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Reporters' Notebook: Dec. 20, 2017

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to newspaper columnist Max Lerner, born on this date in 1902, “Next to the striking of fire and the discovery of the wheel, the greatest triumph of what we call civilization was the domestication of the human male.”

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WORD POWER – Literacy New York Buffalo-Niagara has opened new Drop In Centers in the Lackawanna Library, 560 Ridge Road, Lackawanna, and the West Room of the Central Library on Lafayette Square in downtown Buffalo.
The Lackawanna center is open from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursdays in the museum area and will offer free English studies, including English as a second language and citizenship.
The center in the Central Library is open from 1 to 3 p.m. Fridays and will offer free reading, writing and English speaking for adults, as well as English as a second language and citizenship. For more info, call 876-8991 or visit literacybuffalo.org.

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CHURCH NOTES – Cleveland Heights Christian Church, 4774 Union Road, Cheektowaga, will hold Blue Christmas, a non-traditional holiday service for those who are stressed, lonely or grieving at 7 p.m. Thursday. All are welcome.

Rev. Martin X. Moleski, professor of religious studies and theology at Canisius College, will lead the Solemn Christmas Triduum from Thursday to Saturday in the Carmelite Monastery, 75 Carmel Road. Services each evening of the Triduum will begin with the Rosary at 7 p.m., followed by Mass.

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IN EXCELSIS – Westminster Presbyterian Church, 724 Delaware Ave., pulls out all the stops for a free Christmas concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Featured will be the church’s choirs, the Westminster Handbell Choir, the Buffalo Brass Octet and the church’s historic Aoelian-Skinner pipe organ.
Musical selections will include Britten’s “Ceremony of Carols,” Rutter’s choral work, “Gloria,” and an array of holiday favorites for singing along. For more info, call 884-9437 or visit wpcbuffalo.org.

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Johnny Rocket

THINKING AHEAD – Discount prices for a family four-pack of tickets are currently available for the next local appearance of the Shrine Circus from March 15 to March 18 in the Event Center at the Erie County Fairgrounds in Hamburg.
From now through Dec. 31, four tickets can be purchased for $32 at the Shrine Circus office, 1600 Southwestern Blvd., West Seneca; the main office at the fairgrounds or online at tickets.com with no service fees. Group rates are available for students and for any group of 20 or more.
There will be 10 shows during the circus’ four-day stay. The attractions include white tigers from Las Vegas, motorcycle daredevils, trapeze artists, acrobats and stuntman and comedian Johnny Rocket. For more info and to order tickets by phone, call 674-8666.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Jonah Waring, Carol Kelley Murphy, Maureen O’Neill, Colleen Cummings, Gloria Brown, Ted Kahn, Gretchen P. Krackow, Raymond Massey, Lee Collier, W. Ruth Beckham, Irene Colvin, Brian McClure II, Ellen Kelleher Murphy, Evie Zanner, Stanley Cieslak, Carol Sundquest, Ava Heineman, Rev. Dr. Bonnie Bates, Dorothy Tarnowski, Amari Burch, Imani Burch, Robert M. Grasha and Christopher Butera.

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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