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Reporters' Notebook: Jan. 31, 2019

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to Broadway star Carol Channing, born on this date in 1921, “Laughter is much more important than applause. Applause is almost a duty. Laughter is a reward.”

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LOOKING BACK – Black History Month kicks off at noon Friday with the opening of a new exhibit, “The Making of a Monument,” at noon Friday in the Central Library on Lafayette Square in downtown Buffalo. Presented by the Buffalo African American Museum, the exhibit traces the process that led to the installation of the bust in Martin Luther King Park in memory of the slain civil rights leader. It’s the second-largest creative tribute to King in the world.

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HELP WANTED – The Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee for the Southern Tier, Laborers Local Union 621, begins a drive next week to recruit four skilled construction craft apprentices in Cattaraugus and Chautauqua counties.

Applications can be picked up from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesdays and Thursdays through March 14 at the State Department of Labor offices at 175 N. Union St., Olean; 19 E. Third St., Jamestown; and 407 Central Ave., Dunkirk.

Applicants must be 18, have a high school diploma or equivalent, pass a medical exam and a drug screening, be a licensed driver and score well on a basic math test. For more info, contact one of the Department of Labor offices or call the union at 372-2639.

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MUSICAL MIGHT – The fifth annual pipe organ concert at 7 p.m. Saturday in St. Francis of Assisi Church, 150 Broad St., City of Tonawanda, will feature the church’s sanctuary organist, Robert Hull, on the Schantz 44-rank pipe organ. Joining him will be the Niagara Wheatfield High School Chorus, directed by David Curtis, and the Buffalo Civic Orchestra, led by John Landis. It’s free and open to the public.

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HOW TO COPE – The Niagara County Department of Health Nursing Division begins two free six-week workshops next week for people with ongoing health conditions such as arthritis, diabetes and heart disease. Caregivers also are welcome.

A Chronic Disease Self-Management Program from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Mondays in the Golisano Center for Community Health, 533 10th St., Suite 100C, Niagara Falls, will show those attending how to manage their well-being and maintain an active lifestyle.

A Diabetes Self-Management Program will meet from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays in Auditorium A at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, 621 10th St. For info and to register, call Kristin Wolf at 278-1900.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Marilyn Sultz, Allen Beroza, Warren Todd Colville, Stuart L. Harper, Shirley Koziej, Giovanni Mangino, Riley Mitchell, Genevieve Ferenc, Joseph Sasiadek, Alice E. Williams, Ann Scheu, Sharon Rzeszutek, Molly Joyce, Randy Zak, Paul Makowski, Marie Stiegler, Matthew McGowan, Alice Garbarini, Bobby Crowder, Dan Block Sr., Somer Rae Rodriguez, Rachael Struble, John Kling, Creola Richey, Henny Smardz, Dave Hassett and Cheryl Marie Jennings.

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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