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Reporters' notebook: Bits & pieces of news

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to "Peter Pan" author J.M. Barrie, born on this date in 1860, "Those who bring sunshine into the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves."

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Super Moon

The moon in all its glory shed its light upon the earth

As shadows from the brightened paths showed off in grand rebirth.

To take a walk at midnight was a quest to comprehend --

The energy that crossed the path was shared as friend to friend.

The full moon took a closer path to this grand earth of ours --

Fifteen thousand miles -- a giant step to waken "sleeping" flowers.

Oh, what a rude awakening when moon and earth do meet

To spread its light so far and wide with wonder at its feet.

-- Doris V. Neumann

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FAR-SIGHTED -- The work of Crossroads Springs Institute, a special school educating orphans with AIDS in Kenya, will be featured in the final spring luncheon presentation by Orchard Park Presbyterian Church's Silver Foxes on May 17. The Rev. Dr. Richard Young, who has volunteered twice at the school in recent years, will offer his personal insights.

The program in the church at 4369 S. Buffalo St., Orchard Park, begins with a catered luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Cost is $8. Reservations are needed by Monday and can be made by calling 662-9348. The church's youth group is collecting new toothbrushes, travel-size toothpaste, small boxes of Band-Aids and black shoe polish, which they will send to students at the school. Donations of these items are welcome.

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FLUID DYNAMICS -- They call it "science on tap," the fourth annual Beerology beer-tasting fundraiser from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday in the Buffalo Museum of Science. Seventeen beer vendors will be pouring three-ounce samples of their brews. There also will be home brewing demonstrations, lectures by local beerologists and a Hair of the Dog presentation on the science of hangovers.

Tickets are $40, $35 for museum members, and include 10 drink tickets. Additional drink tickets may be purchased starting at 7. Also included are a commemorative beer glass, snacks from local restaurants and food trucks, live entertainment and access to the museum's exhibits. For tickets, call 896-5200, Ext. 385, or visit www.sciencebuff.org.

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WRAP IT UP -- Need a gift for mom at the last minute? The Broadway Market, 999 Broadway, is ready to provide bottles of wine, flowering baskets, sweets and more at its annual Mother's Day Celebration on Saturday. The market is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., but if you're there between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., you'll get serenaded by the Carol McLaughlin Jazz Ensemble while you shop.

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GET SMART -- BRAINS, the pediatric brain tumor research fund, will hold its third annual Brainstorm beginning at 6:30 p.m. Saturday in the Buffalo Irish Center, 245 Abbott Road. There will be music by Ray Wood, juggling by Gravitational Bull, food, beer, pop, basket raffles and door prizes. Raffle items include a 32-inch LCD TV, a gas grill, a Kindle Fire, and Sabres and Bills memorabilia. Tickets are $20 adults, $10 for anyone under 21.

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BARGAIN TIME -- The Holland Reading Center will benefit from a Tulip Festival Used Book Sale in Holland Methodist Church, Partridge Road at Olean Road (Route 16). It begins with a members-only presale from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, then is open to the public from 1 to 8 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

The Children's Department of the Portville Library, 2 N. Main St., is having a huge yard sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. Sales enable the Children's Department to cover its expenses for the year. For info, call 933-8441.

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TINY TREASURES -- The Kenmore Mercy Hospital Auxiliary is sponsoring the Leslie's Small Indulgences sale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday in the hospital atrium. Mother's Day gifts and other spring gift items will be offered. Proceeds benefit the hospital.

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SWEET SPOT -- West Side Community Services hosts its fifth annual Just Desserts reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in its headquarters at 161 Vermont St. Tickets are $5 and include desserts, a beverage and musical entertainment. Proceeds help the agency's work with youth and seniors.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Shaun Robert Cleary, Leni Wesolowski, Janna Willoughby-Lohr, Howard Zemsky, Donna Connor, Dan McCarthy, Chris Jank, Lucy Moon Rowland, Angela Pennock, Sydney Wutz, Justin Huller, Florence Fritz Pardi, Shirley Milka, Kara Skoney, Pam Rosen, Candace Kaminski, Jesse Hughes, Nancy Leszkowicz Meutsch, Gregory Czech, Tom Halligan, Jim Leiffer, Margaret Conley and Clint Holmes.

AND THURSDAY -- Ryan Myers, Artie Kwitchoff, Scott Johnston, Amanda Ann Burns, Ralph Lauricella, Gavin Snyder, Chris Kloc, Thomas Wieczorek, Debi Coffee, John Billittier Jr., Roberta Penkalski, Gail Skoney, Ray Weiss, Rebecca A. Haslinger and Megan Makowski.

email: olaffub@buffnews.com