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Reporters' Notebook: Aug. 15, 2018

OLAF FUB SEZ: Career tip from actress Ethel Barrymore, born on this date in 1879, “For an actress to be a success, she must have the face of a Venus, the brains of a Minerva, the grace of Terpsichore, the memory of a MaCaulay, the figure of Juno and the hide of a rhinoceros.”

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HOME BASE – The Buffalo Lafayette Chapter of Optimist International, which focuses on service projects that help children, returns to the Lafayette Brewing Co. in the Hotel @ the Lafayette, 391 Washington St., for an informational meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.
A historic plaque on the Lafayette notes that the first Optimist Club started right there in 1911. For more info, email

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CANAL BANK CAPER – The Niagara County Historical Society’s History Center holds its annual Treasures Under the Tent gala from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Erie Canal Discovery Center on the banks of the canal at 24 Church St., Lockport.
There will be catering by Shamus Restaurant, music by the Heenan Brothers and a live auction led by Sheriff James Voutour. The Penney Gallery on the second floor of the Discovery Center will be open. Attire can be casual or formal. Tickets are $50 or $350 for a table of eight. For tickets and info, call 434-7433.

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Buffalo Savings Bank in 1904.

GREEN SPACES – Only a few places are left for riders who want to join the E. B. Green Tour de Force Bike Tour on Saturday sponsored by Preservation Buffalo Niagara. The 2½ hour excursion, which will cover 10 to 12 miles at a moderate pace, leaves from one of Green’s creations, the Market Arcade, 617 Main St., at 11 a.m.
The tour will take in some of the noted Buffalo architect’s more famous buildings, such as the golden domed Buffalo Savings Bank at Main and Genesee streets and the First Presbyterian Church on Symphony Circle, as well as some of his lesser-known projects. For tickets and info, call 852-3300 or visit

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CALLING CAREGIVERS – First Presbyterian Church, 149 Broad St., City of Tonawanda, will start a Memory Lane respite program next Tuesday to give a break to those caring for a family member with a memory impairment at home.
From 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month, trained volunteers will provide supervised fun activities for the memory impaired, along with crafts, music, singing and a hot meal, all at no charge.
For info and a guest registration form, call the church office at 692-1319 or email

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Randy Philipps, Patrick Coviello, Susanne Sack, Howard Smith, Sharon Jordan Holley, Nancy Somit, Martin Boryszak, Eliza P. Friedman, Maghan Shanahan, Marty Biron, Carol A. Harvey, Ryan Toohey, Eileen Haggerty, Mary Kreuzer, Joey Panek, Mark Herle, Helga Pollak, Samantha Budniewski, Karl R. Spencer, Angeline Orlowski, Father Jim Cunningham, Edward Kloc, Don Deth, Julie Walsh, Dale Seivert, Geraldine Sobkowiak, Skip Blair, Patti Farley, Mindy Jendrowski, Michael J. Zwick, Ros Park, Tom Wasiuta, Mary Andriatch-Woronowski and Donna Gawlik.

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