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Reporters' Notebook: Jan. 23

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart, born on this date in 1915, “Ethics is knowing the difference between what you have a right to do and what is right to do.”

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DAWNS OF DISCOVERY – The relation of nature and science is the theme for this week’s edition of the IMAGINE Buffalo lunchtime lecture series at noon Tuesday.
The program begins 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 “Scientific Truth in the Early 20th Century.” It will be followed at 12:30 p.m. by a panel discussion co-sponsored by the WNY STEM Hub.
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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GET A MOVE ON – Students and their families will get into motion together from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday as Smallwood Drive Elementary School, 300 Smallwood Drive, Amherst, hosts a family wellness night featuring three 30-minute workout sessions.
It will begin with Cardio Blast, led by second grade teacher Alexandra Withee, who also is a fitness instructor at the Buffalo Athletic Club.
REAL Pilates at 6:10 p.m. will be led by Robyn Stein of REAL Therapeutic Massage + Pilates & Yoga in Snyder.
The final segment at 6:50 p.m. will be BollyX Dance, a workout inspired by Indian Bollywood films and led by an instructor from the YMCA Buffalo Niagara.
There also will be raffle items, including a hockey stick signed by this year’s Buffalo Sabres team, along with gift certificates. There also will be postural screening and chair massages, plus information on health and wellness, sports programs and summer camps.

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WORDS OF WISDOM – Kelley Hayes Szany, director of education at the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center, the second largest Holocaust museum in the U.S., will be the featured speaker in a commemoration of the 2017 U.N. International Holocaust Remembrance Day at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Grupp Fireside Lounge in the Canisius College Student Center.
Szany, who graduated from Canisius with a degree in history in 1999, has been with the IHMEC for 15 years and is regarded as one of the leading Holocaust and genocide educators. Her lecture, “The Future and Challenges of Holocaust Education in the 21st Century,” is free and open to the public.
Her talk is co-sponsored by the Holocaust Resource Center of Buffalo, the Canisius College History Club and the Canisius chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the national history honor society. For more info, visit hrcbuffalo.org.

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SWINGING SOIREE – Jazz ensembles from public and private schools will be featured as Mount St. Mary Academy hosts its fourth annual “A Night of Jazz” at 6 p.m. Saturday in Banchetti by Rizzo’s, 550 North French Road, Getzville.
“We have six of the area’s best high school jazz groups performing,” says John Hathaway, Mount St. Mary band director and event chairman. “This is a great opportunity for the community to hear the next generation of jazz musicians.”
In addition to an ensemble from Mount St. Mary, groups from Sweet Home High School, Springville-Griffith Institute, Amherst High School, Orchard Park High School and St. Francis High School will perform.
Tickets are $7 and will be available at the door. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

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TRIPLE WORD SCORES – Literacy New York Buffalo-Niagara has begun lining up hosts for the preliminary games in its 12th annual Scrabble Fest.
The games can be held in homes and businesses in Erie and Niagara counties from now through April. The winner from each party earns the right to compete in championship finals in April. Suggested donations of $10 to $15 per player benefit local literacy efforts.
For more information about hosting or attending a Scrabble Fest party, call Anna Nawojski at 876-8991 or email anna.nawojski@literacybuffalo.org.

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JOIN THE PRIDE – The Lions Clubs in Erie, Niagara, Cattaraugus and Chautauqua counties are looking for men and women who are interested in getting involved in community service. To receive a brochure, email neilann81@gmail.com.

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LOOKING TO HIRE? – Daemen College is accepting registrations from local employers who would like to participate in the college’s 2017 Job Fair from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. March 29 in the Wick Campus Center Social Room. No registration fee is required.
Hosted by the college’s Office of Career Services, it will be attended by Daemen undergraduate and graduate students, as well as alumni. To register, call Michelle Thompson at 839-8334 or email mthompso@daemen.edu.

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REUNION ALERT – The Class of 1967 from Buffalo’s Kensington High School is planning to hold its 50th year reunion Aug. 11 and 12. For more info, call 863-2712 or email kap1949@aol.com.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Lucia Sleight, Geraldine Goodwin, Joseph S. Brown, Christopher Andreana, Joan Plewinski, Jesse Renaud, Donna Manquen, Cheryl Palermo, Don Bills, Robbie Lattimore, Jamie Johnson, Angela LoPinto, Alicia Barry, Kevin English and Ebony Valentin.

email: olaffub@buffnews.com

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