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Reporters' Notebook: March 20, 2020

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to British author Lady Isabel Burton, born on this date in 1831, “He who knows not and knows not he knows not: he is a fool – shun him. He who knows not and knows he knows not: he is simple – teach him. He who knows and knows not he knows: he is asleep – wake him. He who knows and knows he knows: he is wise – follow him.”

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HIT THE LINKS – Gyms are closed. Bowling alleys are shut down. It seems like all forms of athletic endeavor have been sidelined by the threat of Covid-19. But there’s at least one exception.
Chestnut Hill Golf Course in Darien Center announced its opening for the season on Thursday with an email that declared: “While most of our daily routines have been altered or canceled, let’s stay positive and focus on some good news. Going outside, getting some fresh air and playing golf is not canceled.”
Chestnut Hill is not the only one. Another email from Terry Hills Golf Course in Batavia declared, “Our golf course is open with carts and greens have been mowed!” Golfers also were reassured that “we are sanitizing golf carts daily and after each use.”

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CANCELLATION DESK – “Fort Niagara’s Women of Distinction,” a new program at Old Fort Niagara in Youngstown that brings four women from four different eras of the fort’s history back to life in full costume, won’t be held Saturday, but it’s only postponed. It will be rescheduled.

Not being rescheduled is the Clarence Jaycees 60th annual Antique Show and Sale, originally set for Sunday in the Clarence Town Park Clubhouse.

Canceled is the first of the Niagara Falls City Council’s “Council in the Community” meetings, scheduled for Saturday morning in St. John de LaSalle Center. Next one is planned for June 11 in the Niagara Street School.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Alison Zehler, Sister Mary Therese Ann Parobek, Sean Keane, Mary Ann Kennedy, Mike Gambini, Tom Marinaro, Pam Snyder, Sue Holguin, Cindy Corbin, Colleen Splater, Terry Broniszewski, Anna Lawrence, Tammy Lewis, Joy Zelasko, Gary Kaczor, Thomas Marinaro, Aurora Boneberg, Angie Wrobel, Chris Rejewski, Dottie Hambor and Michael Meegan.

AND SATURDAY – Sean McDermott, Shea Post, Liz Kolken, Ellene Phufas, Erin E. Cole, Ellen Reis, Kathleen Berens Bucki, Rachel Hageman, Mark Roetzer, Elizabeth Hatrick, Colin Schaller, Joshua Fronckowiak, Ryan Scherber, Lydia Parent, Richie Wilczak, Rev. Dr. Ralph Anderson, Robert William Yeates, Kathie Gurbacki Walczak, Pat Regan, Dave Borowiak, Carol Phillips, Lisa Wolin, Lawrence L. Lanza and Tessa Hojnowski,

AND SUNDAY – Jonathan Tomczak, Wolf Blitzer, Beverly Kinney, Roland Coleman, Bob Halt, Nancy Panek, Katie Ratchuk, Megan Toohey, Dorothy Harezga, Sherei Dziadaszek, Janice Filipowicz, Brayden Logel, Thomas Vogt, Kevin Mahoney, Kris Clark, Kathy Basher and Patricia Green.

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.

When space permits, Reporters’ Notebook welcomes the opportunity to share light verse on everyday topics, providing that the poems are short, 12 to 16 lines maximum.

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