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Dale Anderson has been a Buffalo News staff reporter since 1968. He was the chief rock and pop writer for 20 years and helped establish the weekend entertainment magazine Gusto. Original manager of singer-songwriter Ani DiFranco -- first four years, first five CDs, set up the independent thing. He is also a competitive duplicate bridge player since 2005 and is currently a Ruby Life Master.

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to naturalist John James Audubon, born on this date in 1785, “A true conservationist is a man who knows that the world is not given by his fathers, but borrowed from his children.” . . . WEEKEND FOR VETS – A ceremony at noon Thursday in Buffalo’s Front Park to mark the arrival of the American Veterans D’Youville Traveling Tribute Vietnam…

Aug. 29, 1919 – April 12, 2017 Eugene Joseph Pratt, of Tarpon Springs, Fla., a retired executive with Niagara Share Corp., died April 12 in North Pinellas Care Center, Palm Harbor, Fla. He was 97. Born in Buffalo, he attended Canisius High School and helped organize baseball and hockey leagues in Schiller Park on the city’s East Side. He enlisted in the Army i…

OLAF FUB SEZ: A favorite lyric from songwriter Jerry Leiber, born on this date in 1933, “Take out the papers and the trash/ Or you don’t get no spendin’ cash/ If you don’t scrub that kitchen floor/ You ain’t gonna rock and roll no more ...” . . . TOUGH TALK – Lee Coppola, award-winning newspaper and television reporter and former dean of the journalism scho…

An Albany County Court judge Monday turned down a motion to dismiss a corruption case against State Sen. Robert Ortt, R-North Tonawanda, on a claim that he was improperly denied a chance to speak before an Albany County grand jury on March 23. In his decision, Judge Peter A. Lynch noted that Ortt had declined to give a statement in advance of questioning in front of the…

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to actress Shirley MacLaine, born on this date in 1934, “Don’t be afraid to go out on a limb. It’s where all the fruit is.” . . . STOCK UP – The Kenmore Mercy Hospital Auxiliary will hold its annual Spring Used Books and Media Sale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday in the hospital atrium. Numerous books, CDs and DVDs will be a…

The Buffalo Spring Sectional Tournament continues today, Saturday, April 22, in the Main-Transit Fire Hall Social Hall, 6777 Main St., Amherst, with pairs games at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. It concludes with Swiss teams at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, April 23. For info, click this link. * * * The Airport Bridge Club is awarding extra points at all of its games at 11 a.m. from Mond…

Dec. 21, 1939 – April 16, 2017 Emily R. “Lee” Oprea, a champion of architectural and environmental preservation, died Easter Sunday in her home in Sardinia after a short battle with cancer. She was 77. One of the founders of the Western New York Land Conservancy in the early 1990s, she was a prominent opponent of the Chaffee landfill and nuclear waste storage a…

OLAF FUB SEZ: An observation from Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, born on this date in 1926, “Grief is the price we pay for love.” . . . BRAIN TEASERS – The West Seneca Public Library will hold its annual Team Trivia Competition from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday in West Seneca Post 735, American Legion, 35 Legion Drive, across the street from the library. Registration is $2…

June 27, 1935 – April 20, 2017 Doug Smith, the colorful Buffalo newspaper editor, sportswriter, humorist and TV personality, died Thursday at his home in Cortland after a brief illness. He was 81. Known best as “The Cheap Gourmet” and “The Fun Ranger” in his reviews and features on WIVB-TV, Channel 4, in the 1980s and 1990s, he became a journalist through h…

Jan. 18, 1935 – April 8, 2017 Richard Anthony Boccio, an attorney who was chief public defender for the Erie County Legal Aid Bureau for 20 years, died April 8 in Beechwood Continuing Care, Getzville, after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. He was 82. Born in Buffalo, he attended School 6 and graduated with honors from St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute, w…

Aug. 6, 1927 – April 13, 2017 Louisiana T. Hilliard, first lady of Humboldt Parkway Baptist Church for 45 years, died last Thursday under hospice care in her Buffalo home after a year’s illness. She was 89. Born in Anniston, Ala., the former Louisiana Thomas was the oldest of 12 children. She moved to Buffalo in 1946 with a high school friend and two years later …

Nov. 14, 1921 – April 14, 2017 Washington Bennett III, a master electrician and owner of Bennett Electrical Contractors Corp., died Friday in his Buffalo home. He was 95. Born in Ocala, Fla., he came to New York with his parents as a child, graduated from Mount Kisco High School and attended Tuskegee Institute in Alabama and Prairie View State Normal and Industrial…

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to actor and comedian Dudley Moore, born on this date in 1935, “The best car safety device is a rear-view mirror with a cop in it.” . . . PAGE TURNERS – The annual Women’s Society Used Book Sale begins this weekend in the Unitarian Universalist Church of Buffalo, 695 Elmwood Ave. at West Ferry Street. In addition to hardcover and paperbac…

March 6, 1930 – April 12, 2017 Raymond Alvin Chamberlain, a jazz guitarist and bassist inducted last year into the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame, died last Wednesday in his Orchard Park home. He was 87. Born in Lackawanna, he was a 1947 graduate of Lackawanna High School, where he studied trombone and guitar and played in the school band. Enlisting in the Army, he joi…

May 2, 1920 – April 16, 2017 Robert C. Schuh, of Kenmore, who owned and operated a North Buffalo hobby shop specializing in model trains for more than 40 years, died Sunday in the hospice unit at Kenmore Mercy Hospital after a short illness. He was 96. Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of Seneca Vocational High School and served in the Navy during World War II abo…