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Reporters’ Notebook for March 29

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to former senator and presidential candidate Eugene McCarthy, born on this date in 1916, “The only thing that saves us from the bureaucracy is its inefficiency.”


FASCINATING FOSSILS – Crinoids look like plants – some are even called “sea lilies” – but they actually are underwater animals and they used to dominate the oceans that covered Western New York more than 400 million years ago. Their remains show up as fossils throughout the region.

The focus will be on crinoids as the Buffalo Geological Society hosts its 48th annual Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show on Saturday and Sunday in the Market and Grange buildings at the Erie County Fairgrounds in Hamburg.

The show also will feature exhibits of society members’ fossils, minerals and jewelry; exhibits from the Penn Dixie Site, New York State parks and the New York State Museum; and more than 30 dealers offering items from around the world.

Internationally renowned soapstone carver Sandy Cline from Canada will give demonstrations. Youngsters can search for mineral specimens in the “Mini-Mine.” And kids can create their own works of art in sand in “Grandpa’s Corner.”

Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5 for adults. Scouts in uniform and kids under 12 are free.


DISCOUNT DEADLINE – Thursday is the last day for early-bird registrations for the Superhero Race and Wellness Walk at 6:30 p.m. June 10 in Delaware Park. Sign-up right now is $25 for runners and $20 for walkers for the 5K course. The cost includes food, beer and race T-shirts for the first 500 to register. For info and registration, visit

The Superhero Race promotes mental health and wellness in Western New York. Proceeds will benefit children assisted by the Court Appointed Special Advocates program through the Mental Health Association of Erie County and the young mentoring program through Compeer of Greater Buffalo. Last year 1,100 runners and walkers took part and raised $63,000.


HOW SWEET IT IS – Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village, 3755 Tonawanda Creek Road, Amherst, will celebrate New York State Maple Weekend from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday with demonstrations on tapping trees, cooking sap and making tools for sugaring. All activities will take place outdoors, so dress for the weather. There will be hot cocoa and maple cookies. Admission is $8 adults, $6 seniors and free for children 12 and under.

The museum also will host a pancake breakfast Sunday morning with seatings at 9:30 and 11 a.m. Breakfast tickets are $8. For reservations, call 689-1440 or visit

Meanwhile, Maple Weekend activities will be taking place Saturday and Sunday at dozens of syrup producing sites around Western New York. For a full listing and other info, visit


SIGN IN – Reservations are needed by Friday for the next luncheon meeting of the Variety Women, which will take place at 11:30 a.m. April 9 in Ilio DiPaolo’s Restaurant, 3785 South Park Ave., Blasdell. Call Sandy Parker at 235-8249.

There will be an installation of officers and a “pound sale.” Those attending are asked to bring a gift-wrapped item that weighs a pound to be auctioned off at the meeting.


VENDORS WANTED – Global Concepts Charter School, 1001 Ridge Road, Lackawanna, is accepting vendors for its second annual Indoor Garage and Craft Sale from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 30. Spaces are 10 by 16 feet and cost $15 or $20 with a table and two chairs. The food truck from (716) Food and Sport will be on hand for lunch. For more details, call Fred Hahn at 310-8520 or email him at


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Kathy Driscoll, Paul Cambria, Geoffrey Fitzhugh Perry, Jane Burke, Madeline Haggerty, Laurie Volkenner, Marcy Little, Mike Rauls, Bryson Rachura, Wes Aarum, Neil Sullivan, Lemoyne Rhoades, David Greaves, Kristy Gossel, Payton Essman, Shelby Stisser, Dan Cronmiller, Rev. William Bigelow, Chandler Cotter, Victor Zoladz and Jules Wojtowicz.