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Reporters' Notebook: Nov. 8, 2019

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to “Gone With the Wind” novelist Margaret Mitchell, born on this date in 1900, “Death, taxes and childbirth! There’s never any convenient time for any of them.”

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HARD TALK – South Buffalo native Rosemary Voltmann, who now lives near Tampa, Fla., visits Dog Ears Bookstore, 688 Abbott Road, to sign copies of her illustrated children’s book, “Just Look Up,” which explains the death of a loved one to a child.

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BE A WINNER – Our Lady of Hope Parish, Grant Street and Lafayette Avenue, holds its Fall Festival beginning at 5 p.m. Saturday with theme baskets, cash prizes and a variety of food. $5 admission includes coffee and a sheet of raffle tickets.

St. Luke Lutheran Church in Cheektowaga, holds its Fall Meat Raffle on Saturday in Polish Falcons Hall, 445 Columbia Ave., Depew. Doors at 6 p.m. Raffle at 7. $5 admission includes beer, wine, pop and snacks.

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SATURDAY STOPS – The Lancaster NY Historical Museum, 40 Clark St., holds its annual holiday craft and quilt sale from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

A craft fair and basket raffle to benefit the Lancaster Opera House will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Holy Mother of the Rosary Cathedral, 6298 Broadway, Lancaster.

St. Mark Lutheran Church, 1135 Oliver St., North Tonawanda, holds its annual Candy Cane Fair Craft Show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Luncheon from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. features St. Mark’s Famous Chowder.

Millgrove Volunteer Fire Department holds a Fall Harvest Craft and Vendor Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Kitchen will be open.

St. Nicodemus Lutheran Church, 12029 Liberia Road, Marilla, holds a vendor and craft fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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HUNGRY? – Ten Lives Club Cat Rescue serves a pancake breakfast from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday in Cleveland Heights

Christian Church, 4774 Union Road, Cheektowaga. $10, $5 kids under 10, vets with ID free. From 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, the church also hosts a pork loin dinner to benefit Williamsville Depot. Dinner $10, $6 kids 6 to 12.

Buffalo Underdogs Rescue sponsors Pasta for Pups from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday in Clarence Fire District No. 1 Hall, 10355 Main St. Dinner and two beverages, $20.

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OLAF ONLINE EXTRAS

CAPED CRUSADERS – Comic book fans will converge on Brighton Place Library, 999 Brighton Road, Town of Tonawanda, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday for “Superhero Smash! Minicon for All Ages.”
Comic artists Will Rodriguez and Jeff Perdiziak will be on hand, as will folks from Collector’s Inn, the Tonawanda Anime Meetup and the Superhero Alliance of Western New York.
There will be art and costume contests in three age categories, photos with superheroes and free comic books. Artwork must be submitted by 11 a.m. It’s free and open to the public.

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CHURCH MUSIC – Award-winning Christian singer and songwriter Chris Wilson returns at 7:30 p.m. Saturday to the Church of the Annunciation, 7580 Clinton St., Elma, for a free concert. A reception follows.

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Buffalo, 695 Elmwood Ave., celebrates completion of improvements to make the church more accessible by presenting violinist, singer and disability rights activist Gaelynn Lea in concert at 7 p.m. Saturday. She also will speak at the 10:30 a.m. Sunday service.

The Artemis Quartet – Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra musicians Amy Glidden, Caroline Gilbert, Loren Silvertrust and Eva Herer – will present a musical tribute to the centennial of the Nineteenth Amendment in a concert hosted by the Friends of Vienna at 3:30 p.m. Sunday in the Unity Church, 1243 Delaware Ave. Admission is $14, students $5.

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DAY OFF FROM SCHOOL – The War of 1812, the Civil War and World War I will provide themes for a Veterans Day program of children aged 7 to 12 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday in the Niagara History Center, 215 Niagara St., Lockport.
Activities will include crafts to symbolize the friendship of the Tuscarora Indians during the War of 1812, making paper models of Civil War ironclad ships and comparison of weapons used in all three wars.
Fee is $10. A snack will be provided at noon. Reservations are required. Call 434-7344 or email annmarie@niagarahistory.org.

Lockport Blue, which promotes appreciation for law enforcement in Lockport, is sponsoring a free Family Fun Skate from 9:50 to 11:50 a.m. Monday in Cornerstone Ice Arena, 1 Grigg Lewis Way, off Chestnut Street, Lockport. There will be a laser light show, free ice bumper cars and complimentary skate rental. For more info, visit lockportblue.com.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Mary Rokitka Powell, Michael Wooten, Rabbi Alex Lazarus-Klein, Robert Rivard, Chris Halt, Nolan Halt, Peter Joyce, Vinny Occhino, Spencer Long, Mary Lynn Gallagher, Julie Ulrich, Barbara Sims, Mike Buczkowski, Mary Eldridge, Cyndy Kelly, Mary Wickett, Frank Murray, Monsignor Ronald P. Sciera, Mema Hoerner and Rob Fraass.

SATURDAY – Russell Link, Clare Kelley, Nick Caldiero, Nicole Graci, Hugh Bondanza, Robin Stadlmeir, Margaret “Maggie” Stokes, Carol Border, Colleen Hutchinson, Donald Kuminski, Ellie Wieleba, Betty Webb, Jim Roesser and Carole Krupski.

AND SUNDAY – Michael R. Pesarchick, Wayne Hoffman, Lisa Wilson, David Seeger, Tony Szkatulski, David Bellavia, Blakley Lynn Pilarski, Bill Harms, Callie Johnson, Floyd Doring, Debora Saia, Carrie Eagan, Winnie Wilkosz, Cathryn Eisenhardt and Sam Struble.

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