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Reporters’ Notebook

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to “Clockwork Orange” novelist Anthony Burgess, born on this date in 1917, “Laugh and the world laughs with you, snore and you sleep alone.”


NO CATCH – Offering an alternative to the Friday fish fry during Lent are the folks from the Faith Formation Department at St. John XXIII Church, Seneca Street and Harlem Road, West Seneca. Their proposal – a Lenten pierogi dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday in the church’s school building.

Small dinners with two pierogi are $6. Large dinners with four pierogi are $10. All include coleslaw, rye bread and butter, a beverage and dessert. For those who want still another alternative, for $3.50 there’s a slice of cheese pizza, beverage and dessert.


GOOD READS AND REDS – You won’t have to be quiet Friday evening when you visit Brighton Place Library, 999 Brighton Road, Town of Tonawanda. Beginning at 7 p.m., the library will host its annual Books and Bordeaux Fundraiser and among the amenities will be live music.

Also included in the $25 donation are wine and beer, chocolate and pastries. All proceeds benefit library activities. For info, call 332-4375.


WELCOME MAT – The Strong Start Pre-K program at the Annunciation Early Learning Academy, 7580 Clinton St., Elma, will host an open house from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.

The program includes developmentally appropriate writing and math instruction, along with a literacy program based on state standards. Pre-K is offered from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays for 3-year-olds and from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays for 4-year-olds. A five-day pre-K program is being considered for next year. For info, call 681-1327.


ERIN COMES HERE – Get an early start on St. Patrick’s Day with Dublin star Tony Kenny, one of Ireland’s most beloved singers, who returns to Buffalo next week with his Irish Celebration Cabaret. He performs March 5 in St. Francis of Assisi Parish Center, 4263 St. Francis Drive, Athol Springs, with dinner at 6 p.m. and the show at 7:30.

Joining him will be Irish comedian and singer Richie Hayes, the Trinity Dublin Band and the Dublin City Dancers. Tickets are $50 and include a corned beef or turkey dinner with all the trimmings, plus beer, wine and pop. Proceeds benefit the Franciscan Center in South Buffalo. For tickets and info, call 822-8017.


FLOWERS IN YOUR FUTURE? – Orders are needed by next Wednesday for the Easter Floral Sale at the Niagara Floral Center and Greenhouse at Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara.

Lilies, tropical house plant baskets and fresh flower baskets are available. Orders can be made by calling 504-2617, Ext. 244., or visiting Flowers will be available for pickup March 20 in Lockport and March 20 and 21 in Wheatfield.

All proceeds benefit the horticulture program for people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities at Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara.


POST TIME – The Holy Name Society of Our Lady of Charity Parish will host A Night at the Races beginning at 5 p.m. Saturday in St. Agatha’s Hall, 54 Alamo Place. All are welcome. Admission is $5 and includes a program and beer.


IT PAYS TO KNOW – Quiz master Dennis George returns to lead the fifth annual Penn Dixie “Think Ya Know” trivia/game show fundraising event from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday in Oakwood Manor at Hamburg Post 1419, Veterans of Foreign Wars, 2985 Lakeview Road, Hamburg.

George will do table trivia and special trivia contests for prizes that include one-night getaway packages, a $150 gift card to Seneca Niagara Casino and a 32-inch flat screen TV.

Doors open at 6. Admission is $25 advance, $30 at the door, and it includes pizza, pop, snacks, cookies, cupcakes and door prizes. A cash bar will be available. Raffle prizes include two sets of two tickets to watch the March 26 Sabres-Coyotes hockey game from a corporate suite.

For more information and tickets, including raffle tickets, call 627-4560. Proceeds support the programs and operations at the Penn Dixie Paleontological and Outdoor Education Center in Hamburg.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Susan O’Connor Baird, Barbara Multerer, James Starks, Sylvia Merriweather, David Woods, Mark Rudyk, Gloria Parucki, Justin Coyne and John “J.J.” Vaccaro.

AND THURSDAY – Matthew Skipper, Lorraine Pawlowski, Lewis Hoffman, Robert W. Keating, Lizzie Nawotka, Sophie Plandowski, Preston Weiss, Ayris Gonzalez, Richard Cowan, Chickie Evans, Greg Comrie, Lucia Ferratella, Derek Forney, Jane Turner, Debbie Dodolak, Tara Rogowski, Christopher Collins, Dr. Kristen Smyers, Pat Raymond, Lance Kelly and Connie Hurley.