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Reporters' Notebook: Sept. 25, 2019

OLAF FUB SEZ: A verse from cartoonist and children’s author Shel Silverstein, born on this date in 1930, “There are no happy endings/ Endings are the saddest part/ So just give me a happy middle/ and a very happy start.”

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GETTING IT RIGHT – Curbside recycling will be the topic at a Cheektowaga town forum meeting at 6:30 p.m. tonight in the Senior Citizens Center, 3349 Broadway. Representatives from Republic Services will talk about what should be kept out of recycling bins to avoid contamination and extra expense, which are threatening the viability of the program. The public is invited.

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NEW VENUE – Already displaced by the upcoming Albright-Knox Art Gallery construction project is its resident musical ensemble, the Buffalo Chamber Players. As the BCP opens its new season at 7:30 p.m. tonight, they’re in the Mary Seaton Room at Kleinhans Music Hall with a sprightly program of Brahms, Paganini, contemporary composer Mark O’Connor and BCP composer in residence, Caroline Mallonee. Ticket are $25, $5 students. Beverages from the cash bar can be enjoyed during the concert.

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CONNECTIONS – Ray Wigle, director of the Erie Canal Discovery Center, will give a presentation on Niagara County’s international bridges, past and present, at 2 p.m. Thursday in the History Center, 215 Niagara St., Lockport. It’s free and open to the public. For info, call 434-7433.

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LOOKING GOOD – Ladies of Charity will hold their annual “Dress For Less” style show and theme basket raffle on Saturday in Columns Banquets, 2221 Transit Road, Elma. Doors open at 11 a.m. Luncheon and style show begin at noon. Cost is $40. Reservations are required. Call 895-4001.

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SLEUTHING – WNY Improv Inc. will stage an original murder mystery, “The Disappearance of William Morgan,” Saturday evening in the Red Osier Landmark Restaurant, 6492 Main St., Stafford. Doors open at 5:30. Performance at 6, dinner at 6:30. A fundraiser for the Holland Land Office Museum in Batavia, tickets are $50 and are available by calling 585-343-4727 or emailing hollandlandoffice@gmail.com.

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CHURCH NOTES – Bishop Richard J. Malone is scheduled to preside as the Sisters of St. Mary of Namur celebrate the 200th anniversary of their founding in Belgium at a Mass at 3 p.m. Sunday in Our Lady of Hope Church, Lafayette Avenue and Grant Street. Guests are welcome. A reception will follow.

The annual Public Novena in honor of St. Therese, the Little Flower of Jesus, will begin Sunday and close on the feast day next Tuesday in the Carmelite Monastery, 75 Carmel Road. Services each evening will begin with the Rosary at 7 p.m., followed by Mass. Principal celebrant on the feast day will be Rev. Kevin Peek, Army chaplain for the Archdiocese of Atlanta, Ga. All who attend are asked to be properly dressed.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Linda Schillinger, Herman Trotter, Luke Moretti, Dave Szymonek Jr., Jan Jones, Donna Burger, Sally Schworm Allen, Michael Colvin, Brian Pettitt, Vincent Notaro, Sivan K. Rich, Annie Galli, Jenny Jacobs, Don Jacobs and Anthony Sole.

To submit birthdays and other items of interest to Reporters’ Notebook, please email olaffub@buffnews.com or send a letter to Reporters’ Notebook, Buffalo News, Box 100, Buffalo, NY 14240.

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