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Reporters' Notebook: July 21, 2021 – All hands on deck

Reporters' Notebook: July 21, 2021 – All hands on deck

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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to philosopher and communications theorist Marshall McLuhan, born on this date in 1911, “There are no passengers on spaceship earth. We are all crew.”

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GIVE A LITTLE – The West Seneca Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday at the ConnectLife Southgate Donation Center, 984 Union Road, West Seneca. Donors will be entered in a raffle to win a buffalo-shaped cutting board. To make an appointment, call 529-4270 or visit

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HIDDEN TALENTS – Want to unleash your artistic instincts but don’t know how to start? “Drawing Is For Everyone,” a book published this week from Kateri Ewing, award-winning artist in residence and teacher at the Roycroft Art Center in East Aurora, can help. With 21 short lessons in drawing with graphite pencils, colored pencils and ink, it encourages readers to practice and get better every day. For more info, visit

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OLD WORLD TREATS – Serbian culture will be celebrated at SerbFest from noon to midnight Saturday and noon to 10 p.m. Sunday at St. Stephen Serbian Orthodox Church, 177 Weber Road at Abbott Road, Lackawanna. Featured will be spit-roasted lamb and pork, the grilled Serbian meat dish cevapi and ethnic desserts. There will be continuous live Serbian music and dancing. Admission is $1 for those over 18.

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ON THE WING – Catch sight of more than 750 exotic ducks, geese and swans from all over the world from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Gooseneck Hill Waterfowl Sanctuary, 5067 Townline Road, Delevan. Visitors have a chance to hand feed the geese and 1,000 koi fish. For more info, call 942-6835 or email

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – D’Arcy Wydra, Catherine Nugent-Panepinto, Terrie Benson Murray, Fred Caso, Marie Edwards, Justin Philipps, Chuck Marra, Kavonna Ann Hargro, Max “Maxie O” Oesterich, Mary Bruno, Florence Henel, Frank Greco, Rich Taczkowski, Natalie Klyczek, Paul Donahue, Frank Ball, Ariella Heitman, John Deth, Corry Powley, Sydney Stisser, Bethany Charles Domanowski, Deborah Deubell, Danielle Brucz, Ed Buchbinder, Staryl Glynn, Loughan Driscoll, Jamie Flood, Jan Sandberg, Cathy Stachura, Michael Marth and Mark Marth.

AND THURSDAY – Donna Kalek, Todd Mattina, Adrian Figliotti, Diane Gardner, Willie Schoellkopf, Val Dunne, Mike Shatzel, Madoline Augustine, Geraldine Mattison, Linda Johengen, Emily Domino, Arlene Magdziak, Bill Oheir, Ryan Ruettimann, Pam Bielanin, Adam Simonson, Arlene Kowal, Mike Gwitt, Janet Cochran, Linda Sunday, Mike Eagan, Sheila Ruszczyk, Mary Ann Roeser, Linda Slisz and Diane Mariano.

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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Dale Anderson has been a Buffalo News staff reporter since 1968. He was the chief rock and pop writer for 20 years and helped establish the weekend entertainment magazine Gusto.

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