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Reporters' Notebook: May 8, 2017

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to President Harry S. Truman, born on this date in 1884, “It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.”

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BUILDING BLOCKS – Noted Buffalo architect Robert Traynham Coles and his wife, Sylvia, who’s an author, will be the speakers 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 English Gothic cathedrals.
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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LAST STOP – Railroad hobbyists locally are mourning the death on April 25 of Marty Phelps, 75, the retired Batavia city firefighter who bought the old train station in Medina in 1991 and turned it into a major tourist attraction.
Not only did he outfit the Medina Railroad Museum with the largest model train layout in upstate New York, he also brought Thomas the Tank Engine to town for annual visits. In memory of him, Bob Snyder of the Western New York Railway Historical Society, has written this tribute:

Marty

I heard a diesel train horn sound just the other day,
It reminded me of a real close friend who’d recently passed away.
Remembering him, I think about the way he chugged through life,
A passion for all railroad things, it was his second wife.
His fire was stoked, his steam was hot and he owned the right of way,
A planner of the bigger things, I used to hear him say.
Hop on board and ride a spell, he’d con you with his smile,
No time to ride, well, that’s OK ,I’ll see you in a while.
Now he’s off on his final journey,
A train ride with no end.
I’m glad I got to ride a while with a guy I called my friend.

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CIVIC CONCERNS – The proposed medical clinic on Millersport Highway, zoning code amendments and the agreement on the use and maintenance of Garnet Park will be discussed at the next meeting of the Eggertsville Community Organization at 7 p.m. Tuesday in St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 4007 Main St., Eggertsville. All residents are urged to attend.

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HARMONIOUS – The Lockport Chorale will be joined by the Emmet Belknap Intermediate School Jazz Choir for its spring concert, “Together We Sing,” at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Christ Episcopal Church, Fieldcrest Drive and Rochester Road (Route 31), Lockport.
The program will include show tunes from Broadway and the movies and a medley of patriotic songs. The singers will be directed by Kristin Hill and accompanied by Deborah Hutter. Refreshments will follow. Tickets are $10 adults, $7 seniors and students.
The Chorale rehearses at 7 p.m. Tuesdays in the church. New members are welcome. For more info, call 778-9817.

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SAVE A LIFE – A free Erie County Health Department training session in the use of naloxone (Narcan) to counteract drug overdoses will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in First Presbyterian Church, 149 Broad St., City of Tonawanda.
Those who complete the training will receive a free kit containing two doses of naloxone. A service will follow in remembrance of those whose lives have been affected by opioid addictions. To register, call 858-7690 or visit erie.gov/health.

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The French explorer La Salle built the first ship to sail Lake Erie.

BEFORE BUFFALO – Historian John Fagant will talk about what Western New York was like between the arrival of the first European explorers and the Revolutionary War at the next meeting of the Greater Buffalo Bottle Collectors Association at 7 p.m. Wednesday in St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 205 Longmeadow Road at Callodine Avenue, Eggertsville.
His lecture at about 7:45 p.m. will follow a business meeting. All are welcome. Admission is free. Light refreshments will be served. For more info, call Peter Jablonski at 440-7985.

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WELCOME MAT – Learn more about the workings of Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village, 3755 Tonawanda Creek Road, Amherst, at its annual meeting and open house from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday. Brief guided tours will be given at 6:15 and 6:30, followed by a report to the community at 7 and a chance to meet leaders and volunteers. Admission is free. Refreshments will be served. For more info, call 689-1440 or visit bnhv.org.

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BEECH NIGHT – The Beechwood/Blocher Foundation Auxiliary will host its fifth annual Party at the Beech from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday in Beechwood Homes, 2235 Millersport Highway, Getzville. To attend this gift-gathering event, bring a gift card worth $25 or more for a store or restaurant to benefit the foundation’s 2017 Auction and Food Extravaganza in October.
The evening will include food from BW’s Smokin’ Barrels Barbecue, Buffalo Wild Wings and Lebro’s Restaurant, wine from Bronco Wines, beer from Flying Bison and desserts from Sweet Melody’s. Reservations are requested. Casual beach attire is encouraged. Call Eileen Lew at 810-7371 or email elew@beechwoodcare.org.

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ROAD WORTHY – Entries are being accepted from youngsters to compete in Soap Box Derby races in Hamburg next month. For info, call 260-6433, 835-3722 or (727) 595-6291.

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REUNION TIME – Former students and faculty from Annunciation Elementary and High School on Buffalo’s West Side are being sought for the schools’ annual reunion this autumn. Reservations are required. Call Sister Corinne Yarborough at 939-2318 or email corinne49@juno.com.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Mike “II” Murphy, Kenneth M. Kelly Jr., Lola Bishop, Charles Incorvaia, Rob Hessel, Mark Leitner, Nicole Filipski, Liz Mullins, Carol Moretti, Faith Holmes, Leonard Perry, Scott Driscoll, Sister Mary Marcine Borowiak, John Mezhir, Roberta Penkalski, Anna Banks, Mary Salter, Brayden Hammer, Bonnie Horohoe and Sue Schafer.

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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