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Reporters' Notebook: Jan. 23, 2020

OLAF FUB SEZ: An observation from Nobel Prize-winning poet Derek Wolcott, born on this date in 1930, “The future happens. No matter how much we scream.”

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COOLING OUT – Snow or no snow, the first Flurry Fest will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday by the Taste WNY Market at the new Western NY Welcome Center, 1999 Alvin Road, Grand Island.
Weather permitting, there will be a snow sculpture competition and snowshoe demonstrations by Path Peaks and Paddles. There also will be a chance to create luminaries, a hot cocoa bar and chili from the Village Inn on Grand Island.
The market features a variety of locally-made specialty foods and dairy products, craft beer and other beverages, and artisan gifts. For more info, visit the Western NY Welcome Center page on Facebook.

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QUICK VISIT – Award-winning Canadian poet and essayist Lisa Robertson, who currently lives in France, returns to these shores for just a few appearances to introduce her first novel, “The Baudelaire Fractal.” One of those dates is at 7 p.m. Monday in Talking Leaves, 951 Elmwood Ave., when she will give a reading and sign copies. For more info, visit tleavesbooks.com.

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ASK A LAWYER – The Dale Association, 33 Ontario St., Lockport, will host the Center for Elder Law and Justice Mobile Legal Unit from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday. A team of attorneys and paralegals will provide free “done in a day” legal help for older adults. For more info, visit daleassociation.com.

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LONG LEGACY – Niagara University will celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with “Freedom Rings,” a series of events that culminate with a keynote appearance by Steve L. Robbins, a corporate consultant on inclusion in the workplace, at 5 p.m. next Wednesday in the Russell J. Salvatore Dining Commons.
Other events in the series include a talk by award-winning poet and storyteller Willie Perdomo at 5 p.m. next Tuesday in Room 405 in St. Vincent’s Hall. He will examine King’s influence on the arts. Also the Black Inventions Traveling Museum will exhibit contributions of African-American inventors from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday in the Multipurpose Room in the Gallagher Center. The public is invited.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Betty Clemen, Marge Kaminski, Lucia Sleight, Geraldine Goodwin, Joseph S. Brown, Christopher Andreana, Annemarie Franczyk, Christina Holdsworth, Ivory Robinson, Donna Manquen, Ebony Valentin, Jesse Renaud, Angela LoPinto, Kimberly Peters Januszkiewicz, Jane Domagala, Robbie Lattimore, Don Bills, Donna Manquen, Owen Wade, Natalie Michalski, Mary Jane Wolentarski, Kathryn Falk Guard, Jean Plewinski, Alfonse Monaco, Matt Sherry and Aiden Huff.

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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