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Reporters' Notebook: June 12, 2019

OLAF FUB SEZ: Advice from President George H. W. Bush, born on this date in 1924, “Never ask anyone over 70 how they feel. They’ll tell you.”

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WORTH CELEBRATING – St. John’s Community Preschool, 3512 Clinton St., West Seneca, celebrates its 50th anniversary from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday with balloon artists, magician Mike Seege, the Just Chillin’ ice cream truck, music and refreshments. Parents also can register their youngsters for the upcoming school year. A service of thanksgiving and rededication will be held at 5 p.m.

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DRIVE IN – Holy Mother of the Rosary Cathedral, 6298 Broadway, Lancaster, will hold its annual car cruise and blessing Saturday along with an indoor flea market to benefit Mercy Flight. Admission to the flea market, which runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., is free. Motorcycles also are welcome at the cruise, which starts at 10. For more info, call 824-1980.

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FUN FOR ALL – The Cattaraugus County Museum and Research Library, 9824 Route 16, Machias, will hold its fourth annual Family Day at the Museum from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in conjunction with New York State’s Path Through History Weekend. The WNY Fiddle Kids, aged 9 to 18 and led by Heather Pennington of East Concord, will perform at 12:30 p.m. Wild Spirit Education of Delevan will offer an educational program on local birds at 2 p.m. It’s free and open to the public.
Inside the museum is a new display telling the story of Louis G. Wiegand, a resident of the Town of Dayton who stood 33 inches tall and weighed 33 pounds when he was 20 years old in 1875. A visit to a performance of the American Lilliputian Opera Company in Buffalo led Wiegand to a 12-year career with the troupe. Known as “Prince Louis,” he sang tenor and toured the nation, performing twice at the White House, before returning to the family farm in Markham’s Corners. For more info, visit

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LOOKING SHARP – North Tonawanda Mayor Arthur G. Pappas invites the public to join him and other city officials in reviewing the city’s firefighters and apparatus at the annual Fireman’s Inspection Day Parade from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday. It begins at North Tonawanda City Hall, 216 Payne Ave., and proceeds to Goundry Street, Webster Street and over the Renaissance Bridge into the City of Tonawanda.

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SAIL AWAY – The Niagara County Community College Alumni Association will host a cruise on Lake Erie aboard the Moondance Catamaran at 3:45 p.m. June 21. Guests should meet at The Hatch in Erie Basin Marina, 329 Erie St. College alumni, employees and friends are welcome. Tickets are $15 and include beer, wine, pop and pizza. Registration ends next Wednesday. For tickets, call 614-5910 or visit

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Betty Ireland, Elizabeth Lesswing, Robert Gioia, Claude Welch, Shirley E. Lowe, Deborah Colvin, Vickie Bieger, Rev. Paula Gustafson, Steve Jankowski, Lynn Schutt, Nancy Pulinski Rudnicki, Cathy Lelonek, Evangeline Rose Woroniecki, Noreen Pignataro, Judy Fabiniak, Sharon DePerro and Nichole Becker.

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