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Reporter's Notebook: Nov. 28

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to comedian Jon Stewart, born Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz on this date in 1962, “The internet is just a world passing around notes in a classroom.”

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Forgive Me, Lord, It’s Time I Sinned
We are the generation
To always follow orders.
Say your prayers, salute the flag,
Stay within the borders.
Respectful and ambitious,
Always kind to others,
We set a fine example as
Model dads and mothers.
Never had we lapses
In debts or paying taxes
And we never took it lightly,
The need to floss teeth nightly.
Ignore an annual flu shot?
A day skipped at the gym?
A doughnut as our breakfast?
A major cardinal sin!
We slathered on the sunscreen
And chowed down plates of chard,
Checked every wart and mole,
Being good is very hard!
Still our hard-nosed doctors
Didn’t like our HDLs.
We bit our lip, in fear we’d slip
And say, “Oh, go to hell!”
Despite the constant shunning
Of doing things that please us,
We suffer still from old folks’ ills
And assortment of diseases.
So forgive us now, Oh Blessed Lord,
As we go greatly overboard
And order subs and pizzas,
Double meat and double cheeses.
– Carol Thrun Nowicki

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KEEPING WARM – The final push is on to collect gently used winter coats for the 21st annual Coats for Kids campaign, sponsored by Colvin Cleaners.
Warm jackets for youngsters from toddlers to young adults, plus hats, scarves and gloves for families in need, can be dropped off during the next few days at Colvin Cleaners, at 2375 Elmwood Ave., Kenmore, or any Dash’s Market.
This year’s last distribution of coats will be 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in True Bethel Baptist Church, 907 E. Ferry St. Families that need coats should show their benefits card. Limit is one coat per person.

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FOCUS ON SCIENCE – The IMAGINE Buffalo lunchtime lecture series returns from its Thanksgiving break with a panel discussion co-sponsored by WNY STEM Hub at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday.
The program begins at noon in the Ring of Knowledge on the main floor of the Central Library on Lafayette Square in downtown Buffalo with a Great Courses video on the advances of scientific knowledge.
Admission is free. You can bring a lunch or purchase one at the library’s Fables Cafe. The series is sponsored by the Center for the Study of Art, Architecture, History & Nature.

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Composer Krzysztof Penderecki will have a busy week in Buffalo.

LIVING LEGEND – Poland’s greatest living composer, Krzysztof Penderecki, who celebrated his 83rd birthday last week, will make several stops during his first visit to Buffalo.
He will speak at 3 p.m. Tuesday in Baird Recital Hall on the University at Buffalo North Campus in Amherst under auspices of the Robert and Carol Morris Center for 21st Century Music.
Thursday will find him at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, conducting the Buffalo Chamber Players in a 7:30 p.m. concert that will include three of his works – Cadenza for Solo Viola, Quartet for Clarinet and String Trio and Sextet for Violin, Viola, Cello, Piano, Clarinet and French Horn.
A reception with Penderecki and the musicians will follow. The museum’s galleries also will be open at no extra charge. Tickets are $20, $15 for Albright-Knox members and $5 for students. They are available at the museum’s admission desk, by phone at 270-8292 or online at
He will return to the podium at 8 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday in Kleinhans Music Hall to conduct the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra in a program that includes his Concerto for Violin and Cello. Tickets are $29 to $82 and are available at

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Jamie Leppard, Abby Rogers, Christopher Jacobs, David Kane, Ivano Toscani, Brianna Lorefice, Helene Russo, Sam Tiranno, Susan Staddon, Gwen Sweet, Skyler Mann, Gina Brogcinski, Maxwell Izzo, Joe Mandeville, Bruce Mitchell, Wally Peters, Joey Panek, John McFall, Beverly Qualey, Sister Mary Gerard Fredrick, Sister Mary Fredrica Polanski, Sister Mary Dianne Miller, Dan Muscato, Lanni Aquila and Cory Matthew Farrell.


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