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Reporter's Notebook: Nov. 14

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to comedian and political commentator P. J. O’Rourke, born on this date in 1947, “Everybody knows how to raise children, except the people who have them.”

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The Orchestra Conductor

Most conductors are men
In white tie and tails
But the BPO maestro
Is one of the gals!
It doesn’t come as a surprise
When up to the podium
Walks not one of the guys,
Nope! We’ve got a female
Leader of the band,
Which makes us one of the luckiest
Audiences in the land.
Wielding the baton,
Making the music swirl,
We’ve got someone special –
The conductor is a girl!
– Joyce L. Wilson

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EVENING OF NOTE – The Friends of the BPO, which supports the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, will host an evening reception, “The Joy of Music and Wine,” from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the Mary Seaton Room at Kleinhans Music Hall.
There will be wine from the Niagara and Chautauqua wine trails, beer from Flying Bison Brewery and samples from 15 food shops and restaurants, along with a giant basket raffle and a chance to shop for holiday gifts. Music will be provided by Sal Andolina and Friends. Tickets are $30 and include a complimentary souvenir wine glass and tickets to any Sunday Classics concert. For tickets, call 885-5000 or visit bpo.org.

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BARGAIN HUNT – The annual Sisterhood Rummage Sale begins today and continues through Wednesday in Temple Beth Tzedek, 621 Getzville Road at Hartford Road, Amherst. In addition to tables full of jewelry, toys, books, housewares and small appliances, there will be a Designer Room filled with fashionable clothes.
Hours are noon to 7 p.m. today and admission is $1. The sale is open from noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday with free admission and concludes from noon to 7 p.m. Wednesday, which will be “bag day” with half-price items in the Designer Room.

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Keith C. Burich uncovers a forgotten history

FRONTIER LORE – Canisius College professor Keith R. Burich, author of “The Thomas Indian School and the ‘Irredeemable’ Children of New York,” will be the featured speaker in this week’s installment of the IMAGINE Buffalo lunchtime lecture series at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday.
The program begins at noon in the Ring of Knowledge on the main floor of the Central Library on Lafayette Square in downtown Buffalo with a Great Courses video on “Buffalo Bill Cody and the Myth of the West.”
Admission is free. You can bring a lunch or purchase one at the library’s Fables Cafe. The series is sponsored by the Center for the Study of Art, Architecture, History & Nature.

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HUNKER DOWN – Prime Time Energy Services of Depew will give a free seminar on how to make your house snug and warm this winter at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Northwest Buffalo Community Center, 155 Lawn Ave.
Free weatherization kits will be given to the first 30 who attend. There also will be information on grants for improvement projects that save money on utility bills. Light snacks will be provided. To reserve a seat, call 685-4331. For more info, visit primetime-energy.com or follow the company on Facebook.

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FROM THE TOP – The Tuesday Night Lecture Series at the Brighton Place Library, 999 Brighton Road, Town of Tonawanda, features Tonawanda Town Supervisor Joseph Emminger, who will talk about the town’s past and future. Seating is limited. Call 332-4375 to register.

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Gary Astridge with Ringo and his drums

FASCINATING RHYTHM – The drum sets played by Ringo Starr of the Beatles will be the topic of a free presentation by musicologist and historian Gary Astridge, official curator of Ringo’s collection, at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday in the Tonawanda-Kenmore Historical Society Museum, 100 Knoche Road, Town of Tonawanda. Astridge, drummer for the Beatles tribute group, the BBC Band, is nationally recognized as an expert in drums used in rock music. Admission is free.

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REUNION TIME – All men who played any sport in the Monsignor Martin Athletic Association in the glory days of the 1960s are invited to a casual reunion from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 25, the day after Thanksgiving, in Ilio DiPaolo’s Restaurant, 3785 South Park Ave., Blasdell.
Cost is $25 and includes three hours of open bar with beer, wine and pop, plus pizza and wings. For more info, call Joe Mooney, Timon Class of 1965, at 481-6878, Jim DiSarno, Timon Class of 1966, at 998-9322 or Jim Cavanaugh, St. Joseph’s Class of 1966, at 807-6606.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Samantha Symtek, Eric Jackson-Forsberg, Molly Quackenbush, Tara Ellis, Peter Stelmach, Ken Zimpfer, David Pierowicz, Kim Pabich Phillips, Carley Panepinto and Sister Mary Michaelanne Galas.

email: olaffub@buffnews.com

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