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Reporters' Notebook: April 19, 2017

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to actor and comedian Dudley Moore, born on this date in 1935, “The best car safety device is a rear-view mirror with a cop in it.”

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PAGE TURNERS – The annual Women’s Society Used Book Sale begins this weekend in the Unitarian Universalist Church of Buffalo, 695 Elmwood Ave. at West Ferry Street.
In addition to hardcover and paperback books for all ages, there will be puzzles and audiobooks at bargain prices. Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and again April 29 and 30.

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FOOTLOOSE – Mark Mazur & the Little Big Band will provide the music as St. Simon’s Episcopal Church, 200 Cazenovia St., hosts a Spring Fling Dance from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday. Admission is $10 and includes pizza, snacks and soft drinks. For more info, call 822-1900 or visit ssbuffalo.org.

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PLAN AHEAD – Numerous local assisted-living centers will provide information from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Friday at the annual Trade and Service Show in the Tonawanda Senior Citizens Center, 291 Ensminger Road, Town of Tonawanda.
Health screenings also will be available. Admission is free. All are welcome. Coffee and refreshments will be provided. For more info, call 874-3266.

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John Fredo

PAST COMES ALIVE – Forest Lawn helps observe the 150th anniversary of the founding of the SPCA Serving Erie County with a special exhibit and tour at 9:30 a.m. Saturday.
The exhibit, which includes artifacts from the archives of the SPCA and the cemetery, will be followed by an hourlong excursion visiting the graves of the local SPCA founders, including Millard Fillmore, as well as animal-themed art on the cemetery’s monuments. Tickets are $15.
Forest Lawn’s chapel will be the setting at 2 p.m. Sunday for “Stories of Inspiration,” a program that combines music with life lessons from leading figures of the past like Charlotte Mulligan, founder of the Twentieth Century Club, and Maria Love, who established the nation’s first day care center.
Actor John Fredo will recount the stories with accompaniment by organist Ralph Bacha on the chapel’s recently restored Wurlitzer organ. Tickets are $15. To reserve tickets for either program, call 332-2233 or visit forest-lawn.com.

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HORSE SENSE – The ASPCA and Phoenix Rising Equine Center will celebrate Help a Horse Day from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday with a program entitled “Do You Believe in Magic?” at Spruce Meadow Farm, 10333 Keller Road, Clarence. Admission is free.
In addition to a magic show, there will be pony rides, games, crafts, raffles, a chance to meet rescue horses, a Quiddich match and a wildlife presentation. For more info, visit annunciationstrongstart.com.

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DOG DAY – Citizens Against Puppy Mills will host an educational session beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday in Townline Lutheran Church, 1159 Townline Road at Broadway, Alden.
In addition to speakers who will talk about how to prevent abuses in dog-breeding operations, there will be the screening of a new documentary, “Dog By Dog.”
Sign-in will begin at 8 a.m. Light breakfast and a lunch will be provided. An optional $5 donation is requested to cover the cost of food.

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WELCOME MAT – The Strong Start Early Learning Academy at the Church of the Annunciation, 7580 Clinton St., Elma, will hold an open house from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday to provide information on its programs for the 2017-18 school year.
The school will offer Pre-K3 programs two and three days a week, a five-day-a-week Pre-K4/5 program and a “Mommy and Me” program for youngsters 18 months to 3 years on Monday mornings. For more info, call 681-1327, email office.annunciation@gmail.com or visit annunciationstrongstart.com.

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UNLOCKING SECRETS – Teacher and historian Greg Kinal will give a presentation on “Unknown American History” at 2 p.m. Sunday in a program sponsored by the Lancaster New York Historical Society at 2 p.m. Sunday in the society’s museum, 40 Clark St., around the corner from the Lancaster Opera House. Admission is free. All are welcome. Refreshments will be served.

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David Shribman

REALITY CHECK – How to tell real news from fake will be the topic of the William H. Fitzpatrick Lecture at 7 p.m. Monday in Grupp Fireside Lounge in the Richard E. Winter Student Center at Canisius College. It’s free and open to the public.
Sorting out truth from fabrication will be veteran husband-and-wife journalists who began their careers in the 1970s at The Buffalo News – Pulitzer Prize winner David Shribman, who has been executive editor at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette since 2003, and Cynthia Skrzycki, a reporter at the Washington Post for 18 years and now a lecturer at the University at Pittsburgh. Shribman’s commentaries on politics appear regularly in The News.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Amy Bogner, Sandra Tan, Jay Tokasz, Barbara Seals Nevergold, Bonnie Lipczynski, Carol Di Gesare, Kevin Renaud, Matthew Becker, Carol DeLellis, Barbara Fecio, Kristin Harkness and Megan Elaine Prell.
AND THURSDAY – Kathleen Regan, Angel Wesolowski Stranges, Kate Willoughby, Robert Wilmers, Diana Nathan, Denise Slattery, John Gavigan, John Lempke, Skylar Merrell, Bentley Schlegel, Lisa Driscoll, Kaitlyn Morris, Cole Pennella, Mary Wenum, Adelaide Tiranno, Lorrie Darmstedter, Tom Puglisi, Mimi Cassidy, Debbie Hoffman, William D. Austin, Gavin Krug and Erin Marie Kelleher.

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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