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Reporters' Notebook: May 6, 2020 – Chalking and talking

OLAF FUB SEZ: One of our favorite jingles from Allan G. Odell, president of the company that made Burma Shave and creator of those renowned rhyming roadside signs, born on this date in 1903: “Around the curve/ Lickety-split/ Beautiful car/ Wasn’t it?/ Burma Shave.”

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SHARE SOME JOY – Grab a piece of chalk between 4 to 6 p.m. today and add some inspirational words and pictures to the parking lot of the Youngstown Presbyterian Church, 160 Church St., Youngstown. All are welcome and are asked to bring and wear a mask. Social distancing will be observed. For more info, call 745-7067 or email

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WORDS OF WISDOM – Erie County Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein is featured in the latest virtual storytime video for children from the Buffalo and Erie County Public Libraries.

She reads the newly-published book, “Coronavirus – Questions Answered for Kids,” written and illustrated by Adriana Morales Marin. She also offers advice about staying healthy.

Dr. Gale Burstein (photo courtesy of Buffalo and Erie County Public Libraries)

“We are fortunate she was able to take time from her busy schedule ... to show children who may be experiencing fear a calming sense of security and stability,” says library director Mary Jean Jakubowski.

The video is available for free via the Erie County YouTube channel at or through the library system’s Facebook page.

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CATCH A FISH – Still open for a fish fry are the Polish Falcons, 445 Columbia Ave., Depew. They’re providing dinners for $11, drive-through only, from 1 to 7 p.m. Fridays. To order, call 684-2373.

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HEALTHY DISTANCE – Olaf Fub plans to practice social isolation again Thursday and will not appear. Reporters’ Notebook will return on Friday.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Larry Norton, Tom Stelmach, Diana Principe, Phil Jarosz, Debbie Popple, Alexandra Kuhns, Nick Sikorski, Madison Butler, Jennifer Texter, Shannon Burke, Cindi Edington, Collin Neilson, Bryan Staddon, Nancy Eckl, Brian Leistner, Jerome Okonzak, Tracy Dollas, Jeff Kraengel, Pat Dawson and Sandie Stillman.

AND THURSDAY – Kathy Philipps, Patti Meyer, Elizabeth Hastie, Jane Lytle, Mark Wozniak, Andy Parker, Linda Giancarlo, Ashley Ebeling, Lucy Wargo, Karen Torkoniak, Ben Sikora, Cheryl Escott, Kayla Ulrich and Gregory Cain.

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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