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Reporters' Notebook: April 18, 2017

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to legendary lawyer Clarence Darrow, born on this date in 1857, “I don’t like spinach, and I’m glad I don’t, because if I liked it, I’d eat it, and I just hate it.”

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LEARN SOMETHING – Town of Hamburg Senior Services is starting a new series of presentations and workshops in the Hamburg Senior Community Center, 4540 Southwestern Blvd., in conjunction with University Express, a partnership of the Erie County Department of Senior Services and the Retired Senior Volunteer Program, or RSVP.
The topic of the first session, at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, is “Healthy Eating Basics.” Future programs include “Understanding Blood Pressure Goals” at 10:30 a.m. April 26; “Shakespeare’s Greatest Speeches, Part 2” at 1 p.m. April 27; “Cyber Security/Identity Theft” at 10:30 a.m. May 3 and “The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s” at 10:30 a.m. May 11.
Classes are free, but registration is required. Call 646-0665.

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DRUMSTICK BEAT – St. James United Methodist Church, 4661 Porter Road, Niagara Falls, will host a takeout-only Chiavetta’s chicken barbecue from 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday. Dinners include roasted potato, homemade coleslaw, a roll and a brownie. For reservations, call 297-6421.

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BACK FROM HAVANA – Current issues in U.S.-Cuba relations will be the focus of a program Wednesday evening in the Network of Religious Communities, 1272 Delaware Ave. The speaker will be John Waller, a coordinator with Pastors for Peace Cuba, who has visited Cuba 15 times and has worked with the British Cuba Solidarity Campaign.
The evening, sponsored by the Latin American Solidarity Committee of the WNY Peace Center, will begin with a social hour and refreshments at 6 p.m., followed by the presentation at 7. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door and $5 for students. Proceeds will benefit Pastors for Peace. For information, call 835-4705.

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NFL DRAFT OUTLOOK – Buffalo News Sports Reporter Jay Skurski will discuss the coming 2017 National Football League draft and make predictions when he speaks at 7 p.m. Thursday in Brighton Place Library, 999 Brighton Ave., Town of Tonawanda. Admission is free. Seating is limited. To reserve a seat, call 332-4375.

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The Williamsville Depot

MAKING TRACKS – To celebrate the 120th anniversary of the Williamsville Depot, the Homewood Theater Company is reviving its play “The Railroad Comes to Williamsville” for shows at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and again April 28-29 inside the waiting room of the former train station at 86 S. Long St., Williamsville.
The play, performed in Reader’s Theater style, was written by Homewood’s Marty Bauer in 1999, using stories from the Amherst Bee that appeared during the construction of the depot in the 1890s.
Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and students, $4 for children 12 and under. Proceeds will benefit the upkeep of the depot, which is maintained by the Western New York Railway Historical Society.

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THINK SMALL – About two dozen local restaurants will compete to serve “Best Appetizers in Western New York” from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday at the ninth annual Dog Ears Bookstore Gala in the Buffalo Irish Center, 245 Abbott Road.
Judging the small plate entries will be Common Council Member Christopher Scanlon of the South District, WGRZ-TV personalities Maryalice Demler and Kevin O’Neill, and Buffalo Bills great Steve Tasker. Providing music will be the Charlie O’Neill Unplugged Club, the Grace Stumberg Band and Jay McDonnell.
Tickets are $50 and include beer and wine, including a special beer tasting hosted by Certo Brothers Distributing Co. Tickets are available at Dog Ears Bookstore and Cafe, 688 Abbott Road, or online at dogearsbookstore.org. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door. For information, call 823-2665 or visit the Dog Ears page on Facebook.

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COLLEGE CASH – The American Business Women’s Association Western New York Charter Chapter 5037 is accepting applications from women college students for a $1,500 scholarship.
Applicants must be residents of Erie or Niagara County, American citizens and enrolled in an accredited degree program in the U.S. They also must have completed at least 60 credit hours of undergraduate through graduate level studies and maintained at least a 3.0 average on a 4.0 scale.
For information and applications, email scholarship@abwawny.com. The deadline for applications is May 14.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Marianne Hererth, Bob Padgug, Paula Salamone, Tony Caferro, Chris Sasiadek, Rob Weisenburg, Mikey Klodzinski, Marcia Herren, Derek Litwin, Chuck Bratek, Robin Bartoo, Elsie Ver, Amy Preston, Scott Freudenheim, Shirley Miller, Esther Caldarelli, Diane Elmer, Dolores Brockenshire, Madeline Woelfle, Teddy Sliwa, Stacy Hammer, Diane Elmer and Marcia Cleary Walker.

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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