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Reporters’ Notebook

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to German dramatist, poet and author Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, born on this date in 1749, “If children grew up according to early indications, we should have nothing but geniuses.”


WORKING OVERTIME – Little geniuses, and big ones, too, will have extra time this weekend to dig and collect fossils at the Penn Dixie Paleontological and Outdoor Recreation Center off Big Tree Road in Hamburg.

Hours have been extended to 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today, Saturday and Monday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Extended hours also will be in effect on Saturdays and Sundays through the end of October.

Visitors can bring garden shovels and claw tools, hammers, chisels, pry bars and wedges. Those hammering on rocks should wear safety glasses. Admission is $7 for adults, $6 for kids 12 and younger. For info, call 627-4560 or visit


FINISHING TOUCH – South Buffalo Alive, which works to beautify and preserve South Buffalo, will mark the completion of its Brick Garden memorial in Cazenovia Park with a Bricks in the Bowl Celebration at 1 p.m. Sunday next to the park’s Frederick Law Olmsted Shelter House.

The memorial brick project began more than 10 years ago.

“The final 24 bricks will be etched for this occasion,” says South Buffalo Alive President Marge Ryan. “We invite anyone who has contributed to the success of the Brick Garden to participate in the festivities.”


HOT WHEELS – The largest one-day car show in Western New York, the Olcott Beach Car Show, celebrates its 25th year from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday in Krull Park on the Lake Ontario shore in Olcott.

Antique, classic and show cars from Western New York, Southern Ontario and as many as five other states will be on display. There also will be automotive and food vendors. Admission for spectators is free.

Fee for vehicles is $15, with proceeds benefiting the Ronald McDonald House. There is no pre-registration. Sign-in begins at 8 a.m. in the park.

The show is limited to 1,000 vehicles. For info, visit the show’s Facebook page or the website at


19TH HOLE – You don’t have be a golfer to attend the St. Teresa Holy Name Golf Tournament After Party from 7:30 to 11 p.m. Sunday in the church’s parish center, 33 Mineral Springs Road.

Admission is $25 and includes an open bar, buffet and live music by St. Teresa’s Rocks.


KEEP ON TRUCKIN’ – Got an antique fire truck? Bring it out to the East Aurora Fire Department’s Food Trucks ’n Fire Trucks event from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday on East Aurora Firemen’s Field at the end of Pine Street Extension.

There will be gourmet treats from area food trucks, plus Limburger and onions, clam chowder, clams and craft beers. There also will be auctions, raffles, a candy cannon and live local music. For info, visit


REUNION TIME – The Class of 1974 from Villa Maria Academy won’t be the only class celebrating at its 40-year reunion from 5 to 11 p.m. Sept. 13 in the Polish Falcons Club, 445 Columbia Ave., Depew.

All classes are welcome to attend, and the Class of 1964, the school’s largest graduating class, will be given special recognition on its 50th year. Reservations are needed by Sept. 8. Call Judy Lorenzetti at 807-5766 or email

Reservations are needed by Sept. 22 for the 50th reunion luncheon of the Class of 1964 at Bishop McMahon High School on Oct. 19, but only a small fraction of the classmates has responded so far. Those who haven’t should call Donna Ball at 773-3970 or Susan Civello Williams at 908-2420.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Betty Vail, Joe Mihalich, Stu Shapiro, Andrew Bialota, Annette Henninger, Tom Dooney, Patrick Higgins, Hanah Buczkowski, Joseph Patterson Jr., Lisa Meyer, Brianna Tutuska, Joan Glinski, Autumn Abramo, Christopher Toepfer, Ray Bienik Jr., John Vaccaro and Matthew Whalen.

SATURDAY – Bridget S. Martin, Jerry Sullivan, Celine Murray, Cindy Monaco, Warren Buffett, Paul Ziolkowski, Sister Mary Susanne Dziedzic, Mary Smith, Garrett Graham, Joe Hastreiter, Roseline Dufresne, Charmaine Friend Hearn and Judy Geolewski.

AND SUNDAY – Maurine Begeny, Barbara Katrein-Deci, Nancy Tobin, Tyler Cowell, Alan Kempf, Kara Wise, Eileen Virginia, Kevin Herr, Marie Ulrich, Mary Saraceno, Tom Jaworski, Amy Jaworski, Aidan Allman, Timothy M. Roland, Tyler Colwell, Brian Jaehn, AnneMarie Prell and Thomas H. McCarthy.