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Reporters’ Notebook

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to noted clergyman Rev. Charles Wadsworth, born on this date in 1814, “By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he is wrong.”


Mom, It’s Difficult To Forget

I remember Mom

That old song

That you used to sing

Which is now quiet

Emotions no longer stir.

I remember Mom

The beautiful aroma

Of a fragrant orchid

But that too is wilted now.

I remember Mom

The nursery rhymes

You used to sing to us.

I remember Mom

As you attentively

Reminded me

To travel with honesty.

I remember Mom

As you lovingly hugged me,

Held me in your arms

Praying to God, Him to be

A companion of mine.

I remember it all

But now that you are gone,

You forgot to tell me

How to forget you.

How can I tell you,

How much I miss you already?

How can I console your loved ones,

Other than just me,

Of whom there are plenty?

How can I tell the li’l ones

That you are no longer here?

How can I tell

That you loved all of us here?

I will just hug and kiss them all

Just like you did and you would have done

I do it, I will. For you and for me

I will teach them to love your memory

Mom! I promise, I will, I will, I will.

– Eugene Laszlo Hegedus


BOOKS GALORE – The Holland Community Library, in the Holland United Methodist Church at 11699 Partridge Road, will hold its Tulip Festival Used Book Sale from 1 to 8 p.m. this Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

The North Tonawanda History Museum, 54 Webster St., will have its Spring Used Book Sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Paperbacks are 50 cents or three for $1. Hardcovers are $1 or three for $2. Customers also may purchase a bag for $5 and fill it with as many books as it will hold.


BARGAIN HUNT – Cleveland Hill United Methodist Church, 546 Eggert Road, Cheektowaga, will hold a rummage sale and bake sale at 6 p.m. this Friday. The rummage sale will continue at 9 a.m. Saturday and conclude with a $3 bag sale at noon. For info, call 833-8225.


PLENTY OF CHOICES – The third annual vendor fair and basket raffle benefiting A Hand Up Inc. will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday in the Rapids Fire Company hall, 7195 Plank Road, Lockport.

Admission is free. More than 100 vendors will be on hand, along with a deejay, food trucks and more than 150 baskets. For more info, call Cheryl Yurek at 799-4013 or Sherrie Campbell at 510-6589.


INSIDE THE LAW – Learn about the workings of Veterans Court in a pair of upcoming dinners and discussions with Niagara County Surrogate Court Judge and acting State Supreme Court Judge Sara Sheldon, sponsored by the Niagara Law Center.

The sessions will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Como Restaurant, 2220 Pine Ave., Niagara Falls, and at 6 p.m. May 20 in Danny Sheehan’s Steakhouse, 491 West Ave., Lockport.

Cost is $45 and includes a full-course dinner. Non-attorneys, veterans’ service workers, advocates and others interested in Veterans Court are welcome. To register, call 286-8181 or visit


SEASON FINALE – The Chromatic Club, Buffalo’s oldest music club, will stage its closing active recital at 7 p.m. Saturday in the First Presbyterian Church of Youngstown, 100 Church St., Youngstown. Admission is free. For info, call 632-7856.


HUNGRY? – The Niagara Frontier Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society will host a Chiavetta’s chicken barbecue from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday in the Railroad Museum of the Niagara Frontier, 111 Oliver St., North Tonawanda. Dinners are $9, takeout only, and include dessert.

Deerhurst Presbyterian Church, 257 Deerhurst Park Blvd., Town of Tonawanda, will offer an all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday. Dinners are $10 for adults, $5 for children 5 to 10, free for those under 5. Proceeds will benefit a mission trip to New Jersey in July to help with the continuing cleanup and rebuilding following Hurricane Sandy.

The South Buffalo/Lackawanna Lions Club is sponsoring a Mother’s Day all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday in the Lake Erie Italian Club, 3200 South Park Ave., Lackawanna. Tickets are $6 adults, $4 kids under 12. Youngsters under 5 are free. There also will be raffles, theme baskets and games. Proceeds benefit programs for the sight and hearing impaired.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Michele Flynn, Maria Kramer, Lola Bishop, Charles Incorvaia, Rob Hessel, Mark Leitner, Scott Driscoll, Sister Mary Marcine Borowiak, Ron Reger, Ken Kelly, Gary Wrest, Lisa Hudson, Liz Mullins, Brayden Hammer, Paul N. Fodor Jr., Shirley Federico, Steve Sutherland, Lori Piniewski and Tierney Ashe.

AND SATURDAY – Shaun Robert Cleary, Clint Holmes, Janna Willoughby, Howard Zemsky, Pamela Rosen, Kiernan Higgins, Angela Penniek, Justin Huller, Mary Decker, Dorothy Gross, Ryleigh Kelly Meegan, Donna Connor, Joan Pepperday, Florence “Fritz” Pardi, Nancy A. Muench and Kara Skoney.

AND SUNDAY – Artie Kwitchoff, Scott Johnston, Ron Rice, Ryan Myers, Amanda Ann Burns, Peg Rusert, Chris Kloc, Dee McCarthy, Gavin Snyder, Arthur Bean, Al Bean, Abdul Said, John M. Billittier Jr., Sister Margaret Marie Wetzel, Victor Carbone, Tom Wicezorek, Roberta Penkalski, Megan Makowski, Marion Rupp, Gail Skoney and Mary Dispenza.