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Reporters’ Notebook

OLAF FUB SEZ: Ginsberg’s Theorem, devised by poet Allen Ginsberg, born on this date in 1926, goes like this: “1. You can’t win. 2. You can’t break even. 3. You can’t even get out of the game.”


June Thoughts

In the month of June people start to think,

Of lounging in the sun with a cool drink.

Casting aside Autumn and Spring without a hint of care,

Hurriedly planning for summer vacation soon to be here.

Cutting and watering the sweet smelling grass that’s grown so high,

And working in the garden under a blazing blue sky.

Golfing, volleyball, tennis and boating at long last,

Will make the weeks go by all too fast.

So enjoy the beauty of your days in the sun,

Go to the park, have a picnic, enjoy the fun.

So very soon the months ahead will be but a pleasant memory,

So have a great vacation and make living your top priority!

– Honey Snitzer


ALL FIRED UP – June thoughts are centering on grilling at South Buffalo Post 721, American Legion, 136 Cazenovia St. The post starts its summertime Monday evening cookouts today, continuing through August. They’ll have hot dogs, burgers, Italian sausage and sides from 5 to 7. For info, call 825-9557.


FITTING FAREWELL – The eight YMCA Buffalo Niagara locations are collecting worn and tattered American flags today through Friday to send them off to a proper retirement at a ceremony Saturday in Forest Lawn. For info, call 565-6000. Locations include:

Delaware District, 2565 Delaware Ave.; Ellicott-Masten District, 585 William St.; Ken-Ton, 535 Belmont Ave., Town of Tonawanda; Lancaster, 31 Central Ave.; Niagara Falls, 1317 Portage Road; Independent Health Family Branch, 150 Tech Drive, Amherst; Southtowns, 1620 Southwestern Blvd., West Seneca; YMCA Association offices, 301 Cayuga Road, Cheektowaga.


UP AND AWAY – How far will committee members go to raise funds for the fifth annual Project Homeless Connect drive to benefit the WNY Coalition for the Homeless? A few thousand feet up, at least.

If the campaign can raise $10,000 before it closes July 31, five members of the planning committee will jump out of a plane.

They’re calling it “Freefall for the Homeless: Skydiving for a Cause.” For info or to donate, visit and search for “freefall.”


THE KINDEST CUT – Friend of Fub Mary Lou Zerby, of Hamburg, visited a gravesite in Cheektowaga over Memorial Day weekend and writes:

“Mount Hope Cemetery on Pine Ridge Road has had a problem for the last few years because it is an old cemetery and evidently there isn’t any money to pay to have the grass mowed.

“Earlier this month the grass was really high and I thought, ‘Oh no, no grass cut again this year.’ I was there over the weekend and the grass was mowed and even trimmed around all the tombstones. It really looked nice. I just wanted to thank whoever took the time and effort to spruce it up. I appreciate their hard work.”


TEA TIME – The United Methodist Women of Kenmore United Methodist Church will serve as hosts as the Beechwood Service Guild holds its annual Spring Tea at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Beechwood Homes, 2235 Millersport Highway, Getzville.


REUNION ALERT – The School 87/Clinton Junior High Committee will host its eighth annual Reunion Cookout from 1 to 7 p.m. June 22 in Martin Luther King Park. All are welcome. For info, call 854-4032 or 832-5007.

Members of the Class of 1950 at Nardin Academy will meet for a lunch overlooking the Niagara River at 12:30 p.m. July 17 in Acqua Restaurant, 2192 Niagara St. For info, call Joyce L. Wilson at 834-9647.

The Class of 1953 from Buffalo’s East High School will meet for an informal luncheon on July 18. For info, call Grace Martorana at 688-1456.

The Lackawanna High School Class of 1978 will celebrate its 35th anniversary on July 26 and 27. Festivities begin with a casual evening at 7 p.m. Friday in the Nite-Cappe Restaurant, 1769 Abbott Road, Lackawanna, and continue from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday in J’s White Elephant Banquet Center and Lounge, 1404 Abbott Road, Lackawanna. Cost for Saturday is $25 advance, $30 at the door. For info, call Karen Szcygiel Jacobi at 539-9998 or email

South Park High School’s Class of 1958 will hold a reunion and picnic from 2 p.m. to dusk Aug. 8 at the Commissioner’s Cabin in Chestnut Ridge Park, Orchard Park. A buffet supper will start at 4.

The class will hold its regular lunch at 12:30 p.m. next Monday in Alton’s Restaurant, 2221 Transit Road at Seneca Street, Elma. For info, call Loretta Sterling at 822-6028 or email

The Kensington High School Class of 1963 will hold its 50-year reunion from noon to 4 p.m. Aug. 10 in Banchetti by Rizzo’s, 550 North French Road, Amherst.

For info, email Ann Boyd Hergert at


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Claire Barbara Petersen, Kathryn Lee Lauber, Erin Elizabeth Lauber, Sean Fergus Lauber, Jimmy Sabadasz, Dan Sack, Stephen Banko IV, Danielle Lysenko, Sister Mary Bernadette Kapfer, Sister Mary Hope Zalewski, Sister Mary Poncilia Rogawski, Scott Lisinski, Tyler Graham, Meghan Gorman, Jack Lickfeld, Colleen E. Bellezza, Raymond J. Simon, Amalia Castelli, Jeremy Garlapo, Theresa McCarthy, Jack Rexinger Jr., Louis Brown and Christopher Burdick.