July 4, 1944 – Jan. 4, 2018
Joseph M. Palka, of Clarence Center, owner and chief executive officer of a laboratory equipment manufacturing company, died unexpectedly Thursday in Buffalo General Medical Center. He was 73.
Born in North Tonawanda, he was a 1962 graduate of Bishop Duffy High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Canisius College, where…
OLAF FUB SEZ: According to actress and burlesque artist Gypsy Rose Lee, born on this date in 1914, “Men aren’t attracted to me by my mind. They’re attracted by what I don’t mind.”
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SINGERS WANTED – ABC Bel Canto Choirs have openings for students from grades 3 to 12 in all of its choirs. Students throughout Western New York are invited to sessions on Thursdays for th…
Oct. 6, 1931 – Dec. 7, 2017
Richard H. "Dick" Batt, of Venice, Fla., a retired Buffalo area realtor, died unexpectedly Dec. 7 in Venice Regional Bayfront Hospital. He was 86.
Born in the Town of Tonawanda, Mr. Batt was a graduate of Tonawanda High School and served in the Army in the Korean War.
Mr. Batt began his real estate career in the firm of Batt, Doring and…
OLAF FUB SEZ: According to the King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley, born on this date in 1935, “Truth is like the sun. You can shut it out for a time, but it ain’t goin’ away.”
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In Time ...
I love the crunch snow makes
underneath my boot.
I am here,
One foot in front of another,
New snow doesn’t crunch,
Oct. 10, 1931 – Jan. 3, 2018
Richard J. McCowan, a renowned educational researcher and professor emeritus at SUNY Buffalo State, died Wednesday in his Grand Island home after a short illness. He was 86.
Born in New York City, he was a 1949 graduate of Chaminade High School in Mineola. He graduated magna cum laude from St. John’s University in 1953 and earned a master…
The Airport Bridge Club will award extra points at its game at noon today, Saturday, Jan. 6, and all of its games next week. The club will celebrate Martin Luther King Day on Monday, Jan. 15, with games at 10 a.m. and 1:15 p.m., plus lunch between sessions at no extra cost.
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First local tournament of 2018 is the Buffalo Winter Sectional from Friday, Jan. 19, to Su…
Jan. 19, 1995 – Dec. 19, 2017
Thapelo Imani Hill, a traditional African percussionist and dancer, died Dec. 19 in Erie County Medical Center, five days after he was wounded in a shooting outside a pizzeria on Niagara Street. He was 22.
Born in Buffalo, his father was African-American and his mother came from Botswana. His first name, Thapelo, means “prayer” in his mo…
President Millard Fillmore’s birthday celebration in Forest Lawn is almost always bitterly cold, but Friday’s extreme subzero wind chill forecast prompted organizers to keep the outdoor portion of the ceremony as brief as possible.
There will be a quick wreath presentation at 10 a.m. at the Fillmore gravesite, then representatives from the White House, Fillmore legacy o…
Aug. 24, 1946 – Dec. 31, 2017
John Michael Fitzgerald, a Lockport attorney for almost 40 years, died Sunday in Niagara Hospice House, Lockport, after an illness. He was 71.
Born in Lockport, he was a 1964 graduate of Lockport High School, earned a bachelor’s degree from Niagara University in 1968 and completed his juris doctor degree at the University at Buffalo Law …
The crew of the USS Little Rock LCS-9, which was commissioned at Canalside in Buffalo on Dec. 16, expected to be well on their way to their home base in Mayport, Fla., at this point.
Instead, their departure from Buffalo was delayed for three days by the weather. Now the newest ship in the Navy has been moored at a dock in Montreal for more than a week.
The vessel’s …
OLAF FUB SEZ: According to former German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer, born on this date in 1876, “All parts of the human body get tired eventually – except the tongue.”
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SHARE THE WARMTH – The West Seneca Lions Club will hold a clothing drive from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the WNY Federal Credit Union, 1937 Union Road, West Seneca.
The drive will benefit the Fri…
Feb. 27, 1934 – Jan. 1, 2018
Sister Mary Conrad Marie Glica, a teacher and principal in Catholic schools for more than 30 years, died on New Year’s Day in Immaculate Conception Convent, Hamburg, where she had been a resident since 2015. She was 83.
Born in North Tonawanda, one of five children, Marie Alice Glica was educated by Felician Sisters in grade school and th…
Feb. 4, 1939 – Dec. 24, 2017
T. Alan Brown, a trial attorney for more than 50 years, died Dec. 24 after a three-year battle with cancer. He was 78.
Born in Buffalo, he was a 1956 graduate of Canisius High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in 1960 from John Carroll University in Cleveland. He completed his juris doctor degree in 1963 at Fordham University Law Scho…
OLAF FUB SEZ: A thought for the playoff season from former Miami Dolphins coach Don Shula, born on this date in 1925, “Sure, luck means a lot in football. Not having a good quarterback is bad luck.”
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MODERN CLASSIC – Westminster Presbyterian Church, 724 Delaware Ave., will celebrate the end of the 12 days of Christmas this weekend with performances of Gian Carlo Men…
Former Erie County Executive Joel A. Giambra confirmed Wednesday he is seeking the Republican nomination for governor in November’s election.
“I’ve hired consultants. I’m putting together a team,” Giambra told The Buffalo News Wednesday evening. “I’m a candidate for the Republican nomination."
“At this point,” Giambra said, “I haven’t talked to enough county chairs a…