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Reporters' Notebook: Dec. 18, 2017

OLAF FUB SEZ: A favorite observation from Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards, born on this date in 1943, “It’s great to be here. It’s great to be anywhere.”

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PERSPECTIVES – Nancy Stevens, executive director of the Maria Love Foundation Fund, will talk about history and the future at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday in the IMAGINE Buffalo lunchtime lecture series in the Ring of Knowledge on the main floor of the Central Library on Lafayette Square in downtown Buffalo.
The program begins at noon with a Great Courses video on “America in the Gilden Age and Progressive Era.” Admission is free. You can bring a lunch or purchase one at the library’s Fables Cafe.
The series is sponsored by the Center for the Study of Art & Architecture; History & Nature. Due to the Christmas holiday, the program next week will be held a day later than usual, on Dec. 27.

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HAPPY ENDINGS – West Seneca author Joe Kirchmyer will introduce his fourth book, “My Pet Connection: Inspirational ‘Tails’ of Adoption,” at a book release event from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in ProActive Sports Rehab in Seneca Square Plaza, 1900 Ridge Road, West Seneca.
The book features the stores of more than 80 people who have adopted puppies, kittens, dogs and cats from Pet Connection Programs Inc., an animal shelter in Marilla.
Kirchmyer will sign copies of the book, which will be available for $15.95, plus tax, cash or check only. Ken Newton, who created the cover art for the book, will raffle off the original painting. A portion of proceeds from the raffle and book sales will benefit Pet Connection Programs. For more info, visit nfbpublishing.com.

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TAKING FLIGHT – Three Scouts from Boy Scout Troop 93 will have their Eagle Court of Honor at 6:30 p.m. today in Clarence United Methodist Church, 10205 Greiner Road, Clarence. Becoming Eagle Scouts are:
Joseph Barthelme, a Clarence High School graduate currently attending Alfred State College. Despite bad weather last spring, for his Eagle project he replaced the metal roofs and aluminum trim on two dugouts at the baseball diamond at Sunset Park in Clarence in time for the start of the season.
Grant Keppel, a Clarence High School graduate currently attending Erie Community College, built a split rail wooden fence for the family cemetery at the Hull Family Home and Farmstead in Lancaster.
David Constantine did his Eagle project at Zion Lutheran Church in Clarence Center, designing, constructing and installing an outdoor pulpit.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Chad Kujawa, Lisabeth Abt Pieters, Theresa Harris-Tigg, Anthony Conte, Kristie Kantor, Maya Rose, Amanda Miller, Elizabeth Jones, Karys Brown, Tracy Krug, Natalie McNamara, Eileen Bender, Carol Kolodziej, Carol Zelak and Debbie Brennan.

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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