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Reporters' Notebook: May 15, 2019

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to author and broadcast personality Clifton Fadiman, born on this date in 1904, “Cheese is milk’s leap towards immortality.”

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PASS THE SALSA – A taco bar is the feature as the Orchard Park Presbyterian Church, 4369 S. Buffalo St., pays homage to Cinco de Mayo at “Peace, Love and Food,” its free monthly community meal from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday. To reserve a seat, call 662-9348.

Pulled pork and pulled chicken are on the menu, along with dessert and beverage, at the free community dinner from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Friday in New Hope United Methodist Church, 2846 Seneca St., West Seneca. Free-will offerings are welcome.

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HONORING HISTORY – The Seneca Nation will hold its annual commemoration of the Buffalo Creek Reservation Treaty of 1842 at 10:30 a.m. Friday in the amphitheater at the Burchfield Nature and Art Center, 2001 Union Road, West Seneca.
The program includes a color guard procession, a traditional Thanksgiving prayer, comments from officials and Seneca dancers in traditional attire. Admission is free. Students are welcome. For more info, call 677-4843 or visit

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HOW ROMANTIC – Candlelight and dancing will accompany the String Brothers Quartet as they play a Mozart Formal at 7 p.m. Friday in Faith United Methodist Church, 5505 Broadway, Lancaster. Reservations are $10 and include hors d’oeuvres. Proceeds benefit the Trinity Food Pantry. For reservations, visit

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NEW LIFE – Explore Buffalo visits North Tonawanda landmarks adapted to modern uses at its next Spotlight Tour at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. It begins in the Carnegie Art Center, 240 Goundry St., a former library on the National Register of Historic Places.
It moves on to a former bowling alley and restaurant that now houses the North Tonawanda History Museum and a church that has become the Old Chapel Antiques and Artisan Market. The tour is $25. Reservations are required. Call 245-3032 or visit

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WINNERS WANTED – St. Luke Lutheran Church, 900 Maryvale Drive, Cheektowaga, holds its semiannual meat raffle Saturday night. Doors open at 6. Raffles start at 7. Admission is $5, including beer, wine, pop, snacks and chances at door prizes. For info and tickets, call 633-6752 mornings.

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STARS AND STRIPES – The Pendleton New York Veterans Association will hold a sale of American-made U.S. and military flags from 1 to 6 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday in the Pendleton Historical Society’s log cabin in the town park on Campbell Boulevard.
The veterans will display their giant American flag for picture taking from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and the Historical Society will have a bake sale. Visitors also can bring their worn and torn U.S. flags for proper disposal.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Joelle Labert, Judy Larkin, Dr. Jason Creps, Sean Meegan, Emily Green, Ed Bognar, Pam Weinrieb, Gretchen Porcher, Marco Clapps, Mary Grace Catalano, Bob Lukasik, Ruth Smokowski, Tom Damstetter, Jacob Sasiadek, Pennie Karb, Julia Rishel, Nandor Desci, Charles DiSalvo, Joanne Kuzniarek, Alex Chriss, Bonnie Prince, Jenna Myers and Michael G. Thomas.

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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