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Reporters' Notebook: Feb. 14, 2017

OLAF FUB SEZ: A favorite Valentine’s Day lyric from singer-songwriter Tim Buckley, born on this date in 1947, “Long afloat on shipless oceans/ I did all my best to smile/ ‘Til your singing eyes and fingers/ Drew me loving to your isle.”

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Valentines

Before the memories fade...
Before another season passes...
I remember my children.
So small...
sitting around the old
scarred wooden kitchen
table that was once my
Mother’s.

Winter was having its
way outside...
spitting sleet against
the window.

The warm room glowed
with little faces
and busy hands.
Cutting and shaping,
coloring and pasting
hearts into Valentines.

I loved you then...
I love you now...
disappearing in the snow.
– Carol J. Russell

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PAGE TURNERS – South Buffalo’s Dog Ears Bookstore, 688 Abbott Road, is beginning a new series of “Puppy Tales” storytime sessions for youngsters Friday. Cost is $25 for six weekly sessions and registration is limited to 20.
Puppy Tales is open to children ages 2 to 4 and begins at 10:15 a.m. on Fridays. Each session features three stories, a craft and healthy snacks. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For info, call 823-2665 or visit dogearsbookstore.org.

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LIVING LEGACY – A grand opening celebration at 1 p.m. Wednesday will kick off a Black History Month exhibit, “100 Years and More: Black History in Buffalo,” which will be on display for two weeks in the first-floor exhibit area of the Central Library in Lafayette Square in downtown Buffalo.
The exhibit focuses on the Michigan Avenue Baptist Church, the Michigan Avenue YMCA, the Nash House Museum, radio station 1080 WUFO-AM and the Colored Musicians Club, which is marking its 100th anniversary this year. There also will be a kids area with activities relating to Black History Month.
The program Wednesday will include music and historical re-enactments, including a portrayal of civil rights and women’s rights activist Mary Talbert. Co-sponsors are the Buffalo African American Museum committee and the Michigan Street African American Heritage Corridor Commission and Stakeholders.

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CHECKMATE – All student and adult chess players are invited to compete in a chess tournament honoring the memory of Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall on Monday in the Aloma D. Johnson Charter School, 15 Jewett Parkway. Winners will have a chance to go on to the U.S. Chess Federation SuperNationals to be held in May in Nashville, Tenn.
Adults will arrive at 9:30 a.m. and play three timed games. Students in three divisions will arrive at 11:30 a.m. and play four shorter games. Entry fee is $15 and includes pizza. A concession stand will be available. Registrations must be made in advance by emailing knightsof64@yahoo.com with name, address, contact number and U.S. Chess Federation number.
The tournament is sponsored by the Eagles of Excellence National Scholastic Chess Team and the Archangel 8 Chess Academy, both affiliates of the U.S. Chess Federation.

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CHURCH NOTE – The Great Lakes Baptist Association Women’s Auxiliary will present its Black History Musical Celebration, “Hope in the Midst of Adversity,” at 7 p.m. Friday in the Humboldt Parkway Baptist Church. Featured will be the church’s Mass Choir and the Billups Singers in renditions of traditional spirituals and contemporary songs. Host pastor is the Rev. John T. Hilliard. Moderator is the Rev. William Gillison. All are welcome.

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Rob Lederman. Photo by Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News

SERIOUS FUN – The Rotary Club of Buffalo will host “Laughs for Literacy,” a fundraiser for the Rotary Reads Kids Club, at 7 p.m. Friday in Rob’s Comedy Playhouse, 1340 N. Forest Road, Amherst. The bill will include standup comedy from Buffalo Rotarian Suzanne Taylor and other local comedians. Headliner will be Rob Lederman.
Tickets are $25, which includes two beverage tickets. Food and additional drinks will be available, along with a basket raffle and a live auction, with prizes that include a big-screen TV. For tickets, visit buffalorotaryevents.com. The Rotary Reads Kids Club provides reading programs for youngsters in nine neighborhood public libraries in Buffalo.

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UP AND RUNNING – Bishop Richard J. Malone will offer a Dedication Mass at 4:30 p.m. Saturday for the new Parish Center at St. Leo the Great Catholic Church, 885 Sweet Home Road, Amherst, followed by a blessing of the facility. A reception will follow. All are invited. For more info, call the parish office at 835-8905 or visit stleothegreatamherst.com.

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COLLEGE CASH – The Junior League of Buffalo is accepting applications from female high school seniors for two $2,000 scholarships for their further education. Winners will be chosen on the basis of volunteer experience, academic performance, high school activities and references.
Deadline for applications is March 31. For more info and applications, visit jlbuffalo.org and click on “Scholarships” under “Community Impact.”

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Stephanie Dorsheimer, Martha Fernan, Sharon Orsorio, Johanne Trotter, Bill Stachowski, Cheryl Lyles, Sue Schulman, Cindy Abbott Letro, Eric Andersen, Jordana Halpern, Brendan Bannon, David Zack, Tavia Weidmann, Conor Clouden Hooley, Madison Sheffield, Jim Kelly, Sheilah Zaretsky, Megan Blakely, Judy Reese, Craig Haendiges, Evie Kelley, Alivia Penman, Eileen Harnisch, Gregory Day Sr. and Kyle Marshall.

To submit birthdays and other items of interest to Reporters’ Notebook, please email olaffub@buffnews.com or send a letter to Reporters’ Notebook, Buffalo News, Box 100, Buffalo, NY 14240.

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