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Reporters’ Notebook

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to Dr. Seuss, born Theodor Seuss Geisel on this date in 1904, “You oughta be thankful, a whole heaping lot, for the places and people you’re lucky you’re not!”


My Stimulus Package

I’m torn among the many things I want to do,

Computer, TV, crosswords, books and Scrabble, to name a few.

Exercise, shopping, walking have taken a back seat

to eating delicious soups and more vegetables instead of meat.

The older I get, the more I change,

The things that move me rearrange.

The flesh is weak, but the spirit soars

No matter what, there are open doors.

I live my life with interest

Not too much depressed.

Each day is my gift, and for that

I’m feeling very blessed.

– Diana Notaro


BRAIN FOOD – For the next three days, three Buffalo restaurants will donate a percentage of your check to Headway of WNY, an affiliate of People Inc., in recognition of March as National Brain Injury Awareness Month.

Fat Bob’s Smokehouse, 41 Virginia Place, will donate from lunch checks only this Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Ristorante Lombardo, 1198 Hertel Ave., will donate from dinner checks only this Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. And Betty’s, 370 Virginia St., will donate from breakfast, lunch and dinner checks Tuesday and Wednesday.

To make sure a portion of your check is donated to Headway, you must present your server with a flyer, which can be printed out at


NEW TRADITIONS – Local historian Marty Biniasz, the co-founder of Dyngus Day USA, speaks in the Imagine Lecture Series at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Central Library in Lafayette Square in downtown Buffalo.

The program in the Ring of Knowledge on the main floor of the Central Library on Lafayette Square in downtown Buffalo opens at noon with a Great Courses video on the history of Impressionism.

Admission is free. You can purchase lunch at the library’s Fables Cafe or bring your own. The series is sponsored by the Center for the Study of Art, Architecture, History & Nature.


WELCOME MAT – Mary Queen of Angels Regional Catholic School, 170 Rosewood Terrace, off George Urban Boulevard, Cheektowaga, will hold open house programs from 9 to 11 a.m. and 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday for parents of prospective students.

Among the student projects on display will be artwork by eighth-graders inspired by a set of four dozen collectible Norman Rockwell plates that were donated to the school. For info, call 895-6280 or visit


GALWAY BAY – Irish tenor Geno McManus will entertain at the next meeting of the Beechwood Service Guild at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in the Beechwood Residence, 2235 Millersport Highway, Getzville. Refreshments will be served. All are welcome.


FIRESIDE CHAT – Actor Albert McFadyen will bring his portrayal of President Franklin D. Roosevelt to the monthly First Wednesday Speaker Series at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Steel Plant Museum of Western New York, 100 Lee St., off South Park Avenue.

Doors open at 6. Admission free. Pizza and refreshments will be for sale. For info, call 821-9361.


TURNING POINT – The Battle of Gettysburg will be the topic as Raymond Ball, a teacher at West Seneca East Middle School, speaks at the next general meeting of the West Seneca Historical Society at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the West Seneca Senior Center, 4620 Seneca St. Refreshments will be served. All are welcome.


BEHIND THE CURTAIN – Thursday is the deadline for reservations for the next luncheon meeting of WNY Pen Women at noon Saturday in the MusicalFare Building at Daemen College, 4380 Main St., Snyder.

Speaker will be Randall Kramer, founder of artistic director of MusicalFare, who will give a backstage perspective on the theater. Price is $15. All are welcome. For reservations, call Mary Ellen Shaughnessy at 885-3292 or Barbara Blackburn at 634-2909.


REUNION ALERT – The Class of 1965 from Buffalo’s Bennett High School will hold its 50th reunion on the weekend of Aug. 28 to 30. Classmates should email contact information to For info on the weekend, visit


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Maureen Porter, Henry Chudy, Darlene Whelan, Kim Scmelzinger, Wil Schiermeyer, Bill Collins, Luke Healy, Fred Pepperday, Sandy Pennella, Susan Schaller, Kevin Hooley, Matthew W. Jackson, Rebecca Prendergast, Chuck Schiffler, Alex McDougal, Nancy Carlino, Joseph Kissel and Vincent Haggerty.