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Reporters’ Notebook

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to Gen. George S. Patton, born on this date in 1885, “The object of war is not to die for your country but to make the other [expletive deleted] die for his.”


NOT FORGOTTEN – We’ll dearly miss Honey Snitzer, a poet who has been submitting verse to Reporters’ Notebook for more than a quarter of a century. She died last Wednesday at age 88. Here is one of our favorites:


Explosion of colors rippling the sky,

Layers of light in a maze,

Tints of exotic hues

Filtering the drab gray of the heavens.

Etchings of pastels in nervous patterns

Slowly ebbing into a mystic black,

Shrouding into nothingness,

Fading into night’s stillness.

– Honey Snitzer


SPECIAL OFFER – In conjunction with Veterans Day, the SPCA Serving Erie County is offering free animal adoptions to active-duty servicemen and women, reserves, retired military and service-disabled veterans from now through Saturday.

Animals can be adopted from all SPCA locations, including the adoption sites at the Walden Galleria in Cheektowaga and Eastern Hills Mall in Clarence, as well as at the shelter at 205 Ensminger Road, Town of Tonawanda. Military ID must be presented. For info, call 875-7360 or visit


TRY YOUR LUCK – The Kenmore Mercy Hospital Auxiliary is holding its annual fall theme basket raffle from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. today through Friday in the hospital atrium. Prizes include gift cards, lottery tickets and baskets of food and beverage items. Drawings will begin at 1 p.m. Friday.


THINKING AHEAD – The planning director for the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, Robert Gower, will be guest speaker at the monthly meeting of the Eggertsville Community Organization Inc. at 7 p.m. Tuesday in St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 4007 Main St., Eggertsville. He will talk about future transit options in the Amherst-Buffalo corridor.

Also addressing the meeting will be Sue DiVita from the Amherst Town Planning Board, who will discuss what should be listed on a five-year grant funding wish list. All are welcome.


SPOONFUL OF HOPE – Black Rock Kitchen & Bar, Chef’s, Ilio DiPaolo’s, Cecilia’s Ristorante, the Protocol, Root Five Waterfront and Salvatore’s Italian Gardens are just a few of the restaurants that will participate in Dine Out for Hope on Tuesday. All of them have agreed to give 12 percent or more of the receipts from their food sales to the Hunter’s Hope Foundation. For a full list of restaurants, visit


POINTS AFTER – Two of the most popular members of the Buffalo Bills will take Sharpies in hand Tuesday evening to benefit the United Way of Greater Niagara. Running back Fred Jackson and defensive back Aaron Williams will sign autographs in return for donations from 6 to 8 p.m. in the office of the Niagara County Deputy Sheriff’s Association in the Bewley Building, 20 Market St., Lockport.

Tickets are available for $15 per individual signature and can be purchased in advance at the NCDSA office or by calling 713-7151 or 438-3374.


LESSON PLAN – Learning all about the environments, climates, resources and highlights of each of the 50 states is the fourth-grade class at Aviston Elementary School in southern Illinois. As part of their project, the students are looking for postcards, souvenirs or other information from all parts of the nation. Items can be mailed to them at 4th Grade @ Aviston Elementary, 350 S. Hull St., Aviston, IL 62216.


PEACE SIGNS – A day of retreat to deepen a sense of community and the call to peace and justice will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in St. Joseph School, 3269 Main St. Sponsors are Pax Christi of WNY, the Catholic international peace organization, and the St. Joseph University Church Social Justice Committee. A $15 donation is suggested. A continental breakfast and lunch are included. For reservations, call Tom Casey at 491-9172 or email


KEEPING IN TOUCH – The Boys & Girls Clubs of Buffalo are trying to compile a database of former club members to help connect them with one another and with today’s members. Former members are asked to send their names, the clubs they attended and contact information to Tom Kulaszewski at or call 825-1016.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Robert Stewart Shanks, Bif Fage, Jimmie M. Green, Roger Powell, Henry James Ehmann, Joy Schwob, Gidget Podkulski, Roy Sasiadek, Fred Holakowski, JoAnn Gabor, Nancy Puma, Tom Riter, Linda Fox, Peter Weinreich, Ryan Granville, Michael Prabucki, Kiley Weber, Courtney Riel, Sandy Mendel and Audrey Mitchell.


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