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Reporters’ Notebook

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst, born on this date in 1863, “Truth is not only stranger than fiction, it is more interesting.”


A Springtime Morning

Early in the morning when the day is at its best

I gaze at lovely flowers as they waken from their rest.

There is a touch of springtime in this early morning hour –

It’s time the birds burst forth in song to share their precious power.

I hear the songs of sparrows as they greet the newborn day,

Their melody is one of love to while the time away.

In early morning times we sense there’s greatness in the hour

When earth shows forth its gentleness, awakening springtime flowers.

– Doris V. Neumann


FREE JAZZ – Playing real good without an admission or cover charge tonight are the ECC Jazz Kats under the direction of Jim Runfola. They’re performing at 7 p.m. in the Music @ the Meeting House series in the Meeting House, 5658 Main St., Williamsville.


BOUNCING BACK – The remarkable recovery of West Seneca resident Matthew Faulkner from a traumatic brain injury in a 2009 auto accident is the subject of a newly released book, “Most Likely to Survive,” and a documentary film, “Recovery.”

At 7:30 tonight in Regis Room North in the Canisius College Student Union, Faulkner will appear with Ryan Monolopolus, producer and director of the film, for a screening and book-signing. Faulkner is finishing his final semester at Canisius and will graduate next month with a degree in economics with a concentration in finance.


BIG WEEKEND – Pvt. Leonard Post Jr. Post 6251, Veterans of Foreign Wars, 2450 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga, will be the site of the 79th annual Erie County Council VFW and Ladies Auxiliary Convention Friday and Saturday.

Registration for the Auxiliary will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, followed by a meeting. Registration for both men and women will be held from 8 to 9 a.m. Saturday, followed by a Joint Memorial Service at 9 and a Joint Awards session. Business meetings, election of officers and a joint installation of the new officers will follow.

The convention will culminate in the Commander’s and President’s Dinner on Saturday evening, honoring VFW Commander Marlene Roll and Auxiliary President Rosalie Cooper. It begins with cocktails at 5:30, followed by dinner at 6:30. For more info, visit


BIBLICAL BLOOMS – The next luncheon meeting of the Knox Extensionaires senior group at Knox United Presbyterian Church, 2595 Elmwood Ave., Kenmore, at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday will feature a slide lecture by Bonnie G. Flickinger, “Flowers and Plants of the Bible: Their Meaning and Their Symbolism.” All are welcome. For info and reservations, call Dorothy Rife at 876-0755.


SHAMROCK SONGS – Irish tenor Geno McManus will entertain at the monthly meeting of the Beechwood Service Guild at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in Beechwood Homes, 2235 Millersport Highway, Getzville.


BRINGING UP BABY – First Niagara Financial Group is helping out the United Way of Buffalo and Erie County in its second annual Community Baby Shower by accepting donations of new essential baby items for mothers in need at several First Niagara locations, including the Larkin Building, 701 Seneca St.; the Operations Center at Ridge Lea in Amherst; and the Administrative Center on Transit Road in Lockport. Donations will be welcomed through May 8.


CULINARY CAPER – On the march again are the Buffalo Bites Food Tours, three-hour walking and eating explorations of the sights, sounds and tastes of the Elmwood Village. Tours start at 11 a.m. Tuesday through Saturday and stop at half a dozen restaurants and food-related shops, sampling everything from craft-brewed beers to artisan desserts. For tickets and info, visit or call toll-free (800) 979-3370.


UNLOCKING THE CANAL – The West Seneca Historical Society is sponsoring a day trip to Lockport and a cruise on the Erie Canal on June 5. First stop will be a tour of the History Center of Niagara in Lockport, which includes buildings, artifacts and exhibits from the height of the canal era in the 19th century.

After a buffet luncheon, the tour will take a two-hour narrated boat ride on the canal, traveling under lift bridges, through locks and under the widest bridge in the U.S. Cost is $65. Seating is limited. For info and reservations, call the West Seneca Historic Museum at 674-4283 on Tuesdays.


REUNION TIME – All graduates of Cardinal Dougherty High School are invited to an informal stag supper at 6:30 this evening in the Family Tree Restaurant, 4346 N. Bailey Ave., Amherst. For info, call Steve Ash at 694-4492.

The Lancaster High School 50-year Alumni Association will hold a coffee hour at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in the Elks Club, 33 Legion Parkway, Lancaster. No reservations are required.

Archbishop Carroll High School’s 1971 graduates will celebrate reaching their 60th birthdays on May 18. For info, email

Kenmore East High School’s Class of 1973 is holding its 40th reunion on the weekend of July 19 to 21. For info, call Joe Demske at 867-6897 or visit the class page on Facebook.

The Niagara Wheatfield High School Class of 1977-78 will celebrate its 35th reunion on July 27 at Five Senses Nature Park, 6535 Ward Road, Wheatfield. For info, visit All friends and classes are welcome.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Zachary Schlau, Norma Jane Martin, Susan Martin, Jack Panek, Christine M. Kulkelka, Don Paul, Michelle and Marty Richau, Dean Brownrout, Doug Swift, Irv Weinstein, Riley Moll, Suzette Simonson, Pat Smolarek, Paul Kamrowski Sr., Rachel Anne Kamrowski, Elizabeth S. Kamrowski, Sarah Mischler, Emily Powley, Timothy Zimpfer, Jonathan Cielinski, Nancy Wright, Judy Kirst, Angeline Smolarek, Alexander J. Aylward, Bob Patterson and Jeff Sweetland.