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Reporters' Notebook: April 4, 2017

OLAF FUB SEZ: A thought for a rainy day from poet Maya Angelou, born Marguerite Ann Johnson on this date in 1928, “Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.”

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SPECIAL GUEST – Gender pay equity will be among the topics when Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul appears as guest speaker at a dinner meeting of the Buffalo Niagara Chapter of New York State Women on Wednesday in the Protocol Restaurant, 6766 Transit Road, Amherst. Her talk will be followed by a question-and-answer session.
The program will begin with networking and registration at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 5:45. Cost is $30 for chapter members, $35 for guests. Register online at bncwomeninc.org.

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LET’S GO SHOPPING – First Presbyterian Church, 149 Broad St., City of Tonawanda, will hold a Welcome Spring Sale from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. The thrift shop, mini boutique and plant place will be open. A luncheon featuring a Sloppy Joe plate, homemade pie and a beverage will be available for $6 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Proceeds benefit local charities.

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CHURCH NOTE – The last in a series of weekly Lenten services sponsored by the West Seneca Community of Churches, “A Lenten Journey on the Way to the Cross,” will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday in St. John Vianney Church, 2950 Southwestern Blvd., Orchard Park. Leading the service will be the Rev. Edward Ihde of St. Nicholas Anglican Church. People of all faiths are welcome.

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Samuel L. Radford III

TABLE TALK – UMOJA Inc. will host “A Blessed Gathering” buffet lunch and community discussion from 1 to 6 p.m. Friday in the United Way of Buffalo and Erie County, 742 Delaware Ave. A Stop the Violence Coalition meeting will follow at 6 p.m.
Samuel L. Radford III will moderate the discussion. Speakers will include historian and author Eva M. Doyle, former Buffalo Police Officer Cariol Horne and Erie County Legislators Betty Jean Grant and Barbara Miller-Williams. To make a reservation for the luncheon, call 533-6283 or 578-3571.

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THE BUNNY TRAIL – The Easter Bunny will be kept hopping next weekend. Here are three places he will be stopping:
The Rotary Club of Hamburg’s 14th annual Breakfast with the Bunny on Saturday morning in Oakwood Manor, 2985 Lakeview Road, Lake View, across from the Town of Hamburg Ice Arena. Seatings are at 9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. There will be a pancake breakfast, face painting, raffles and, of course, photos with the bunny. Tickets are $4 for youngsters 2 to 10, $7 for ages 11 and up. For reservations, call 867-8388 or email BreakfastWithTheBunny@gmail.com.

St. Andrew Church in Sloan will host Breakfast with the Easter Bunny from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Palm Sunday in the Parish Hall, 111 Crocker St. Cost is $8 for adults, $3 for kids 10 and under, for a breakfast that includes pancakes, scrambled eggs, French toast, hash browns and a beverage, along with photos with the bunny, crafts and other activities. For more info, call 892-0425.

St. Stephens-Bethlehem United Church of Christ, 750 Wehrle Drive at Union Road, Amherst, will hold a Lunch with the Easter Bunny from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Palm Sunday. Lunch at 11:30 will include chicken nuggets, pizza, veggies, desserts and beverages. There will be photos with the bunny, crafts, an Easter egg hunt and games. For more info, call 632-4226.

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Erin DeLabio

ALL IN THE FAMILY – The Niagara Law Center will host a session on Family Law Practicum, covering maintenance, public assistance benefits, general custody issues and ethics, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in Room 127, Dunleavy Hall, at Niagara University. The course will offer five CLE (continuing law education) credits.
Speakers will include Wheatfield Town Justice Erin DeLabio, Royalton Town Justice Laura Wagner and attorneys in family practice. Fee is $60 for Bar Association of Niagara County members, $75 for nonmembers, and includes lunch and continental breakfast. To register, call Lori Shawver at 622-8156 or email lorimshawver@aol.com.

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AN APP FOR THAT – Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, off Como Park Boulevard, will offer a series of five Nature Tech Adventures during spring break next week to show youngsters 8 and older how technology and nature work together.
All sessions are at 1:30 p.m. and include Birding on Monday, Orienteering on Tuesday, Wild Wind on Wednesday, Geo-Caching on Thursday and Nature Apps on Friday. All are free, but registration is required for each one. To sign up, call 683-5959.

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THE GREAT OUTDOORS – The Allegheny National Forest office in Warren, Pa., is hiring high school students age 15 to 18 interested in preserving natural resources to work in its Youth Conservation Corps Summer Program.
One five-person crew will be assigned to the Bradford Ranger District and another five-person crew will go to the Marienville Ranger District for eight weeks from mid-June to early August. Students will work eight hours a day on weekdays, earn $7.25 an hour and be responsible for their own transportation.
For more info, call Lori Elmquist at (814) 728-6286 or email lelmquist@fs.fed.us. Applications are available on the Allegheny National Forest website at fs.usda.gov/allegheny. Deadline for applications is April 20.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Annie Stachowiak, Shirley Szczepanek, Nancy Acara, Bill Lukasiak, Audrey Cannizzaro, David Rivera, Elaine Panty, Christopher T. Greene, Kevin Gardner, Matthew Bassett, Sister Sharon Marie Dombrowski, Tim Eagan, Julie Rapp, Michele Gwizdowski, Rev. Jeff Nowak, Sue Schwartz, Bob Ulrich, Heather McEwan, Peter Smith, Henry Kobos, Rose Bettinger, Garrett Raymond Becker, Paul Schwarztrauber and Ron Hattum.

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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