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Reporters' Notebook: June 25, 2018

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to British author George Orwell, born Eric Arthur Blair on this date in 1903, “Each generation imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one that went before it, and wiser than the one that comes after it.”

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The Leticia youth choir from Finland

VOICES CARRY – En route from Carnegie Hall in New York City to a performance in Toronto, Leticia, a youth choir from Salo, Finland, stops in Buffalo for a free concert at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Mary Seaton Room in Kleinhans Music Hall.
Leticia will share the program with the ABC Bel Canto Choir, led by Sue Fay Allen; and choirs from Country Parkway, Williamsville, led by Jennifer Kopp, and City Honors, led by Elizabeth Newton. Each choir will perform individually, then offer songs they learned from each other earlier that day. Leticia also will perform at 1 p.m. Wednesday in the atrium of Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center.

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SAVE THE DATE – Today is the deadline for reservations for the Northtown Women’s Connection triple feature at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday in Christ United Methodist Church, 350 Saratoga Road, Amherst.
Following a hot lunch buffet, Ellen Krezmien of Ellen K. Design will provide tips on buying and arranging fresh-cut flowers and Linda Fanton will speak on “Empty Nest Reversal and Forgiveness.” Cost is $17. For reservations, call 775-5002 or 706-8833.

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THINK POSITIVE – The organizers of a new Optimist Club for North Buffalo and Kenmore will hold another meet and greet happy hour at 6 p.m. Wednesday in Joe’s Deli, 534 Elmwood Ave. Started in Buffalo in 1911, Optimist International is a service club that focuses on improving the lives of children. For more info, email

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Joyce Abbott

WOMEN’S WORK – The president of the Concord Historical Society, Joyce Abbott, will give a presentation on “Women in the Civil War” at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Lucy Bensley Center, 23 N. Buffalo St., Springville.
Admission is free. Light refreshments will be served. Donations will be accepted for the Civil War Preservation Trust. For more info, call Tom Place at 957-2740.

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REUNION TIME – Members of the Baker Victory High School Class of 1959 who have not yet been contacted about the reunion in October are asked to call Mary McGrath Klier at 941-6598.

The Class of 1963 at Tonawanda High School will hold an unofficial get-together from 7 to 10 p.m. July 13, the Friday before Canal Fest, in the Eldridge Bicycle Club, 17 Broad St., City of Tonawanda. Cost is $5 at the door. Pizza will be available. Couples and friends are welcome. RSVP by emailing

Members of the Bishop Colton High School Class of 1959 will have their annual “Gab Fest” at 2 p.m. July 28. For more info, call Maryann Bracey Levandowski at 895-1606.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Kate Heinrich, Sheila A. DiTullio, Lorna Hill, Autumn Lewandowski, Duane Diggs, Stephen Muscarella, Christine Mathieu, Davis Heussler, Lisa Bloch Rodwin, Barbara A. Thomas, Juli Drake, Carmela Botticello, Aileen Vivian Quinn, Denise Zogaria, Sandy Bohen, Kellen Safe, Mark Nowicki, Jerry Caci, Dorie Kaminski, Carole Bieler, Damen Deno, Peter Gondek, Jerry Bartkowiak, Edward Kuczmarski, Joe Pietrocarlo, Howie Widman, Justin Czumaj and Janet Gorfien.

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