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Reporters' Notebook, April 17, 2017

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to financier J.P. Morgan, born on this date in 1837, “A man generally has two reasons for doing a thing: one that sounds good, and a real one.”

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The Perfect Gift

There is something
That everyone can give.
It will help create
A better place to live.

It is such a simple thing,
Yet becomes the perfect gift,
A way to make someone happy,
Giving their day a big lift.

This can be given
While walking down the street.
Don’t be afraid to present it
To everyone you meet.

When one person accepts
And passes it to a friend,
As the gift continues to spread,
Happiness might not ever end.

It only takes a second
To create a stream of light
Flashing from your face to theirs,
An aura of warmth that feels so right.

There is no package needed.
Hold on to it for a little while.
Give the world a piece of yourself,
Spread a loving, beaming smile.
– Nelson R. Locher

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WHISTLE STOP – Another chapter in the debate over where to put a new Buffalo railroad station will be opened at 12:30 p.m. today in the auditorium at One Seneca Tower, formerly One HSBC Center.
Preservationist Tim Tielman, executive director of the Campaign for Greater Buffalo History, Architecture & Culture, will unveil architectural drawings for a proposed new station downtown at Washington and Exchange streets.
Two years in the making, the project has been dubbed “Buffalo Nexus.” For a preview of the drawings, search Google for “Buffalo Nexus.”

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ALL BUSINESS – Michael J. Gent, professor emeritus of management and organization studies at Canisius College, will be the speaker 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 America in the Gilded Age and the Progressive Era.
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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LIFTING WINGS – Wings Flights of Hope will benefit as Salem Lutheran Church, 10 McClellan Circle at McKinley Parkway and Whitfield Avenue in South Buffalo, holds a vendor show and game night at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday.
A $10 donation at the door includes Bingo cards for 10 games, with prizes offered by different vendors. There also will be pizza and beverages for sale. For more info, call 824-2787.

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Gates Vascular Institute

WORK IN PROGRESS – Things are changing week by week at the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. Explore Buffalo leads a tour of the latest developments at 10 a.m. Thursday, starting from the Innovation Center, 640 Ellicott St.
Visitors will get to take a look inside the University at Buffalo Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and the Gates Vascular Institute. Tickets are $15, $5 for students. For more info and reservations, call 245-3032 or visit

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ANCHORS AWEIGH – With the boating season right around the corner, Discover Buffalo Sailing announces that it will offer a four-week Introduction to Sailing program that will includes lessons on basic sailing skills and experience on the water.
It begins with an orientation session at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in Obersheimer Sailor Supply, 1884 Niagara St. Classes begin at 8:30 a.m. May 20 and continue on Saturdays through June 10 at RCR Yachts and Marina, 284 Fuhrmann Blvd.
No prior sailing experience is required. Participants must be at least 16, accompanied by a parent if under 18, with enough agility to move around a boat in motion.
Cost is $60, which includes a $50 one-year Buffalo Harbor Sailing Club membership.
For more info and to register, visit or email program coordinator Patrick Weisansal II at

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REUNION ALERT – The Class of 1987 at Hamburg High School will hold its 30-year reunion Aug. 11 and 12. An informal get-together will be held at 7 p.m. Friday in the Public House on the Lake, 4914 Lake Shore Road, Hamburg.
Reservations will be needed for Saturday night in Buffalo RiverWorks, 359 Ganson St. Tickets are $50, $90 per couple. For more info, visit the class website at

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Jacqueline Shanks O’Neill, Melanie Prynn, Lisa Marie Snyder, Joan Lawrence, Jacqueline Trace, John Kirsits, Mary Kate O’Connell, Doug Gaston, Jeff Biesinger, Angela McCabe, Karen Kosis, Aiden Hart, Judy Franger, Kenneth Transki, Helena Mueller, Michaela Mueller, Aidan James Recktenwalt, Connor Thomas Recktenwalt, Daniel LaGrow, Melissa Quinones, Marge Dickman, Mary Jane Sledz, Owen Thomas Chase, Conor Vanderlip, Grace Vanderlip, Bob Stasio, Ron Dubois, Courtney Cotter and Candee Sweeney.

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