Reporters’ Notebook: Oct. 13, 2017 – Buffalo News

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to comedian Lenny Bruce, born on this date in 1925, “If something about the human body disgusts you, the fault lies with the manufacturer.”

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BORN TO SHOP – Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8113 (the Chicken Coop), 299 Leydecker Road, West Seneca, will hold its fall flea market from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. For info, call Janice Misuraca at 627-3619.

Windom Community Church, 3766 Abbott Road, Orchard Park, will hold a Fall Bazaar from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Pizza, chili and beverages will be available. Prize drawings begin at 1 p.m.

North Presbyterian Church, 168 Payne Ave., North Tonawanda, will host its annual theme basket auction Saturday. Doors open at noon, drawings start at 2 p.m. Admission is $5, which includes one envelope of tickets. Hot dogs and beverages will be available for purchase.

Blessed Sacrament Church, 263 Claremont Ave., Town of Tonawanda, will hold a Christmas Craft Fair from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. A continental breakfast is available. For more info, call 480-8874 or 834-4511.

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LIVING HISTORY – “Everything Wood” is the theme of the Tonawanda Reservation Historical Society’s Annual Exhibit from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in the Tonawanda Indian Community House, 372 Bloomingdale Road, Akron. There will be handmade bowls, spoons, combs, lacrosse sticks and black ash baskets, along with historical displays, traditional foods and a huge auction.

The Edward M. Cotter is the world’s oldest working fireboat.

The Lancaster New York Historical Society will present Civil War Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in the Little Red School House Museum, William Street and Bowen Road, Lancaster, with reenactors in period costumes portraying everyday citizens of the era. Admission is free.

Buffalo’s historic fireboat, the Edward M. Cotter, will have an open house in conjunction with Fire Prevention Week from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at its dock at 155 Ohio St. at Michigan Avenue. Tours are free.

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MENUS AND MORE – The Altar and Rosary Society of Queen of Angels Church, 144 Warsaw St., Lackawanna will hold a Fall Festival from noon to 4 p.m., featuring a Wendel’s chicken dinner for $11, including dessert and a beverage. There also will be a raffle with more than 100 prizes.

Cleveland Hill United Methodist Church, 546 Eggert Road, will serve a pulled pork dinner from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Dinners are $9, $7 for kids under 12, and include a home-baked dessert. There also will be a bake sale and silent auction.

The Church of the Annunciation, 7580 Clinton St., Elma, offers a German Pot Luck Dinner from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday with music by the Genesee Valley Band. Bring a dish to pass and your favorite beverages. Tickets are $10 adults, children free. For more info, call 683-5254 or visit

St. Casimir’s Church, 1833 Clinton St., will hold a pork chop dinner from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday in the Social Center. Dinners are $15 and include dessert and beverage. Proceeds will help with needed church repairs.

Holy Cross Church will sponsor a spaghetti dinner from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday in the School Hall, Niagara and Maryland streets. Dinners are $12 pre-sale, $13 at the door, $5 for kids 10 and under, including dessert and beverages. There also is a theme basket auction. For tickets, call 847-6930.

Deerhurst Presbyterian Church, 257 Deerhurst Park Blvd., Town of Tonawanda, will hold a spaghetti dinner from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday. Dinners are $9, $5 for kids 8 and under, and include dessert and a beverage. An auction follows at 6.

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MUSIC, MUSIC, MUSIC – Mike and Mandy – Mike Way and Mandy Raff – will play a variety of music for dancing from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday in Calvary Episcopal Church, 20 Milton St. at South Cayuga Road, Williamsville. Tickets are $25 and include pizza, wings and more. Proceeds benefit the church’s outreach ministries. For more info, call 633-7800.

Rev. Canon Earle King, rector of St. Martin-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church on Grand Island since 1987. will give a recital at 3 p.m. Sunday on the Schlicker Opus 2 Organ in the Buffalo Religious Arts Center, 157 East St. The organ was built in 1935 by Hermann Schlicker, who worked for Wurlizter before starting his own company. Suggested donation is $10, which will help heat the building next winter.

