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Reporters' Notebook: Jan. 10, 2018

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to British historian Lord Acton, born on this date in 1834, “Liberty is not the power of doing what we like, but the right to do what we ought.”

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LARKIN LEGENDS – “From Soaps to Riches,” the founders of the Larkin Soap Co. and their relationship with architect Frank Lloyd Wright, is the topic when historian Chuck LaChiusa, board president of Explore Buffalo, speaks at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 18 in the Parish Hall of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Buffalo, 695 Elmwood Ave.
His talk, sponsored by the church’s Women’s Society, will be preceded by refreshments at 11 a.m. and followed by a catered luncheon. Cost is $5 for the talk. The luncheon is $20, $15 for Women’s Society members. Payment for the luncheon is due by Friday in the church office. For more info, email

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BRUSH UP – Try your hand at Shodo, the Japanese art of calligraphy, in a workshop from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday in the Castellani Art Museum at Niagara University. Leading the session will be Toshie Kenney, an adjunct lecturer in Japanese at the University at Buffalo and a certified Japanese calligrapher.
There is a $5 registration fee. It’s free for museum members and Niagara University staff, faculty and students. Supplies are provided. Pre-registration is required. Call Edward Y. Millar, curator of folk arts, at 286-8290 or email

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COPING BETTER – The People Inc. Healthy Living Program will sponsor a series of free chronic disease self-management workshops for older adults who are living with or caring for someone with an ongoing health problem.
The series will be held from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays from Jan. 23 to Feb. 27 in People Inc. Burchfield Commons Senior Living, 2290 Union Road, West Seneca. Topics will include health management, learning new skills and tips on maintaining an active lifestyle. Registration is required. Call Becky Orton at 773-0907.

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BIG NIGHT – Explore Buffalo, which last year guided more than 18,000 people on tours of the area’s architectural treasures, will hold its 2018 Winter Gala at 7 p.m. Jan. 27 in the Hotel at the Lafayette, 391 Washington St.
Tickets are $65 now through Friday, then are $75, and include two drink tickets and hors d’oeuvres throughout the evening. VIP tickets at $95 also include a champagne reception at 6:30 p.m. and a complimentary gift. There also will be auctions and raffles of many Buffalo-themed items, including local artwork and special tours. For info and tickets, visit

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Leslie Zemsky, Marilyn Hochfield, Connie Caldwell, Denise Nicometi, Sharon Palisano, Ruth Turner, Anthony Felix McKithen, Clarence Brown, Michele Morgan, Megan Starzynski, Frank Weinstock, Kimberli N. Burch and Allison Rose Dobrzenski.

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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