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Reporters' Notebook: Feb. 6, 2018

OLAF FUB SEZ: Advice from our 40th President, Ronald Reagan, born on this date in 1911, “When you can’t make them see the light, make them feel the heat.”

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PLAN AHEAD – Reservations are needed by noon Friday for the Feb. 15 program in the Speaker/Lunch Series hosted by the Women’s Society of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Buffalo, 695 Elmwood Ave. at West Ferry Street.
It begins at 11:30 a.m. with a talk by Phil Haberstro, executive director of the Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo, on “Creating Healthy Communities – A Strategic Path to Improving Quality of Life.” A catered lunch is at 12:30 p.m.
Payment of $20 for lunch must be made to the church office. Cost is $5 for the talk only. Refreshments will be served at 11 a.m. for a $3 donation. For more info, email

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CALLING VETS – All paratroopers are welcome to attend the next meeting of the Niagara Chapter of the 82nd Airborne Division Alumni at noon Saturday in West Seneca Post 735, American Legion, 35 Legion Drive off Union Road. Email or bring a copy of your DD-214.

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WRITE ON – A six-week Adult Writers Seminar begins from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 15 in Dog Ears Bookstore and Cafe, 688 Abbott Road. All participants are invited to present their current writing projects for light critique. Cost is $75 for all six sessions.
Members of the seminar include local writers Lissa Redmond, Rick Williams, John Schreier, Mike Breen and Mike Dugan, all of whom have stories in the group’s self-published anthologies. To register, call the bookstore at 823-2665 or call Schreier at 824-5174. For more info, visit

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REACHING OUT – Parent Network of Western New York and Jericho Road have teamed up to provide information about autism in a series of videos for parents who don’t speak English. The videos are available in several languages, including Arabic, Burmese, Karen and Nepali.
“We want to make sure no matter what language you speak, you can educate yourself and be the best advocate for your child,” says Susan Barlow, executive director of Parent Network.
The videos, which feature Jericho Road case managers, are available online by visiting

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BEAT THE COLD – St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy, which provides shelter and other services for the homeless and needy, will host a Code Blue Bash from 7 to 10:30 p.m. Friday in the Grapevine Banquets, 333 Dick Road, Depew. Party of Nine will provide music. Tickets are $20 and include pizza, desserts and soft drinks. There also will be a cash bar.
Those who wear blue or donate men’s sweat shirts, T-shirts, socks, blankets, sheets and personal hygiene items will be entered into a drawing for a money tree. For into and tickets, call 892-0125 or visit

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Thomas Edward Smith, Jesse Sperry, Mark Supples, Neal Radice, Rick Falkowski, Melanie Chimento, Mary Brucz, Frances Kozminski, Donna Wetzler, Monica Vaccaro, Sharon Streb, Sue Wasiuta, Bonnie Costas, Scott Clare, Connie Bochenek and Gerald Maurer.

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.

When space permits, Reporters’ Notebook welcomes the opportunity to share light verse on everyday topics, providing that the poems are short, 12 to 16 lines maximum.

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