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OLAF FUB SEZ: A favorite lyric from blues singer Bessie Smith, born on this date in 1894, “I ain’t good-lookin’, but I’m somebody’s angel child.”


A Glorious April Dawn

Colors of exquisite beauty greet my eyes

As I absorb the miracle with deep sighs.

I tread the carpet of green covering the ground,

And marvel at the flowers starting to blossom all around.

Majestic trees proudly waiting for their covering of green,

As very soon their velvety and shiny leaves will be seen.

And as I drink in the beauty of the bright blue cloudless sky,

The memory of this lovely dawn will remain in my mind’s eye.

– Honey Snitzer


WHAT’S COOKIN’? – A homemade meal is waiting for you from 5 to 7 p.m. today in South Buffalo Post 721, American Legion, at 136 Cazenovia St. There’s a choice of dinners, spaghetti or rigatoni, with homemade sauce and meatballs, salad, bread and butter for $7. For a little extra, you can get Italian sausage and extra meatballs. For more information, call 825-9557.


TURN THE PAGE – Great deals are promised on gently used books, CDs, DVDs, audio books and children’s books this week at the annual Kenmore Mercy Hospital book sale, which is held by the hospital auxiliary. It starts Tuesday and continues through Friday in the hospital atrium. Hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. All proceeds benefit the hospital.


LOOKING UP – The Penn Dixie Paleontological and Outdoor Education Center and the Williamsville Space Lab Planetarium collaborate once again for a planetarium show Wednesday evening in the planetarium in Williamsville North High School, 1595 Hopkins Road near Dodge Road, Amherst.

If there are breaks in the clouds, telescopes will be set up for viewing of planets and constellations, including Jupiter in the southwest and a half moon in the south. Doors open at 6. The planetarium can seat up to 70 viewers. The program is free and open to the public; for more information, call Penn Dixie at 627-4560.


TRAVELING BAND – The South Park High School Band has been invited to perform for members of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, directed by Wynton Marsalis, next month at Lincoln Center in New York City. As part of the trip, they also will be guests at an evening concert by the orchestra with guest pianist Chick Corea.

But it will take $5,000 to get there. Bandleader Andrew Peruzzini says the band is raising donations to make the trip and has gotten nearly a third of what they need. For donations, visit and search for “City Kids Cool Road Trip.” Donations also can be sent to South Park High School Band, 150 Southside Parkway, Buffalo, NY 14220, ATTN: Anthony Peruzzini.


JOIN UP – Western New York Chapter 63 of the Korean War Veterans Association is looking for new members. All Korean War veterans, DMZ veterans and all who have served in Korea at any time since 1950 are eligible to join.

Meetings are held nine times a year on the last Tuesday of the month. The next regular meeting will be at 7:30 p.m. April 23 in the Milton J. Brounshidle Post 205, American Legion, 3354 Delaware Ave., Town of Tonawanda. Food and drinks follow the meeting. Dues are $25 national and $5 chapter. For more information, call Norman Lipkus at 835-3522.


HELP FOR COLLEGE – May 1 is the deadline for applications from high school seniors in Erie and Niagara counties for two college scholarships offered by Buffalo’s Italian-American Police Association in memory of two members – Erie County Sheriff’s Deputy Robert S. Insalaco and Buffalo Patrolman David J. Scime – who died in the line of duty.

Preference will be given to students with Italian heritage who are enrolling in a criminal justice program.

For more information or an application, visit


REUNION ALERT – The Niagara Falls High School Class of 1951 will hold a get-together at 6 p.m. Saturday in Dominic’s Little River, 7611 Buffalo Ave., Niagara Falls. All are welcome. For reservations, call Shirley Bevacqua at 297-6566.

The reunion committee from the Class of 1963 at Bennett High School is looking for classmates. Call 297-8881.

Mount Mercy Academy’s Class of 1963, which is planning its 50th reunion for May 29, wants to contact classmates it has been unable to locate. Anyone with information on the following people is asked to call Mary Broderick Zern at 825-6708:

Mary Schultz Insera, Evelyn Rudnicki Fahey, Mary Jane Dahl Ebel, Sharyn Evans Prior, Nancy Massalska, Ann Noack, Kathleen Webb McCollum and Mary Carol Sullivan.

The Kensington High School Class of 1968 is looking for graduates to take part in a 45th reunion on Oct. 5. For more information, email or


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Barbara Shanks Smith, Linda Weber, Kim Sweeney, Margaret Eison, Carole Brox, Doug Sherman, Margy Toohey, Antonio M. Stevens, Linda Smerka, Amanda McQuillan, David Clouser, Melanie Russell, Alice Gern, Cody Kaminski, Adelyn Grace Louth, Edith Brown, Barbara Smith, Christine Panczykowski-Pokoj, Gordon Williams, Brandon Cuddihy, Roger Bald and Nick Tiberio.