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Reporters’ Notebook

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to former Vice President Al Gore, born on this date in 1948, “Airplane travel is nature’s way of making you look like your passport photo.”


Naked Tree

Haven’t seen your beauty

Since late last Fall.

There is nothing left but twigs,

Not a single color at all.

Winter has stripped

Your colorful costume.

Warmer weather is near,

It can’t come too soon.

Today we have to imagine

The beautiful sight to see.

So bushy and green,

Like an artist’s canvas to me.

There’s nothing more elegant

Than a tree in full bloom,

A vast array of colors,

Like a bountiful plume.

It’s too bad it can’t

Be green all year ’round.

A more beautiful sight

Is nowhere to be found.

Right now there’s no leaves,

Just empty branches the wind made.

We’ll look forward to the day

It will provide cooling shade.

So don’t get discouraged

By this temporary fate.

Beauty will soon return,

The best God can create.

– Nelson R. Locher


SPECIAL DELIVERIES – North Tonawanda Meals on Wheels urgently needs volunteer drivers and servers to deliver meals at least one day a week in the City of Tonawanda and North Tonawanda.

Drivers use their own vehicles to deliver one or two meals to each recipient. Servers travel with them and carry the meals in. They work from 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Monday through Friday on routes that average nine miles. For more information or to volunteer, call 693-1663.


GREET THE SEASON – The First Presbyterian Church, 149 Broad St., City of Tonawanda, is holding a Welcome Spring Sale from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.

There will be a mini boutique and plant place. Lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. will include a sloppy joe plate, home-baked pie and coffee, tea or punch.


DEVOTIONAL MOMENT – A Lenten program will be presented by the Rev. Jackie Kraft, pastor of Asbury United Methodist church, at the April meeting of the Beechwood Service Guild at 10:30 a.m. in the Beechwood Health Care Center, 2235 Millersport Highway, Getzville. Election of officers also will be held.


SELLING DIRECT – Applications are being accepted through April 25 for vendors to offer produce, meats, eggs, cheese, plants and flowers at the fifth annual Erie County Medical Center Farmers’ Market, across the street from the ECMC Health Campus.

The market will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Friday from May 30 to Oct. 10. Various incentives are available. For more information, call Rita Hubbard-Robinson at 898-3509.


INDUSTRIAL MIGHT – The guest lecturer in April’s First Wednesday Speaker Series in the Steel Plant Museum of Western New York, 100 Lee St., off South Park Avenue, is Gerald Halligan, author of “Images of America: Lackawanna.”

Doors to the museum open at 5 p.m. Wednesday. The free program begins at 6. Snacks and beverages will be available for purchase. Halligan also will sign copies of his book, which can be purchased in the museum’s gift shop. For more information, call 821-9361.


FOOD FOR THOUGHT – The pastor of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Lockport, the Rev. Joseph Dumphrey, will be the featured speaker at noon Wednesday in the 57th annual Community Lenten Luncheon Series in Emmanuel United Methodist Church, 75 East Ave., Lockport.

The cost is $7.50 for the lunch, which this week is chicken and biscuits and is catered by Molinaro’s Ristorante. Desserts will be provided by the women of the church.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Char Caprino, Arlene Kaukus, Susan Copley, Laurie Lisowski Frey, Gail Montedoro, Lynda Zbrzezny, Sam Vullo, Ken Partridge, Gale Genco, Pat Stillwell, Megan M. Smith, Ed Clark, Katie Casey, Don Portik, Lois Floreale, Ronald Louchren, Catie Sawyer, Jack Sawyer, Veronica Cavan, Kevyn Korgi, Helen Krypel and Kathy Fleischman.