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Reporters' Notebook: Feb. 19, 2018

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to mathematician and astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus, born on this date in 1473, “To know that we know what we know, and to know that we do not know what we do not know, that is true knowledge.”

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DOUBLEHEADER – The Auxiliary of Kenmore Mercy Hospital will host a sale by House of Olives from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday in the hospital atrium. A variety of olives, balsamic vinegars and sauces will be available.
On Wednesday, the Auxiliary will hold a Scrubs Sale from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the hospital’s community room, with clothing, shoes and other items regularly used by health care professionals.

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Melissa Brown

THE WAY WE WERE – Guest speaker Melissa Brown, director of the Buffalo History Museum, 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 the first installment of a Great Courses video series on “Tocqueville and the American Experiment,” hosted by Professor William R. Cook from SUNY Geneseo.
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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SNUG AND WARM – When the temperature drops again later this week, a new rural Code Blue site to provide shelter on cold nights for homeless people in the Southtowns will open in the South Wales Community Center, 5387 Olean Road, South Wales.
Operated in conjunction with the Rural Outreach Center in East Aurora, it will be staffed and available from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. on nights when the temperature or wind chill factor falls below 32 degrees.
Van service will be offered from 8 to 11 p.m. to pick up people and bring them to the center. Return transportation will be provided in the morning, following a breakfast. For more info, call 240-2220.

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Michael Forero, left, now is a Buffalo Police patrolman.

CHIP OFF THE BLOCK – After years of trying, Michael Forero has succeeded in following in his father’s footsteps into the Buffalo Police Department.
Forero, 32, started out as an Erie County sheriff’s deputy more than a decade ago and in 2014 achieved the rank of sergeant. But he always wanted to be one of Buffalo’s finest.
His loved ones say he never took his eye off the prize and just last month, he was sworn in as a city officer.
“Every father’s greatest wish is that his children accomplish their lifelong dream. I couldn’t be any prouder of a son who has dedicated his life to serving the citizens of the community,” said his father, Martin Forero, who retired from the BPD in 2014 after 25 years of service.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Ruthie Kozower, Joy Trotter, Don O’Hara, Jakob Willoughby, Tom Yots, Wayne Whitaker, Joe Crozier, Breonna D. Kirkland, Kaylee Wendt, Teri Rudick, Sharon Hassett, Jessica Sobczyk, Traci Amorosi, Alexandra Murello, Rick Austin, Tara Gethers, Howard Rose, Barb Uzar, Cindy Tomascko, John Buczkowski, Bill Larsen, Kim Guthrie, Allen Booker, Cheryl Roberts Maciejewski, Felicia Choczynski Iggulden, Lori Pietraszewski, Cherie Jones, Ann Vivian, Dillon Ciotuszynski, Elaine Uku, Mike Chase, Dorothy Rowswell, Louise “Bunny” Barnes, Dolores Jelonek Snyder and Zsa Zsa Fisher.

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