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Reporters' Notebook: Aug. 14, 2019

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to comedian Steve Martin, born on this date in 1945, “I thought yesterday was the first day of the rest of my life, but it turns out today is.”

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MEGA-PICNIC – A classic car show, a fish fry and music by Nerds Gone Wild kick off three days of festivities for the 82nd annual Annunciation-Elma Picnic, which begins at 5 p.m. Friday on the grounds of Annunciation Church, 7580 Clinton St., Elma.
Grounds open at 1 p.m. Saturday, with music by Jonny Peresan, followed at 7 p.m. by West of the Mark. Clam chowder will be ready at 1 and a pork chop dinner begins at 4. Following 5 p.m. Mass, a blessing of motorcycles and riders will be given at 6:15.
Sunday begins with a Polka Mass at 11:30 a.m., followed by a chicken dinner and music by the Roadrunners Band at noon and Backbeat 64 at 2:30 p.m. First responders and emergency vehicles will receive a special blessing at 1 p.m.
Throughout the weekend, there will be chowder, raffles, specialty booths, family activities, carnival games, a bounce house and an extensive food court. For info, call 683-5254 or visit

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AHOY! – The Industrial Heritage Committee hosts the next-to-last cruise in its 34th season of Historic Buffalo River Tours at 12:30 p.m. Sunday from the Miss Buffalo Dock in Erie Basin Marina. Tickets are $20 for adults, $13 for kids 4 to 11. For reservations, call 856-6696 or visit This year’s final tour will be held on Labor Day.

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ADDED ATTRACTIONS – Local magician Ted Burzinski will be featured this week at the Alden Farmers Market, which is open from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at 13119 Broadway (Route 20). Other attractions include music by Ron Schiralli and a chalk art contest sponsored by Pink Cow Ice Cream. For more info, call the Alden Chamber of Commerce at 937-6177 or visit

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OUT OF THE PAST – Members of the Step Back in Time Players will bring legendary Lockport residents back to life and tell their stories at 1 p.m. Sunday in a walking tour at Cold Springs Cemetery, 4849 Cold Springs Road, Lockport.
Among those portrayed will be Lockport’s first mayor, Benjamin Carpenter; Dr. Sarah Lamb Cushing, the first woman doctor in Western New York; and Cappy Daniels, a “lady of the evening.” Tickets are $10. For reservations, call 434-7433.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Walt Olszewski, Steve Powell, Donny Kutzbach, Sean Halt, Riley Fay, Jeffery Ernst, Bart Sobczyk, Valerie Weatherlow, Bonnie Nowicki, Tim Schaller, Diane Josephiak, Tim Bain, Sheila Wiles, Marlene Lindsay, Lissa Peek, Jim Darner, Quinn Griffin, Sharon Ann Green, Anthony Ambuske, Ed Kamela and Dave Gilson.

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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