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Reporters’ Notebook

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to actress and novelist Ilka Chase, born on this date in 1900, “You can always spot a well-informed man – his views are the same as yours.”


At Last

At last the sun is shining

At last it’s warm today

The windows can be opened

The kids go out to play.

Winter coats are banished

Boots are changed to shoes

Clouds are parting, skies are bluer

Improving every view.

Grass has gone from brown to green

Cars get washed, garages are cleaned.

How nice to leave the winter past

To welcome flowery Spring – At Last.

– Diana Notaro


PLAN FOR PLANTING – The Meals on Wheels Foundation of Western New York is sponsoring a spring flower sale in conjunction with Lavocat’s Family Greenhouse and Nursery. The Meals on Wheels Magic Flower Garden program began accepting orders last week and will continue to take them until May 3.

Flats of plants and hanging baskets are available. New this year are herbs and 4½-inch potted annuals and perennials. Order forms are available by calling 822-2201 or by visiting

Flowers can be picked up on May 10 at the Meals on Wheels central office, 100 James E. Casey Drive, off Dingens Street, and on May 11 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 4536 S. Buffalo St., Orchard Park.


PUB POLL – The 22nd annual “Get Together” to benefit the South Buffalo Community Table run by Sister Mary Celeste O’Bryan will start at 6:30 p.m. Saturday in Iron Workers Hall, 196 Orchard Park Road, West Seneca, and this year’s contest is “What is your favorite South Buffalo tavern?”

Votes can be cast for $1 at most South Buffalo establishments, with proceeds helping out the cause. The winner will be announced Saturday night. Tickets will be available at the door for $15. As usual, the evening will feature food, beverages, music and silent auctions.


JOIN THE PARADE – The Erie County Fair is looking for musicians and color guard members currently in grades nine through 12 to be part of the Pepsi-Cola Marching Band, which will perform daily at the fair Aug. 7 to 18.

Twice-a-week rehearsals are tentatively scheduled to begin June 3 in the 4-H Youth and Development Building at the Hamburg Fairgrounds. Performances will begin in July. Band members are required to take part in all of the performances.

Applications, which must include a recommendation from a band director, are available at Deadline to apply is May 1.


REUNION ALERT – The Kenmore West High School Class of 1968 wants to contact classmates to invite them to the 45th reunion Sept. 6 to 8. The weekend will include a golf outing, mixer, memorial service, tours of the school, a varsity football game and dinner with a live band. For info, call Martha Boutet at 934-2691. Contact information can be submitted to or through the official website at

Also looking for classmates are the organizers of the Tonawanda High School Class of 1963, who are planning their 50th and last class reunion July 12 to 14. Anyone with information on the following people is asked to call 693-1522 or email at www.tonawandahighschool1963.iufo:

Ken Batt, Deborah Brown (Keel), Suzanne Brylski, Marilyn Cox (Krays), Joanne Ellis, Georgio Ferrari, Robert Gibson, Thomas Granville, Michael Grimaldi, Richard Guenot, Douglas Hawkes, Frank A. Hughes, Robert Janke, Kathleen Keppen (Ameno) and Gerald Korb.

Also Rose Marie Kroll (Wetham), James LaFlamme, Jane Leckie (Galonka), Marilyn Manuse, Charles Miller, Carol Millot (Wilson), Mary Muench (Hoyer), Elizabeth Muetel (Salt), Fred Mundis, Jack Paton, Marilyn Reid, Robert Reynolds, Pauline Schmidt (Eshelman), Richard Stawitsky, Dwight Thompson and LeGrand “Lee” Wolansky.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Terry Raszeja, Joey V. Bush, Irene Sipos, Bryan Bechard, Kevin Hassett, Jenny Zabawa, George Sax, Saul Elkin, Sister Mary Raymondine Raczkowski, Dan McFall, Sister Nirmala Panditi, Scot Kuhns, Marion M. Price, John Jurewicz, Tevia Mastykarz, Justin Baginski, Anne Kajfasz, David J. Sliwinski, John J. “Johnny Fin” Miller, Robby Brant, Preston Aranyosi, Kevin Hassett, Tina Louise Franco and George “Butch” Riehle.