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Reporters’ Notebook

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to railroad baron and senator Chauncey Depew, namesake of the Village of Depew and born on this date in 1834, “A pessimist is a man who thinks all women are bad. An optimist is one who hopes they are.”


HONOR YOUR PARTNER – The Ladies Auxiliary of George F. Lamm Post 622, American Legion, 962 Wehrle Drive, Amherst, will host its annual Western Hoedown on Saturday afternoon and evening. Doors open at 3, food will be served from 4:30 to 5:30, and the Ghost Riders will play from 5:30 to 8:30.

Donation is $18, which includes food, draft beer, wine and pop. Mixed drinks will be available at a small cost. For tickets and info, call Gregory Voye at 930-2524, Wayne Sorrentino at 891-5164 or Sally Dean at 632-0829.


BARGAIN BIN – St. Stephens-Bethlehem United Church of Christ, 750 Wehrle Drive at Union Road, Amherst, is holding its 11th annual flea market from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free. Food, beverages and baked goods will be on sale. Proceeds benefit the church school and building renovation fund.


FAB EVENING – The Beatles tribute band BackBeat ’64 will headline the sixth annual gala to benefit South Buffalo’s Dog Ears Bookstore and Cafée from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday in the Buffalo Irish Center, 245 Abbott Road.

The evening also will feature a “Taste of the City,” with offerings from more than 20 local restaurants, and a basket auction of Beatles memorabilia, including an autographed item by original Beatles drummer Pete Best.

Advance tickets, available at the bookstore, 688 Abbott Road, are $50 and include beer, wine and food. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door for $55. For info, call 823-2665 or visit


PASTA TIME – The Grand Island Lions Club holds its 45th annual spaghetti dinner from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday in the ballroom at Byblos Niagara Resort and Spa, 100 Whitehaven Road.

Tickets are $7 for adults, $4 for children 5 to 12. There also will be basket raffles. For tickets, call Dick Crawford at 818-6992. Proceeds benefit the club’s Special Kids Picnic on July 17 at the Buffalo Launch Club.


GOLDEN OLDIES – The Corkers Social Club of Buffalo is sponsoring its 13th Spring Dance, featuring the classic rock of Crash Cadillac, Saturday evening in the Depew Polish Falcons Club, 445 Columbia Ave.

Doors open at 7. The bar starts serving at 7:30. Music will play from 8 to midnight. Admission is $15 and includes beer, pop and snacks. A cash bar and reserved seating will be available. For info, call Dan Kloc at 880-6276.


PRICE IS RIGHT – “Come hungry, leave happy,” that’s the motto of the monthly community dinner at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3512 Clinton St. at Union Road, West Seneca. Dinner is served from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday and features unstuffed cabbage, the casserole version of stuffed cabbage, plus beverages and dessert. There is no charge for dinner, but free-will donations are welcome.


GOOD OLD DAYS – The Wilson Historical Society will present “Do You Remember?,” a round-table discussion of the history of the village at 7 p.m. Monday in the society’s Barnum Building, 645 Lake St. Refreshments will be served. All are welcome. For info, call 751-6704.


INSIDE LOOK – Asbury Pointe Retirement Community, 50 Stahl Road, Getzville, next to Beechwood Homes, will hold the first of four weekly informational open house sessions from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday. Others will be held May 3, 10 and 17.

Visitors will be able to tour available apartments, many with new kitchens, as well as look over the grounds, speak to residents and enjoy refreshments. It’s free and open to the public. No reservations are needed. For info, call 810-7500.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Penny Wolfgang, Eileen Tomaka, Jonathan Buchanan, Ed Whitney, Adam Plewik, Julia Didion, Joanie Denecke, Mary Ann Tune, Matt Cieslik and Ernestine Gipp.

AND THURSDAY – Jim Santella, Edna Fill, Inge Gallant, Barbara Libby, Tim Neary, Kyle Kuhns, Kevin Toohey, Suzanne Balthasar, Janet Nowicki, Alice Pacer, Ethan Makowski, Brittany Kirkley, Betty Clancy, Gus Siffringer, Tina Wasielewski, Nicholas Mulhern, Stephanie Cacciatore, Kari Bliek Gonzalez, Gary Betz, Jon Zak. Donald Hayden-Mills and Nancy Liberatore.