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Reporters' Notebook, April 3, 2017

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to “Legend of Sleepy Hollow” author Washington Irving, born on this date in 1783, “The tongue is the only tool that gets sharper with use.”

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Robin in the Spring

She walks along the meadows
Beside the shallow springs
Dancing in the starlight
Inspiring the moon to sing

She stirs the hearts of lake poets
And makes them bleed their words
Her beauty is beyond compare
They wish that she was theirs

But her heart belongs to no one
It’s the adventure she desires
The satisfaction of her art
Not knowing how she inspires

The creatures of the forest
Wish they could speak her praise
But in silence they must adore her
As their souls she leaves ablaze.
– Christopher Cagney Cummings
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WRAPPING UP – The chefs at South Buffalo Post 721, American Legion, at 136 Cazenovia St., serve their last dinner of the season from 5 to 7 p.m. tonight. On the menu is spaghetti with homemade meatballs and sauce, salad and bread. Italian sausage and extra meatballs are available for an additional charge. The kitchen reopens in June for weekly cookouts. For info, call 825-9557.

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COMBATING A CRISIS – Children, youth and drug addiction will be the topic of speakers from Catholic Charities in a program at 7 p.m. tonight in the Monsignor Jasinski Center at St. Philip the Apostle Church, 950 Losson Road, Cheektowaga. It’s free and open to the public. For more info, call 632-7856 or email shaferdacw@aol.com.

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LOOKING FOR GIFTS? – Books Are Fun, a book sale sponsored by the Kenmore Mercy Hospital Auxiliary, will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday in the hospital atrium. A wide variety of children’s and adult books will be available, along with an assortment of gift items.

Meanwhile, Calvary Episcopal Church in Williamsville will benefit from Ladies Night Out, a shopping party from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in Carousel Clothing & Collectibles, 6094 Main St., Amherst, across from Anderson’s Ice Cream. The store will donate 15 percent of sales proceeds to the church. All are welcome.

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Robert Shibley

ALTERNATE VIEW – “An Academic Look at the Buffalo Comeback Story” will be taken when Robert Shibley, dean of the University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning, speaks at 12:30 p.m. 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 with a Great Courses video on creative thinking, featuring SUNY Buffalo State professor Gerard Puccio.
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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HOT TOPIC – A panel of experts will discuss “The Myths and Realities of Trump Policies on Refugees and Immigrants” in a program at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday in the Wick Campus Center Social Room at Daemen College.
Panelists include Dr. Myron Glick, chief medical officer at Jericho Road Community Health Center; Julia Hall, Amnesty International expert on counterterrorism and human rights; Karen Scott, executive director at Journey’s End Refugee Services; and Claude Welch, human rights expert and SUNY distinguished professor of political science.
The program is free and open to the public. Lunch will be provided. For more info, email Cheryl Bird at cbird@daemen.edu.

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NEIGHBORLY – The Ladies Auxiliary of the Harris Hill Volunteer Fire Company will host a free potluck supper at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the fire hall, 8630 Main St., Clarence. Newcomers are invited. For info and reservations, call 632-6818.

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REUNION ALERT – The Lafayette High School Alumni Association will honor alumni for achievements in sports and other fields in a Wall of Fame ceremony from 5 to 9 p.m. May 19 in the school. Tickets are $20. A light dinner will be served prior to the ceremony. For tickets, call Ralph Delmont at 204-8927 or send a check to Lafayette Alumni Association, 540 Park Club Lane, Amherst, NY 14221. Deadline is May 1. No tickets will be available at the door.

The Class of 1967 at Victory Academy will celebrate their 50th reunion June 30. For more info, call Kathleen Quinn Chmura at 880-0120.

Members of the Class of 1967 from Buffalo’s Riverside High School are planning a 50th reunion on Aug. 26. For info, email riversideclassof67@gmail.com or visit the class page on Facebook.

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ALMOST SUMMER – Applications are being accepted starting today for Camp Special Place, a summer camp for children 5 to 12 with special needs sponsored by the Town of Tonawanda Youth, Parks & Recreation Department. The camp offers swimming, arts and crafts, sports, games, weekly field trips and special guests.
Sessions will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Friday from July 10 to Aug. 18 in the Kenmore Community Center, 135 Wilber Ave., in Mang Park. Cost is $75 per week for Kenmore and Town of Tonawanda residents, $110 per week for nonresidents.
Applications can be submitted at the Youth, Parks & Recreation office, 299 Decatur Road, Town of Tonawanda, or online at ttypr.com. Space is limited. For more info, call Nicole Fields at 831-1001 or email nfields@tonawanda.ny.us.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Karen Lorefice, Dottie Govenettio, Zachary Meyer, Jeanne Lanzieri, Carol Sadler, Joan Bender, Jeanette MacDonald, Erin Biddle Kaminski, Sandy Starks and Phil Falzone Sr.

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

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