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Reporters’ Notebook for March 28, 2016

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to singer, songwriter and actress Lady Gaga, born Stefani Germanotta on this date in 1986, “I don’t want to make money. I want to make a difference.”


The Ladybug

The ladybug

Is much too tiny and fragile

For a human hug –

So, content we must be that

We get to share their habitat

And watch the cute critters crawl

Up and down and around the wall –

The spotted beetle of the fall –

By far the fairest of them all –

We’re so pleased that they’re around

And sad when their lifeless bodies are found.

Better to enjoy them outdoors in the yard

Where their existence is not as hard.

It’s been a lifelong charm,

Ladybug landing on a child’s arm –

Ladybug – tiny beetle of amazing grace

With barely the luxury of even a face –

One of God’s endearing gifts,

Certain to give the heart a lift.

– Larry Kassirer


HELP WANTED – Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village, 3755 Tonawanda Creek Road, has several positions it wants to fill, including a staff accountant/office manager and several seasonal historic interpreters. For job descriptions and other info, visit


MILITARY REUNION – All personnel who served aboard the USS Elokomin will hold a reunion Sept. 22 to 25 in Lisle, Ill., outside Chicago. For info, call Ron Finet at (262) 742-4269 or email


SHOWDOWNS IN SCIENCE – The spotlight stays on science this week in the IMAGINE Buffalo lunchtime lecture series at noon Tuesday in the Ring of Knowledge on the main floor of the Central Library on Lafayette Square in downtown Buffalo.

The program begins with a Great Courses video on the disputes between science and philosophy in the 17th century, followed at 12:30 p.m. by a discussion co-sponsored by the WNY STEM Hub.

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.


SUCCESS STORY – Sheri Sullivan from the Westminster Economic Development Initiative will give a talk on the successful work that WEDI has done with immigrants on Buffalo’s West Side at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Room 210 of Butler Library at SUNY Buffalo State.

The program, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Buffalo Lille Association, a Sister City affiliate that sponsors cultural and educational exchanges among Buffalo, northeastern France and Belgium.


WOMEN’S WEEKEND – The Women’s Auxiliary to the Great Lakes Baptist Association will host the 17th annual Walterine Stribling Women’s Conference Friday and Saturday in Mount Olive Baptist Church, 701 E. Delavan Ave. The Rev. Dr. William Gillison will serve as host pastor and moderator.

The conference, with the theme of “Women Working in Unity,” begins at 7 p.m. Friday with a free praise and worship session showcasing women of the Bible. Those attending are asked to wear red.

On Saturday, registration and breakfast at 8 a.m. will be followed by a choice of eight workshops and lunch. First Lady Minister Lora Allen of Bethany Missionary Baptist Church in Niagara Falls is keynote speaker. Pre-registration is recommended. Call 875-3524 or 832-3832.


BELIEVE IT OR NOT – Explore Buffalo will celebrate April Fool’s Day on Friday with “Fact or Fiction: A Questionable Tour of Buffalo.” Guides on a route through downtown Buffalo will mix amazing true stories with tall tales while visitors mark their scorecards and decide which are real and which are phony. A prize will be awarded to the person who catches the most lies.

The tour will start at 6 p.m. at the Pan-American Grill in the Hotel @ the Lafayette, 391 Washington St. Tickets are $25 and include a beer and light appetizers at the restaurant while scorecards are tabulated at the end of the tour. A full menu and cash bar will be available. For reservations and info, call 245-3032 or visit


HAPPY BIRTHDAY Jaclyn Doskocz, Karen Hoffman, Marty Buczkowski, Andrew SanFilippo, William J. Hochul Jr., Rita Argen Auerbach, Diane Curley, Diana Johnstone, Bonita R. Durand, Tom Herberger, Ryan Pankiewicz, Danny Grasso, Debbie Ceccarelli, Bethany Oesterle, Elaine Bartkowiak, Wendy Berger, Jen Mernitz, Madeline Kelley, Marian Fontana, Rachael Hageman Blair, Sister Mary Mark Janik, Rita Polizzi, Jean Hynd, Alyssa Johnson, Connor Johnson, Dan Clouser, Mike Janiszewski, Judy Wasiuta, Larry Olejniczak, Karen Rudnicki, Nick Pikul and Jennifer Fertel,