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Reporters' Notebook: March 6, 2017

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to sports columnist and short story writer Ring Lardner, born on this date in 1885, “The family you come from isn’t as important as the family you’re going to have.”

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Somnolent Susan

When twilight dips below the west
And most people sleep through the night
I lie awake through the darkened hours
For I still see you within my sight

Though by my side you do not lay
Like the colors of darkness do
I still see you as the twilight
First red, then purple, then blue

I see your eyes in the night
Like two moons now on the rise
Pale and blue is their color
As soft as the saddest sighs

And as I slip into the sleep of Somnus
And Morpheus sends me his dreams
I envision you in all your loveliness
Oh, how real it seems

But as I awake as all dreamers must
And know that it was not real
I say to myself that I’ll see you again
But till then the sadness I feel
– Christopher Cagney Cummings

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Michael Burns Haggerty will discuss his new book Wednesday evening in the Filling Station in Larkin Square.

THE WRITE STUFF – Three local authors, Michael Farrell (“Running With Buffalo” and “When the Lights Go Out”), John Howell (“City of Blight”) and Michael Burns Haggerty, (the newly published “Sweet Cheeks and More Stories from the Nickel City”), will discuss their books from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. Wednesday in the Filling Station restaurant in Larkin Square, 745 Seneca St. It’s free and open to the public.

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WORDSMITHS – The topic will be Buffalo authors when master docent Marla Bujnicki speaks 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 great painters of the Italian Renaissance.
Admission is free. You may 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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HEAVENLY HORNS – The celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation continues with a concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Holy Ghost Lutheran Church, 6630 Luther St. off Niagara Road, Wheatfield. Featured will be the Concordia University Chicago Wind Symphony, which has recorded 15 CDs of sacred music in many styles. All are welcome. A free-will offering will be accepted.

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BEST FACE FORWARD – Instructor Sara Taylor will provide an introduction to social networking at the next in a series of computer classes from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday in Lockport Town Hall, 6560 Dysinger Road. Those attending will have a chance to set up a Facebook profile or learn how to use Facebook better. To register, call 433-5935, ext. 3, or visit

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HELP FOR THE HURT – P.E.A.C.E. Inc. (Parents Encouraging Accountability and Closure for Everyone) is offering an eight-week grief support group for those who have lost loved ones to homicide, beginning Wednesday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Sherman L. Walker Human Service Center, 608 William St. Sessions will be held every second and fourth Wednesday of the month through June. They are free and open to the public. For more information, call 842-8700.

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TOP DOG – The WNY Pen Women will hear about the literary activities of South Buffalo’s Dog Ears Bookstore and Cafe at their next luncheon meeting at noon Saturday in the cafe at 688 Abbott Road. Price is $15. All are welcome. Reservations are needed by Thursday. Call Barbara Blackburn at 634-2909 or Mary Ellen Shaughnessy at 885-3292.

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SUPER SHYSTERS – A presentation, “Snake Oil Salesmen in Buffalo, Lockport and Western New York,” will be featured at the next meeting of the Greater Buffalo Bottle Collectors Association, Wednesday evening in St. Peter’s Episcopal Hall, Callodine and Longmeadow, Eggertsville.
Following a general meeting at 7 p.m., guest speaker Lisa Testa of Explore Buffalo will review the claims, the advertising and the business practices of three of the area’s most famous patent medicine figures – Dr. Ray Vaughn Pierce of Pierce’s Invalid and Tourist Hotel and World Dispensary; George Merchant of Merchant’s Gargling Oil; and Fletcher Sutherland of Seven Sutherland Sisters Hair Tonic. For more info, call Peter Jablonski at 440-7985.

Merchant's Gargling Oil, a liniment made in Lockport, was sold in separate versions for animals and people.

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REUNION TIME – The Kensington High School Class of 1967 will hold its 50th reunion on Aug. 11 and 12. For more info, email Karen Stein Peiffer at

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Margaret O’Neill Tighe, Dick Bauerle, Joan Lewis, Christopher Schobert, Roy Weiglein, Sister Mary Maureen Helak, Rianna Moll, Jeff Panek, Nathan Enser, Luke Zakrzewski, Catherine Glaub, Melvin McSpadden, Mary Notartomos, Elaine Corey, Rick Finnegan, Jenn Domres-D’Addario, Norb Bukowski, Korri Hall, Sonne Durphy, Bethany Poppenberg, Nicholas J. Damstetter, Angela Boyle and Todd Jaworski.

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