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Reporters' Notebook: May 23, 2019

OLAF FUB SEZ: Reverse psychology from actress and author Joan Collins, born on this date in 1933, “The easiest way to convince my kids that they don’t really need something is to get it for them.”

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READY TO GROW – The Master Gardener Program from Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County holds its annual plant sale from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the First Presbyterian Church, 1 Symphony Circle. Volunteers will be provide advice on growing plants. Soil testing is available for a fee. For more info, call 652-5400, ext. 176, or visit

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GIVING VOICE – The 50-member Lewiston Choraleers, directed by Donald D. Shrimpton, will present their annual spring concert at four churches during the next two weekends, with music from movies, Broadway and pop tunes.
Concerts will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday in the First Presbyterian Church of Youngstown, 100 Church St., Youngstown; at 2 p.m. Sunday in Grace Lutheran Church, 736 Cayuga Drive, Niagara Falls; at 2 p.m. June 1 in Messiah Lutheran Church, 915 Oneida Church, Lewiston; and at 2 p.m. June 2 in the First Presbyterian Church, 505 Cayuga St., Lewiston.
Tickets are $5. Children 12 and under free. For info, visit or see the chorus page on Facebook.

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DOG DAY – More than 80 vendors, displays and exhibits will come to Clarence Town Park, 10405 Main St., Saturday for the third annual Clarence Bark in the Park. There will be animal demonstrations, pet contests and prizes. Pets on leash are welcome. Special guests include Buster Bison and WGRZ-TV’s Maria Genero. Admission is $6. Kids under 12 free. For more info, visit

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TIME FACTOR – June 1 is the deadline to apply for four $2,400 Engineering Society of Buffalo scholarships for high school seniors who will take accredited programs at the University at Buffalo, SUNY Buffalo State or Erie Community College. For info and applications, visit

Deadline also is June 1 to apply for $25,000 in scholarships offered by the law firm of Cannon Heyman & Weiss for students living in affordable housing and who will attend colleges or other post-secondary institutions. For info and an application, visit

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REUNION ALERT – The Cardinal Dougherty High School Class of 1962 will have a breakfast reunion at 9 a.m. June 5 in the Family Tree Restaurant, 4346 N. Bailey Ave., Amherst. For info, call John Fera at 836-0787 or Frank Campanella at 566-0508.

The Riverside High School Class of 1969 is holding its 50th reunion in August and is looking for classmates. For info and tickets, email or call Karen Cluckey Sondel at 694-3810.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Pam Stromecki, Robbie Ortt, Charity Vogel, Lauren Costello, Gay Simpson, Allison Rapp, Harrison Winn Sr., Jeanne Cummings, Chris Betz, David Campbell-Clark, Joe Puma, Bob Eimiller, William Caccard, Eva Hassett, Joseph Tapia, Kathy Buran, Diane Nowak, Bob Hoerner, David Kester, Norb Meyer, Marceann Ruettimann, Lynn Gott, William Caccard, Mary Bates, Leon Naab and Jillian Moskal.

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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