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Reporters' Notebook, March 27, 2017

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to photographer Edward Steichen, born on this date in 1879, “Every ten years a man should give himself a good kick in the pants.”

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How a Village Graciously Shows Signs of Age

Amid old-timey village science,
back when the smithy shod a horse,
ancestral rocks slept beneath Glen Falls
(plus its old innards and soul, of course ).

Poets, proprietors and passersby
reflect beside the water mill:
A hair parlor reclines where a grocer had been,
The creek benevolently suffers still.

A vintage cement wading beach
entertains toddlers at Island Park,
Whizzing sedans minus regrets
unceasingly hammer and bark.

Streets of imperative chestnuts
alongside silver maples sigh,
A stationer who once held fountain pens
relinquishes written replies.

Neighbors leave, return, wander, then stay,
Gardens yellow, disappear, then ice over.
Yet the village remains a reliable friend,
no matter how much we resent growing older.
– Janice Schlau

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GEARING UP – Celebrating the 125th birthday of the City of Niagara Falls in a big way is the Niagara Arts and Cultural Center, in the former Niagara Falls High School at 1201 Pine Ave.
Tonight from 6 to 8 p.m. the NACC will host a 125th Birthday Paint Night, in which guests are invited to paint their masterpieces. Tickets are $40 and include food and all materials.
If those masterpieces celebrate the lore and landmarks of the city, then they might be candidates for the NACC’s 13th annual Beyond the Barrel: NF125 Exhibition in May. Artists are invited to submit up to four artworks depicting some element of the city’s features for the show, which will open May 5. A panel of judges will determine awards of $100 in four categories – painting, sculpture, mixed media and photography.
For info and tickets for Paint Night and for a link to the prospectus for Beyond the Barrel, visit Info also is available by calling 282-7530.

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PERFECT FIT – Volunteer sewers, seamstresses and tailors are needed to help alter free gowns that will be distributed in the 2017 Gowns for Prom program from 3 to 8 p.m. April 4 to 6 in Shea’s Performing Arts Center in downtown Buffalo.
The sponsor, Colvin Cleaners, promises more than 6,000 donated gowns will be available for free for any young women in Western New York who need one. After a gown is chosen, volunteer seamstresses and tailors will arrange the necessary alterations. The gown then will be cleaned, packaged and returned at no cost in time for the prom.
Additional donations of new and gently used formal gowns, shoes and accessories of any size will be accepted through Friday at Colvin Cleaners, 2375 Elmwood Ave., Kenmore, at several local Allstate insurance agencies and all Reed Jenss and Delta Sonic Car Wash locations.
Volunteers 18 and older also will be needed at Shea’s to restock the gowns and monitor the dressing rooms. For more info, call Samantha Herman at Colvin Cleaners at 873-2952 or visit

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BUNSEN BURNERS – A Great Courses video on “Science Wars: What Scientists Know and How They Know It” will be the starting point for a discussion session Tuesday in the IMAGINE Buffalo lunchtime lecture series in the Central Library on Lafayette Square in downtown Buffalo.
The program will begin at noon in the Ring of Knowledge on the library’s main floor. 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. WNY STEM Hub is co-sponsor.

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Brigadier Gen. Ely S. Parker

RIGHT-HAND MAN – A Civil War soldier, Brigadier Gen. Ely S. Parker, will be portrayed by his great-great nephew Al Parker in a program sponsored by the Western New York Civil War Society at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Lucy Bensley Center, 23 N. Buffalo St., Springville.
Ely Parker, a Seneca Indian, was born in Pembroke, volunteered for the war, was commissioned as a captain of engineers and eventually became Gen. Ulysses S. Grant’s military secretary. He was selected to transcribe the terms of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee’s surrender at Appomattox Courthouse.
The public is invited. Light refreshments will be served. Admission is free. Donations will be accepted for the Civil War Preservation Trust. For more info, call Tom Place at 957-2740.

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DINING FOR A CAUSE – Headway of WNY, an affiliate of People Inc. that assists people with brain injuries, will benefit from a dining out program Wednesday and Thursday evenings in Lombardo Ristorante, 1198 Hertel Ave., and Bonefish Grill, 1247 Niagara Falls Blvd. at the Boulevard Mall, Amherst.
A portion of the dinner bill will be donated when patrons turn in cards about the event at the restaurants or let their servers know they are dining to support Headway of WNY. For more info, call 408-3100 or visit

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Kelly Smith Derthick, Katie Carney, Terry Pegula, Morgan Graham, Trudy Stern, Joel Feroleto, Idamae Klipfel, Jackie Mullen, Lori Enser, Sister Mary Andrew Wiercinski, Kara Ivy, Tom Evers, Rose Valvo, Ryann Foster, Julien Fontaneda, Jack Giordano, Bonnie Lawrence, Marcia Frasier, Toby Abramo, Jeff Biddle, Jennifer Brenda, Karen Farry, Bryson Rachura, Gary Hotchkiss, Kathy Sanders, Dan Brzozowski, Darnell Johnson, Dan Brzozowski and Amy Chandler.

To submit birthdays and other items of interest to Reporters’ Notebook, please email or send a letter to Reporters’ Notebook, Buffalo News, Box 100, Buffalo, NY 14240.

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