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Reporters’ Notebook

OLAF FUB SEZ: Advice to writers from professor and author William Strunk Jr., born on this date in 1869: “A sentence should contain no unnecessary words, a paragraph no unnecessary sentences, for the same reason that a drawing should have no unnecessary lines and a machine no unnecessary parts.”



Summer breezes are like a fan

That gently caress our golden tan

As we lounge and sip a cooling drink,

Watching children skate around the rink.

Picnics, horseshoes and games in the park,

Grilling hots and burgers till dark.

Lazy, carefree days of summer sun,

When all we crave is lots of fun.

The time will quickly fade away

As we wish somehow we could delay

The coming of the crisp, cool days of fall

And then winter will make its yearly call.

– Honey Snitzer


SUMMERTIME SANTA – Assemblyman Ray Walter, R-Williamsville, is holding a Christmas in July toy drive to benefit Women & Children’s Hospital through July 26.

New, unwrapped toys can be dropped off at his offices at 5555 Main St., Williamsville; the Town of Amherst Municipal Building, 5583 Main St., Williamsville; the Audubon Main Library, 350 John James Audubon Parkway, Amherst; and the Amherst Senior Center, 370 John James Audubon Parkway.

Toys also can be donated at the Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village booth during Williamsville Old Home Days July 10 to 12 in Island Park. For more information, call 634-1895.


MOTOR CITY – Author and educator John Percy, who is the Town of Tonawanda town historian, will return to the First Wednesday program this week in the Steel Plant Museum of Western New York, 100 Lee St., off South Park Avenue, in South Buffalo.

His topic will be automobiles that were once made in Buffalo, including the Pierce-Arrow and Thomas Flyer.

Summer hours are in effect, which means the doors open at 6 p.m. and the program starts at 7. Admission is free. All are welcome. For more information, call 821-9361 or 675-4006.


BOYS TO MEN – The annual South Buffalo ’40s Stag, an event for men who grew up in South Buffalo in the 1940s, will be held July 10 in the usual location, Fontana’s Grove, 2299 Clinton St. near Harlem Road, West Seneca.

Gates open at noon. The bar opens at 1 p.m. A picnic buffet will be served from 2 to 5:30 p.m. Admission is $20 prepaid and $25 at the gate. Advance tickets are available at Shea’s Hardware, 2465 Seneca St. For more information, call Tom Shea at 822-0094.


REUNION TIME – Buffalo’s East High School Class of 1953 will meet for an informal luncheon July 18. For more information, call Grace Szefel Martorano at 688-1456.

The Lackawanna High School Class of 1958 will hold its 55th reunion Aug. 10 in Curly’s Bar & Grill, 647 Ridge Road, Lackawanna. For more information, call 675-3587 or 671-8455.

The Class of 1973 from Immaculata Academy is holding its 40th reunion Sept. 14 in J.P.’s Pub, 1986 Lakeview Road, Lake View. Buffet dinner will be from 6 to 10 p.m. Classmates are reminded to return the questionnaire they received as soon as possible. For more information, call Linda Miller at 668-3047.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Erin Haggerty, Joe Rooney, Lou Michel, Jeff Bender, Doris Wodzinski, Mackenzie Bartus, Christine Yaskow, Al Zabawa, Debra Knauber, Laurie Hendrix, Judy Vangalio, Diane Dake, Ernie Colantino, Sharon Pokorny, Bud Kinner, Dennis Ratchuk and Mary Bongiovanni.