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Reporters' Notebook: Dec. 26, 2018

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to humorist and author David Sedaris, born on this date in 1956, “If you read someone else’s diary, you get what you deserve.”

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Presents You Cannot Wrap
How nice that Xmas morn
Way past the wake of dawn,
The phone should ring
The sound I hear,
“Did I wake you, dear?”
A smile appeared,
Remembering still
What passed between us
Many years gone,
When problems before us
Made lighter in jest,
To talk to a friend
That is the best.
Through the sharing of laughter
The sharing of tears,
“Just being there.”
When a hand is extended,
Goes on through the years.
– Norma Bianchi

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TAKE THE LEAD – Share your enthusiasm for historic architecture by becoming a tour leader with Preservation Buffalo Niagara. The organization will be offering a new docent training program beginning in February.
Training will include all three of PBN’s public tours – Queen City Downtown, Guaranty Building and Buffalo City Hall. Trainees can choose which tours they would like to give and get training for others later.
Queen City Downtown sessions begin Feb. 5, Guaranty Building training starts Feb. 25 and City Hall classes get under way March 4. Classes meet from 10 a.m. to noon in the Market Arcade Conference Room, 617 Main St. For more info, call Olivia Cammisa-Frost at 852-3300 or email To sign up online, visit

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THE WATER’S FINE – Goldfish Swim School, which offers water safety and swimming lessons for infants and children nationwide, is taking registrations for its first Buffalo area location, which is opening next month. The 9,000-square foot facility will be in the Premier/Stein Mart Plaza, 7950 Transit Road, Amherst.
Classes are available for children aged 4 months to 12 years old in well-heated pools. Goldfish also has weekly family swims and party packages.
A grand opening celebration is planned from 2 to 5 p.m. Feb. 10 with a free family swim, complimentary snacks, face painting, crafts and raffles. For info and to register, call 265-4819 or visit

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Jody Bennard Carter III, Dut Dour, Dr. Russell Carlson, Alet-Brooklyn Stelmach, Jenna Jankowiak, Alice Perrelli, Shufen Krenitsky, Michael Healy, Jim Nowak, Jo Ledwin, Mike Naab Jr., Dave Crawford, Tammy Roberts, Isabella Blesy, Pete Stokes and Adrian Evans.

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

The online edition of Reporters’ Notebook frequently contains items that are trimmed from the print edition, or appear there in shorter form, due to space limitations.

When space permits, Reporters’ Notebook welcomes the opportunity to share light verse on everyday topics, providing that the poems are short, 12 to 16 lines maximum.

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