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Reporters' Notebook: Nov. 14, 2017

OLAF FUB SEZ: An observation from political satirist P.J. O’Rourke, born on this date in 1947, “Everybody wants to save the world, but nobody wants to help mom with the dishes.”

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TIME IS TIGHT – Deadlines are looming for high school seniors in Erie and Niagara counties who want to apply for college scholarships offered by the Friends of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Volunteers and the Buffalo Chamber Music Society.
Applications and audition CDs or tapes must be submitted by Friday. Auditions and interviews will be held in March. Three Young Musicians Scholarships worth $3,000, $2,000 and $1,000 are available, as well as Silverman String Scholarships for $1,500.
For info, visit, or or call 759-6428.

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RIGHT AND WRONG – “Ethical Issues As Seen Through the Eyes of Millennials” is the topic when Walter Sisto, an assistant professor at D’Youville College, speaks Thursday evening in Marian Hall at Blessed Sacrament Church, 1029 Delaware Ave. Light refreshments at 6:30 p.m. precede the talk at 7. For info, call 882-7925 or 885-5165.

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TINY TREASURES – A dozen vendors will offer a variety of stamps and collectibles when the Buffalo Stamp Club holds its 13th annual Autumn Stamp Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday in the Pvt. Leonard Post Jr. Post 6251, Veterans of Foreign Wars, 2450 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga.
Experienced collectors will be on hand to answer questions. There will be an auction at 4 p.m. Admission, parking and door prizes are free. For more info, call George Gates at 633-8358.

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Dan Schutte

SONGS OF SPIRIT – Liturgical composer Dan Schutte, whose songs are familiar to Catholic congregations, will be featured in a Praise and Worship Cocnert at 7 p.m. Friday in St. Francis of Assisi Church, 4263 St. Francis Drive, Hamburg. He also will lead a liturgical musicians’ workshop from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the church. Donation is $15 for the concert, $15 for the workshop, $25 for both. For info and reservations, call 649-0451 or email

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BACK TO LIFE – Families and friends who have lost loved ones to suicide are invited to a special program for healing, support and empowerment in conjunction with National Survivors of Suicide Loss Day Saturday afternoon in the Butler Rehabilitation Center auditorium on the campus of Buffalo Psychiatric Center, 400 Forest Ave.
Doors open at noon for registration and a light lunch. The program starts at 1 p.m. and includes screenings of “The Journey: A Story of Healing and Hope” and “The Journey Revisited,” two documentaries that focus on how suicide loss survivors have weathered their crises. It will be followed by a panel discussion.
The program, sponsored by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, is free. Advance registration is appreciated. Call 816-2011 or email

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WELCOME MAT – People Inc. Pine Senior Living, 6231 Tonawanda Creek Road North, east of Transit Road, Town of Lockport, will hold an open house from noon to 5 p.m. today for seniors and family members interested in affordable senior housing. Tours will be provided of the one-bedroom apartments, which are available to independent seniors 62 and older who meet the income qualifications.
All those attending will have a chance to win a $25 gift card to the Fieldstone Country Inn Restaurant in Lockport. Registration is appreciated. For info, call 433-3381.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Eric Jackson-Forsberg, Molly Quackenbush, Tara Ellis, Kristin Colvin, Bob O’Leary, Kelly Forster, Ken Zimpfer, Brady King, Diane Petryk, Kim Pabich Phillips, Giovanni Riggs, Joan Cieslinski, Michael Lupica and Johnathan Bycina.

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.

*  The online edition of Reporters’ Notebook frequently contains items that are trimmed from the print edition, or appear there in shorter form, due to space limitations.

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