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Reporters' Notebook: Feb. 18, 2019

OLAF FUB SEZ: A suggestion from artist and musician Yoko Ono, born on this date in 1933, “Look at yourself in the mirror and don’t be afraid to notice how beautiful you are.”

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READY TO READ – Thousands of books will be available Tuesday, all for $3 or less, as Brighton Place Library, 999 Brighton Road, Town of Tonawanda, begins its semi-annual book sale.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Fill a bag with books for $5 on Saturday. For more info, call 332-4375.

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PLUGGED IN – Bruce Fisher, director of the Center for Economic and Policy Studies and visiting professor of economics and finance at SUNY Buffalo State, is guest speaker at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday in the weekly IMAGINE Buffalo lunchtime lecture series in the Central Library on Lafayette Square in downtown Buffalo.
His topic: “Electrifying Buffalo, on the initial wiring of the city, and Buffalo’s Streetcar System, historic and prospective.” The free program begins at noon with a Great Courses Video on “Tocqueville and the American Experiment.”

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PILOT PROJECT – In conjunction with Black History Month, Family Night from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Niagara History Center, 215 Niagara St., Lockport, will feature a presentation on the Tuskegee Airmen, the Army’s first black aviators. Participants also can make a glider model of one of the planes flown by the Airmen.
Admission is free. All are welcome. A pizza dinner is available at 5:30 p.m. for a small donation. Reservations are required. Call 434-7433.

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ON THE RUN – The North Tonawanda History Museum, newly-reopened at 712 Oliver St., will host a discussion of the book, “He’s Out!: The true story of infamous prison escapee Richard Matt as told by his daughter,” at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
The authors, Matt’s daughter Jamie Scalise and retired Buffalo News writer Bob DiCesare, will be joined by North Tonawanda Police Capt. Gabe DiBernardo and others who worked on the case. Admission is free.

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REUNION TIME – The 60th and last reunion of the Mount Mercy Academy Class of 1959 will be held June 5 in the Roycroft Inn, 40 S. Grove St., East Aurora. Invitations will be mailed. For info, call Rose Hagen at 675-9314.

The Class of 1969 from Father Baker High School will hold its 50th reunion June 20. For more info, email Pat Loomis at or Randy Philipps at

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – K. C. Kratt, Julie Kittsley, Matt Gryta, Melissa Timian Gardner, Rachael Snyder, Bob Skorupa, Nancy Domagala, Finleigh Schlegel, Olivia Hough, MaryAnn Kleinfelder, Carol A. Vance, LaTasha Cunningham, Violet Johnson, Lois Smith, Kelli Safe, Kelly Pennella, Lisa M. Romanini, Linda Carroll, Louis Kowal, Ivan Slomba, Phil Mullen, Dave Pellnat and Jeanne Watt.

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