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Reporters' Notebook: Jan. 16, 2020

1933 Goudey baseball card.

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to pitching ace and sports commentator Dizzy Dean, born on this date in 1910, “It ain’t bragging if you can do it.”

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CLOSE TO HOME – Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday by getting to know Buffalo’s African American history. Free tours will be offered hourly from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Michigan Street African American Heritage Corridor.
Tours will include the Nash House Museum, 36 Nash St.; the Michigan Street Baptist Church, 511 Michigan Ave.; the Colored Musicians Club Museum, 145 Broadway; and the WUFO Radio Archives, 143 Broadway.

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LACE UP – Registration is open online for the winter series of skating lessons classes at Cornerstone Arena, I Grigg Lewis Way, in downtown Lockport. They include Learn to Skate, Learn to Skate for Hockey Classes, Learn to Skate for Adults and Basic Skills for Parents and Tots. Classes begin Jan. 24 for all ages and skill levels. Fee is $96. For more info and to register, visit
The arena also will be open for a Late Night Cheap Skate at 8:25 p.m. Friday, with $5 admission and $5 skate rentals, and for Late Night Ice Bumper Cars from 9:15 to 10:30 p.m. Friday, with $7 rides.

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¿HABLA INGLÉS? – A special English as a Second Language version of the admission test for Mensa, the international organization for smart people, will be given at 2 p.m. Jan. 25 in the Community Meeting Room behind Dollar Tree in Southgate Plaza, 950 Union Road, West Seneca.
Anyone 14 and older is welcome. Those under 18 need parental permission. Walk-ins are OK, but it’s better if you call Serena Tabor at 949-7629 or email For more info about Mensa, visit

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NEEDLES AND PINS – Members will demonstrate a variety of sewing techniques at the next meeting of the Buffalo/Niagara Chapter of the American Sewing Guild at 6:30 p.m. next Wednesday in St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 205 Longmeadow Road, Eggertsville. All are welcome. For more info, visit or email Susan Perry at

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Oliver Szymkowiak, Sally Schoellkopf, Laura K. Chabe, Barry Covert, Tracy Collymore, Allan Jamieson, Patrick Clancy, Tre’Davious White, Lenny Kostelny, Bonnie O’Brien, Tim J. Collins, January Lane, Irene Bown, Marie Elminowski Wu, Gordon Tross, Jeanne Nowicki, Zollie Simmons, Addison Kulelka, Fasia Kpaka, Autumn Raine Pierce, Liam Wade and Kristin Wasiuta Huff.

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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