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Reporters' Notebook: May 30, 2017

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to English poet laureate Alfred Austin, born on this date in 1835, “Show me your garden, provided it be your own, and I will tell you what you are like.”

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TALK THE TALK – The International Institute of Buffalo is offering a pair of two-week training courses for bilingual people who would like to become certified as medical interpreters. Applicants must be fluent in English and one other language and be currently unemployed.
The all-day training sessions will be offered Monday through Friday from June 19 to June 30 and from Aug. 7 to Aug. 18. Those who complete the courses will have a chance to take a national certification exam. The training is free, supported by the State Department of Labor. Space is limited. For more info and to register, call 883-1900, ext. 327, or email languageserviceassistant@iibuff.org.

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UP, UP AND AWAY – Homeless veterans will benefit at the fifth annual Come Fly a Kite from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday in Gratwick Waterfront Park, off River Road, North Tonawanda. Free kites will be provided. Food and refreshments will be available for purchase. It’s an alcohol-free event. For more info, call 435-7210 or 515-5844.

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TIME’S RUNNING OUT – Thursday is the deadline for reservations for the Rotary Club of Hamburg 75th anniversary celebration banquet next Tuesday at the Wanakah Country Club, 5161 Lake Shore Road, Hamburg. A reception with a cash bar begins at 5:45 p.m., followed by proclamations at 6:45 and dinner at 7.
Emcee will be Dennis George, the Quizmaster. Guest speaker will be WKBW-TV weatherman Mike Randall. Rotary District Governor Marlee Diehl and District Governor-Elect Reg Madison will be among those presenting awards. Tickets are $40. For reservations, call Patricia Castiglia at 508-8245 or email ptcas34@gmail.com.
Thursday also is the deadline for reservations for the 12th annual Military Veterans Appreciation Dinner from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. June 7 in St. Peter Lutheran Church and School North Ridge, 4169 Church Road, Cambria.
The dinner, catered by the Slippery Skillet from Lockport, is offered free of charge to all active duty military, reserves, National Guard members and their families. Entertainment will be provided by the Lock City Glee Club. Call 433-9014 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Maxwell Ivey Jr.

INSIGHTFUL – Known worldwide as “The Blind Blogger,” author Maxwell Ivey Jr. visits Dog Ears Bookstore & Cafe, 688 Abbott Road, at 6 p.m. Friday to sign copies of his book, “Leading You Out of the Darkness Into the Light.” Ivey, who achieved success as an amusement equipment broker, a life coach and motivational speaker, despite losing his sight, was one of 2016 Amtrak Writers in Residence. For more info, call 823-2665 or visit dogearsbookstore.org or theblindblogger.net.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Marie Smith Fitzgerald, Alwin “Butch” O’Donnell, Rev. Craig Pridgen, Angela Mullen, Gian Halt, Patricia Woloszyn, Ronald Swiatkowski, Erin Wiles, Evan Snyder, Peggy McKenna, Geraldine Diggs, Judy Knopf, Colleen Cotter, Wayne Gerhart and Brad Siegel.

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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