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Reporters’ Notebook

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to British writer and publisher Ernest Benn, born on this date in 1875, “Liberty is being free from the things we don’t like in order to be slaves of the things we do like.”


HELP WANTED – The Buffalo Irish Festival is looking for volunteers to help with its 32nd annual cultural event Aug. 23-25 at Canalside on Buffalo’s waterfront. No experience is necessary, but volunteers should have a positive attitude and a love of things Irish.

Volunteers will provide information and directions to festival-goers, staff information tables and help out wherever needed. Various shifts are available. All volunteers will get free admission to the festival and a festival T-shirt. For info, visit To volunteer, email Susan Kirkpatrick at


SPARE A DOLLAR – The WNY Veterans Challenge isn’t asking for much. Just $1 from every adult over 18 in the Western New York counties to support the Fundraiser for Disabled & Homeless Veterans of Niagara County, which is coordinated by the Kids Breaking Free Foundation Inc. and Orleans-Niagara BOCES.

“It was through my advocacy and community work with children and families that I started to realize which resources were severely lacking,” says Kids Breaking Free Foundation founder Jennifer D’Andrea-Terreri. “Veteran housing and services is a big one.”

All donations will go to establishing a permanent supported-living facility of veterans in Niagara County, nearly 2,000 of whom are disabled or homeless.

Donations can be made at any First Niagara Bank to the account named “WNY Veterans Challenge.” For info, visit


SIGHTS AND SOUNDS – It’s a big week at the Lake Erie Italian Club, 3200 South Park Ave., Lackawanna. From 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, the club holds a car and bike summer cruise. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Admission is free.

The club holds an outdoor concert from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday featuring the Buffalo Jazz and Swing Band, a 16-piece big band. Lawn chairs are welcome. Admission is free.


STEPPING LIVELY – The Cadets, a champion 150-member drum and bugle corps from Allentown, Pa., invite the young musicians, marchers and instructors to join them Wednesday in Jim Ball Stadium on the Erie Community College South Campus in Orchard Park as they rehearse for the upcoming Drums Along the Waterfront competition.

Admission to the “Music Is Cool” session is free and begins with registration at 10 a.m. Visitors are encouraged to bring their instruments – percussion, brass and woodwinds – and join the Cadets to learn marching and instrumental techniques and get a sense of what being in a world-class drum corps is like. Participants should bring lunch. The Cadets will provide a beverage and dessert.

After “Music Is Cool,” the Cadets will do a run-through of their Drums Along the Waterfront set from 6 to 10 p.m. in Ralph Wilson Stadium, where the competition will take place Aug. 5.

Visitors should park in Lot A. Entrance to the stadium is free. For info, visit and click on “Music Is Cool.”


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Margaret Gable Fernan, Sheila A. DiTullio, Lorna Hill, Autumn Lewandowski, Kellen Safe, Sandy Bohen, Ann Calinski, Mark Nowicki, Juli Drake, Florence Ruhl, Tom Tiberi, Kory Randles, Kathy Cieslak, Richard Mitchell, Rita Gamin, Karen Thuman, Joe Shivens, Gerald Bartkowiak, Jerry Caci, Peter Gondek, Dorie Kaminski, Carole Bieler, Damen Deno, Mary Becker, Chaz Dzierba, Susie Gunia, Carol Zuercher, Edward Kuczmarski, Justin Czumaj, Timothy Steele Sr., Enid Washington, Ernest Washington, James Costa, Dave Olday, Howie Widman and Jerry Bartkowiak,