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Reporters' Notebook: Feb. 13, 2017

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Robert H. Jackson, born on this date in Warren County, Pa., in 1892, “It is not the function of our government to keep the citizen from falling into error; it is the function of the citizen to keep the government from falling into error.”

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Box of Chocolates

So you made a decision
To impress your sweetheart,
Getting Valentine’s Day
Off to a really good start.

A heart-shaped box of chocolates
Would surely make her smile.
It will keep the romance going
For quite a long while.

You made a big mistake
By opening up the box.
Maneuvering around the empty spaces
Made you feel sly as a fox.

The first piece was bitter,
It quickly became waste.
The search was now on
For one with a creamy taste.

Several pieces later,
Finally finding some with nuts,
Now the box was so empty,
It was impossible to adjust.

So it got you in a bind,
By trying not to spend much money.
It’s not worth cutting corners
When it comes to pleasing your honey.

A trip to the florist is needed
To try to save face.
Next time, be the smarter man.
Make that stop the very first place.
– Nelson R. Locher

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STEEPLE CHASE – Tim Wadkins, a professor of theology and religion at Canisius College, is the speaker at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday as the IMAGINE Buffalo lunchtime lecture series focuses on architecture and design.
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 Gothic cathedrals.
Admission is free. Attendees may bring a lunch or purchase one at the library’s Fables Cafe nearby. The series is sponsored by the Center for the Study of Art, Architecture, History & Nature.

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FREEDOM TRAIL – Quilt maker Daisy Anderson, a retired Buffalo teacher, will speak on the Underground Railroad and slave quilts in a program at 11:30 a.m. Thursday sponsored by the Women’s Society of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Buffalo, 695 Elmwood Ave. at West Ferry Street.
She will show some of her quilts, which incorporate symbols that are believed to have helped guide slaves to Underground Railroad sites. Her work has been exhibited at the Burchfield Penney Art Center and elsewhere locally. Light refreshments will precede her talk. All are welcome. Cost is $5. For more info, call 885-2136.

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TIME TRAVELER – Washington Hunt, a Lockport lawyer who was elected governor of New York in 1850, will be brought to life by historical re-enactor Henry Peters at a meeting of the Historical Society of North German Settlements at 2 p.m. Thursday in the Wheatfield Community Center, 2790 Church Road, Wheatfield. The public is welcome.
Hunt, who also was a real estate agent and three-term congressman, helped many German immigrants find homes and property in Wheatfield when they started arriving in 1843.
Peters, retired assistant superintendent of the Williamsville schools, has been portraying Hunt for the past 10 years as part of the Look Back in Time Players for the Niagara County Historical Society.

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UPROOTED – The plight of people displaced by forced population movements in Europe between World War I and World War II will be the topic of the next lecture in the Daemen College History and Politics Event Series at 7 p.m. Thursday in Room 120 in the college’s Research and Information Commons.
Speaker will be Yaron Jean, who teaches modern history in Israel at the University of Haifa and Sapir College in Negev. His forthcoming book is titled “Portable Identities: Travel Documents and the Question of Stateless Refugees in Europe Between the Two World Wars.” His lecture is free and open to the public.

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COLD CASES – Author and storyteller Lorna Czarnota is guest speaker at the monthly meeting of the Cheektowaga Historical Society at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Cheektowaga Senior Center, 3349 Broadway, Cheektowaga.
Her topic is “Stranded on the Ice and Other Local Legends.” The program is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

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COLLEGE CASH – The Polish Arts Club of Buffalo Scholarship Foundation is accepting applications for a $1,000 college scholarship.
Applicants must be New York State residents of Polish ancestry, be a junior or higher in an accredited college or university and be studying for a degree in the visual or performing arts.
Deadline for applications is April 1. For info and an application, visit or call scholarship chairman Stan Nowak at 837-2061.

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REUNION ALERT – The Class of 1967 from Archbishop Carroll High School is planning its 50th anniversary reunion on the weekend of Aug. 11 to 13. For more info, email Evelyn Cudney Roycroft at or Linda Grieble Schwab at

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Colleen O’Brien O’Neill, Michael Martin Flannery, Mark Mulville, Bob Reis, Erin Coyle, Lynn Wessel Keane, Betty Erker, Tony DiPasquale, Joan Cole, Catherine Woloszyn, Brunhilde Berke, Ben Meckes, Paul Badaszewski, Laura Day, Carly Switalski, Jeff Lavelle, Chris Mueller, Darlene Govenettio and Monsignor Matthew Kopacz.

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