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Reporters' Notebook: Jan. 30, 2017

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to our 32nd president, Franklin D. Roosevelt, born on this date in 1882, “The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.”

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Down Time

Some people can’t sit still,
They always have to be doing something.
Then there’s the opposite,
Who would rather do nothing.

You can’t be productive
While attempting to do nothing.
Isn’t thinking about things
Actually doing something?

Down time is supposed to mean
You don’t have to be doing something.
There is no harm
In doing absolutely nothing.

Choosing to nap on the couch
Means you decided to do nothing.
But isn’t sleeping
Really doing something?

Even though it may appear
That you are sitting around doing nothing,
You could be solving the world’s problems –
That is most definitely something.

When all the work is done,
There is no need to keep doing something.
Kick back and relax,
Enjoy the time doing nothing.

It is the greatest feeling,
Having time in life to do nothing,
Especially sitting back watching
All those people doing something.
– Nelson R. Locher

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SCIENTIFIC – Lisel Folks, dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at the University at Buffalo, is this week’s guest speaker for the IMAGINE Buffalo lunchtime lecture series 12:30 p.m. Tuesday. His topic: “Imagine STEM for Everyone.”
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 “Science Wars” video.
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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HALFWAY POINT – Visitors will be on the lookout for early signs of spring during the Groundhog Day Hike from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday in Allegany State Park.
Park naturalist Adele Wellman and environmental educator Thomas LeBlanc will lead the way from the parking lot at Red House Chapel along the Red House Bike Path and a section of the Vader Hollow Trail. They will discuss hibernation and how animals prepare for it. Hikers might even get a glimpse of an Allegany groundhog.
The hike is free. Participants should dress for the weather and bring along water, a snack and a flashlight or head lamp. For more info, call 354-9101, ext. 236, or email

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ATTENTION, VETS – Wednesday is the deadline for veterans to submit entries for the upcoming Creative Arts Festival in the Buffalo Veterans Affairs Medical Center, 3435 Bailey Ave. Sponsored by the recreation therapy programs at VA hospitals nationwide, it will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 10 in the hospital in Room 301, Freedom Hall.
Entries are open in a variety of visual and performing arts categories for veterans who are enrolled at a VA medical center or outpatient clinic. Winners in each of the categories will go on to the 2017 National Veterans Creative Arts Festival competition.
For more info on the competition and VA recreation therapy programs, call Pam Kaznowski at 862-6814 or Patrick McGowan at 862-7376.

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NO CHARGE – Niagara County residents can get free help filing their state and federal income taxes beginning this week in a program sponsored by the Consumer Credit Counseling Service and the Niagara County Financial Literacy Coalition.
Free tax help is available from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays through April 11 in Christ Community Church, 140 Genesee St., Lockport.
On Wednesdays, free help will be given from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. through April 12, except on Feb. 8 and March 1, in the Family and Children’s Service Center, 1522 Main St., Niagara Falls.
Appointments can be scheduled by calling 712-2060. To qualify for free help, household income must be below $54,000. Last year the program helped 267 Niagara County residents send in their tax forms and saved them an estimated $83,838 in filing fees.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Carl Emerling, Dennis Pyszczynski, Mary Gould, Craig McCabe, Sister Mary Kenneth Mondrala, Kali Costa, Eileen Smith Tomaka, Rheanna Bain, Bob Safe, Samantha Bugenhagen, Sara Ruszczyk, Anne Gilhooly, Frank Romance, Michelle Kempf, Nathan Staddon, Father Bart Lipiec, Lisa Pukalo, Dan Foss, Mike Gugino, Rob Ruettimann, Mary DiPasquale, Heidi Peccia, Mary Ann Kraus and Kaelyn Purcell.


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