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Reporters' Notebook: Jan. 4, 2019

OLAF FUB SEZ: A thought for the new year from the developer of stenographic shorthand, Sir Isaac Pitman, born on this date in 1813, “Well-arranged time is the surest mark of a well-arranged mind.”

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MUSICAL FEAST – Ensembles from several churches will be featured as St. Francis of Assisi Church, 150 Broad St., City of Tonawanda, holds its 10th annual Epiphany Concert at 6 p.m. Sunday. It’s free and open to the public.

Taking part will be the First Presbyterian Church Choir and Handbell Choir, groups from Grove Street Christian Church, St. Jude Church and St. Francis Church, plus the Epiphany Horn Ensemble. Soloists will be soprano Samantha Olewnik and tenor Joshua Vacanti.

The concert is dedicated to the memory of Marla Maertin, music director at First Presbyterian Church, who died unexpectedly last year.

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PIVOTAL YEAR – Steve Peraza, assistant professor of history and social studies education at SUNY Buffalo State, is the featured speaker as the Afro-American Historical Association of the Niagara Frontier holds its 14th annual Martin Luther King Jr. program at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Buffalo History Museum, 1 Museum Court, Elmwood Avenue at Nottingham Terrace.

His presentation will be “Black Buffalo in 1967: Riots, SEEK and a Speech by Dr. Martin Luther King.” It’s free and open to the public.

Peraza, who has done extensive research and writing on Martin Luther King, is editor of the association’s journal, Afro-Americans in New York Life and History.

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REUNION ALERT – The Class of 1969 from St. Teresa’s School in South Buffalo will celebrate its 50th reunion May 25 in the Blackthorn Restaurant, 2134 Seneca St., and the reunion committee wants to hear from all classmates. For more info, call Bonnie Kane Lockwood at 824-4371.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Pat Donovan, Lisa Flynn, Catherine Hetzler, Ann Marie Cusella, Rosemary Bova, David Szachta, Deb Bartus, Chris Ryan, Katie Wieleba, Patricia Miller, Michael Weidmann, Michael Riordan, Jo Ann Foster, Tom Keller, Betty M. Divito, Kara Sweet-Navratil, Hazel Sweet, Benjamin Boyle, Sue Pawenski and Matthew Vacanti.

AND SATURDAY – Michael Grier, Curt Hallis, Lillie Wiley-Upshaw, Judy Thielman, Raymond Zientara, Zemgus Girgensons, Mike Villagomez, Janice Fornasiero, Gretchen Cenczyk, Sunny Caci, Gene Popadowski, Kelly Zarbo, Sam Kolodziej, Tracey Thauer, Tina Weisedel, Ann M. Pautler and Seamus Kilmurray.

AND SUNDAY – Megan Schumacher, Nino Tempo, Doris Collins, Ron Slomba III, Alex Pilarski, Scott Enser, Ben Tichenor, Donna Boyd, Nicholas Holstein, Ken Smerka, Meredith McEwan, Christine Gambacorta, Kiley Hartman, Dylan Empric, Kim Seifert and Lori Willard Wunder.

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.

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