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Reporters’ Notebook

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Bill Mauldin, born on this date in 1921, “If you’re a leader, you don’t push wet spaghetti, you pull it.”


Treats For Tricks

There is a town

On the other side of the tracks.

Some say it’s scary,

Here are some of the facts.

Their way of doing things

Is different than we would.

They feel perfectly at ease

And everything is good.

Halloween is celebrated,

Considered a special day.

The tradition is different

In a very unique way.

Homeowners do not give treats,

Instead they may receive.

This sounds unusual

And even harder to believe.

Young children carry backpacks

Filled with every kind of treat.

They walk door-to-door

And then street-to-street.

Kids ring the bell

And wait at the door.

The person who answers

Is hoping to score.

“Here is my trick,”

The person must say.

Then they must perform,

Showing the grandest display.

The kids are the judges,

They have to decide.

Is this worthy of a treat

Or should we let it ride?

The person on the block

Ending up with the biggest stash

Throws a party for the judges,

A huge Halloween bash.

Does this town really exist,

Or is it just a fable?

Sometimes all the cards

Are not put on the table.

– Nelson R. Locher


SWEET TREAT – There’s a bonus for kids 12 and under at participating IHOP restaurants everywhere on Halloween. From 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, youngsters will get a free Scary Face Pancake with their orders. A variation on IHOP’s Funny Face Pancake, it’s decorated with a strawberry nose and whipped topping for its eyes and smiling mouth. Kids can finish decorating with candy corn and two mini Oreos.


SCARY SOJOURNS – The third year of Paranormal Walks in Hamburg will end with Haunted Hamburg Halloween, a special version of the tour on Friday night with two additional sites to bring the total to 13.

No reservations are required. Sign-up begins at 6:30 p.m. at Main Street Ice Cream, 35 Main St., Hamburg. The walk starts at 7:15. Anyone in costume gets $2 off the $10 admission. There also will be cider, doughnuts, candy, ghostly trivia and prizes. For info, visit

Bidding a fond farewell to Halloween on Saturday night will be the Great Ghost Toast in East Aurora. The tour of 10 of the village’s restaurants and pubs will be led by a variety of storytellers, including Haunted History Ghost Walk founder Mason Winfield.

Reservations are required and are limited to 200. Fee is $30 and includes a commemorative T-shirt and many specials and snacks, but no alcoholic beverages. The tour begins gathering at 6 p.m. at the Cornell Cooperative Extension Building, 21 S. Grove St., and starts off at 7. For tickets and info, visit


THINK GREEN – Once Halloween is history, we can start looking forward to other holidays, like St. Patrick’s Day. Monsignor Nash Council 3875, Knights of Columbus, will host a Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day Party from 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday in its hall at 261 S. Legion Drive in South Buffalo.

Tickets are $10 and include draft beer, pop and music by the South Buffalo Irish band Crikwater. Food will be available for purchase. Proceeds benefit Christmas baskets for the needy. For table reservations, call Dan Caulfield at 574-5703.


TIME OF NEED – Friends of Danny Lopez of Lackawanna, who is the advanced stages of multiple sclerosis and needs a power chair, are holding a benefit to help him purchase one from 2 to 7 p.m. Saturday in St. Anthony Parish Hall, 306 Ingham Ave., Lackawanna.

There will be refreshments, live music and raffles. Tickets are $20 at the door. For info and donations, call Emma Davila at 826-8275 or Santa Lopez at 400-5418.


MAKE A BID – Second Chance Sheltering Network, which finds foster homes for dogs and cats, holds its annual chance auction Saturday in Main-Transit Fire Hall, 6777 Main St., Williamsville. Doors open at 1 p.m. Drawings start at 3. Entrance donation is $10 and includes five auction tickets, a beverage and dessert. Bring a 3½-pound or larger bag of Purina One cat or kitten food and get 25 free auction tickets.


SPECIAL SOMETHINGS – Attic treasures, a Christmas Shoppe, a Country Store, theme baskets and lap robes are among the attractions as Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Tenth Street and Michigan Avenue, Niagara Falls, holds its annual Bountiful Bazaar from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Luncheon, featuring Fischer’s chicken chowder, knockwurst and sauerkraut, sandwiches and homemade pies, will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.


GHOULISH GUITARS – Spooky music from Black Sabbath, Jimi Hendrix and Metallica will be featured as more than 25 students and instructors from the Guitar Factory host a Graveyard Jam from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday in the Harvey D. Morin Post 2940, Veterans of Foreign Wars, 965 Center Road, West Seneca.

Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door, $8 for kids under 6. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Proceeds benefit local music education programs. Advance tickets are available at the Guitar Factory, 1062 Union Road, in the Southgate Plaza, West Seneca.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Leslie Foschio, Salvatore Scrivo, Freddie Cheek, Pam Wigant, Stan Topor, Julie Creenan, Erin Holstein, Patricia Kurzanski, William Group, Carol Swiderski, Rachel Lea Knopf, Karen Pawenski, Kenny Daigler and Gail Warner.

AND THURSDAY – Dick Brox, Gitti Barrell, Tom Brown, Elliott Powell, Roxann Hassett, Randall Allen, Ginny Menig, Beverly Rogalski, Jody Powley, Marybeth Nelson, Aaron Yeates, Richie Palmer, Ellie Wraight, Jack Janiszewski, Marci Blattenberger, Paul Sasiadek, Jackie Graham, Marie Fenelon, Dr. Ross Guarino, Father Joseph Porpiglia, Tammy Wesolowski, Greg Kuminski, Darrel Pierce, Dakota Kuminski-Szlis, Matt Brind’Amour, Sister Mary Johnice Rzadkiewicz, Sister Mary Christinette Lojewski, Walter L. Rooth III, Jamie Zaranek, Joann Harris and James T. Niwinski.