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Reporters’ Notebook

OLAF FUB SEZ: An observation from British writer J.B. Priestley, born on this date in 1894, “Be yourself is about the worst advice you can give to some people.”


Genes Gone Awry

Growing up

As the daughter

Of a beautiful woman

Is wonderful except

You soon notice

That people

Look at you

And think,

“She’s no replica!”

– Joyce L. Wilson


GENTLE GIANT – The weekly Imagine Buffalo lunchtime lecture series brings in three speakers at noon Tuesday to the Ring of Knowledge on the main floor of the Central Library on Lafayette Square in downtown Buffalo for a multimedia program entitled “Albert Schweitzer and the Reverence for Life: A Man for the 21st Century.”

They include the Rev. Thomas H. Yorty, pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church; Dr. David Hohn, chief executive officer emeritus of Roswell Park Cancer Institute; and Garrett F. Martin, organist and music director at Westminster Presbyterian.

Admission is free. You can bring a lunch or purchase one at the library’s Fables Cafe. The series is sponsored by the Center for the Study of Art, Architecture, History & Nature.


RAG TOPS – A fascinating footnote to automobile manufacturing in Buffalo is the Playboy, a tiny convertible produced between 1947 and 1951. Only 97 of them were made before the company went broke.

Weather permitting, collector and researcher David Kaplan will bring one of those 97 cars along when he gives a program on the history of the Playboy Motor Car Corp. at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday at the Tonawanda-Kenmore Historical Society museum, 100 Knoche Road, Town of Tonawanda. For info, call 873-5774.


ROAD TO RECOVERY – The Delaware Family YMCA, 2564 Delaware Ave., will offer Livestrong at the YMCA, a physical activity program designed to help cancer survivors regain strength, stamina and self-confidence, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, beginning this week and continuing to Dec. 10. The program, led by Y staffers trained in supportive cancer care, is free to cancer survivors. For info, call 875-1283.


SORTIES AND SKIRMISHES – War of 1812 historian and author Richard Feltoe will speak on “The Flames of War: The Fight for Upper Canada” at the next meeting of the Cheektowaga Historical Association at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Cheektowaga Senior Center, 3349 Broadway. The program is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.


MAIN SQUEEZE – Musician John Stanczyk will talk about his favorite instrument, the accordion, and play selections on it at the next luncheon meeting of the WNY Pen Women at noon Saturday in the Eagle House, 5578 Main St., Williamsville. Tickets are $18. Reservations are needed by Thursday. Call Mary Ellen Shaughnessy at 885-3292 or Barbara Blackburn at 634-2909.


SHORE PATROL – More than 40 lake and river shoreline sites in Erie, Niagara and Chautauqua counties will get tidied up in the 30th annual Great Lakes Beach Sweep from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. Volunteers of all ages are welcome to take part. For info and locations, call Lake Erie coordinator Sharon Trembath at 549-4330 or visit


WORDS WORK – High school graduates can improve their prospects for finding jobs by brushing up on their language skills in a new adult literacy program at Dog Ears Bookstore in South Buffalo. Classes will be offered by appointment only. Those who complete the program may be eligible to receive a scholarship through the Workshop Development Program. For info, call 823-2665 or email


TOP BRASS – Congratulations to the American Legion Band of the Tonawandas, Post 264, which won the national championship in competition at the 2015 American Legion National Concert Band Contest in Baltimore on Aug. 29, beating out bands from around the country. Runners-up were from Kansas City, Mo.; Brattleboro, Vt.; and Waltham, Mass.


REUNION TIME – The Villa Maria Class of 1955 will celebrate its 60-year reunion Wednesday in the Millennium Hotel Buffalo, 2040 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga. For details, call Irene Russo at 684-9479 or Pat Countway at 631-2450.

The Class of 1965 from the former St. Martin of Tours Elementary School in South Buffalo, now Notre Dame Academy, will hold its 50-year reunion beginning at 5 p.m. Saturday in Curly’s Grill, 647 Ridge Road, Lackawanna. Any class member who has not been contacted should call (336) 841-1833 for information and reservations.

The Bishop McMahon High School Class of 1955 will mark its 60-year reunion with a luncheon Sunday in Salvatore’s Italian Gardens, 6461 Transit Road, Lancaster. For info, call Joan Gramza at 692-8583.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Mitch Flynn, Nancy Naples, Michael A. Siragusa, Monica Pellegrino Faix, Elizabeth Hanson, Mary Jo Sheldon, Linda Marie Jones, Nellie Crews, Nadia Piazarro, Carmen D. Rivera, Jane Brennan, Brandon Tobias Panek, Sister Mary Marcellette Bogoniewski, Billy Wasielewski, Sylvia Drews, Karon Kester, Frani Walters, Donna Clark, Laurie Joensen DeSantis, Bob Krone and Bonnie Piechowiak.