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Reporters' Notebook: Jan. 29, 2019

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to actress and talk show host Oprah Winfrey, born on this date in 1954, “Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.”

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HOMETOWN HERO – The life and legacy of John P. Meyers, who returned from the Civil War to become a leading citizen of Springville, will be recounted by historian Jolene Hawkins in a free program at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Lucy Bensley Center, 23 N. Buffalo St., Springville.
“The life of J. P. Myers ties together several well-known Springville landmarks, including the log cabin – which was formerly a G.A.R. post – on South Buffalo Street and the Soldier’s Monument in Fiddler’s Green Park,” says Hawkins, who is a research assistant at the center. “I thought people would enjoy hearing how J. P. had an impact on these well-known locations in our village as well as the mystery that surrounds the end of his life.”

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INSIGHTFUL – Author, musician and psychologist Dr. Darryl Tonemah from the Tuscarora Nation will be featured in a program from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday in the auditorium at Salamanca High School, 50 Iroquois Drive, Salamanca. Tonemah has worked with Salamanca students and school staff for the past two years.
A free spaghetti dinner at 5 p.m. will precede his presentation at 6. For reservations, call Michala Redeye at 945-2400, ext. 6091, or email

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CREATIVE PEAK – Composer Robert Schumann’s “Year of Chamber Music” will be explored when the Buffalo Chamber Players perform at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Albright-Knox Art Gallery auditorium. Featured will be two of the chamber works he wrote in 1842 – the Piano Quartet in E-Flat Major, Opus 47, and the Piano Quintet in E-Flat Major, Opus 44. Tickets are $20, $15 for gallery members, $5 for students. For more info, visit

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DOING GOOD – Dog Ears Bookstore, 688 Abbott Road, will offer Camp Kindness, a six-week program for children aged 7 to 12, beginning with a session from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday.
Held in collaboration with the Maksym’s Giving Tree Foundation, camp activities will include making blankets to donate to local homeless shelters, creating friendship bracelets and cards, reading to therapy dogs from Paws for Love and baking bread with Chet Fery from Bread Time Stories.
On the last day of camp, March 9, all children will receive a hard-cover copy of “The Giving Tree” book. Snacks will be provided at all camp sessions. To register, call 823-2655.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Ted Szymaszek, Patty Porter, Amanda Metzger, Lucy McCarthy, Joe Cristofanilli, Christine Schifferli, Samantha Chambers, Teresa Griffin, Marta Kowtun, Sandra Beutler, Cherrise Walker-Betts, Jan Dombkowski, Sienna McCabe, Sister Mary Barbara Amrozowicz, Wayne Kusienski, Logan Frantz, Elwyn Brown, Kara Brown, Kim Raven, Kristin Recktenwalt, Lucas Forney, Kayla Martinez, Laura Kamela, Dan “Cow” Caufield, Janice Jay, Frank Barnashuk, Lynnann Jackson, Carolyn Dorigo, Sharon Welsh, Laura Kamela, Andrew D. MacQueen, Joe Vidal and Art McCabe.

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