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Reporters' Notebook: April 16, 2018

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to French novelist Anatole France, born on this date in 1844, “Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.”

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HUNGRY? – The kitchen is serving beef on weck sandwiches and 65-cent wings from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. this evening in South Buffalo Post 721, American Legion, at 136 Cazenovia St. Wings are eat-in only. For more info, call 825-9557.

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BOOM TOWN – Guest speaker is Erie County Historian Doug Kohler 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. His topic will be “Buffalo and Western New York in the 1830s.”
The program begins at noon with a Great Courses video on French diplomat and political scientist Alexis de Tocqueville, who visited here in 1831. 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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BREATHE EASY – Green Armour Technologies of WNY, which specializes in air purification, will host a free 360 Degree Health and Wellness Seminar at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Hampton Inn Buffalo Airport, 133 Buell Ave. off Genesee Street, Cheektowaga.
All who attend will receive a kit valued at $99 to test their indoor air quality. To reserve a seat, call Brian Ellsworth at 881-2345 or email bsellsworth@gmail.com.

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TUNE IN – The WNY Players will perform staged readings of two classic radio plays and an original radio play, “True Tales of Terror,” by local writer Kate Fitzsimmons, at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Brighton Place Library, 999 Brighton Ave., Town of Tonawanda. For more info, call 332-4375.

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LOOKING BACK – John Percy will give commentary on rare photos from the early days of Kenmore and the Town of Tonawanda at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday a meeting of the Tonawanda-Kenmore Historical Society, 100 Knoche Road, Town of Tonawanda. Admission is free. All are welcome.

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CLASSICS – Scott Hyslop, music director at St. Lorenz Lutheran Church, Frankenmuth, Mich., will perform the music of Handel and Mozart on harpsichord and the historic Schlicker Organ at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Buffalo Religious Arts Center, the former St. Francis Xavier Church at 157 East St. off Amherst Street. A $10 donation is requested.

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REUNION ALERT – The North Tonawanda High School Class of 1968 will hold its 50th reunion July 14 and is looking for classmates. Email Ellyn Andrees-Broeker at eandbro68@gmail.com.

Members of the Cleveland Hill High School Class of 1960 will hold their monthly gathering for coffee and conversation at 9:30 a.m. next Monday in Wegmans Cafe, 5275 Sheridan Drive, Amherst. All fellow alums are welcome.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Richard Isch, Joe Benenati, Jane Larcom, Geoff Kelly, Paula Witherell, Valerie Heywood, Kyle Okposo, Zach Lesswing, Faye Evans, Dianne Williams, Rachel Olden De Graffenried, Michelle Robinson Knight, Carmine Pardi, Janis Porretti Preston, Robert Riley, Father Charles Slisz, Karen Murray, Chloe Bell, Dr. Nedra Harrison, Sister Mary Loriette Tokasz, Monsignor Francis M. Skupien, Melissa Higgins Goff and Chrissy Clancy.

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