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Reporters’ Notebook

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to writer and critic Ambrose Bierce, born on this date in 1842, “There is nothing new under the sun, but there are lots of old things we don’t know.”


Silver Maple

Freshly cut grass relaxes

In the five o’clock sun.

Planted hanging baskets sigh,

“Where’d the day go?”

Bees who never ask

In a hollow knot hum

Beside me in a silver maple,

Shimming branches a century old.’’

– Janice Schlau


HOW IT’S DONE – A demonstration by painter and sculptor Dean Vigyikan, who has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Rochester Institute of Technology, will be featured at the monthly meeting of the Twin Village Art Society at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the second-floor meeting room of the Village of Lancaster Municipal Building, Broadway and Central Avenue. Admission is free. Guests are welcome. Refreshments will be served. For info, call Chip Blenk at 207-7350.


HELPING HAND – College Internship Program Amherst will hold an information session at 1 p.m. Friday in its center, 4511 Harlem Road, Amherst, to highlight its college and career support program for young adults with Asperger’s, ADHD and other learning differences. Tours of both the center and a student apartment will follow. For info, call Judy Gerich at 839-2620, Ext. 14, or email


FARM FRESH – Bistro Europa on Elmwood Avenue will take its guests straight to where the food comes from when it hosts its first-ever on-farm dinner next Sunday.

Chef Scott Gedra and his wife, Ellen, will bus 50 people to the Oles Family Farm in Corfu, then prepare an elaborate family-style dinner that includes Three Pea Soup, Jerk Chicken, Roasted Beets with blueberries, radicchio and blueberry-maple vinaigrette, and more.

A farm tour will precede the feast and Gedra notes that “everything that we put on the table is coming right from the same fields that you’re looking at.” Seats can be reserved by calling 884-1100. For more info on the dinner, click on “events” at


REUNION ALERT – The Lewiston-Porter High School Class of 1963 is planning its 50-year reunion July 12 and 13. The buffet dinner at 6 p.m. Friday will be held at the Niagara Falls Country Club, while the casual gathering Saturday night will take place at the 3-F Club, 904 Swann Road, Lewiston. For info, call Nancy Orsi at 745-7576 or email or

Past and present members of the Chief Petty Officers Club of Western New York will hold a reunion from noon to 6 p.m. July 14 in the Bison City Rod & Gun Club, 511 Ohio St. Tickets are $10 and include food, beer, wine and pop, with a cookout from 1 to 4 p.m. RSVP by July 5 to Karl Page at 668-1061.

The Riverside High School Alumni Association will hold its annual reunion picnic at 1 p.m. July 16 at Banchetti’s Picnic Grove, 550 North French Road, Getzville. There will be a cash bar. Graduates are invited to bring memorabilia from their high school days for show-and-tell. For info, call Ruth Hawthorne at 692-2627.

The West Seneca East High School Class of 1978 will hold its 35th reunion from 7 to 11 p.m. Aug. 23 in Lucarelli’s Banquet Facility, 1830 Abbott Road, Lackawanna. Tickets are $35 and include four hours of open bar and food stations. Checks payable to WSE Class of ’78 Reunion should be sent to Dave Vinti, 3 Acorn Circle, Orchard Park, NY 14127, by July 23.

The Kensington High School Alumni Association will hold its annual picnic Aug. 10 at Banchetti’s Picnic Grove, 550 North French Road, Getzville. For info and reservations, call Connie Severson at 668-1455.

Mount Mercy Academy’s Class of 1973 will hold a 40-year reunion dinner Oct. 12 at the Buffalo Yacht Club at the foot of Porter Avenue. A Mass at Mercy Center will precede the dinner. For info, visit the class Facebook page or call Peggy Flanagan Barrett at 601-5706, Janet Suchan Vasquez at 825-5243, Moey O’Connor Oakley at 826-2941 or Betsy Starkey Owens at 822-1447.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Meg Klamp, Michael Faust, Marcia A. Giambrone, Andrew Simonson, Bob Hassett, Marc McCabe, Esther Herle, Lois Eschrich, Marilyn Toohey, Helen Wilczak, Cathy Hoch, Joan Slattery, John Ludwig, Ed Zimmerman, Eleanor Kraft, Carol Wright, Gabriel Ferratella, Jim Koch, Edith Orzechowski, Tom Bartus, Debra Regelski, Peg McCarthy, Kyle Pawlowski, Cindy Donovan, Mike Graber, Guy Guimento and John Bongiovanni.