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Reporters’ Notebook

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to perennial rock star Mick Jagger, born Michael Philip Jagger on this date in 1943, “Either we stay at home and become pillars of the community, or we go out and tour. We couldn’t really find any communities that still need pillars.” Suggested by Friend of Fub Roger Herle.


ART IN ABUNDANCE – More talent than ever is on display at the fourth annual Glen Park Art Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in Williamsville’s Glen Park. In addition to booths featuring more than 65 fine artists and craftsmen, there will be a Student Fest showing artwork from Amherst schools.

Music and entertainment also will be offered throughout both days on the large stage. And let’s not overlook culinary talent. Chefs from leading village restaurants will be preparing their specialties, which can be enjoyed in a shady new picnic grotto.


BALKAN DELIGHTS – You won’t need to visit Wrigley Field in Chicago to enjoy cevaps this weekend. The Serbian minced meat dish, also known as cevapi and cevapcici, will be one of the attractions at the annual Serbian Festival at St. Stephen Serbian Orthodox Church, 177 Weber Road at Abbott Road, Lackawanna.

In addition to the cevaps, there will be plenty of Serbian food – sarmas, sausages and homemade bean soup – and more than 60 varieties of homemade pastries, as well as music for dancing, church tours and ethnic gift notions. Hours are noon to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.


DOUBLEHEADER – The Weekend Extravaganza at St. Andrew Catholic Church, Crocker and Reiman streets, Sloan, begins Saturday with a Theme Basket Night, with doors opening at 5 and drawings at 7:15. Admission is $3 and includes a sheet of 25 tickets, dessert and a beverage.

Sunday, a Polka Mass at 11 a.m. features music by City Side. That’s followed by a Krolick’s chicken barbecue at noon and a cash drawing at 3 p.m. For info, call 892-0425.


LET’S EAT – All are invited to the 18th annual Police Emerald Society Pig Roast from 4 to 11 p.m. today at the Bison City Rod & Gun Club, 511 Ohio St. Tickets are $25 at the door and include beer, food and music. Proceeds benefit three scholarships that are awarded at the annual Police Communion Breakfast.

Sahlen’s hot dogs on Costanzo’s rolls are featured at the monthly community dinner from 4 to 6 p.m. today at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3512 Clinton St. at Union Road, West Seneca. There also will be potato salad, coleslaw, baked beans, beverages and dessert. All are welcome, and there is no charge for dinner. Free-will donations are welcome. Music in the church will follow.

The Sheldon Volunteer Fire Company holds its annual picnic and chicken barbecue, featuring homemade pies, beginning at noon Sunday on the grounds of St. Cecilia Catholic Church, 991 Centerline Road in the Wyoming County Town of Sheldon. Later there’s a free dance from 7 to 11 with music by Counterfeit.

West Side Community Services hosts a chicken dinner from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday at its 161 Vermont St. center. Tickets are $9. For info, call 884-6616.


HANDED DOWN – The latest installment in a five-generation tradition takes place Sunday when cousins Kathleen Metzger, seven months old, daughter of Lindsey and Jacob Metzger of Lake View, and Claire Diane Mills, three months old, daughter of Julie and Kevin Mills of Hamburg, are baptized in Hamburg Presbyterian Church.

Natalie’s christening gown and Claire’s slip have been worn by each generation in the family going back to their maternal great-great-grandparents, Laverne Deboth Gibson in 1898 and Thompson Reid Gibson in 1892.


CENTURY MARK – Amherst’s newest centenarian, Ruth Thornton, celebrated her 100th birthday Wednesday with a party in Emeritus at Bassett Park Manor, 111 St. Gregory Court. It included a proclamation by Amherst Town Council Member Mark Manna and the release of 100 red and pink balloons.

Born in Bradford, Pa., she moved to Kenmore with her late husband, Richard, after World War II and worked as a sales clerk at AM&A’s department store from 1956 to 1978.

In retirement, she and her husband managed the locker rooms at the Delaware Pool. The mother of two, she has seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. She attributes her long life to being close to her family, going to church and working hard.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Amie Zimmer, Edwin Tomaka, Kris Myslinski, Ella Mye, Jessica Giordano, Eliza Delaney Raven, Linda Coe, Isabella McKenzie Dzierzak, Gary Fazio, Eleanor Corbett, David M. Strobele Sr., Kim Bumps, Allie Hess, Jeffy Wannemacher, Matthew Rutski, John Michael Spinner, Jenn Mages and Marc DiLoreto.

SATURDAY – Annette Watts, Robert F. Moss, Pawan Matta, Bonnie Flickinger, Alma Cosgrove, Teena Wise, Tom Safe, Narda Cornwall, Gabriel Berger, Samantha Toepfer Penziner, Jessie Brady, Jake Brady, Donald Yager, Nancy Mourad, Lorraine Cieslak, Carolyn Clancy Higgins, Marie Rakoczy, Alex Scott Prell, Kile Ryan, Mary Ann Trembicki, Lisa Grisanti,Natalie Lachut and Paul Kamrowski Jr.

AND SUNDAY – Madlyn Pfeifer, Jake Rein, Evelyn Johnson, Debbie Gleason-Sepci, Janique Curry, Dave Meinzer, Anne Erker, Colleen Conley-Butaney, Mary Ann Rooth, Barb Berlin, Sara Bugenhagen, Sophia Izzo, Ty J. Baker, David Wilczak, Lexie Hart, Gary Castanik, Sister Suzanne Marie Kush, Sister Mary DeAngelis Nowak, Kelly McCabe, Pat Cullen, Linda Dzierba, Michele Ryan, Barbara Pries, Alex Pronobis, Angelo Sole Jr. and Sofia Atlas.