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Reporters' Notebook: June 10, 2019

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to novelist Saul Bellow, born on this date in 1915, “When we ask for advice, we are usually looking for an accomplice.”

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THE WRITE STUFF – Actor, author and business coach Brendan J. Cunningham will speak and sign copies of his latest book, “Potato Chips for the Soul: A Second Bag,” from 6 to 8 p.m. today in Dog Ears Bookstore and cafe, 688 Abbott Road. For more info, call 823-2665 or visit

Native Buffalonian and lifelong stamp collector Rick Barrett returns from his current home in Houston to speak to the Historical Association of Lewiston at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Lutheran Church of the Messiah Fellowship Hall, 915 Oneida St., Lewiston. His free talk, “A Cinderella Story: The Mystery of the Pan American Exposition Stamps,” is the topic of his award-winning book, “Buffalo Cinderellas,” about an entrepreneur and a huckster at the Pan Am. All are welcome.

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TALKING POINTS – It’s Chautauqua Day in Buffalo at the free Imagine lecture series Tuesday in the Central Library on Lafayette Square in downtown Buffalo. Speaker at 12:30 p.m. will be John Jablonski, executive director of the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy. The program begins at noon with a video about architect Louis Sullivan.

Historian Chris Hawley will give a free lecture, “Forged in Blood: Buffalo’s Labor History,” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at a meeting of the Greater Buffalo Bottle Collectors in St. Peter’s Episcopal Church Hall, Longmeadow Road and Callodine Avenue, Eggertsville. The club will have a mini-flea market at 6:30. For more info, call Peter Jablonski at 440-7985.

“Chatting with Ghosts” is the topic for guest speaker Carolyn Bauer at the meeting of the Ellicottville Historical Society at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Ellicottville Memorial Library, 6499 Maples Road. She will talk about her family’s practice of Spiritualism. It’s free and open to the public.

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REUNION ALERT – South Park High School’s Class of 1958 returns to Alton’s Restaurant, 2221 Transit Road, Elma, for a lunch get-together at 12:30 p.m. today.

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MARK THE DATE – Women Interested in Cystic Health will hold an installation lunch and barbecue at noon Wednesday at the Park Country Club, 4949 Sheridan Drive, Amherst. Entertaining will be vocalist Jack Civiletto. For info, call 634-5455.

An herbal show-and-tell will be featured at a meeting of the Western New York Herb Study Group at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Phil Rumore, Amy Vigneron, Charles Castiglia, Doug Hartmayer, Cleo Calloway, Shawnati’ R. Crews, Kyle Williams, Kevin Lombardo, Sue Danzer, Matt Williams, Gerard Ruszczyk, Lucy Betz, Clare Atkinson, Janet Mobius, Eric Perry, Deb Lis, Michael Carrig, Kaylee Wise, Mandy Schlegel, Kathy Gwitt, Kara Denecke McGuire, Nancy Shields, Dawn Boudreau, Denisha Middlebrooks, Lois Urbanski, Ryan LoTempio, Jennifer Patterson, Bridget Moriarity, Lenny Saran, Patricia Wannemacher, Dan Trent Sr. and Rose Marie Kowalski.

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