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Reporters' notebook / Bits & pieces of news

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to piano-playing song parodist Mark Russell, born in Buffalo on this date in 1932, "The scientific theory I like best is that the rings of Saturn are composed entirely of lost airline luggage."


WALK IN THE WOODS -- Wednesday is the deadline to register for a "Sala Meander" from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the Pfeiffer Nature Center's Lillibridge Property on Lillibridge Road south of Portville.

Led by naturalist Bill Shelp, visitors will search for the 15 species of amphibians and reptiles that make their homes at Lillibridge. Logs will be rolled and leaves will be turned over. To register, call 933-0187 or email Fee is $10, $5 for members.


KICK STANDS UP -- Buffalo City Mission's fifth annual Motorcycle Run for the Homeless won't be starting at the mission in downtown Buffalo, like it did last year. It will roll out from Gratwick Park in North Tonawanda at noon Saturday for a 50-mile run through Niagara County, followed by a barbecue, music and prizes.

Registration at the park begins at 11 a.m. Fee is $20 for riders, $10 for passengers. For nonriders, dinner is $10, $3 for kids 12 and under. Those who raise more than $250 in donations can win a tablet computer and other prizes. All proceeds benefit the after-school program at Cornerstone Manor, City Mission's emergency shelter for women. For info and online registration, visit


HOMECOMING GALA -- The Seneca-Babcock Community Center, 1168 Seneca St., will welcome back the three "Bike Trip For Kids" riders with a party and auction from noon to 6 p.m. Dan Alexander, Dave Cywinski and Tony Glosek completed the 2,500-mile unfinished leg of the around-the-nation trek on Monday, raising funds for the community center.

Auction prizes include memorabilia from the Bills, Sabres, Bisons and Bandits; round-trip airline tickets and more. Drawings start at 5 p.m. Winners need not be present. For info, call 822-5094.


OLD WAYS -- A new event celebrating local Native American heritage will be held from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Hull Family Home and Farmstead, 5976 Genesee St. at Pavement Road, Lancaster.

Representatives from the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Nation will play traditional music, tell stories and demonstrate corn husk dollmaking. There will be performances by the Buffalo Creek Dancers and displays of wampum and artifacts, along with food and craft vendors and children's games and activities.

Admission is $5 for adults, $2 for students and free for children 9 and younger. Included are tours of the 1810 Hull Family Home, which is currently undergoing restoration.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Rose Marie Kelley, Tommy Cravak, Danielle A. Peoples, Rocco Lucente, Betty Pilger, Jackie Baldwin, Sister Mary Martinelle Niemiec, Cheryl Toepfer, Vinny Raven, Anthony Scheeda, Pat Manchester, Nicole Jarzyniecki, Janice Rogacki, Sheila Mitchell, Jessie E. Dresch, Tony Woyshner, Kerrick Woyshner, James Ernst Delventhal and Mark Raczka Sr.