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Reporters' Notebook: June 4, 2019

OLAF FUB SEZ: Advice from astronomer and author Clifford Stoll, born in Buffalo on this date in 1951: “Treat your password like your toothbrush. Don’t let anybody else use it, and get a new one every six months.”

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GOING STRONG – Circle II Women’s Group from First Presbyterian Church, 149 Broad St., City of Tonawanda, celebrates the 48th anniversary of their boutique and thrift shop with a Joyful June Sale from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday. A $7 buffet luncheon with home-baked pie and a beverage is served from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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SHOWY SEWING – The Southtown Needle Nuts Chapter of the Embroiderers Guild of America will exhibit their needlework in the Hamburg Public Library, 102 Buffalo St., from Wednesday to June 28. Guild members will demonstrate embroidery techniques from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. next Tuesday and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 22.

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SCREEN TIME – Bryant and Stratton College joins with EPIC-Every Person Influences Children to present a local premiere of the Oscar-nominated coming-of-age documentary “Minding the Gap” at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in EPIC headquarters, 1000 Main St. After the film there will be a group discussion of the positive effects of effective parenting and the negative impact of domestic violence. Registration is required. Visit

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HERE TO LEARN – Associate history professor Tomasz Pudlocki from Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland, will give a free lecture, “Beyond the Ivory Tower: Societies of Learning in the European Tradition,” at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Wick Campus Center Alumni Lounge at Daemen College. Pudlocki is accompanying Jagiellonian students who are learning about Polish history in Buffalo through Daemen’s two-week Polonia Institute.

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EXOTIC EVENING – The Buffalo Gamelan Club hosts the Shadow Puppets of Java in a program at 7 p.m. Thursday in Kleinhans Music Hall featuring more than 100 characters, gamelan percussion music and aerialist dances from The Birds Nest. Audience members are encouraged to come and go freely, change their seats, enjoy snacks and create their own shadow puppets at a children’s art table. Tickets are $10 to $20. For more info, visit

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CHANGE OF SEASONS – Niagara Falls City Council Member Chris Voccio hosts his last Coffee with Chris until September at 9 a.m. Thursday in Tim Hortons Cafe, 8500 Niagara Falls Blvd. Voccio buys the coffee and chats. Guests can order from the menu at their own expense.
Come Saturday, Voccio heads outdoors to lead his first summer hike. Hikers meet at 2 p.m. at the main shelter in Whirlpool State Park for a walk along the rim of the Niagara River Gorge to Devils Hole State Park and back. For info, call 696-0086 or email

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Scout Levi Siegmann, second from right, sits at his finished tables with, from left, his mother, Jackie Siegmann; Troop 824 Scoutmaster Mark Gaynor, Austin Tylec and Jennifer Grier from Greater Niagara Federal Credit Union, and Kason Dietz from the Hope Center.

EARNING HIS WINGS – Thanks to 14-year-old Levi Siegmann, youngsters will have their own places to sit and play at the Lumber City Hope Center, 383 Vandervoort St., North Tonawanda, and both branches of the Greater Niagara Federal Credit Union, at 60 Ward Road, North Tonawanda, and 2901 Military Road, Niagara Falls.
Levi, a Life Scout and senior patrol leader at Boy Scout Troop 824 in Sanborn, built four tables for children for his Eagle Scout project at the request of Jennifer Grier, the credit union’s marketing manager. He presented them at the financial firm’s annual meeting last Saturday.
Greater Niagara FCU paid for Levi’s supplies. Mike Wall from Gui’s Lumber helped coordinate the purchase and delivery of materials.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Charles Haupt, Janet Dimet, Michelle Urbanczyk, Terry Hamovitch, Joyce Ford Quick, Margaret Stevenson, Lindsay Guzzetta, Laurie Hebeler, Peter Booth, Tom O’Malley, Kylar Roberts, Jeremy Evoy, Joshua Evoy and Molly Platt.

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