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Reporters' Notebook: Dec. 21, 2017

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to Paul Kurtz, University at Buffalo philosophy professor and renowned scientific skeptic, born on this date in 1925, “The meaning of life is not to be discovered only after death in some hidden, mysterious realm; on the contrary, it can be found by eating the succulent fruit of the Tree of Life and by living in the here and now as fully and creatively as we can.”

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Gusty winds – hold onto your hat
Not time to stop for a short chat.
I must get ready for my daily stroll.
No excuses – just get on a roll.
Keep trying for those 10,000 steps,
Helps to go walking with your pets.
The day is warm, but not too sunny.
Whoops! There goes my hat – it’s not funny.
Look both ways before crossing the street,
Can’t wait to get off my feet.
Almost home and time for a rest.
Just taking a walk, it’s really the best.
– Lois “Cookie” Klein
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BACK FOR ANOTHER – The success of the first Collectors & Artisans Expo in September has encouraged organizers to hold a second one from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 10 in the Buffalo Irish Center, 245 Abbott Road.
“We are currently accepting new vendors who can bring interesting items to the Expo such as sports memorabilia, coins, stamps, antiques, original artwork, handcrafted goods, trains, toys, bottles, comic books and music and theatre memorabilia,” says Joe Kirchmyer of West Seneca, who is coordinating the event.
Eight-foot tables are available from $35 for one, $70 for two or $100 for three. Six-foot tables are $30 each. For more info and to reserve a table, email

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HIGHS AND LOWS – Buffalo rates a special mention in a report on “2017’s Most Caring Cities” released this week by WalletHub, the personal finance website. According to the report, our city has “the highest share of sheltered homeless persons, 98.05 percent, which is 4.1 times higher than in Fresno, Calif., the city with the lowest at 24.16 percent.”
However, in terms of all 36 criteria used in the survey, we rank only 69th out of the nation’s 100 largest cities, brought down by the poverty rate and one of the lowest percentages of income donated to charity. Topping the list are Madison, Wis., and Virginia Beach, Va. At the bottom are Detroit and Laredo, Texas. To see the complete report, click this link.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Thomas Burton, Sandy Carrubba, Ulysees Wingo, Christine Lewandowski, Greg Stein, Nicole Safe, Joe Graham, Dennis A. Kless, Stefanie Baxter, Irene Glinski, Doug Mueller, Lauren Snyder, Cathleen Rodis and Gracie Mae Dunbar.

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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