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Reporters’ Notebook

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to the author who created Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, born on this date in 1859, “There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact.”


CAST A VOTE – Paralyzed by a stray bullet in 2006, La’Quisha Pompey, a teacher at Buffalo’s CAO Academy, is a finalist to win a customized van in a national contest sponsored by the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association.

“One of the things I strive for most is to be as independent as possible,” says Pompey, who relies on public transportation to get to work.

Votes for her can be cast online once a day through May 31 by clicking on “Vote Now” and searching for her name at


PHOTOS WANTED – Waterfront Memories and More Museum, 41 Hamburg St., is looking for photos taken between 1900 and 1990 of the business district on South Park Avenue in the Old First Ward and the Valley.

Also needed are classroom and group First Communion photos from Our Lady of Perpetual Help School on O’Connell Avenue. Copies will be made for the museum’s collection. Call Bert Hyde at 603-7242 or Peg Szczygiel at 432-7288 or stop by the museum between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tuesday or Saturday.


DAY TRIP – The West Seneca Historical Society is planning an excursion June 10 to the World War II Museum in a former munitions plant in Eldred, Pa.

Buses will leave at 9 a.m. from the West Seneca Museum, 919 Mill Road, and return about 4 p.m. Lunch will be at Sprague’s Restaurant in Portville. Cost is $32, which includes museum admission and transportation, but not lunch.

Reservations can be made with a check written to the West Seneca Historical Society and mailed to 919 Mill Road, West Seneca, NY 14224. For info, call the museum at 674-4283 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays.


REBUILDING EFFORT – The Friends of Kevin Durkin will hold a fundraiser from 1 to 8 p.m. Saturday in Bowen Road Grove, Lancaster, to help rebuild the Depew Boys and Girls Club.

Tickets are $25. There will be a pig roast, hot dogs, hamburgers, pizza, beer and wine. The Boneshakers Blues Band will provide music. There will be games, face-painting, balloon animals and a magic show.

All proceeds will help restore the club, which burned Jan. 1, 2013. Durkin, an all-star athlete at Lancaster High School, died in 2003 after he was struck by a hit-and-run driver after a rock concert. For info, call 683-1485.


SEASON FINALE – The Buffalo Brass Choir closes its season with a program, “Reflections on a Dance,” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Orchard Park Presbyterian Church, 4369 S. Buffalo St., Orchard Park, and at 3 p.m. Sunday in Blessed Trinity Catholic Church, 317 Leroy Ave.

The program will feature dance selections from Brahms, Praetorius, Holst, Warlock and Ginastera. A $10 donation is suggested. For more info, call 392-2431 or visit


GARDEN DELIGHTS – Food For All and the Clinton Bailey Market, 1443 Clinton St., are celebrating Memorial Day on Monday with fun, flowers and fairies.

A fairy garden demonstration will begin at 9 a.m. There will be activities for children from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and recipe demonstrations throughout the morning. Farmers and vendors also will be on hand with flowers and vegetable plants for gardeners.


REUNION TIME – A reunion brunch for everyone who graduated from or attended Annunciation High School in Buffalo will be held Sept. 13 in the Classics V Banquet Facility, 2425 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst. For info, call Mary Kirwan at 876-4327 or email


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Lorey Schultz, Kristi Meal, Archie Bartolotti, Lori McCabe, Andy Sheffield, Sandy Kumiega, Erin Epstein, Cher Epstein, Nicole Alexis Yeates, Sue Kamuda, Emily Green, Amy Jeary, Maria Schmelzinger, Darlene “Dee Dee” Sery, Liam Meegan, Amy Rogacki, Joyce A. Dennard, Melinda Mindy Mallon, Paul Tripi, Patti Vaccaro, Julia Piepszny, Todd Sutton and Brenda Marie White.

AND SATURDAY – Scott John Gales, Charity Vogel, Pam Stromecki, Robbie Ortt, Kathy Buran, Bob Hoerner, Marceann Ruettimann, Jeanne Cummings, Bob Sprada Sr., William Dunn, Jim Coder, David Kester, Norbert Meyer, Elysia Rousseau, David Clark, Joe Puma, Lynn Gott, Bob Eimiller, Joseph Tapia, Dennis Maciejewski, Mike Lempko, Allison Rapp, Harrison Winn Sr., and Myron Hojsan.

AND SUNDAY – Mairin Rowan Cleary, Marvin Askew, Marty Biniasz, Lois Snyder, Fred Roy, Karen Sieracki, Daniel Griffin, Liz Lockwood, Rob Knopf, Mary Jane Mescall, Patricia Bogdan, Diane Bialota, Sister Jean Klimczak, Nancy Millar, John Snyder, Peter Gambacorta, Amelia Kozlowski, Debbie Mason, Lisa Alagna, Joseph Merritt Jr., Ruthie Mae Hollis, Ken Kowal, John C. Snyder, Kennedy Merriman and Kevin Fitzgerald Sr.