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Reporters' Notebook: March 22, 2019

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to actor William Shatner, Captain Kirk of “Star Trek,” born on this date in 1931, “One of the advantages of being a captain is being able to ask for advice without necessarily having to take it.”

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EAT WELL, BE WELL – The Amherst Lions Club hosts its 27th annual pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in Christ United Methodist Church, 350 Saratoga Road at Harlem Road, Snyder. Tickets are $7 adults, $4 kids 12 and under. Proceeds support scholarships for students from Amherst and programs for the blind.
At the same time, the Lions sponsor their eighth annual Community Wellness Health Fair from 9 a.m. to noon in the church. Kaleida Health technicians will take samples for blood sugar and cholesterol testing and Dr. Lindsay May of Ross Eye Institute will provide vision and glaucoma screenings. There also will be info on a variety of health issues. Admission is free.

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FUN TO LEARN – The first in a series of three free Sensational Science Saturday computer coding classes for fifth- to eighth-grade students begins at 1 p.m. Saturday in the Niagara Power Vista, 5777 Lewiston Road, Lewiston. For the first session, held in conjunction with WNY STEM Hub, Mark Gallo presents “Discover Your DNA.” Seating is limited. For reservations, call 286-6661 or email

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POUR IT ON – In conjunction with New York State Maple Weekend, the Kiwanis Club of Niagara-Wheatfield will have real New York maple syrup for its annual pancake breakfast and basket raffle from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday in the American Legion Post, 6525 Ward Road, Wheatfield. Tickets are $8, $4 for kids 4 to 11. For info and tickets, call Colin Smith at 754-4548 or Danny Maerten at 731-3696.

Meanwhile, Corpus Christi Church holds a Belgian waffle breakfast after Mass at 9:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday in the Kolbe Center, 199 Clark St. Tickets are $7.

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LENDING AN EAR – Timmy the Pug, a therapy dog, returns to listen as elementary school students practice reading aloud at Paws for Reading from 1 to 2:45 p.m. Sunday in the North Tonawanda Public Library, 505 Meadow Drive, North Tonawanda. Sign up for a 15-minute session with Timmy by calling 693-4132, ext. 5, or emailing

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Rita Finkelstein, Bob Halt, Wolf Blitzer, Beverly Kinney, Nancy Panek, Katie Ratchuk, Megan Toohey, Dorothy Harezga, Brayden Logel, Thomas Vogt, Kimberly Gullo, Janice Filipowicz, Donna M. Purkey, Steve Black, Maryann Loebs and Mark Kuntz.

AND SATURDAY – Anastasia Wiszka, David Milch, Jack Trachtenberg, Bob Kaprove, Arthur Eve, Margot Shoemaker, Jim Ranney, Les Greenbaum, Nick Sinatra, Calvin College, Annie Reese, Jeanette Rhone, Nick Carone, Mia McCabe, Kelly Barrett, Kendall Lemon, Mercedes Messana, Don Jaehn, Samantha Koeppel, Linda Morrisette, Arlene Kranz, Joe Dabrowski, Adam O’Connor, Edward Kmidowski, Delores Rossitto, Philomena Ventresca Gallagher and Kacie Voigt.

AND SUNDAY – Aimee Roth Longman, Lisa Pupo, Pat Rasmus, Bonnie Besmanoff, Dave Gillen, Barbara Pieterse, John Pasier, Megan Giambra, Lynn Skubish, Lisa Pickens, Steven Jay Bagel, Liz Merrick, Rosemary Fehr, Madeline Elminowski, Julie Wilczak and Gary T. Refermat Sr.

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