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Reporters' Notebook: April 4, 2019

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to actor Robert Downey Jr., born on this date in 1965, “I’ve noticed that worrying is like praying for what you don’t want to happen.”

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OOPS! – Wrong phone number earlier this week for the Let’s Do Lunch series next Thursday at Orchard Park Presbyterian Church. It’s 662-9348. Deadline for reservations is today.

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GRAB A CUP – Niagara Falls City Council member Chris Voccio hosts his next Coffee with Chris session at 9 a.m. Saturday in Power City Eatery, 444 Third St., Niagara Falls. Voccio pays for the coffee and guests can order from the menu at their own expense. For more info, call 696-0086 or email

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Autumn Morning, Gardenville, New York (1946) by Charles Burchfield (Detroit Institute of Art)

THROUGH HIS EYES – Experience the sights of Gardenville that artist Charles Burchfield saw while he lived there from 1925 to 1967 in a program at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Burchfield Nature and Art Center, 2001 Union Road, West Seneca.
Researcher Nancy Tomchuck Barlow, a former Gardenville resident, will illustrate stories about the neighborhood with art by Burchfield, his daughter Martha and others. Admission is free, but seating is limited. To reserve a place, call 677-4843.
It’s also an opportunity to buy a $1 raffle ticket for the Wonder Book being assembled by the center’s volunteers, which so far contains more than $300 in gift cards and other items. The winning ticket will be drawn during BNAC Fall Day in October.

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LONG LEGACY – After his heroics in the Civil War, Bowmansville native John Harrison Mills worked for the Buffalo Express, providing illustrations for stories by its famous editor, Mark Twain. SUNY Buffalo State professor emeritus Thomas Reigstad will talk about Mills’ life and times at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Lancaster Historical Museum, 40 Clark St., Lancaster. Admission is free.

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The Lewiston Choraleers

HOLIDAY HARMONY – The 50-voice Lewiston Choraleers, directed by Donald D. Shrimpton, will feature a cantana, “Covenant of Grace” by Joseph Martin, in its Easter programs during the next two weekends.
They begin at 1 p.m. Saturday in St. Peter’s Church, 620 Center St., Lewiston, then perform at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Site of Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph Parish, 2966 Independence Ave., Niagara Falls.
On April 13, they return to Niagara Falls for a concert at 2 p.m. in St. John de LaSalle Church, 8477 Buffalo Ave. They finish at 2 p.m. April 14, in Messiah Lutheran Church, 915 Oneida St., Lewiston.
Admission is $5. Children 12 and under are admitted free. For more info, visit or see the chorus’ Facebook page.

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** MEOW MIXER – Ten Lives Club cat rescue and adoption group will host its 18th annual Furball event from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday in the Lake Erie Club, 3200 South Park Ave., Lackawanna. Admission is free.
There will be more than 100 theme baskets with winners drawn at 4:15 p.m., a cash bar, food for sale, raffles, crafters, vendors and cats for adoption. There also will be a bottle and can drive, collecting clean beverage containers that are redeemable for deposits. For more info, call 646-5577 or visit
Ten Lives Club also is celebrating a milestone – the 1,000th adoption from its satellite adoption center in Eastern Hills Mall in Clarence. The lucky kitty, a young female named Nixx, now has a home with the Demblewski family in Akron. The Eastern Hill location opened in June 2017.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Lou Reinig, Nancy Acara, Bill Lukasiak, Audrey Cannizzaro, David Rivera, Elaine Panty, Christopher T. Greene, Kevin Gardner, Matthew Bassett, Nicole Savage, Joan Ciszak, Julie Rapp, Annie Stachowiak, Shirley Szczepanek, Rev. Jeff Nowak, David Webb, Daniel Webb, John Lester, Caitlin Pietz, Olivia Madore, Rose Bettinger, Ronald Hottum, Molly Kurzanski, Ernst Stravo Blofeld, Jim Slattery, Jason Nietopski, Donna Marinaccio, Nicole Evoy, Heather McEwan. Blake Logel, Sue Schwartz, Bob Ulrich and Sister Sharon Marie Dombrowski.

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