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Reporters' Notebook: July 12, 2019

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to writer and philosopher Henry David Thoreau, born on this date in 1817, “It is not enough to stay busy. So, too, are the ants. The question is: What are you busy about?”

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DAY AND NIGHT – See gardens in neighborhoods around the University at Buffalo South Campus in the daylight during the Samuel P. Capen Garden Walk from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, or see them at twilight from 8 to 10 p.m. during Capen at Night. Get maps at the UB Anderson Gallery, 1 Martha Jackson Place, and the St. Andrew’s UHAA Sculpture Garden, 3017 Main St. For more info, visit

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VISITING VIRTUOSO – Touring violinist Aaron Berofsky, concertmaster of the Ann Arbor, Mich., Symphony, will be featured as the Clarence Summer Orchestra holds its second free concert of the season at 7 p.m. Sunday in Clarence Town Park, 10405 Main St. For more info, visit

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DRUMSTICK BEAT – St. Francis of Assisi Parish, 4263 St. Francis Drive, Athol Springs, hosts a Chiavetta’s chicken barbecue from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Dinners $12, with dessert and beverage.

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FEEL BETTER – Trinity Baptist Church, 2930 Bailey Ave., will hold a Health Fair and Community Family Fun Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. There will be health screenings and information, games, a bounce house, refreshments and prizes.

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BIG WHEELS – The Williamsville Train Depot Museum, 86 S. Long St., Williamsville, holds a Touch a Truck family event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $5. Proceeds benefit restoration of the depot.

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CHURCH NOTE – St. John’s AME Church, 917 Garden Ave., Niagara Falls, celebrates its 113th anniversary at its service at 11 a.m. Sunday. Guest speaker is Rev. William Feagin. All are welcome.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Jeff Glor, Gregg Borland, Judy Sirianni, LeSean McCoy, Mark Hodges, Edna Henrich, Debra Czuprynski, Matthew Jeffries, Garion Lopez, Dan Quinn, Martha Toth, Debbie Nichols, Lisa Musilli, Bobby Domzalski, Jack Gawronski, Doris Perl, Jo Polowy, Deb Turner Schoenle, Emily Mueller, Tamara Franz, Ron Plewinski Sr., Kevin Safe, Ken Simmons, Joe O’Brien, Rose Marie Carmichael, Sister Rose Marie Kustko, Colleen Wayman August, Mike “Huck” Finnerty, Gerry Grandy, Jake Johnston and John Wojtowicz.

AND SATURDAY – John J. Battig, Shawnatae’ N. Warren, Sara Vescio, Michael Starzynski, Linda Cortese, Cherie Lunger, Jack Beedon, Jeff Maryniewski, Josh Taylor, Lori Hannah, Denis Camp, Josh Taylor, David Drebot, Ron Morello, Brittany McCabe, Sister Aileen Marie Wroblewski and Sister Mary Nicolette Wichrowski.

AND SUNDAY – Julie Massari, John Oliver, Irv Sultz, Bill Slon, Gina Browning, Bob Riley, Nancy Gish, Peter Filim, Julie Deven Moro, Fred Skretny, Amy Nagy, Michelle Blake, Brett Au, Gina Maduri, Rick Woody, William F. Streb, Deborah Tross, Father Ron Bagley, Bob Weekley, Sam Mecca, Daniel Christiano, Laura Ruszczyk, Father Ronald P. Sajdak, Dan Whitehead, James Ziolkowski and Edward J. Butler.

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