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Reporters’ Notebook

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to journalist and social critic H.L. Mencken, born on this date in 1880, “Conscience is the inner voice that warns us somebody may be looking.”


Leaves, Stems and Roots

An ode is what I wish to share

To praise my favorite veggie fare

My words possess poetic flair

(Though rhyming proved to be a bear.)

Fall’s butternut and acorn squashes

Elicit gees and wows and goshes.

They redefine what real panache is

And thrill me down to my galoshes!

A toast to Italia! Fried zucchini

Paired with veal scallopini.

Something simpler? Fettuccine?

(Or teeny-weeny ditalini?)

But what of yon asparagus?

So green, so thin, so fairagus!

With spears beyond comparagus

I love it so ­– I swearagus!

How shall I praise thee, broccoli?

Cooked slowly in my crockoli

Or stir-fried in my wokoli,

Your florets really rockoli!

O! Clever temptress, cauliflower,

Resistance would be follyflower.

So neat, so sweet, so jollyflower,

The best by gum, by gollyflower!

All hail the wondrous rutabaga!

Your flavor I salutabaga!

It’s earned this fine tributabaga

Why, just its name’s a hootabaga!

They all sound quite delectable

And tasty as all hecktable

And worthy of respectable

The last time that I checkedable.

So thus, it’s veggies I’ve embraced

With poetry composed in haste

They won’t add inches to your waist!

Now, aren’t you hungry for a taste?

– Jim Howard


FEEL BETTER – An Anointing of the Sick Healing Mass in honor of St. Peregrine will be offered at 7 p.m. this Monday in Immaculate Conception Church, 520 Oakwood Ave., East Aurora. Father David Bellittiere and the Friends of St. Peregrine invite those with cancer or in need of special healing to attend. For more info, call 283-0011.


LOOKING AHEAD – Guest speaker for this week’s installment of the IMAGINE Buffalo lunchtime lecture series at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday is Amber Holycross, senior development manager for Ciminelli Real Estate Corp.

The program, “Imagine Greater Buffalo 2025,” begins at noon in the Ring of Knowledge on the main floor of the Central Library on Lafayette Square in downtown Buffalo with a Great Courses video on cathedrals.

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.


LIVING HISTORY – Historical re-enactor Denise Reichard will portray first lady Eleanor Roosevelt in a program hosted by the Clarence Historical Society at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Town Park Clubhouse, 10405 Main St., Clarence. It is free and open to the public.


SUN SPOTS – A presentation on solar energy, its benefits, incentives and costs, will be featured at the next meeting of the Eggertsville Community Organization at 7 p.m. Tuesday in St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 4007 Main St., Eggertsville. The meeting also will see the swearing-in of the group’s 2016-2017 officers by Amherst Town Justice Geoffrey Klein. All are welcome to attend.


PAGE TURNERS – The Romance Book Club, a new group at the Brighton Place Library, 999 Brighton Road, Town of Tonawanda, will hold its inaugural meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday in the library to discuss best-selling author Colleen Hoover’s latest novel, “It Ends With Us.” For more info, call 332-4375.


SECRETS OF SUCCESS – Developer Carl Paladino will be featured Thursday morning in the first fall program of Goldfarb Financial Money Talks in the Saturn Club, 977 Delaware Ave. He will speak on Impact Capitalism and his role in the Buffalo renaissance. The program will begin at 8 a.m., following breakfast and registration at 7:30. The program is free, but reservations are required. Call 842-0145 or email


REUNION TIME – Blessed Trinity School alumni and friends are invited to the annual Alumni Sunday next weekend. The program includes a guided tour of Blessed Trinity Church, 317 Leroy Ave., at 9:30 a.m. and a memorial Mass at 10 a.m., followed by an all-class reception in St. Charles Hall. For more info, call 832-2540 or visit

The Class of 1966 at St. Teresa’s School will hold its 50th reunion Sept. 30, beginning with a Mass at 6 p.m. in St. Teresa’s Church, 1974 Seneca St., led by Monsignor Leo McCarthy, followed by dinner with a live band at 7:30 p.m. in the Buffalo Irish Center, 245 Abbott Road. Reservations for dinner must be made by Thursday. Tickets are $35. For info, call 312-8911 or email


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Tom Fontana, Maura Cohen, Raymond “Po-Hamp” Hampton, Keith Halt, Elizabeth M. Harris, Janet Meiselman, Cheryl Passmore, Gene Drebot, Sister Mary Catherine Raczkowski, Ray Pilarski, Gloria Marino, Olivia Bartus, Marie Strozewski, Abby Rockwood, Michael Lorich, Emily Thurnherr, Leona Grogg, Jan Schworm and Don Link.


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