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Reporters’ Notebook

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, born on this date in 1907, “Nothing is absolute. Everything changes, everything moves, everything revolves, everything flies and goes away.”


Can you feel the breeze?

Can you feel the breeze?

No, but I can feel the air

Even though your eyes don’t know it’s there?

Even though your eyes don’t know it’s there.

You overanalyze, and believe that the blind can’t do even the simplest things like you

You, too, can feel the breeze. Still you ask me as if my response is newsworthy!

But your eyes are a necessity. That’s what life has taught me.

You still can feel what’s there. Without eyes, everything is laid bare.

It’s as if you don’t care?

Don’t you ever worry about the obstacles in life?

I can’t see them, so my only obstacle is the largest one, which is living

How do I reach this peace, as you have?

Must I become blind like you?

No, just don’t worry about what life throws at you.

– Maximiliano Fisher


SILO HAPPENINGS – Explore Buffalo’s July calendar of eclectic tours,, features walks on Thursdays at 10 a.m. at Silo City on Ohio Street. Visit during the Sunday flea market and walk with a guide at 10 a.m. or 1 p.m. On sunset Tuesdays, stroll around starting at 6 p.m.

For the bigger picture of all the change at the shore, try a “Riverfront Renaissance” tour on Wednesdays or Saturdays in July at 10 a.m. Explore by bike on a different guided tour every Sunday. Pedal the Humboldt Parkway, the downtown murals or the Scajaquada Creek.

Reservations encouraged for all tours. Visit or call 245-3032.


SWINGING WITH THE BAND – The Alex Rene Big Swing Band plays Falkner Park from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday in Youngstown. In case of rain, head to the Village Gymnasium, 240 Lockport St.


ENVIRONMENTAL POPE – Learn about the Pope’s “Climate Encyclical” from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday with Sister Eileen O’Connor on the second floor of the Unitarian Universalist Church, 695 Elmwood Ave. Sponsored by the Sierra Club’s Climate and Clean Energy Writers Group.


CHOWDER BY THE QUART – Bergholz Fire Company and Ladies Auxiliary holds its monthly soup and baked goods sale Saturday at the Truck Hall on Niagara Road in the hamlet of Bergholz, near Niagara Falls. Bowls $1.50, a quart for $4 and a gallon, $16. Drop off your own container early and chowder will be waiting when the sale opens at 11 a.m.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Everett Herbeck, Sandy Luedke, Barbara Holdridge, Pat Reese, Joseph Czerniak, James Bem, Gerald Sobkowiak, Jim Evers, Eric T. Vallone, Renee Brind’Amour, Jerry Burkely and Jessica Lee Kelly.

AND LAST FRIDAY – Amy Hartmann Gilbert, Denise Jewell Gee, Hannah Tokasz, Jim Mabry, Derek Campbell, Danielle Szymkowiak, Peg Kaznowski, Cooper Christopher Panek, Jeanne Rusek, Millie Collins, Amy St. George, Ava Hooley, Debbie Ziolowski, John Hayes, Frank Rainville and William Schworms.

AND SATURDAY – Seamus O’Malley, Bruce Mitchell, Morty Fallick, Gerry McCartney, Gary Kaczmarek, Joe Murray, Emma Sahr, Carol Randall-Kuhn, Dave Dissette, Mary Watson, Gloria Stanz, Tom Whelan and Fay Bailey.

AND SUNDAY – Rob Hageman, Liora Ziv, Rick Lancellotti, Janice Kuczmarski, Delores Ryndak, Sister Jane Marie Kupniewski, Florence Rusa, Lori Kaminski Britton, Bryan Stablewski, Jim Read, Lily Weinstock, Dian Lewin, Ava Orcholski, Claire Szymkowiak, Shirley Skretny and Jim Read.