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Reporters' Notebook: April 23, 2018

OLAF FUB SEZ: A favorite line from playwright William Shakespeare, born on this date in 1564, “Some are born great, some achieve greatness and some have greatness thrust upon them.”

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LOOK AHEAD – Retirement savings, college planning and life insurance are among the topics to be discussed at “Financial Spring Cleaning,” a free seminar at 7 p.m. tonight in Father Cotter Hall at Blessed Sacrament Church, 263 Claremont Ave., Town of Tonawanda. Leading the discussion will be Michael Mangone and Russ Montgomery of Mass Mutual.

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GRASS ROOTS – Guest speaker is historian Alan Davis 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 “Griffins Mills, NY: Place-based Learning and Making History Come Alive.”
The program begins at noon with a Great Courses video on Emerson, Thoreau and the Transcendentalist Movement. 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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CURING INEQUALITY – The effects of disparities in health care will be discussed in “Healthy Equity: Weaving the Tapestry of Care,” a series of workshops from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday in the Buffalo Veterans Affairs Medical Center, 3495 Bailey Ave.
Topics include the impact of agism, food deserts, opiate abuse and access to care. Keynote panel will be moderated by Dr. Uchenna S. Uchendu, chief of the Office of Health Equity in the VA Central Office in Washington, D.C. For more info, including remote access, call Dr. Ursuline Bankhead at 862-8858 or email Ursuline.Bankhead@va.gov.

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BEST BETS – Buffalo News sports reporter Jay Skurski will assess the NFL draft at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Brighton Place Library, 999 Brighton Ave., Town of Tonawanda. Seating is limited. Call 332-4375 to sign up.

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STARTING UP – The Western New York Needlepointers, the local chapter of the American Needlepoint Guild, will hold their first meeting of the season at 1 p.m. Wednesday in Congregation Shir Shalom, 4600 Sheridan Drive, Amherst. For more info, call Sharon Mozeko at 480-8864.

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TURNING POINT – Impressionist Ed Brodbeck will bring Gen. Ulysses S. Grant to life to recount the Battles for Chattanooga during the Civil War at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Lucy Bensley Center, 23 N. Buffalo St., Springville. The program, sponsored by the Western New York Civil War Society and Echoes Through Time, is free. For more info, call Tom Place at 957-2740.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Emily Brownell Tranquilli, Jane Gillen, Dylan Mahoney, Jeremy Tschaepe, Penny Wolfgang, Jennifer Sole, Jennifer Liber Raines, Jonathan Buchanan, Gena Yeates, Adam Plewik, Nate Dove Sr., Kathleen Mather, Sara Sullivan, Kate Krezmien and Britt Marie.

To submit birthdays and other items of interest to Reporters’ Notebook, please email olaffub@buffnews.com or send a letter to Reporters’ Notebook, Buffalo News, Box 100, Buffalo, NY 14240.

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