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Reporters’ Notebook

OLAF FUB SEZ: A reminder from British author George Orwell, born Eric Arthur Blair on this date in 1903, “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.”


TOGETHER AGAIN – In its early days, the annual South Buffalo ’40s Stag would attract upwards of 400 men who grew up in South Buffalo in the 1940s. This year’s gathering July 9 in Fontana’s Grove, 2299 Clinton St. near Harlem Road, West Seneca, will see maybe a third of that number.

“We lost 26 guys in the last two years,” organizer Tom Shea reports. “I’m 85. As you get older, it starts getting harder.”

Gates open at noon. Food will be served from 2 to 5. Admission is $20 prepaid and $25 at the gate. For info, call Shea at 822-0094. For advance tickets, stop by Shea’s Hardware, 2465 Seneca St., near the Buffalo city line.


FILL EM UP – The bicyclists in this weekend’s Ride for Roswell will be traveling under their own pedal power, but that’s not the case for the many vehicles used along the fundraiser’s 250 miles of routes. To help out, Noco, the Town of Tonawanda-based energy company, is donating fifty $25 gas cards to help with delivering supplies to volunteer stations.

“Due to some unforeseen circumstances, we had a shortfall this year to fuel our vehicles,” says Bryan Sidorowicz of the Roswell Park Alliance Foundation, “but Noco immediately responded to our request.” Noco also is a frequent sponsor of the foundation’s annual All Star Night gala.


WORTHY CAUSE – Helping to make wishes come true all this month for Make-A-Wish Foundation are the DiBella’s Old Fashioned Submarines locations in the Buffalo area. Donate $1 to the cause at any DiBella’s shop from now through June 30 and you receive a sheet of DiBella’s money-saving coupons. All proceeds go to fulfilling the dreams of children with life-threatening medical conditions.


HOME FRONT – The Steel Plant Museum, 100 Lee St. off South Park Avenue, will host a tea party from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday for Rosie the Riveters, women who did factory work for the war effort during World War II, and their families. For info, call Angie Yelich at 821-9361.


REDCOATS ARE COMING – The War of 1812 comes to life again this weekend as period-attired soldiers re-create the advance by British forces to Fort Erie, Ont., after the Battle of Lundy’s Lane on July 25, 1814. The fort had been captured by American forces July 3.

The re-enactors, organized by the 2nd Lincoln Artillery Unit, will begin marching at 9 a.m. Saturday from Black Creek Road in Stevensville, Ont., along the Niagara Parkway to Old Fort Erie and then stage an assault to recapture the fort.

Along the way, there will be a musket salute at the Fort Erie Friendship Festival to honor 200 years of peace. The troops also will stage a brief skirmish at 11 a.m. Sunday at the Black Creek Community Center in Stevensville.


PRICE IS RIGHT – Hot dogs with baked beans plus mac and cheese are on the menu for the monthly community dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday in St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3512 Clinton St. at Union Road, West Seneca. The meal is free. Free-will donations are welcome.

Organizer Mark Koeppel reports that the dinner committee’s Schwan’s foods fundraiser is still providing benefits, 20 percent of every order through July 15. Visit, enter the campaign name – St. John’s Community Dinner Fund/9180 – click on the Fundraisers tab and then place your order.


SUMMER READING – Thousands of books for children and adults, and hundreds of jigsaw puzzles are featured in the annual used book sale sponsored by the Friends of the Aurora Town Public Library this weekend at First Presbyterian Church, Main Street, East Aurora, across the street from the library.

It begins with a preview sale for members only from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, with memberships ($10 individual, $15 family) available at the door. Sale to the general public begins from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and continues from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, when there’s a half-price sale for most items. For info, call the library at 652-4440.


CENTURY MARK – Belated birthday wishes to Brunette Washington, who celebrated with family and friends at Marygold Manor in Cheektowaga as she turned 100 June 6.

Born Brunette Evans in Forkland, Ala., she came to the Buffalo area in 1937 with her husband, James, who worked at Bethlehem Steel and operated a barbershop, first in Lackawanna, then in Buffalo. He died in 2001.

The mother of a son and three daughters, she has 10 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren. A mother of Macedonia Baptist Church, she has been active in several ministries and at the Pratt Willert Community Center. She enjoys shopping, crocheting and Wonderword puzzles.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Margie Gable Fernan, Sheila A. DiTullio, Lorna Hill, Autumn Lewandowski, Duane Diggs, Julie Drake, Sandy Bohen, Mark Nowicki, Carole Bieler, Dorie Kaminski, Kory Randles, Jerry Bartkowiak, Peter Gondek, Mary Becker, Jim Costa Jr., Carol Zuercher, Jerry Caci, Margie Gable, Justin Czumaj, Susie Gunia, Rita Ganim, Enid Washington, Ernest Washington, Timothy Steele, Edward Kuczmarski Jr., Suzanne King, Damon Deno, Stephen Muscarella, Dave Pickens, Dave Olday, Howie Widman, Irene U. Delaware and Fletcher T. Delaware.

AND THURSDAY – Christopher Beck, Monica Neuwirt, Mary Ann Colarusso, Ted May, Kathie Burns, Charlie Rusek, Sally Lennertz, Cassie Kubiak, Louanne Schweitzer, Sister Mary Therese Chmura, Valerie LaVenture, Bill Quinn, Joe Czajka, Carolynne O’Sullivan, Matthew Swanekamp, Will Molloy, Josie Parlato, Jackie Tricoli, Todd Robinson, May Bertini, Lola Prisaznuk, Ray Specht, Jessica Pozantides, Susette Sciandra, Elizabeth Pavlakis, Peggy Parlato and Janet Gorfien.