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Reporters' Notebook: Feb. 13, 2019

OLAF FUB SEZ: An opinion from U.S. Supreme Court Justice Robert H. Jackson, born on this date in 1892 in Spring Creek Township, Warren County, Pa., “He who must search a haystack for a needle is likely to end up with the attitude that the needle is not worth the search.”

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HOW TO GET HELP – Free workshops on social services and housing rights are scheduled this month at the Rural Outreach Center, 730 Olean Road, East Aurora.
“Navigating the Department of Social Services” at 6 p.m. Thursday will show how to apply for food and heating assistance through “Know Your Housing Rights” at 6 p.m. Feb. 28 will cover tenant rights, eviction and who to call with complaints. For more info, call 240-2220, visit or check

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HYMNS IN HISTORY – Local soloists and actors will perform as the Great Lakes Baptist Association presents a Black History Program at 7 p.m. Friday in Greater Hope Baptist Church, 9 Verplanck St. at East Utica Street. “Giving Praise in Song” is a musical dramatization of compositions by the renowned hymn writer Isaac Watts. All are welcome.

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BIG DATE – State American Legion leaders will come to the Central Library in Lafayette Square at 11 a.m. Saturday to tour the current World War I exhibit and announce that the Legion will hold its state convention in downtown Buffalo during the week of July 15. The Legion will be celebrating its 100th anniversary. Overall chairman for the convention is Erie County American Legion adjutant James Bojanowski.

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The deer tick carries Lyme disease and other illnesses.

TICKING OFF – The Cornell Cooperative Extensions of Chautauqua and Erie Counties will hold a WNY Tick Awareness Forum at 1 p.m. Saturday in the Frank W. Bratt Agricultural Center, 3542 Turner Road, Jamestown.
There will be presentations by Lynn Braband of the New York State Integrated Pest Management program, health department officials and a panel of community leaders. Registration is $5. Register online at
The session also can be viewed at CCE Cattaraugus, 28 Parkside Drive, Ellicottville, or at no cost via a live stream by joining the WNY Beginning Farmers and Homesteaders group on Facebook, which must be done in advance.

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GREAT ESCAPE – Anthony Cohen, a descendant of escaped slave Patrick Sneed, who worked as a waiter in the Cataract Hotel in Niagara Falls until he had an encounter with bounty hunters in 1853, will recount Sneed’s story at 3 p.m. Saturday in the Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center, 825 Depot Ave. West. He also will sign copies of his book, “The Refugee: Narratives of Fugitive Slaves in Canada.”

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Betty Erker, Mark Mulville, Bob Reis, Erin Coyle, Lynn Wessel Keane, Joe Cole, Cathy Woloszyn, Carolyn Ball, Barb Simmons, Brunhilde Berke, Ben Menkes, Dan Griffin, Darlene Govenettio, Carly Switalski, Jeff Lavelle, Gary Gottlieb and Alexis Hejna.

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