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Reporters' Notebook / Bits and pieces of news...

OLAF FUB SEZ: Merry Christmas.

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MASTER CLASS -- John Fleischman Jr., a music teacher at South Davis Elementary School in the Orchard Park Central School District, is one of 18 children's chorus conductors selected to participate in a conducting master class Jan. 11-14 in San Francisco.

He was selected after submitting an extensive application form, resume and rehearsal/performance DVD. The class is sponsored by Chorus America and hosted by the San Francisco Girls' Chorus in the Kanbar Performing Arts Center.

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NEW JOB -- Katherine Lwebuga-Mukasa recently was selected as the new chief operating officer of the YWCA of Western New York. She was selected from a field of more than 70 candidates for the job.

She previously was associate director of Crisis Services, where she worked for nearly 10 years. She is a graduate of Smith College and has two master's degrees, one in education from San Diego University and the second in school psychology from Southern Connecticut State University.

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FINISH BASIC -- Three 2006 graduates of Western New York high schools recently completed six weeks of basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonia, Texas. They are:

Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Charles P. Ginavan, son of Patrick and Jill Ginavan of Gasport, a graduate of Barker High School; Airman Kristopher L. Luna, son of Praxedes Line of Amherst, a graduate of Amherst High School; and Air Force Reserve Airman 1st Class Rachel L. Peluse, daughter of Ralph and Laurie Peluse of East Aurora, a graduate of Iroquois High School in Elma.

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MEDICAL NOTE -- Dr. Jennifer Rose Cordier, daughter of Gordon and Rosemary Cordier of Lancaster, is starting her medical career in pediatrics at Cleveland Clinic, with hopes to specialize in pediatric endocrinology.

The recent graduate of Georgetown University School of Medicine is the granddaughter of John and Sarah Cordier of West Seneca and Robert J. and Pearl Willett of Tonawanda.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Colin Pytlak, Mable Stover, Karen Keefe, Stephanie Fersolk, Waltraud Beil, Carol Prandergast, Kim Lewandowski, Carol Shea, Nancy Fazio Finnegan, Von E. Oliver, Joy McNamara, Ayshia Welsh, Dawn Kurcz and Erin Shaw.


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