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Reporters' Notebook: Oct. 11, 2019

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, born on this date in 1884, “Beautiful young people are accidents of nature, but beautiful old people are works of art.”

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LAST CALL – An antique tractor show, a harvest festival and a costume parade for kids and pets will help close out the 17th season of the Alden Farmers Market from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the Tractor Supply/Save a Lot Plaza, 13119 Broadway (Route 20), Alden. For more info, call 937-6177 or visit

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JACKING PUMPKINS – Janna Willoughby-Lohr from Papercraft Miracles will show kids and adults how to do decoupage on pumpkins and artist Amanda Hibbert will demonstrate eco-printing on them from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday in the Kenan Center, 433 Locust St., Lockport. To register, call 433-2617 or visit

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HUNGRY? – The First Volunteer Fire Co. of Bergholz, 2470 Niagara Road, Bergholz, holds its monthly chowder and baked goods sale at 11 a.m. Saturday. Chowder is $4 a quart, $1.50 a bowl. Containers are 50 cents, or bring your own.

The Cheektowaga Lions Club hosts its annual all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday in the Cheektowaga Senior Center, 3349 Broadway. Dinner is $9. Kids 5 and under are free. For info, call 650-1506.

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MAGICAL, MUSICAL – Charlie Reed, who performs folk, rock and original songs, is joined by magician Garrett Thomas for a program from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday in Rust Belt Books, 415 Grant St.

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TALKING POINTS – A panel discussion on medicine and end of life issues will be held at noon Sunday in Calvary Episcopal Church, 20 Milton St. at South Cayuga Road, Williamsville, following a light lunch. Free admission.

John Snodgrass, who teaches religion at Canisius College, will provide an introduction to Islam at 12:30 p.m. Sunday in the First Unitarian Church of Niagara Falls, 639 Main St. His talk is free and open to the public.

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HEALTHY OPTIONS – Learn how to eat right at the World on Your Plate 16th annual Food and Sustainable Living Conference today and Saturday in the Wick Campus Center at Daemen College. Today’s program includes a taco buffet at 5:30 p.m., followed by the film “Redefining Prosperity: The Goldrushes of Nevada City.”
Workshops from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday include toxin-free gardening, plant-based eating and climate solutions. Keynote speakers are author and documentary filmmaker John DeGraaf and Walter Simpson, founder and director of the University at Buffalo Environmental Sustainability Office. Cost is $40 at the door. For more info, visit

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Azure Mucitelli, Doug Weyand, Kevin Hosey, Diane Gaidry, Nicole Roma, Rick Crosson, Alan Gaglia, Mary Brown, Mary Baker, Mandy Czamara, Dorothy Poltowicz, Frank Mariani, Larry Cornwall, Maryanne Wach, Emily Lynett, Amy Bauer, James Ryan Kelley, Michael Gwizdowski and Gary Cox.

AND SATURDAY – Karen Robinson, Raymond James Luedke, Jonathan D. Cox, Louisa Fraiser-Merritt, Ava Sullivan, Claire Hildebrand, Jerome Lokcynski, Maureen Griffin Higgins, Brandi Koehler, Brooke Koehler, Dawn Hall, Byron Kocher, Karen Stanley, Taylor Page, Christine Michalski, Stacey Smith, Stacey Gibbins, Tobias Panek, Lynne Pennella Battaglia, Jim Robinson, Kelly Hojnowski, Mary Jane Olejnik, Arlene Mack, Brandon Bartus, Gale Cirocco, Wendy Stebbins and Ken Sajda.

AND SUNDAY – Bruce Andriatch, Harvey Garrett, Bill Fenzel, Bryan Eckenrode, Luz Pieria-McGoin, Jennifer Schaller, David Jajkowski, Rick Galli Jr., Paul Lester, Dennis Lester, Father Louis Dolinic, Ron Wanat, Chris Catalfano, John Garvey, Denise Karpinski, Victoria Gruber, Paul Safe, Kaitlin Haefner, Chris Panek, Kurt Murphy, Ian Sabadasz, Lauren Farry, Diane Grant and Mary Jo Biggane.

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