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Reporters' Notebook: Aug. 19, 2019

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to comic poet Ogden Nash, born on this date in 1902, “You are only young once, but you can stay immature indefinitely.”

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FOR FUTURE MOMS – Free yoga classes for expectant mothers will be offered at 2 p.m. Mondays, starting today, in Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, 621 Tenth St., Niagara Falls.
Leading the classes will be Peg Rusert from the Soma Cura Wellness Center on Grand Island, a registered nurse and certified yoga instructor. Classes are sponsored by the hospital’s OB/GYN Center and its P3 Center for Teens, Moms and Kids.
“Our classes – the only prenatal yoga classes in Niagara County – are open to expectant mothers throughout pregnancy and will include postures, breathing exercises and meditation while focusing on women’s needs,” said P3 director Karen Vilardo. For info and to register, call her at 278-4274 or email

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MAKING MUSIC – Buffalo String Works, a program at 286 Lafayette Ave. that is teaching refugee and immigrant children how to play violins and other string instruments, is receiving two brand new violas today from the Buffalo Alumnae Chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota, the national music fraternity.
Since the Buffalo chapter adopted the program more than a year ago, it has collected donations of used instruments and accessories such as strings and music stands. The violas were purchased through a matching grant from Sigma Alpha Iota’s national organization.
Buffalo String Works, which presents recitals regularly, began five years ago with 15 students and now serves 85 youngsters from Korea, Cambodia, Myanmar and other countries.

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CATS AND DOGS – Ten Lives Club Cat Adoption Group will benefit as George’s Hot Dogs, 5808 Herman Hill Road, Hamburg, sponsors “Save a Cat, Eat a Dog” from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. All hot dog sales will be donated to the group. There also will be a basket raffle, collection of deposit cans and bottles, and cats for adoption. For more info, visit

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ALL IN THE FAMILY – Duke University professor Lori Leachman will visit Talking Leaves Books, 951 Elmwood Ave., at 7 p.m. Tuesday to talk about “The King of Halloween and Miss Firecracker Queen,” her memoir of growing up in the South in a football family in the 1960s and 1970s. Her father, Lamar Leachman, went from coaching high school football up to the NFL, where he was defensive line coach for the New York Giants. For more info, visit

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Keira Dickey, Marietta Wells, Susan Gallo, Annette Pinder, Katie Burd, Bruce Adams, Rikki Cannioto, Edward Roeser, Jenn Fecio McDougall, Bob Kuminski, Jaclyn Smolen, Frankie Skelly, Mary Ellen Kosis, Deb Pecoraro, Dean Brucz, Sam Rizzo, Sue Beck, Terry Fleig, Chris King, Linda LoTempio, Conor Bain, Ed Mirowski, Adele Wiechec, Mary “Pat” Klein, Sharon Marsowicz, Annette Theis, Ann Schunk, Linda Agone, Mary Ellen Lawrie, Sue Compise, Michael Mroczka, Barbara Coleman, Marlene Sullivan and Francine Pawlicki.

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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