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Reporters' Notebook: Nov. 7, 2019

OLAF FUB SEZ: A favorite lyric from singer and songwriter Joni Mitchell, born on this date in 1943, “I wish I had a river so long,/ I would teach my feet to fly./ Oh, I wish I had a river I could skate away on.”

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SHINING BRIGHT – That color highlighting the Peace Bridge, Electric Tower and other Buffalo landmarks tonight is teal. It’s part of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of American’s Light the World in Teal program to raise awareness of the disease and support people affected by it.

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TALKING POINTS – Bren T. Price Sr., a retired teacher and Explore Buffalo docent, will share stories about Presidential visits to Buffalo in the Fall Speaker Series at 6 p.m. tonight in the Black Rock Historical Society, 1902 Niagara St. It’s free and open to the public.

The 1994 genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda will be addressed by Aimable Twagilimana, a Rwandan native and professor at SUNY Buffalo State, in a free lecture at 7 p.m. tonight in Rosary Hall at Daemen College. Twagilimana is author of books on the genocide, the experiences of Rwandan teenage refugees and Rwandan history.

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SAVE THE DATE – Today is the deadline for reservations for the Clarence Contemporary Club’s monthly luncheon meeting Nov. 19 in Samuel’s Grand Manor, 8750 Main st., Clarence. The program begins at 9:45 a.m. with a presentation by Michelle Brooks from the National Alliance of Mental Illness. Cost is $27. For info and reservations, call Ellen Poczik at 632-7617.

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CHECK THE CLOSET – The 24th annual Coats 4 Kids program still needs more donations of gently used or new winter coats, jackets, gloves, hats and scarves for toddlers to young adults. Items can be dropped off at Colvin Cleaners, 2375 Elmwood Ave., Kenmore, or at Allstate insurance offices throughout the area. For a list, visit coats4kidswny.com. First distribution of free coats, one per person, will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the Knights of Columbus hall, 1530 Kenmore Ave.

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BIG NIGHT – Cardinal O’Hara High School, 39 O’Hara Road, Town of Tonawanda, holds its 26th annual Hawk-tion fundraiser from 6 to 11 p.m. Friday with appetizers, a full dinner, an open bar, auctions and music. Tickets are $75. For info and tickets, visit cardinalohara.com.

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ALL ABOARD – The area’s largest model train show, the Great Batavia Train Show, is getting even bigger, thanks to a new venue, the Richard C. Call Arena at Genesee Community College in Batavia. It’s open from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $6 adults, $3 youth 13 to 18, free for kids under 13. For more info, visit gsme.org.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Marty Murphy, Michele Weber, Jenna Luehrsen, Patricia A. Mancabelli, Gaile Amigone, Kathy Ehrig, Rick Reinlander, Dave Monolopolus, Jacqlyn Nowinski, Julia Spitz, Ron Little, Marilyn Bigelow Winters, Kathy Tibbetts, Sandy Peruzzini, Ed Qualey, Mary Ellen Bartus, Darryl Melander and Michael A. Klimeczko.

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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