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Reporters' Notebook: April 24, 2017

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to actress Shirley MacLaine, born on this date in 1934, “Don’t be afraid to go out on a limb. It’s where all the fruit is.”

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STOCK UP – The Kenmore Mercy Hospital Auxiliary will hold its annual Spring Used Books and Media Sale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday in the hospital atrium. Numerous books, CDs and DVDs will be available.

Having its Semi-Annual Book Sale this week is the Brighton Place Library, 999 Brighton Road, Town of Tonawanda. Books, CDs, DVDs and vinyl records will be offered for $2 or less. Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday. Saturday will be Bag Day from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., when a bag of books will be $5. For more info, call 332-4375.

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Kathy in the Hollow

Where tall willow reeds line Churchville Hollow
There thee Kathy, I did follow
In the late spring sun where butterflies flutter
I gave you my soul, and to no other
Your hand so soft within my own I clasped
Hoping your heart would be mine at last
But you turned away and talked of the sky and water
And how you loved the birds and otters
You talked of turtles and grass and trees
But did not hear my heartfelt pleas
No matter how much I told you, you did not hear
Now the hollow seems empty without you near.
– Chris Cummings

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SHIFTING GEARS – A panel discussion on the changing nature of scientific truth, co-sponsored by the WNY STEM Hub, will be featured 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 in the Ring of Knowledge on the library’s main floor with a Great Courses video on “Kuhn’s Revolutionary Image of Science.” Thomas Kuhn’s controversial 1962 book, “The Structure of Scientific Revolutions,” introduced the term “paradigm shift.”
Admission is free. You can 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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PLAN AHEAD – Today is the deadline for reservations for the Northtowns Christian Women's Connection soup and sandwich luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday in Christ United Methodist Church, 350 Saratoga Road at Harlem Road, Snyder. The program includes a talk by attorney Elizabeth Ingold, who specializes in elder law, followed by an inspirational talk about "Doing the Next Right Thing." All are welcome. Cost is $13. Call 775-5259.

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT – A reading and discussion series, “The Civically Engaged Reader,” will kick off from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Business Building at Daemen College. Facilitator Maureen Millane, Daemen’s associate vice president for community engagement, will lead the discussions, which will continue on Tuesdays through May 16.
Readings will include short selections from authors ranging from Jane Addams to Aristotle, Andrew Carnegie and Pablo Neruda. Participants will be provided books to use at each event.
Pre-registration is required. For more info and to sign up, call Michelle Thompson at 839-8334 or email mthompso@daemen.edu.

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URGE FOR GOING – The first session in a new Savvy Senior Travel Series, developed by AAA Western and Central New York, will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday in the Theatre Room at Asbury Pointe, 50 Stahl Road, Getzville. “Alaska, Land of the Midnight Sun” will include a presentation by Debby Hege from Princess Cruise Lines, followed by a question session.
The program is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. Light refreshments will be served. Tours of Asbury Pointe apartments will be available. For reservations, call 810-7500. The next Savvy Senior Travel session will be held July 25.

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ALL IN STITCHES – The Western New York Needlepointers, the local chapter of the American Needlepoint Guild, will hold their first meeting of the year at 1 p.m. Wednesday in Congregation Shir Shalom, 4600 Sheridan Drive, Amherst. All are welcome. For more info, call Sharon Mozeko at 480-8864 or 835-7749.

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Jennie Wade

COLLATERAL DAMAGE – The story of Jennie Wade, the only civilian to die in the Battle of Gettysburg, will be told in a program at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Lucy Bensley Center, 23 N. Buffalo St., Springville.
Tom Place, curator of Echoes Through Time, will narrate a presentation the includes photos from the Gettysburg Daily website. Admission to the program, sponsored by the Western New York Civil War Society, is free. Light refreshments will be served. For more info, call Place at 957-2740.

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GET A JOB – The Buffalo Employment Training Center, 77 Goodell St., will hold its 2017 Spring Career Fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday. There will be workshops on writing resumes, interviewing and job preparation classes at the BETC. Those attending should bring resumes and dress for success. For more info, call 856-5627.

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TOGETHERNESS – The Gay Straight Alliance at Maryvale High School in Cheektowaga will hold its first PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) meeting from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday in the second-floor library at the school. The club’s goal is to bring families of LGBTQ youth closer together. PFLAG helps LGBTQ people, their families and friends with education, support and advocacy. For more info, visit pflag.org/mission.

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REUNION TIME – The Class of 1967 from Sweet Home High School will hold its 50th reunion with an informal social evening Aug. 11 in Brennan’s Bowery Bar in the Clarence Mall, 4401 Transit Road, Clarence, and a dinner Aug. 12 in Classics V Banquet and Conference Center, 2425 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst. For info and reservations, call Sue Coughlin McCann at 316-4607 or email psmccann71@yahoo.com.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Jim Santella, Edna Fill, Inge Gallant, Barbara Libby, Tim Neary, Matthew Rathke, Kevin Toohey, Kyle Kuhns, Brittany Kirkley, Michael Dillon Meegan, Kyle Mueller, Michelle Kratts, Ethan Makowski, Gus Siffringer, Matthew Rathke, Dianne Wollingham, Carol Pagliaccio, Betty Clancy, Nickolas Massaro, Ayana E. Younger and Gary Betz.

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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