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Reporters' Notebook: July 11, 2019

OLAF FUB SEZ: Advice for critics from painter James McNeill Whistler, born on this date in 1834, “You shouldn’t say it is not good. You should say you do not like it; and then, you know, you’re perfectly safe.”

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WELCOME ABOARD – You can take a demonstration ride on a Veranda pontoon boat when Chautauqua Marina, 104 West Lake Road, Mayville, holds an open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The marina also will offer its last state-approved safe boating class of the season in two sessions, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday. Fee is $45.
There will be free hot dogs from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday for those taking demo rides and attending the class. The waterfront picnic area also will be open. For more info and to reserve a demo ride time or a place in the class, call 753-3913 or visit

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GIRL POWER – G.I.R.L.S. Sports Foundation will host a free sports camp for girls aged 8 to 18 next week in Masten Park, 299 Best St. The camp will run from 9 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Monday to July 19 and will include segments on basketball, soccer, lacrosse, swimming and track and field, led by local coaches. There also will be a mentoring program. Free breakfast and lunch will be provided each day.
A camp kick-off for registered girls and their parents, with vendors, speakers, prizes, food and entertainment, will be held in Masten Park from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Support is provided by the Ralph Wilson Foundation and Adidas. For more info and applications, visit

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BARGAIN BONANZA – More than 100 homes will take part as the Kenmore Village Improvement Society holds its annual Gigantic Kenmore Garage Sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Maps of sale locations will be posted Friday on the Society’s website at and will be available during sale hours at the Village Green at the corner of Delaware Avenue and Delaware Road.

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PARTY ON – Ten Lives Club Cat Adoption Group will hold a Summer Block Party from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at its shelter at 3741 Lake Shore Road, Blasdell. There will be a rummage sale, adoption specials, a can and bottle drive, a bake sale and drawings for a basket raffle at 3 p.m. The Unyts Express Life Bus will be on hand from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to collect blood donations. For more info, call 646-5577 or visit

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Jonathon Welch, Greg Lodinsky, Christine Malarkey, Shannon Halt, Zoe Stablewski, Ginny Cummings, Ann Marie McGrath, Ann Kowal, Madison Baginski, Christine Kowalewski, Connie Cieslinski, Janis Middlebrooks, Mark Conschafter, Eugene Czosek Jr., Giavanne Granelli, Kevin Enser, Rose McCabe, Mike Hennessey, Donna J. Phillips, Judge Carl L. Bucki and Susan Higgins.

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