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Reporters' Notebook: April 15, 2019

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to artist and inventor Leonardo da Vinci, born on this date in 1452, “The greatest deception men suffer is from their own opinions.”

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MARK THE DATE – Today is the deadline to make a reservation for the Northtowns Christian Women’s Connection luncheon program at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday in Christ United Methodist Church, 350 Saratoga Road, Snyder. Representatives from Mischler’s Florist will discuss “Planting for a Bountiful Garden” and Nancy Montagna will give an inspirational talk, “From Straitjacket to Sound Mind.” Cost is $15. Call 775-5002 or 835-1061.

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HELPING HELPERS – St. David’s Episcopal Church, 3951 Seneca St., West Seneca, will join with the Erie County Department of Social Services to host “Powerful Tools for Caregivers,” a six-week informational program to help caregivers care for themselves while attending to spouses, relatives and friends. Beginning this week, it will be held from 1 to 3:30 p.m. on Tuesdays. Registration is required. Call 858-8526 or email

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WORDS OF WISDOM – Bruce Fisher, director of the Center for Economic and Policy Studies and a visiting professor at SUNY Buffalo State, is guest speaker at the free IMAGINE lecture series at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday 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 program begins at noon with a Great Courses video on “The Judiciary and Lawyers in America.”

Buffalo News sports reporter Jay Skurski will discuss the Buffalo Bills and the upcoming National Football League draft at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Brighton Place Library, 999 Brighton Road, Town of Tonawanda. There also will be a Bills draft prediction contest. It’s free, but seating is limited. To save a seat, call 332-4375.

Historian Ed Adamczyk will give a free talk and show photographs of the elegant Kenilworth Race Track at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday in the Tonawanda-Kenmore Historical Society Museum, 100 Knoche Road, Town of Tonawanda. The course at Kenmore Avenue and Niagara Falls Boulevard, which ran from 1902 until the state outlawed racetrack gambling in 1908, attracted Buffalo’s most fashionable people.

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READY FOR SUMMER – “Family Fun in Niagara County” is the theme of Family Night at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Niagara History Center, 215 Niagara St., Lockport. Information on all the summer outdoor activities in Niagara County will be provided. An optional pizza dinner is available at 5:30 p.m. for a small donation. Reservations are required. Call 434-7433.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Doug Sherman, Vic Adragna, Margaret Eison, Margy Toohey, Victoria Lester, Judy Hatrick, Debbie Waldorf, Pat Chiacchia, Adelyn Grace Louth, Sharon Dehn, Gordon Williams, Linda Smerka, Addison Rejewski, Frances Senker, Gordon Williams, Amanda McQuillan, Linda Weber, Michele Gwitt, Brooklyn Walker, Patrick Edbauer and Pete Maduri.

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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