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Reporters’ Notebook

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst, born on this date in 1863, “Truth is not only stranger than fiction, it is more interesting.”


MAJOR DECISION – Seniors can find information about how to make the move to a smaller home in “Downsizing Your Home to Upsize Your Lifestyle,” a free seminar at 11 a.m. Thursday in Asbury Pointe, 50 Stahl Road, Getzville.

Giving advice on how to put a home on the market will be Mary Croglio, relocation director for Hunt Real Estate. Larry Raines, president of Caring Transitions, which specializes in downsizing, will discuss strategies for moving. Tours of Asbury Pointe also will be given.

The seminar is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. Reservations are recommended. Call 810-7500.


GOURMAND GALA – Beer, wine and spirits from around the globe will be featured along with wines from the Niagara Region and food from leading local restaurants as the Niagara Food and Wine Expo returns this weekend to Scotiabank Convention Center, 6815 Stanley Ave., Niagara Falls, Ont.

A special Tasting Stage will offer 30-minute wine tasting seminars. There also will be a Cheese Tasting Stage, a Cocktail Zone and a Food Truck Alley. Live musicians will play daily, and the Copacabana Dancers will perform the samba at 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Hours are 2 to 10 p.m. Friday, noon to 10 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $15 at the door, $14 online at Admission is limited to visitors 19 and older.


FLUID SITUATION – Learn what’s coming out of your faucet at 7 p.m. Wednesday when Chris Murawski of Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper gives an illustrated presentation, “What Is in Your Water,” in the auditorium of Gateway Executive Office, 3556 Lake Shore Road, Blasdell.

Topics will include how to measure water quality and what’s being done to restore the Lake Erie watershed. The program is sponsored by the Penn Dixie Paleontological and Outdoor Education Center. No pre-registration is needed. All are welcome. Admission is $4, free for Penn Dixie members. For info, call 627-4571 or visit


WEEKEND WORKOUT – Four experienced Zumba instructors will lead the Buffalonian Zumbathon in a variety of rhythm styles from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday in the gym at Health Sciences Charter School, 1140 Ellicott St. Organized by Dawn Hammer of Zumba with Dawn, it also will include raffles and prize giveaways.

Tickets are $15 at the door. Proceeds will benefit the host school, Buffalo City Mission, Jericho Road Community Health Center and the Smiling Through Tears Bereavement Day Camp of Women & Children’s Hospital. For info, call 491-3830.


PERFECT HARMONY – The Friends of Harmony male chorus, directed by Brett Heintzman, will perform its annual spring concert Friday at Sweet Home High School in Amherst and Saturday at East Aurora High School. Both shows start at 7:30 p.m.

The all a cappella program, titled “The Spectacular Sixties,” will feature the favorites of the decade from the Beatles, the Beach Boys and others in four-part harmony. Advance tickets are $17, $15 for seniors and students. Tickets at the door are $20 and $17. For advance tickets, call 868-9447 or visit


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Susan Martin, Jack Panek, Michelle and Marty Richau, Dean Brownrout, Don Paul, Doug Swift, Garnell Whitfield Jr., Irv Weinstein, Christine M. Kukelka, Suzette Simonson, Riley Moll, Connie Campanaro, Emily Powley, Timothy Zimpfer, Judy Kirst, Alexander J. Aylward, David Nowak, Frank Ganci, Angeline Smolarek, Jonathan Cielinski, Tooty Weeks, Frances Manley, Peg Trautmann, Joan Schwob and Bob Patterson.