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Reporters' Notebook: Feb. 20, 2017

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to retired race car driver Bobby Unser, born on this date in 1934, “Success is where preparation and opportunity meet.”

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The Winter Tree

The winter tree
Shorn of leaves, but not of life
Standing in stark relief, brown-grey against a dim January sky
Alone and still, with her own thoughts, and half-forgotten memories.

The winter tree
With sure roots planted deep in shifting ground
Withstanding the rude, cool winds of change;
the seasons of Mother Earth, the tests of Father Time.

The winter tree
Unadorned, though not un-adored
more austere than autumn
still stoic and proud, waiting for 83.

More quiet and serene, this tree,
now in the winter of her life.
Worn and tired, she rests and slumbers,
sometimes under a white blanket.

Yet with weathered limbs ever outstretched
to the crisp, blue February sky,
embracing the sun and the promise
of another spring.

– Richard L. Taczkowski

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WHAT’S COOKING? – Roast beef is on the menu from 5 to 7 p.m. today in South Buffalo Post 721, American Legion, 136 Cazenovia St. Roast beef dinners include mashed potatoes, gravy, vegetable and salad. Sandwiches also are available. For info, call 825-9557.

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FULL PLATE – Today is the deadline for reservations for the homemade soups, breads and desserts buffet luncheon hosted by the Northtowns Christian Women’s Connection from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in Christ United Methodist Church, 350 Saratoga Road, at Harlem Road, Snyder.
The program also includes tips by Carol Ann Gleason on “Clearing the Clutter of Life” and an inspirational talk by Diane Whitmore, a world traveler and a survivor of the fall of Poland. Cost is $8. For reservations, call 775-5259 or 836-4525.

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Bruce Fisher

INSIGHTFUL – Commentator and urban analyst Bruce Fisher, director of the Center for Economic and Policy Studies at SUNY Buffalo State, will be the speaker at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday in the IMAGINE Buffalo lunchtime lecture series.
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 “America in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era.”
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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SWEET SOUNDS – The songs of Norah Jones, Nina Simone and Carole King will be featured as the Sebastian, Grizanti, Davis Trio plays the JazzBuffalo Jazz Series at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Village Meeting House, 5658 Main St., Williamsville. Tickets are $10, and $5 for students.

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UNTOLD STORIES – Little-known tales from the Civil War will be featured when the Echoes Through Time Civil War Learning Center in Springville gives a free presentation at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Lucy Bensley Center, 23 N. Buffalo St.
“We invite the public to come down and learn some interesting facts and trivia – some serious and some fun – tied in with personal anecdotes from the ones who lived it,” says Tom Place, curator at Echoes Through Time.
Echoes Through Time, which maintains a museum at 39 E. Main St., also has organized a tribute to Abraham Lincoln throughout the month of February in the Hulbert Library, 18 Chapel St. For more info, call Place at 957-2740.

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Rob Hunter

BRIGHT IDEAS – The founder and CEO of the technology startup company HigherMe, Rob Hunter, a winner in last year’s 43North business plan competition, will talk about his career as an innovator at 5 p.m. Wednesday in Room 120 of the Research and Information Commons at Daemen College, 4380 Main St., Snyder.
His appearance will kick off the spring semester for the college’s Nancy Haberman Gacioch Entrepreneurship Lecture Series. It’s free and open to the public.

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ALMA MATER – The Niagara County Community College Alumni Association will host a Bites-N-Brews night from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. March 28 in the New York Beer Project, 6933 S. Transit Road, Lockport. NCCC alumni, employees and friends of the college are welcome to attend.
Tickets are $25 and include two beer tastings, a complimentary glass and a tour of the brewery. Food and a cash bar will be available. The Buffalo Sabres-Columbus Blue Jackets hockey game also will be tuned in.
Space is limited. Deadline for reservations is March 9. Tickets and information are available by calling the Alumni Office at 614-5910, emailing or visiting the college website at

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REUNION TIME – The Class of 1967 from North Tonawanda High School will celebrate its 50th reunion July 15 in the Ellicott Creek Fire Hall, 45 S. Ellicott Creek Road, Amherst. For more info, email or visit the class Facebook page.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Marian Needham, Tom Fenton, Amy Zeckhauser, Kathy Sauer, Kevin Bielmann, Maeve Kennedy McDougall, Loretta Sauer, John Kiener, Skip Polowy, Andrew Bottomley, Melissa Poppenberg, Peggi Ryan, William VanArsdale, Kevin Bielmann, RoseMarie Wartinger, Scott Donhauser, Jack Jerge, Derek Szymkowiak, Chad Szymkowiak, David F. Quagliana, Mark Haggerty, Kyle Brodnicki, Joyce Breen, Anna Lucas Case, Ria Betush, Melissa Naab, Marypat Brill, Michael Ihrig and Douglas Decker.

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