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Reporters' Notebook: March 1, 2018

OLAF FUB SEZ: An observation from novelist and critic William Dean Howells, born on this date in 1837, “Some people can stay longer in an hour than others can in a week.”

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POSTAGE DUE – The 50th anniversary of the Apollo 8 Moon Shot will be commemorated when the Buffalo Stamp Club holds BUFPEX 2018, Western New York’s largest stamp show, this weekend in Leonard Post Post, Veterans of Foreign Wars, 2540 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.
A dozen dealers will offer stamps and collectibles and there will be exhibits of unusual stamps from longtime collectors. There will be door prizes and free stamps for kids to start their collections. Parking and admission are free. For more info, call George Gates at 633-8358 or visit

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THINK AHEAD – Kenmore attorney Roberta O’Toole will lead a seminar on wills and estate planning from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday in Cleveland Heights Christian Church, 4774 Union Road, Cheektowaga. It’s free and open to the public. To reserve a seat, call 464-3205.

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RAISE YOUR VOICE – Experience the thrill of singing Verdi’s joyous Requiem with a large group of top-flight vocalists Sunday in St. Paul’s Church, 33 Victoria Blvd., Kenmore. The Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus is inviting singers of all skill levels to join them.
Registration for guest singers begins at 2:30 p.m., followed by rehearsal at 3. There will be a dinner break with pizza and beverages at 5:30 p.m. Those who just want to listen are invited to come hear the performance at 7 p.m. A suggested donation of $5 will be accepted at the door.

Or you can blend in with a smaller group, the Amherst Senior Singers, directed by Carol Mayo, at an Irish Sing-A-Long at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Williamsville Meeting House, 5658 Main St., Williamsville. It’s followed by a complementary dessert and coffee reception and performance by Rince Na Tiarna Irish Dancers across the street in the Irishman Pub and Eatery. Admission is free.

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WELCOME MAT – The Strong Start Early Learning Academy at the Church of the Annunciation, 7580 Clinton St., Elma, will hold an open house from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. It offers two-day and three-day programs for Pre-K3, a five-day Pre-K4/5 program and a “Mommy and Me” program for kids 18 months to 3 years from 9 to 11 a.m. Mondays. For more info, call 681-1327 or visit

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Sarah Cahill

INTREPID EVENING – It could be a while before Western New York hears another solo piano concert like the one at 8 p.m. tonight in Rosch Recital Hall at SUNY Fredonia. At the keyboard will be acclaimed San Francisco-based Sarah Cahill, whose love of modern living composers “makes thorny music inviting,” according to one critic.
On her program are five pieces written especially for her, including “Shade Studies” by Samuel Adams, plus Meredith Monk’s “St. Petersburg Waltz” and George Lewis’ “Endless Shout,” which she recently premiered. Tickets are $12, $6 for students.
Her visit included a piano master class and a composer forum on Wednesday and concludes with a performance of Fredonia student works in a music reading session on Friday.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Antoine Thompson, J. J. Richert, Jim Gribbins, Sue Harder, Brenda J. Johnson, Nancy Dohn, Dorothy Harding, Michael Oliver, Gail Montedoro, Sue Schwartz, Robert Marshall, Ashlynn Becker, Pat Cleary, Heidi Zanelli, Will Darnley, Brian Bosworth, Jean McCormick, Brianna Safe, Cynthia Stachewicz and Robin Popovich.

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