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Reporters' Notebook: Sept. 24, 2018

OLAF FUB SEZ: A sentiment from novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald, born on this date in 1896, “I don’t want to repeat my innocence. I want the pleasure of losing it again.”

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TECH TALK – The first in a series of Great Courses videos on “Science Wars: What Scientists Know and How They Know It” will start the program at noon Tuesday in the weekly IMAGINE Buffalo lunchtime lecture series in the Central Library on Lafayette Square in downtown Buffalo. It’s followed by a discussion and summary of the Science Wars series by Jim Guido of WNY STEM Hub. Admission is free.

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GETTING ACQUAINTED – All sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade boys and their parents are invited to the annual open house at Bishop Timon-St. Jude High School, 601 McKinley Parkway, from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday.
Faculty, staff and coaches will be on hand. Student ambassadors will lead tours and talk about their experiences at the school. Information about scholarships and financial aid also will be available. For more details, visit bishoptimon.com.

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LOOSE CHANGE – Did you know that the phrase “In God We Trust” first appeared on American money during the Civil War? That and other facts about currency issued by the Union and the Confederacy will be part of a special presentation by historian Brian Scharf at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Lucy Bensley Center, 23 N. Buffalo St., Springville.
Admission is free to the program, which is sponsored by the Western New York Civil War Society. Donations will be accepted for the American Battlefield Trust. For more info, call Tom Place at 957-2740.

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GRAB A PLATE – North Presbyterian Church, 300 N. Forest Road, Williamsville, will host a Chiavetta’s chicken barbecue dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday. Dinners are $10 and include a homemade dessert. Proceeds benefit the backpack program of the Food Bank of Western New York.

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PLAN TO PLANT – Grassroots Gardens WNY will hold a harvest celebration and community garden info night from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in Vineyard Church, 5604 Lindbergh Ave., Niagara Falls, with free refreshments and live music. Information about starting a community garden in Niagara Falls also will be available.

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WELL SEASONED – WKBW-TV meteorologist Mike Randall will appear as Mark Twain at the meeting of the West Seneca Historical Society and Museum at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the West Seneca Senior Center, 4620 Seneca St. Donation is $5 for non-members.

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REUNION TIME – The Mount St. Joseph Alumne will hold their annual Mass and luncheon Oct. 6 in Classics V Banquet Center, 2425 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst. The Mass will be offered at 11:30 a.m., followed at 12:30 by the luncheon, which is dedicated to alumnae moderator Sister Rita Kane, who died this year. Tickets are $27. Call Judy Douglas, Class of 1963, at 688-6833 or email jdouglas021@gmail.com.

The Class of 1968 from Holy Family School will hold its reunion Oct. 13. For info, call Kathy Sullivan at 474-8534.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Paula Voell, Byron Brown, Christine Urbanek, Matt Enstice, Sharon Levite, Elizabeth Kraengel, Joan Everett, Rob Moll, Lilly Colwell, Joan MacKenzie, Barbara Kobos, Thea Zastempowski, Bill Mikolajczak, Mike Safe, Amy Lagowski, Jim Grabowski, Joanne Brown, Louise Guimento, Joe Andriatch and Ronald Wilk.

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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