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Reporters’ Notebook

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to writer and feminist Gloria Steinem, born on this date in 1934, “I have yet to hear a man ask for advice on how to combine marriage and a career.”


WAR ODYSSEY – Before he served as executive director of the Robert H. Jackson Center, before he was an assemblyman representing Chautauqua County, Rolland E. Kidder was a Navy patrol boat officer in the Mekong Delta during the Vietnam War.

He recounts that experience in his latest book, “Backtracking in Brown Water: Retracing Life on Mekong Delta River Patrols.” He returns to the Jackson Center, 305 E. Fourth St., Jamestown, to sign copies of it from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday. For info, call 483-6646.


THINK SPRING – You have one week left to submit your request for advance orders for the Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens’ Great Plant Sale. Deadline is next Tuesday.

We’ve got our sights set on perennials like a new deep pink astilbe named Astary Rose, an award-winning sedum dubbed Mr. Goodbud and a premium miniature hosta called Blue Mouse Ears.

There are many more perennials, including Carex Banana Boat, a bright yellow sage; Coral Reef, a new variety of dianthus; Cat’s Meow, a new variety of nepeta that blooms all summer; and a host of colorful and hardy annuals.

Orders can be made online at Plants will be ready for pickup during the Great Plant Sale at the gardens in South Park on May 17 and 18.


COLLEGE CASH – Applications are being accepted for the second annual $1,000 Friends of the Lewiston Library scholarship, which will be given to the student in need of financial assistance who writes the best essay on the importance of libraries and the services they provide.

High school seniors living in the Lewiston-Porter School District and who attended Lewiston-Porter High School or a private school are eligible. Applications are available at the high school guidance office or the Lewiston Library, 305 Eighth St. Deadline is April 15.


FUTURE HOME – Habitat for Humanity Buffalo will host what it is calling a Veteran Build Roof Raiser from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday in Hotel @ The Lafayette, 391 Washington St., to kick off a fundraising drive for a home to be built with a veteran family.

There will be theme baskets, auctions and other prizes, with Dominic Cortese serving as auctioneer and emcee. There also will be hors d’oeuvres, chocolate and wine tastings and desserts.

Tickets are $30 and are available at Habitat offices, 995 Kensington Ave., or at the ReStores at 1675 South Park Ave. and 501 Amherst St.


FASHION FORWARD – The Women’s Guild of Lutheran Church of the Messiah, 915 Oneida St., Lewiston, will host an Easter Parade fashion show and luncheon at 1 p.m. Sunday, featuring fashions from Christopher & Banks.

Tickets are $16. For info and tickets, call the church office at 754-4944 or chairwoman Kathy Harold at 754-2011.


HEAVENLY HARMONIES – Visiting St. Paul’s Cathedral, 128 Pearl St., as part of its Friends of Music series at 7:30 p.m. Friday is the 50-voice Cornell University Chorus.

One of the nation’s leading women’s choirs, it has a repertoire spanning eight centuries and 10 languages.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for students, and are available online at


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Mary Hurley Carney, Bobby Militello, Jake Frankhauser, Betty Loucks, Sharon Benz, Nicole Fieramusca, Don Vidler, Cindy Smith, Addie Hoerner, Larry Chirico, Peggy Klodzinski, Warren Fleckenstein, Madelyn Bosworth, Lorry Garlock, Chris LaGrow, Betty Hummel, Theresa Maciejewski, Mary Wade, Dick Roberts, Trey Czumaj, Emma Hawthorn, Kali Yeates, Delores Rossitto, Mary Jurek and Angie Carrol.