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Reporters' Notebook: July 17, 2019

OLAF FUB SEZ: A thought from comedian Phyllis Diller, born on this date in 1917, “Housework can’t kill you, but why take a chance?”

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THUMBS OUT – Author Chera Thompson, who earned her master’s degree at the University at Buffalo, signs copies of her latest book, “A Time to Wander,” which follows an 800-mile midwinter hitchhiking trip from Ohio to Minnesota, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday in Dog Ears Bookstore and Cafe, 688 Abbott Road. For more info, call 823-2665 or visit

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OLDIES AND GOODIES – All makes and models are welcome at the ninth annual Meghan Redenbach Memorial “Man Up” Car and Bike Show on Saturday at the East Amherst Fire Hall, 9100 Transit Road, East Amherst. Registration is 9 a.m. to noon. Awards will be given at 4 p.m.
Fee is $20, with proceeds benefiting Make-a-Wish of WNY, college scholarships and the Courage of Carly Fund, formerly Carly’s Club, at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. Admission is free for spectators. There also will be food, music and raffles.
The event commemorates Meghan Redenbach, a Royalton-Hartland Central School student who lost a two-year battle with cancer in 2010. For more info, call Nancy Redenbach at 772-2646 or 868-6602.

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BELLY UP – The 26th annual Buffalo Police Emerald Society Pig Roast will be held from 4 to 11 p.m. July 26 in the Bison City Rod and Gun Club, 577 Ohio St. Cost is $25, including food, beer, pop and music. Proceeds benefit college scholarships. For tickets, call Pat Mangan at 807-5368 or Jeremiah Hassett at 695-3528. Tickets also will be available at the door.

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DREAMS COME TRUE – Senior Wishes, a program of the United Church Home Society that fulfills aspirations for low-income elders, is looking for more seniors to assist.
Wish recipients must be Western New York residents who are U.S. citizens and at least 65 years old with an annual household income of less than $38,000 for one person or $44,000 for two. Permanent residents of car facilities are exempt from the income requirement. Recipients must be capable of experiencing their wish, but unable to accomplish it on their own.
“We want them to know they are not forgotten,” says Wendy Backman, Senior Wishes executive director.
For a wish application, call 508-2121 or visit

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Nancy Blaschak, Helen Panza, Terry Lew, Melinda Miller, Joe Fecio, Meg O’Malley, Ron Topolski, Tom Toplisek, Reese Tuzzalo, Art Kwitchoff, Jennifer Fay, Rich Simonetti, Hank Stachewicz, Lisa Meegan, Judy Miller, Diane Wacker, Daniel Recktenwalt, Andy Rouchka, Marilyn Moran, Mary Ann Schaller, Caitlin Augustyn, Denise Bell, Michael Kumiega, Janice Canfield Radder, Brayden Simmons, Rev. Jerome Stelmach, Annie Chilelli, Lawson Casto and Ronald R. Ratajczak.

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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