Filk.

AND SATURDAY – Jack Weibel, Gabriella Sauer, Bob Linn, Persis Vehar, Stephanie Miller, Jason Leister, Mary Maczuga, Robert John Roman III, Dottie Williams, Jennifer Colvin, Madison Foltyniak, Kokila G. Chheda, Reese Lillian Witter, Albert Walton, Janne Siren, Richard Feistag, Julianna Caitlin Vadala, Dawn Hawthorn, Joan Bellus, Patty Marinacino, Mona Wales, Phyllis Potter, Kim Rishel, Eileen Ryan, Dan Bartus, Kristen Bartus, Louis Anthony Guadagna, Michael LaMastra, Flo Pilato, Tina Lyn Montesano, Beverly Dove-Hampton, Lionel D. Davis, Kay Patterson and Abigail Aquino.

AND SUNDAY – David Derrico, Robby Takac, Neil R. Sherwood, Don Tomasulo, Bethany Burrows, Michael Amodeo, Jock Mitchell, Christopher Standart, George Grace, Karen Sutton, Rosemary Rawe, Laura Lee Morgan, Barb Willis, Kathy Fendya, Dee Dee Grossman, Elizabeth O’Donnell, Stacy Troy, Nancy Wilcox, Nancy Vester, Jonathan Gregory, Elizabeth Charles, Christina Crowley, Sarah Pawlak, Carol Alagna, Timothy Nietopski Jr. and Daniel Kooshoian.

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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