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Reporters’ Notebook

OLAF FUB SEZ: Advice to husbands from comic poet Ogden Nash, born on this date in 1902, “To keep your marriage brimming,/ With love in the loving cup,/ Whenever you’re wrong, admit it;/ Whenever you’re right, shut up.”


POLICE OFFICER BENEFIT – A benefit for Laurie Drzyzga, a former Erie County Medical Center police officer who is battling breast cancer, is set from 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday in AMVETS Post 13, 25 Review Place. The admission is $20 and includes basket raffles, 50/50 lottery, music and food. Contact AMVETS Post 13 at 874-0559 or Dawn Hartzel at 603-6699.


LICKIN’ GOOD – You don’t have to wait for the weekend for a church-sponsored chicken barbecue.

St. James United Methodist Church, 4661 Porter Ave., Niagara Falls, is serving up Chiavetta’s chicken from 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, drive-thru takeout only. Tickets are $10. For info and to reserve a ticket, call 297-6421.

Meanwhile, there are BW’s chicken dinners available for takeout only from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Holy Mother of the Rosary Cathedral, 6298 Broadway, Lancaster. Dinners are $9.50 and include potato, vegetable, roll and dessert. For info, call 685-5766 before 3 p.m. or 704-5458.


FLEET FEET – Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish, 626 Oliver St., North Tonawanda, will sponsor its second annual 5K race at 11 a.m. Sunday, right after 10 a.m. Mass, in conjunction with its celebration of the Feast Day of Our Lady of Czestochowa.

Registration is $23 through Saturday, $25 on the day of the race. Fee is $10 for the one-mile family fun walk and $25 for a family team of four. Online registration is available at

All participants will receive an official T-shirt, food voucher and beverage voucher. Awards will be presented to the top three male and female finishers, as well as the top male and female runners in seven age brackets.

Nonrunners are welcome to watch the race and stay for the festival. There will be food, including traditional Polish dishes; adult and non-alcoholic beverages; children’s activities; raffles; and more.


SET SAIL – Don’t wait too long to reserve your spot on the next Penn Dixie Nature Cruise and Buffalo Lighthouse Tour on Sept. 13. Space on the boat is limited for the three-hour Saturday cruise, which boards at 8:30 a.m. from Erie Basin Marina and departs at 9.

Tour guides will explain what’s behind all the sights in Buffalo harbor, Lake Erie, the Niagara River and the Black Rock Canal – how the Great Lakes and the river were formed, aquatic biology, birds and historic points of interest. Back on shore, there will be a rare opportunity to visit the historic Buffalo Lighthouse.

Tickets are $25 for adults, $22 for children if you’re Penn Dixie members, $3 more if you’re not. For info and registration, call 627-4560 or visit


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Fran Cirbus, Tim Shelter, Keira Dickey, Joe Sweeney, Annette Pinder, Bob Kuminski, Mary Ellen Lawrie, Jennifer Fecio McDougall, Dan Portik, Lynn Kotowski, Madison M. Rooth, Sharon Marsowicz, Mary Pat Klein, Robert Joslyn, Raymond Jedrysik, Conor Bain, Annette Theis, Ann Schunk, Linda Agone and Cynthia Ratajczak.