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Reporters' Notebook: Jan. 29, 2018

OLAF FUB SEZ: Advice from comedian W. C. Fields, born William Claude Dukenfield on this date in 1880, “It ain’t what they call you, it’s what you answer to.”

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MONEY TALKS – Guest speaker is Denise Jewell Gee, executive business editor of The Buffalo News, 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 “The Arts of Investing: Lessons from History’s Greatest Traders,” which features Warren Buffett, chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, parent company of The News.
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.

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KEY TO THE HIGHWAY – The five-hour motor vehicle pre-licensing course that’s needed before new drivers can take their New York State road test will be offered in two sessions from 6:30 to 9 p.m. next Monday and Feb. 7 in Room 129 at Orchard Park High School, 4040 Baker Road, Orchard Park.
Applicants must be 16 or older and have a valid New York State learner’s permit. Fee is $30. Students must attend both sessions. To register, call 209-6295. Additional two-session courses will be held on March 19 and 21, and again on May 14 and 16.

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SAVING GRACE – Preservation Buffalo Niagara and the Niagara Falls Historic Preservation Society will hold a Landmarks 101 workshop at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the auditorium of the Niagara Falls Public Library, 1425 Main St., Niagara Falls.
The workshop, which is free, will cover the basics of preservation, including landmarking, financial resources and the beneficial effects of preservation efforts. Pre-registration is recommended. To sign up, call 852-3300 or visit

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ATTENTION, VETS – Veterans interested in the Disabled American Veterans organization are invited to attend the next meeting of DAV Roll of Honor Chapter 120 at 6 p.m. Thursday downstairs in the Milton Brounshidle Post, 3354 Delaware Ave., Town of Tonawanda. Access is via the side entrance. An elevator is available at the back of the building.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Robin Martinelli, Mary Kohlbacher, Lucy McCarthy, Wayne Kusienski, Cherrise Walker-Betts, Jan Dombkowski, Joe Cristofanilli, Sienna McCabe, Sister Mary Barbara Amrozowicz, Lucas Forney, Elwyn Brown, Kara Brown, Barbara Christiano, Kim Raven, Kristin Recktenwalt, Maureen Hildebrand, Kayla Martinez, Richard Podkulski, Lynnann Jackson, Terry Griffin, Marta Kowtun, Frank Barnashuk, Sharon Welsh, Dan “Cow” Caulfield, Frank P. Barnashuk, Christine Schifferli, Samantha Chambers, Dominic Giarratano and Cory T. Barbeau.

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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