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Reporters' Notebook: April 11, 2017

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to former Secretary of State Dean Acheson, born on this date in 1913, “The best thing about the future is that it comes only one day at a time.”

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FALLING IN LOVE – The Buffalo and Erie County Public Libraries are celebrating National Library Week this week with a variety of free “Love Your Library” programs.
Today they include a robot programming demonstration at 3 p.m. in the Central Library on Lafayette Square in downtown Buffalo and visits by the Aquarium of Niagara Touch Tank, which will offer a chance to get close to underwater creatures at 11 a.m. at the Kenilworth Branch Library, 318 Montrose Ave., Town of Tonawanda (834-7657), and at 1 p.m. at the Kenmore Branch Library, 160 Delaware Road, Kenmore (873-2842).
For a complete list of library activities, visit bit.ly/2o6H5W0.

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EYES ON THE IRISH – The Buffalo Irish Genealogical Society is celebrating its 20th anniversary with “Gathering of the Clans,” a genealogical networking session from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the Heritage Discovery Center, 100 Lee St. off South Park Avenue.
There will be genealogical displays by members, DNA discussions, personal advice and light refreshments. A panel of genealogists will provide suggestions for those who have met roadblocks in their research. Admission is free. For more info, visit bigsNY.webs.com.

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Mike Randall

LUNCH BUNCH – Thursday is the deadline to make reservations for this month’s edition of the Let’s Do Lunch series at 11:30 a.m. April 20 in the Orchard Park Presbyterian Church, 4369 S. Buffalo St., Orchard Park.
Special guest will be WKBW-TV weatherman Mike Randall in a program of magic, ventriloquism and puppets. All adults are welcome to attend. Cost is $10 for a catered lunch that includes pork tenderloin, apple sauce, green beans and ice cream. Payment can be made at the door, but reservations must be made in advance by calling 662-9348.

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MARK THE DATE – Reservations are needed by Saturday for the next monthly meeting of the Variety Women at 11:30 a.m. April 22 in Ilio DiPaolo’s Restaurant, 3785 South Park Ave., Blasdell. Those attending are asked to bring a gift-wrapped item weighing one pound to be auctioned at the meeting. For more info and reservations, call MaryAnn Turkla at 771-1402 or Sandy Parker at 235-8249.

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LEARN SOMETHING – There’s still a chance to sign up for spring classes for adults and children in the Frontier Central School Community Education program, which begins next Monday. Offerings include a Baby & Me dance class, Kids Dance Fitness and Yoga & Roll.
Brochures are available in local libraries and in the office at Big Tree Elementary School, 4460 Bay View Road, Hamburg, where registration hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday. Phone number is 926-1744. Brochures and registration also are available online at frontier.wnyric.org.

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Marissa Perlman

GOING GLOBAL – Applications are being accepted from teams of six for Community World Quest, a trivia competition on global knowledge sponsored by the International Institute of Buffalo on May 11 in Canisius College’s Montante Cultural Center.
Categories will include culture, pop culture, history, geography, sports and cuisine. Prizes will be given. Emcee and quizmaster will be WIVB-TV anchor and reporter Marissa Perlman. The program will begin with light refreshments at 5:30 p.m.
Registration is $210 for a team of six or $40 for an individual contestant. For more info and to register, visit iibuff.org.

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WASTE NOT – Doing its part for conservation and the environment is the Town of Tonawanda Aquatics and Fitness Center. New water fountains were installed there last year that record every time someone fills up a bottle or canteen.
Fitness director Andrew Page reports that 174,732 refills were counted during the first nine months, ending in March, eliminating the need for many thousands of new water bottles, which ultimately would wind up in landfills.
“We want to be part of any waste reduction,” Page says, “especially in our own neighborhood.”

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Ed Rupp, Derek Gee, Alison Pipitone, Vincent Gallo, Robert Fink, Jesse Kyle Buczkowski, Sarah Rathke, Chloe McGavis, Taylor Frascella, Teresa Corrigan, Scot Kish, Mary Ann Kukoleca, Paula Paradise, Lynda Pawlak, Eric Pearlstein, Victoria Tomaka, Sam Palmeri, Sarah Rathke, Samantha Mayville, Mary Ann Kinney, Michele Deubell, George Saber, Luke Weber, Eugene Jelonek, Tracy McClure, Angeline Stefaniak and Joan Dragich.

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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