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Reporters' Notebook: Feb. 27, 2017

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to Nobel Prize-winning novelist John Steinbeck, born on this date in 1902, “Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.”

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They Call Us Buffalo

Downshifting wintry machinery
dispatches the dimple of spring.
So what if snow belt snow plows
have nowhere to scratch or sing?

The drop hammers’ steely effigy
still drops its reminiscent barrage.
A ‘67 Chevy corralled and adored
inside a ramshackle East Side garage.

Pierogi sloshing in margarine,
Cathedral hymns sung a cappella,
Our teams on the cusp of Buffalo,
A riff from a rather risible fella.

Tote-loads of alms,
The sum of our parts,
A workaday family gets to know you.
Developer’s schemes,
Designer daydreams,
Where we all shuffle-off to.
– Janice Schlau

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SCIENTIFIC METHOD – A discussion with Jim Guido, a retired physics teacher and a leader in the WNY STEM Hub, will be featured 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 the discoveries of Albert Einstein and Niels Bohr.
Admission is free. You can bring a lunch or purchase one at the library’s Fables Cafe nearby. The series is sponsored by the Center for the Study of Art, Architecture, History & Nature.

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DINNER BELL – The Ebenezer United Church of Christ, 630 Main St., West Seneca, will hold its annual Roast Beef Dinner from 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday. Dinners are $12 for adults, $6 for children 4 to 12, and include mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, coleslaw, bread and butter, a beverage and dessert. For more info, call 674-4566.

Calvary Episcopal Church, 20 Milton St. at South Cayuga Road, Williamsville, will host its 10th annual Shrove Tuesday Jambalaya Dinner from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Dinners are $10 for adults, $3 for children 12 and under, and include a choice of jambalaya with or without shrimp, salad, cornbread, pecan pie and beverage. Macaroni and cheese will be offered as an alternative. Adults may bring their social beverage of choice. For more info, call 633-7800.

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CALENDAR DATE – The Retired Men’s Chorus will present a musical program at the next meeting of the Beechwood Service Guild at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in the Beechwood Residence, 2235 Millersport Highway, Getzville. All are invited. Refreshments will be served.

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INSIDE LOOK – The history and culture of deaf people in Buffalo will be highlighted as Explore Buffalo leads a tour of St. Mary’s School for the Deaf, 2253 Main St., at 6 p.m. Wednesday. Tickets are $15, $5 for students. Advance reservations are encouraged. For info and tickets, call 245-3032 or visit

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Pisanki are richly decorated.

HAND CRAFTING – Discover how to create decorated Polish Easter eggs Saturday at a Pisanki Making Class in the Am-Pol Eagle/Buffalo Standard Printing Office, Suite 4, 3620 Harlem Road, Cheektowaga. Classes will be held from 10 a.m. to noon and 2 to 4 p.m. and are limited to 12 seats. Deadline for registration is Wednesday. Call 983-5084. Sessions can be added for groups.

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TELL THE STORY – The Niagara Falls Historic Preservation Society is looking for volunteers to lead walking tours of downtown Niagara Falls and introduce visitors to amazing stories from the area’s history.
Training will be offered in weekly four-hour classes beginning March 18 and continuing through the end of April in the Niagara Room of the Niagara Arts & Cultural Center, the former Niagara Falls High School at 1201 Pine Ave. Fee for the course is $50 and includes light refreshments, all materials and a one-year membership in the society.
For more info and to register, call society president Susan Hale Whitmore at 301-651-7011 or email For more about the society, visit

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REUNION ALERT – The Class of 1957 from Kenmore High School, now Kenmore West, will hold its 60th reunion Aug. 4 and 5. It will include a Friday buffet in the Grill at the Dome in Brighton Park, Town of Tonawanda, and a Saturday dinner in the DoubleTree Hotel, 10 Flint Road, Amherst. For more info, call Dan Trumble at 858-732-7119 or email

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Dave Campbell, Lynda Schneekloth, Isabelle Banas, JoAnn Falletta, Bob LaBarbera, David Wentland, Robert Szymkowiak, Sirribih Ndeso-Antanga, Emily Franklin, Brianna Fischer, Bonnie Miller, Beth McNally, Carrie Ann Schaller, Jim Campbell, Marie Lazarz, Joe Karb, Vicki Qi, Tina Toepfer, Joseph Vangalio, Christine Boczar, Kathy Arrastia, Noelle Dickey, Alicia Braaten, Nadine Pazder, Betty Walrod, Adam James Kamrowski, George Trimble, Ron Brown, Frank Spinner, Karen Enzinna, Madonna Richards, Caren Haug and Thomas M. Vivian II.

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