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Reporters' Notebook: Feb. 6, 2019

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to Jamaican reggae singer and songwriter Bob Marley, born on this date in 1945, “Just because you are happy, it does not mean that the day is perfect, but that you have looked beyond its imperfections.”

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START SIMMERING – Chefs still have time to enter the annual Soup Cook Off on Sunday in St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3512 Clinton St., West Seneca. Call Mark Koeppel at 440-8173 or email him at mkstitch@verizon.net for rules and an entry form. Maximum number of entries is 12.
The taste test runs from 1 to 4 p.m. For $5, visitors get to sample the 12 soups and vote for their two favorites. Winner gets the Golden Ladle Award. Beverages and desserts will be available for sale.

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PREVIOUS LIVES – Explore Buffalo opens its speaker series, “Adventures in Buffalo History,” with a pair of talks from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday in the First Presbyterian Church on Symphony Circle.
Topics include “The Library in Erie County: A Short History and Overview of the Current Library System” and “The Village of Depew: Chauncey Depew, Railroads and Frederick Law Olmsted.” Admission is $10, $5 for educators and school administrators with ID.
Additional sessions will be held Feb. 21, March 7 and March 21. For more info, visit explorebuffalo.org.

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CELEBRATE – Reservations are needed by Friday for the Buffalo Lafayette Optimist Club’s official Charter Party at 6 p.m. Feb. 16 in the Hotel @ the Lafayette, 391 Washington St., where the first Optimist International chapter was founded in 1911.
Tickets are $40 and include a dinner buffet. There also will be a cash bar. For reservations, call Peggy Allen at 434-9708 or email pallen08@roadrunner.com. The club meets in the Lafayette on the first and third Thursdays of the month.

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SWEET SERENADERS – Don’t wait too long to arrange a surprise for Valentine’s Day for that special person in your life. The Friends of Harmony, the local male a cappella chorus, will personally deliver singing valentines on Valentine’s Day Feb. 14.
The quartets will go to a home or place of business and serenade your loved one with two love songs. Then they will present a flower and a personalized card and pose for a souvenir photo with the recipient. Price is $50. For $25 more, you can get two tickets to the group’s annual spring show May 3 and 4. To order, call 389-1820 or visit friendsofharmony.com.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Patricia Szymanski, Mary Serio, Jesse Sperry, Mark Supples, Neal Radice, Rick Falkowski, Melanie Chimento, Monica Vaccaro, Mary Brucz, George Czumaj, Tom Burgasser, Frances Kozminski, Donna Wetzler, Cheryl Spychaj, Jayden Schreck, Sharon Streb, Scott Merkwa, Anthony Balester, Bonnie Betow Costas, Sue Wasiuta, Tim O’Hara and John Culliton Mahoney.

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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