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Reporters' Notebook: May 16, 2019

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to flamboyant pianist Liberace, born on this date in 1919, “Nakedness makes us democratic; adornment makes us individuals.”

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LOOKING BACK – “The Enemy’s Perspective on the Burning of Buffalo in 1813” is the topic at the meeting of the Cheektowaga Historical Association at 7 tonight in the Cheektowaga Senior Center, 3349 Broadway. Speaker is Richard Feltoe, curator of the Redpath Sugar Museum in Toronto and author of eight books on the War of 1812. The public is welcome.

Terry Wolfe will give insights on the history of the Village of Depew, which is celebrating its 125th anniversary, at a free program sponsored by the Lancaster New York Historical Society at 2 p.m. Sunday in the society’s museum, 40 Clark St., Lancaster.

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OOPS! – The meat raffle St. Luke Lutheran Church in Cheektowaga is holding Saturday night is not at the church. It’s at the Polish Falcons Club, 445 Columbia Ave., Depew. Doors at 6. Raffles at 7. Admission $5. For more info, call 633-6752 mornings.

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MARK THE DATE – Members should bring items to sell for the Ways and Means Table at the 123rd annual convention of the Western New York Federation of Women’s Clubs at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Columns, 2221 Transit Road, Elma. Guests are welcome. For reservations, call Rhoda Wolff at 683-5930.

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BARGAIN TIME – Jewelry, antiques, tools, toys and sporting equipment are offered as Fox Run Orchard Park, California Road at Route 20A, holds a rummage sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, with a $2 bag sale at 1 p.m. Proceeds help restore the Orchard Park train depot.

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DAY FOR VETS – All veterans are welcome at Vet Fest from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Amvets Post 13, 25 Review Place off Tonawanda Street. There will be live music from the Buffalo Dolls and Ann Philippone, info on veterans services and giveaways of T-shirts and stuffed backpacks. For more info, call Debbie Lombardo at 885-2344 or email

The Made in America Store, 1000 West Maple Court, Elma, celebrates Armed Forces Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday with music by Ricky Lee and Diamondback, food by Mikey Dee’s food truck and a vendor marketplace with all items made in the U.S.A. For more info, visit

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TAKE A BREAK – Bring a friend to the Spring Tea from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Amherst Presbyterian Church, 151 Youngs Road, Amherst. Tickets are $15. For info and tickets, call 634-0223 or 289-0621.

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Page the Book Fairy

MAGIC MOMENTS – Games, storytelling, wand-making and potion-making are among the attractions as Page the Book Fairy hosts a Fairy Tale Festival from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Windsor Village, 43 Stevens St., Lockport. High Tea with the Fairy Realm is $10 per child, with reservations needed in advance. Call 201-1489.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Thurman Thomas, Vicky Vullo, Seth Piccirillo, Marsha Joy Sullivan, Marla Bujnicki, Jonnie May Ferguson, Barbara Hales, Peter Ciszkowski, Marcy Buczkowski, Joelle Stanton, Tara Bieniek, Jake O’Hearn, Marsha Nowak, Sharon Harezga, Renee White, Chuck Barrett, Linda Zimpfer, John Jasinski, Kris Minor, Griffin McNamara, Kroy Heusinger, Tracy McCormick, Barb Bartus, Joe Przybylo, John Kozina, Mike Panzica, Ivan Lockett, Joan Osswald, Don Chudzik, Olivia Orcholski, Diane Staunton and Emma Pronobis.

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