Guitarist Doug Yeomans will be featured in ROCtober at Elm Street Bakery, 72 Elm St., East Aurora, from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, a benefit for the Rural Outreach Center, which assists people in the Southtowns and Southern Tier. Donation is $50 and includes Elm Street Bakery Food, wine and beer. There also will be a silent auction.

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Molly Schuyler will defend her pumpkin pie-eating title Sunday.

LEAVE ROOM FOR PIE – Two weeks ago, they tried to set a record for the heaviest pumpkin at the Great Pumpkin Farm, 11199 Main St., Clarence. Last week, they dropped pumpkins from the top of a tall crane. Come 1 p.m. Sunday, they’ll be eating pumpkins in the seventh annual Hands-free World Pumpkin Pie Eating Competition.
Professional eaters from Western New York and around the country will try to surpass the record of 47 pieces of pie in 10 minutes, set by Molly Schuyler of Plumas Lake, Calif., in 2015. Schuyler, a mother of four who currently claims to be the “No. 1 Female Independent Competitive Eater in the World,” also won last year’s contest by eating 42 pieces. Prizes of $1,800 will be awarded.
Other attractions at the Great Pumpkin Farm this weekend include an Instrument Petting Zoo, which gives visitors a chance to make music on a variety of instruments, from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday; the In Jest Juggling & Comedy Show at 1:30 and 3 p.m. Sunday; the Funny Faces Drawing Contest for kids 3 to 14 both days; and Pig Races, with five post times each day. For more info, visit

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CHURCH NOTE – Evangelist Michael H. Imhof, a retired Navy commander and former Navy Seal, will be the featured speaker at a rally at 6:30 p.m. Saturday in Bacon Memorial Presbyterian Church, 166 59th St., Niagara Falls. There also will be music and a martial arts demonstration. Admission and refreshments are free. For more info, call 694-9571. Imhof also will be guest speaker at the church’s worship service at 10:30 a.m. Sunday.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Samantha McKillen, Bruce Andriatch, Harvey Garrett, Bill Fenzel, Les Shayne, Ron Wanat, Chris Catalfamo, Chris Panek, Bryan Eckenrode, Alvin H. Hargro, Luz Pierla-McGoin, Paul Safe, Kaitlin Safe, Jennifer Schaller, Ian Sabadasz, Davis Jajkowksi, John Garvey, Denise Karpinski, Kelly Hojnowski, Father Louis Dolinic, Lauren Rae Farry, Diane Grant, Mary Jo Biggane, JoAnne Quinn, Taylor Page, Debbie Kissel and Dick Worthington.

AND SATURDAY – Larry Goble, Dorothy May, Michael Ponterio, Catherine Berlin, Steven M. Cohen, Joseph Kirchmyer, Tony Starzynski, Sister Mary Ambrose Wozniak, Ruth Rucker, Barb Becker, Nancy McNally, Karen Clouden, Carol Brinker, Greg Sabadasz, Loretta Battaglia, Joanne Curtin, Ben Zaccagnino, Tony Starzynski, Tom Farry, Gertrude Berke-Christmas and Jackson Maund.

AND SUNDAY – Marcia Taylor Arent, Denise Marie Conners, Caitlin Ruszczyk, Elliott Szymkowiak, John Aschieri, Sue Rozler, Rose Popper, Emily Elkin, John Fredo, Grace Flanagan, Sister Mary Fidelma Kakol, Sister Ellen O’Keefe, Henry Jackie Coon, Wanda Johnson, Jena Meredith, Carlene Wilkie, Cole Long, Judy Egner, Jeff Rishel, Margaret Brown, Mary Beth Friscic, Judy Pasnik, John McManus and Rosemary Geralyn Gresock.

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