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Reporters' Notebook: Aug. 23, 2019

OLAF FUB SEZ: An observation from piano-playing political satirist Mark Russell, born Mark Ruslander in Buffalo on this date in 1932, “Young people, take heart: the older you get, the fewer commandments you will have the strength to break.”

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PICK OF THE CROP – The Hamburg House and Garden Club will hold its annual picnic at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Scoby Hill, Springville. There will be a mini-flower show for members to display a single annual or perennial flower or a picnic theme arrangement from their own gardens.

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Fran Lucca (Buffalo News file photo)

AT LONG LAST – Buffalo Broadcasters Hall of Fame member Fran Lucca, now 93, has achieved his long-standing dream of publishing a book he wrote back in the 1960s.
“Escape to Nowhere” is the true story of Ron Reynolds, a Buffalo resident with a big case of wanderlust who enlisted in the French Foreign Legion for five years at age of 19, experienced terrible brutality and subsequently became the only American ever to escape. It’s available online at or can be ordered through Talking Leaves Books.

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SING OUT – The Lutheran Chorale of the Niagara Frontier, an ecumenical choir, invites singers with experience in church or high school choruses to an informal open rehearsal Tuesday evening in St. Luke Lutheran Church, 900 Maryvale Drive at Union Road, Cheektowaga.
A light meal at 6 p.m. will be followed by a conversation with the director, Isaac Hutton, and singing of some of the choir’s repertoire. Formal rehearsals will begin at 7 p.m. Sept. 10 in St. Luke Lutheran Church. For more info, visit

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Danielle A. Peoples, Jessie Dresch, Rocco Lucente, Cathy Ciambella, Anne McCaffrey, Marcia Brogan, Scott Bieler, Leslie Stolzenfels, Ethan Blair, Melissa Rathke, Ida Mruk, Sheila Mitchell, Peggy Frandina, Maryann Makowski, Anthony Scheeda Sr., Pat Manchester, Mary Ann Andrejewski, Jackie Baldwin, Ruby Paone, Cher Toepfer, Vinny Raven, Janice Rogacki, Tony Woyshner, Kerrick Woyshner, Harris Wienke, Harry Carlson, Linda Brooks, Nick Palmer and Kathy Clark.

AND SATURDAY – Bob Kochanski, Carl Paladino, Robert Traynor Coles, Kevin Kolb, Toni Cudney, Nancy Miranda, Danielle Burruss, Nick Hageman, Nancy Kelly, Renee Jackson, Tim Safe, Vern Bliek, Melvin Zielinski, John Flynn, Fahim Mojawalla, Caitlin Heidinger, Cailynn Jaehn, Helen Easton, Donna Vogt, Corky Forney, Caitlin Heidinger, Harper Pawlak and Jean Dunbar.

AND SUNDAY – Dick Dombrowski, Catherine Wright, Sheila Rosenthal, Rosalie Rosenband, Keri Callocchia, Jessie Fisher, Patricia Bukaty, Sister Mary Angelica Bielski, Megan Beres, Arleen Fill, Arlene Knetsch, Marcia Mercuri, Gina Liebel Moran, Karen Sommer, Jack Polowy, Karen Hart, Tony Scaccia, Marge Gritman, Paul Cybulski, Tim Sturtevant, Anna Sturtevant, Bill Schmidt, Patty Keppler, Erin Weber, Emily Weber, Amajah Middlebrooks, JoAnn Gilmour and Mike Wegner.

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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