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Reporters' Notebook: March 6, 2020

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to Nobel Prize-winning author Gabriel Garcia Marquez, born on this date in 1927, “It is not true that people stop pursuing dreams because they grow old; they grow old because they stop pursuing dreams.”

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A GREAT LOSS – The Rwandan community of Buffalo will offer a Mass in remembrance of Kizito Mihigo, a 38-year-old Rwandan gospel singer, peace activist and survivor of the Tutsi Genocide of 1994, at 5 p.m. Saturday in St. Anthony of Padua Church, 160 Court St. All are welcome. A reception will follow. Mihigo died Feb. 17 in police custody in Kigali.

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WEEKEND MENU – A BW’s fish fry will be served from 3 to 6:30 p.m. today in the Sacred Heart Parish Center, 5337 Genesee St., Bowmansville. Dinners are $12 and include two sides, bread and beverage. Desserts will be for sale. For info, call 683-2375.

The Ladies Auxiliary of Lewiston Fire Company No. 2, 1705 Saunders Settlement Road, Niagara Falls, will hold a Krolick’s chicken barbecue and basket auction from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. Dinners are $12 and include two sides. Drawings begin at 5:30.

Newfane Methodist Church, 2699 Main St., Newfane, offers a turkey dinner beginning at 4:30 p.m. Saturday. Dinners are $10 adults, $5 kids under 12, and include dressing, mashed potatoes, vegetable and homemade desserts.

The Boston Lions Club will host its annual spaghetti dinner and basket auction from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday in the Patchin Volunteer Fire Company hall, 8333 Boston State Road, Boston. Dinners are $10, $5 for kids 10 and under, and include meatballs, salad, dessert and beverage. For info and tickets, call Tom Herrmann at 481-1991 or email

The Holy Name Society of Queen of Angels Parish will hold an all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday in the Parish Center, Electric Avenue and Warsaw Street, Lackawanna. Dinners are $10, $5 kids under 12, and include a homemade dessert and beverages. There also will be raffles. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Call Gene Nowicki at 646-0513,

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GIFT OF LIFE – The intensive two-week blood drive in conjunction with Red Cross Month is reaching its halfway point. Donations can be made today from 7 to 11 a.m. in Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing, 257 State St., Batavia; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at ERA Team VP Real Estate, 28 Parkside Drive, Ellicottville; 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on the Erie Community College North Campus, Youngs Road, Amherst; noon to 5 p.m. in Seneca Allegany Casino, 777 Seneca Allegany Blvd., Salamanca; 1 to 6 p.m. in Darien Town Hall, 10569 Alleghany Road, Darien Center; and 1 to 6 p.m. in the Franklinville Fire Hall, 75 N. Main St., Franklinville.
Donations will be accepted Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 1424 Maple Road, Amherst; and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Dunkin Donuts, 2200 Sheridan Drive, Town of Tonawanda. To make an appointment, call 800-733-2767 or visit

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Esther Pietrocarlo, Dick Bauerle, Joan Lewis, Christopher Schobert, Karen Synor, Barbara Wedekindt, Roy Weiglein, Sister Mary Maureen Helak, Rianna Moll, Jeff Panek, Nathan Enser, Melvin McSpadden, Jenn Domres-D’Addario, Luke Zakrzewski, Eric Fiebelkorn, Karen Maryniewski, Korri Hall, Sonne Durphy, Colette Gibson, Rick Finnegan, Todd Jaworski and Ethan Swanekamp.

AND SATURDAY – Al Vaughters, Sister Mary Joyce King, Kim Colvin, Carl Badaszewski, Beth Rainey, Carol Bogenrieder, Peter Kogut, Corky Miller, Pat Perry, Avery Qi, Carolyn Durni, Kristen Winiewicz, Sister Margaret Wetzel, Patrick Hall, James Hill, Ryan Bessey and Jolene Swanekamp.

AND SUNDAY – Ruth Wurster, Bob Kirkham, Seamus Halt, Brian Pennock, Derek Kevin Enser, Anita Groh, Mike “Ike” Badaszewski, Jennifer Cuoco, Shelley Salmon, Andrew Canady, Jeff “Bubba” Baker, Patricia Merkwa, Bernadette Schurtz, Barb Cook, Kathy Goodrow, Margaret Mary Kelly, Donna Estrich, Don Bartus, Carol Monkelbaan, Elaine Weigand and Chris Isbrandt.

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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