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Reporters' Notebook: Oct. 11, 2018

OLAF FUB SEZ: An observation from detective novelist Elmore Leonard, born on this date in 1925, “What do you tell a man with two black eyes? Nothing, he’s already been told twice.”

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‘TIS THE SEASON – Iron Island Museum, 998 E. Lovejoy St., hosts a Haunted Food Truck Rodeo from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday. There also will be $5 tours of the museum building, which is believed to be haunted. For more info, visit the museum Facebook page.

Charles W. Cushman Masonic Lodge, 97 Lucid Drive, Cheektowaga, hosts a Scarecrow Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Along with scarecrow building, there will be pumpkin painting, a bounce house, coffee, doughnuts and cider.

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STARTING OUT – EPIC – Every Person Influences Children will sponsor its Buffalove Baby Expo from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the Foundry Hotel & Banquet, 1738 Elmwood Ave. The expo, with vendors of items for newborns and health info, is free, but pre-registration is required. Call 332-4100 or visit epicforchildren.org.

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Mount St. Mary's Hospital

CHECK-UP TIME – Mount St. Mary’s Hospital, 5300 Military Road, Lewiston, will offer free mammography screenings from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Appointments are required. Those coming for tests must have a prescription from their physician and must not have had a mammogram for at least a year. For an appointment, call 298-2370.

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LIFE AND DEATH – The Erie County Suicide Prevention Coalition sponsors “Talk Saves Lives,” an introduction to suicide prevention, at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in Amherst Presbyterian Church, 151 S. Youngs Road, Amherst. After a pot-luck dinner, presenter Celia Spacone will discuss the warning signs and risk factors for suicide. Make reservations by Monday by calling 633-4656 or emailing amherstpc@verizon.net.

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PROPER END – Amherst Memorial Chapel, 281 Dodge Road, Getzville, is collecting worn-out religious books and ritual items for burial in a traditional Jewish ceremony Tuesday in Elmlawn Cemetery, Town of Tonawanda. Items can be dropped off at the chapel through Monday.

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HERE’S THE MEAT – Explore Buffalo holds its annual meat raffle Friday in Pvt. Leonard Post Jr. VFW Post, 2450 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga. Doors at 6 p.m. First spin at 7. $5 admission includes beer, wine and pop.

The Rotary Club of Hamburg holds a meat raffle Saturday in the Southtowns Walleye facility, 5895 Southwestern Blvd., Hamburg. Doors at 5:30 p.m., raffle at 6:30 Tickets $9, $6 advance, and include beer, pop and a slice of pizza. For tickets, call Amanda Black at 220-1597.

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Mikah Meyer

ROAD WARRIOR – Singer Mikah Meyer, who is on a three-year journey to visit all 417 National Park Service sites, will give a cabaret concert with stories from his road trip at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Westminster Presbyterian Church, 724 Delaware Ave. He will be joined by the Buffalo Gay Men’s Chorus under direction of Garrett Martin.
Meyer has sung with the Washington National Cathedral choirs and has been interviewed on the Today Show and National Public Radio. Admission is free. Donations will help support Meyer’s national park project. For more info, call 884-9437 or visit wpcbuffalo.org.

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** LOTS TO SEE – More than 150 works by local artists go on exhibit when the West Seneca Art Society holds the opening celebration for its Fall Show at 7 p.m. Friday in the West Seneca Senior Center, 4220 Seneca St. There will be refreshments, music and raffles. Admission is free.

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** WELCOME MAT – Daemen College, 4380 Main St., Snyder, will hold open house programs from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday and again Oct. 20 for prospective undergraduate students and their families. In addition to campus tours, there will be presentations on financial aid and student life, along with information on academic majors and the admission process. Lunch will be served. To register, call 839-8225 or visit daemen.edu/openhouse.

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** THE WRITE STUFF – Lockport native Megan Cassidy-Hall returns at 2 p.m. Saturday to discuss her new historical novel, “Sutherland,” in the Niagara History Center, 215 Niagara St., Lockport.
Told from the point of view of a governess, the novel centers on Lockport’s legendary Seven Sutherland Sisters, a singing group renowned for their long hair who toured with the Barnum & Bailey circus. Author of several books for adult, young adult and middle school readers, Cassidy-Hall is an English professor at Schenectady County Community College.

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** TROT FOR TOYS – The Niagara Falls Firefighters Christmas Toy Fund will hold its fifth annual Charity Run at 11 a.m. Saturday in LaSalle Waterfront Park, 6661 Buffalo Ave., Niagara Falls. There will be 5K and 10K routes on a newly-certified course along the Niagara River.
Registration is $30 and is available online at itsyourrace.com. Registration on race day begins at 9:15 a.m. in the lobby of the nearby Four Points Sheraton, 7001 Buffalo Ave., Niagara Falls. Medals will be presented to the top three male and female runners on each route in 15 age groups. Proceeds provide food and toys for needy Niagara Falls area children. For more info, call John Castellani at 622-9855.

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** FIRE-FIGHTING FUN – Rides in fire engines and aerial truck buckets are among the attractions as Upper Mountain Fire Company, 839 Moyer Road, Lewiston, holds an open house from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in conjunction with Fire Prevention Week.
There also will be a firefighter turnout gear challenge, a gym challenge, a fire hose target range and a coloring book contest that will give children in Lewiston schools a chance to win a ride to school in a fire truck. There also will be food, refreshments, blood pressure checks and giveaways for youngsters.

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** BOW WOWING – Dogs and their owners, dressed in costumes, will go trick-or-treating in Lancaster’s downtown business district Saturday in the third annual Woof & Treat.
Sponsored by Lancaster Unleashed Inc., which is working to create a community dog park, it begins with registration at 11 a.m. at Purely Pets, 5 W. Main St. Judging for best dog costumes and dog-and-owner lookalikes will be held at 12:30 p.m.
Advance registration is $5 per dog through Friday at tinyurl.com/2018woof-treat, and $7 day of the event. All dogs must be leashed and have proof of a current rabies vaccination or a current license.

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Rebecca Butler Mona

** LEADING LADY – Optimist International president Rebecca Butler Mona will be guest at a brunch at 11 a.m. Sunday hosted by the organization’s newest chapter, the Buffalo Lafayette Optimist Club, in the Lafayette Brewing Co. at the Hotel @ Lafayette, 391 Washington Ave. All are invited. Brunch and beverages can be purchased. For more info, email buffalolafayetteoptimists@gmail.com.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Nicole Roma, Azure Mucitelli, Doug Weyand, Kevin Hosey, Mary Brown, Larry Cornwall, Mandy Czamara, Mary Baker, Mari Ann Galus, Mary Jane Wach, Sister Mary Allisette Skotnicki, Carolyn Culp, Emily Lynett, Amy Bauer, Rev. L. Antonio Rodriguez, Sam Castrogiovanni, Denise Latala, Dorothy Poltowicz, Dolores Schlottman, Dorothy Tintor, Michael Gwizdowski and Patrick Fonzi.

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