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Reporters' Notebook: May 15, 2017

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to economist Paul Samuelson, born on this date in 1915, “When I was a kid, I reckoned things in Hershey bars. Is this worth three Hershey bars to me?”

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ART MAJOR – Jennifer Foley, director of education and community engagement at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, will be the speaker 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 the birth of modern art and popular culture.
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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Elixir of a Poem

Poems hide in the grass
like a lost string of

Blackbirds squawk,
woodpeckers peck
the meter of meandering

Surreptitious starlings
pluck bugs
coughing from a sudden
while a rusty pen and ink
becomes empathic musical
falling on telltale soil
where rhyming azaleas

Lush evergreens exhale poetry
beyond a reasonable
– Janice Schlau

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EXPANDING MINDS – Two more sessions for adult learners 55 and older are scheduled this week as the Town of Hamburg Senior Services continues its series of presentations and workshops in the Hamburg Senior Community Center, 4540 Southwestern Blvd., Hamburg, in conjunction with University Express, a partnership of the Erie County Department of Senior Services and the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP).
Topic of the first one, at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, is “Vietnam Reflections.” Nutrition will be the focus at 1 p.m. Thursday in “Finding Whole Grains.” Classes are free, but registration is required. Call 646-0665.

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LANDMARK STATUS – The Concordia Foundation, which promotes the preservation of historic Concordia Cemetery on Buffalo’s East Side, will hold its annual meeting at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Central Terminal, 495 Paderewski Drive. The public is invited.
Guest speaker will be Mark Lewandowski, Central Terminal Restoration Corp. director. The foundation also will elect directors and review the previous year. A tour of the landmark train station will follow and refreshments will be served.

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A 19th century shoe

VINTAGE WEAR – Styles from Aimee’s Victorian Armoire and a lecture of 19th century women’s attire by historical seamstress Aimee Cook will be the highlights of a Historical Fashion Show from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday in the ballroom at Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village, 3755 Tonawanda Creek Road, Amherst. The program is free with admission to the village. All are welcome. For more info, call 689-1440 or visit

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BREAKING PAR – The Chris Maloney Legacy Foundation, which supports unique ways to overcome addiction, will host its first charity golf tournament June 19 at Lockport Town and Country Club, 717 East Ave., Lockport. Check-in will begin at 9 a.m., with a shotgun start at 11. Play will be in a best ball format.
Fee is $175 and includes golf, cart and lunch at the turn. Dinner will follow at 5 p.m. with a cash bar, a wine raffle, silent auctions and guest speakers. Maloney, an outstanding golfer and a graduate of St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute, died last June 19 at the age of 23 after a lengthy battle with addiction. For info and to make donations, call Deb Hicks at 471-6367 or visit

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REUNION ALERT – The Class of 1967 at Kenmore West High School will hold its 50th reunion July 29 in Shea’s Performing Arts Center. Reservations are $67 until July 1, then $77. For more info, call Peggy Patterson Leous at 634-4652, go to the class Facebook page or visit
The Riverside High School Class of 1967 will have its 50th reunion Aug. 26 in Acqua Restaurant, 2192 Niagara St. For more info, email or visit the class Facebook page.

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MILESTONE MOMENT – The Upsilon Sigma Chi sorority celebrates its 70th anniversary at 1 p.m. today in the Iron Island Museum, 998 E. Lovejoy St., with a catered luncheon and photos. Marge Thielman Hastreiter tells us that the group, also known as the Lovejoy Lovelies, mostly comes from the Lovejoy-Iron Island area “and have raised their children, had careers and helped each other through good times and bad.”

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Sean R. Meegan, Nalina Shapiro, Calvin Rand, Joelle Labert, Judy Larkin, Dr. Jason Creps, Mary Jo Gervase, Sue Gawley, Bob Lukasik, Amy Fijol Pascarella, Joey Naab. Pennie Karb, Julia Rishel, Nandor Decsi, Florence Opiel, Charles DiSalvo, Lisa Kishbaugh, Jenna Myers, Brent Pawelczak, Ruth Smokowski and Gretchen Porcher.

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