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Reporters' Notebook: April 10, 2017

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to author and travel writer Paul Theroux, born on this date in 1941, “You define a good flight by negatives: you didn’t get hijacked, you didn’t crash, you didn’t throw up, you weren’t late, you weren’t nauseated by the food. So you are grateful.”

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Epicurean ... Not!
A ramp to me
A path to street
Not something I
Would ever eat.
An eel, I view
Behind plate glass
Not on a plate.
No thanks, I’ll pass.
Don’t care for food
Pacific Rim
Or anything that’s
Soaked in gin.
Fruits Flambe?
Floating Isle?
I’m too down home
Just not my style.
Pot roast, burgers,
Mac and cheese,
They make me ask
For seconds, please.
And for dessert,
I’m not falutin’,
A glass of milk and one fig newton.
– Carol Thrun Nowicki

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The Larkin Administration Building as it appeared in 1906.

NOT FORGOTTEN – Excavation and preservation work on the site of the demolished Larkin Administration Building, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, will be the topic when Patrick J. Mahoney, architect and a vice president of the Graycliff Conservancy, speaks at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday in the IMAGINE Buffalo lunchtime lecture series in the Central Library on Lafayette Square in downtown Buffalo.
The program will begin at noon on the library’s main floor with a Great Courses video on the architecture.
Admission is free. 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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SAFETY FIRST – Simple steps that older adults can take to prevent falls will be reviewed in a program at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Rural Outreach Center, 730 Olean Road, East Aurora.
Speaker will be Karen Shalke, an occupational therapist for Catholic Health’s Living Independently for Elders program at the Our Lady of Victory Senior Neighborhood. For more info and to register, call Ruthie Hunt at 220-4834.

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ARTFUL EVENING – A demonstration of painting with acrylics will be given by Bernice Smith, founder and past president of the West Seneca Art Society, at the next meeting of the East Aurora Art Society at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Aurora Senior Center, 101 King St., East Aurora.
The East Aurora Art Society will be taking part in East Aurora’s Art Walk from 4 to 9 p.m. April 28. Member paintings will be displayed in the chapel of the former Aurora Town Hall on the Roycroft Campus, 5 S. Grove St.

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George and Paulette Cooper Noble

FAMILY AFFAIR – Award-winning husband-and-wife authors Paul Nobel and Paulette Cooper Noble will be keynote speakers this week at the 17th annual Daemen College Academic Festival.
Cooper Noble, who has written 23 books, will speak about the long conflict that followed the publication of her book, “The Hidden Child Who Took on Scientology,” at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Alumni Lounge in the Wick Campus Center.

Her husband, an Emmy Award-winning television producer who has worked with President John F. Kennedy, Dr. Ruth Westheimer and Henry Kissinger, will consider “Television and How It Changed Our World” at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Room 120 of Daemen’s Research and Information Commons. Both lectures are free and open to the public.

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HOMEWORK HELP – Odell Hull, a fourth-grade student from North Carolina, is looking for information about New York State from people who live here for a report he has been assigned.
He would appreciate postcards, maps, pictures, souvenirs and anything else about New York that would be helpful. Items can be mailed to him care of Mrs. Dodds’ Class, Charlotte Latin School, 9502 Providence Road, Charlotte, NC 28277.

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REUNION ALERT – The Class of 1967 from St. Thomas Aquinas Grammar School will celebrate its 50th reunion from 5 to 10 p.m. May 27 in the Buffalo Irish Center, 245 Abbott Road. A 4 p.m. Mass in St. Thomas Aquinas Church, 450 Abbott Road, will precede the reunion. For more info, call Moe Myers at 512-8176, email moey17@aol.com; or Moe Mulderig at 982-8632, email mrmulderig@gmail.com.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Jim Szczublewski, Lori Repicci, Steve Tasker, Sarah Fonzi, Candace Johnson, Lisa Kane, Randy Miller, Robert Balbick, Dorothy Dillemuth, Carly Siuta, Dr. Reg Abraham, Dan Pawlowski, Peggy Nigrelli, Bobby Galligan, Lee Tulumello, Lynne Meidenbauer and Dillon DiPirro.

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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