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Reporters' Notebook: Aug. 9, 2019

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to English poet John Dryden, born on this date in 1631, “Happy the man, and happy he alone,/ He who can call today his own:/ He who, secure within, can say,/ Tomorrow do thy worst, for I have lived today.”

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BACK HOME – Renowned tintype photographer Rob Gibson will demonstrate his process and discuss his work on film and TV productions, including the upcoming feature film about Harriet Tubman, at 2 p.m. today at the Niagara History Center, 215 Niagara St., Lockport. A Lockport native who now lives in Gettysburg, Pa., he will arrive on his antique Harley-Davidson motorcycle with its darkroom sidecar, where he processes his photographs. Admission is free.

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SOUP’S ON – The First Volunteer Fire Company of Bergholz and its Ladies Auxiliary will hold their monthly chowder and baked goods sale at 11 a.m. Saturday in the truck hall at 2470 Niagara Road, Bergholz. Chowder is $4 per quart for those with their own containers. Need a container? They’re available for 50 cents.

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READY TO EAT – More than two dozen restaurants specialty food producers will be featured in the first Lockport Food Fest from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Main and Pine streets in downtown Lockport. There also will be a basket raffle, a family fun zone and workshops by Dyan Mulvey’s Dance Academy. All sales will be cash only.

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COOL CATS – Dig into a Kitty Litter Sundae from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday as PJ Cools Ice Cream Shoppe, 6160 Transit Road, Depew, holds a fundraiser for Ten Lives Club Cat Adoption Group. Part of the proceeds from each sundae will benefit the cat rescue agency in Blasdell.

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QUACKING UP – The Rotary Club of Buffalo holds its fifth annual Duck Derby on Sunday at Canalside. Festivities begin at 11:30 a.m. Launch time is 2 p.m. or rubber ducks from the bridge next to Explore & More, the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Children’s Museum. Ducks are $5 each or six for $25. Winning duck will collect $125. For more info, visit

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – PearlieMae Hargro, Carroll McLaughlin, Emma Motley, Michelle Militello, Bob Dearing, Dick Baldwin, Felicia Meyer, Susan Lenahan, Kelsey Yeates, James Sundquest, Kristin Amodeo Golding, Sam Aures, John Douds, Donna Andruszko, Patrick Evans, Carl Schleelien, David Herren, Amy Clayman Wolfe, Christie Eastman-Byers and Mike Henry.

AND SATURDAY – Dan Boutler, Joshua Peoples, Dr. Ron Zielin, Don Van Every, Margaret Kenny, Terry Robinson, Jennifer Bronstein, Will Casey, Ron Zielin, Joe Federowicz, Carmella Pattacciato, Emmie Claire Heidinger, Claire Hooley, Stephanie Kraengel, Sam Rishel and Olivia Nicole Harper.

AND SUNDAY – Clara Wojtowicz, Jaden Robinson Pratt, Kim Beaty, Lee Coppola, Henry Davis, Sheldon Berlow, Jennifer Tudor, Ed Harman, Christy Kern, Rev. John T. Hilliard, Sheila Haggerty, Laurie Koehler, Candy Andrews, Latosha Safe, Jim Schaller, Sally Kaiser, Frank H. Billittier, Lawrence F. Pignataro, Jackie Ziolkowski, Ryan Klein, Lori Walker, Leon Sobon, Michael Hartman, Zak Olejniczak and Dan Vaught.

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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