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Reporters' Notebook: May 3, 2017

OLAF FUB SEZ: A thought for the summer from newspaper columnist Earl Wilson, born on this date in 1907, “A vacation is what you take when you can no longer take what you’ve been taking.”

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SAFETY FIRST – A series of free car seat safety checks begins across the state this week under the auspices of the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles and the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee. Certified technicians also will give advice on choosing the right seat for a child and how to use it.
The first check will take place from 2:30 to 6 p.m. Saturday at Catholic Health headquarters, 144 Genesee St. Advance registration is required. Call 447-6205.
Next week two checks are scheduled in Niagara County – from 3:30 to 6 p.m. next Wednesday at Mount St. Mary’s Hospital, 5300 Military Road, Lewiston (call 447-6205 to register) and from 9 a.m. to noon May 13 at Wheatfield Pediatrics, 2890 Niagara Falls Blvd., North Tonawanda (call 438-3464 to register). For more dates and info, visit safety.ny.gov/seat-cal.htm.

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OOPS! – Tuesday’s column had the wrong date for Explore Buffalo’s upcoming tour of the Larkin District. It will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, beginning outside the Flying Bison Brewery, 840 Seneca St. Tickets are $15, $5 for students. For more info and reservations, call 245-3032 or visit explorebuffalo.org.

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TOSS THE TOXINS – Brighton Place Library, 999 Brighton Ave., Town of Tonawanda, will offer a presentation on “Chemical Free Living” at 6 p.m. Thursday. Wendy Schmidt of Essentially Rooted will tell how to improve the home and save money by replacing chemically-based products with natural materials. Call 332-4375 to register.

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KID STUFF – St. John’s Lutheran Church, 3512 Clinton St. at Union Road, West Seneca, will hold its third annual Toy & Children’s Book Sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the Parish Hall. For more info and photos of items, find the event on Facebook. Proceeds will benefit St. John’s Community Preschool.

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HELPFUL TIPS – Registrations are need by Friday for a free presentation for caregivers on dealing with dementia from 6 to 7 p.m. next Wednesday in Heathwood Assisted Living, 815 Hopkins Road, Amherst. Caregivers also may register their loved on to take part in a free social respite. To sign up, call Joy Crawford at 688-0111.

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Doreen Rao directs the Buffalo Master Chorale.

HEAVENLY VOICES – The Buffalo Master Chorale, a 50-voice ensemble of professional and experienced volunteer singers, will perform classical favorites and popular music in the next Concert in the Church at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in St. Francis of Assisi Church, 150 Broad St., City of Tonawanda. Tickets are $15.

Singer and guitarist Donna Marie Chmiel will sing traditional hymns in a Divine Mercy Concert at 7 p.m. Friday in Blessed Sacrament Church, 263 Claremont Ave., Town of Tonawanda. Offerings will support a bus pilgrimage in October to the Divine Mercy Shrine in Stockbridge, Mass. For more info, call 627-4187.

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LOOK NO FURTHER – Want someone to publish your book? You might be looking at the person in the mirror. Find out how in a Self-Publishing Workshop from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in the Artisan Cafe at the Niagara Arts and Cultural Center, 1201 Pine Ave., Niagara Falls.
Leading the session will be Mike Miller, who has helped dozens of books, ranging from cookbooks to novels, get published in print and electronically. Admission is free, refreshments will be served and reservations are encouraged. Email kelly@thenacc.org.

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SISTERS SOIREE – The Sisters of St. Francis will host their 15th annual Food & Wine Tasting from 5 to 7 p.m. next Tuesday in St. Mary of the Angels, 201 Reist St., Williamsville. Honorary hosts will be Laurie Brosnahan, Sister Pat Burkard, Edda Feneziani, Barb Mazurkiewicz, Sharon Mozeko and Linda Shick, There will be gourmet hors d’oeuvres, free wine glasses and Georgetown Square Wine & Liquors will bring the wine.
Eric Monahan of Cash Realty & Auctions will serve as auctioneer for the live auction. There also will be silent auctions and live entertainment, courtesy of Thom Diina and Ray Chamberlain. The evening also will include the popular “Nun-Sweeter” bake sale and a “wine pull.” Tickets are $50, with proceeds benefiting the sisters’ ministries. For info, call Cindy Munschauer at 632-2155, ext. 687 or email cmunschauer@sosf.org.

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READY TO HELP – Good Shepherd Community of Faith, 187 Southside Parkway, will host an Opioid Overdose Recognition and Naloxone Use workshop from 6 to 8 p.m. next Tuesday. There is no charge.
Representatives from the Erie County Department of Health will explain how to recognize symptoms of drug overdose and how to administer naloxone (Narcan) as a nasal spray. A free two-dose naloxone kit will be provided to all attending who are over 16 years old at the end of the workshop. To register, call 858-7690 or visit erie.gov/health.

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FACE UP – Instructor Sara Taylor will provide an introduction to social networking at the next in a series of computer classes from 1 to 4 p.m. May 11 in Lockport Town Hall, 6560 Dysinger Road. Those attending will have a chance to set up a Facebook profile or learn how to use Facebook better. To register, call 433-5935, ext. 3, or visit lockportlibrary.org.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Melissa Gallo, Dr. Patricia Haberman, Dr. Fred Luongo, Josette Cunningham, Mary Ellen Moran, Teresa Colvin, Tracy Colvin, Mary Ann Corbett, Traci Kujawa, Ed Cavan, Bill Snyder, Isabella Romance, Luke Goble, Deborah Schwarz, Virginia Partridge, Pat Richardson, David McEwan, Megan Mueller, Barbara Habes, David Hill, Roger Papaj, Jason Byl and Sister Mary Shawn Czyzycki.
AND THURSDAY – Paula Mighells, Randy Goulette, Joan Light, Oswaldo Mestre, Derek Roy, Anna Kay France, Christopher Lane, Angela Salerno, Leslie Aprile, Sharon Groden, Cindy Musilli, Tony Guzzetta, Kathy Dilamarter, Gavin Hanrahan, Oliver Costello, Jack Hanrahan, Scott Weyrough, Mari English and Kathie Budney.

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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