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Reporters’ Notebook

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to Persian philosopher and poet Rumi, born on this date in 1207, “Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.”


Swing Shift

While family

Dutifully prepares

For bed

I make To Do lists

And just as they

Begin to


I’m in the laundry

Sorting clothes

Sweep and wash

The kitchen


Run the dishwasher

It’s almost


Fetch the News

Read ‘til dawn

Getting sleepy

Start to yawn

As family rises

To face the day

I’m off to bed

To hit the hay!

– Carol Thrun Nowicki


BROUGHT TO LIGHT – Most people know artist Catherine Parker, the daughter of watercolorist Charles E. Burchfield who died last year, from the work she did while she was living in the Buffalo area. Unknown, however, are the paintings she made after her divorce in 1975, when she moved to Santa Cruz, Calif., and revived her passion for painting before she returned to Western New York.

Dean Brownrout Modern/Contemporary, which represents Parker’s estate, will exhibit them for the first time, beginning with a reception from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, in Muleskinner Antiques, 5548 Main St., Williamsville. Admission is free. “Catherine Parker: California (1975-1981)” will be on display through Oct. 26.


INTIMATE OCCASION – The Buffalo Chamber Players kick off their seventh concert season at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in Buffalo Seminary, 205 Bidwell Parkway. Soprano Colleen Marcello and baritone Alexander Hurd will join the ensemble for selections by Barber, Mozart, Beethoven, Dvorak and Wagner. Tickets are $15, $5 for students.


AT LONG LAST – Sixty-eight years after he was honorably discharged from the Army as a corporal, Caesar S. Tucci, of the Town of Tonawanda, has received his World War II service medals, thanks to the efforts of his family and Rep. Brian Higgins, D-Buffalo.

Among the 10 decorations presented to him recently in the DeGraff Skilled Nursing Facility in North Tonawanda were the Expert Badge with Carbine and Pistol Bars and the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with one Silver Service Star.

Tucci, who served with the 712th Tank Battalion under Gen. George Patton, saw action in five major campaigns, including the battles of Normandy and Rhineland. In 1947, he joined the National Guard and served for 28 years, becoming a company commander and operations officer and attaining the rank of major.


SPANISH STEEL – A presentation by the Hispanic Heritage Council of Western New York for Hispanic Heritage Month will be featured this week in First Wednesday Speakers Series in the Steel Plant Museum of Western New York, 100 Lee St., off South Park Avenue.

Doors open at 5 p.m., the program starts at 6. Admission is free. Snack food and beverages are available for purchase. There also will be a 50-50 split drawing to benefit the museum.


PEEK INTO THE PAST – Local luminaries who fought in the Civil War, including Father Nelson Baker and department store founder William Hengerer, will be featured Saturday evening in the annual Civil War Candlelight Tour at the Hull Family Home & Farmstead, 5976 Genesee St., Lancaster.

Tours begin at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased by reservation only. Call 741-7032. The tours are not advised for young children or those who have difficulty walking.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Jacob Patrick Concannon, David Derrico, Robby Takac, Kerry S. Grant, Neil R. Sherwood, Jim Havernick, Diane Grossman, Elizabeth O’Donnell, Kathy Fendya, Elaine Johnson, Kelly Logel, Teresa MacDonald, Nancy Wilcox, Jim Manley, Carol Alagna, Farah S. Pawlak, Ken Sawyer, Judy Mulvihill and Susan Woyshner.