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Reporters’ Notebook

OLAF FUB SEZ: Advice from comedian Henny Youngman, born on this date in 1906, “If you’re going to do something tonight that you’ll be sorry for tomorrow morning, sleep late.”


I Can’t Wait

Soon forsythia bushes

will burst forth

in bright yellow,

Purple and golden crocuses

will sprout from

the frozen ground

in all their glory.

Our winter-weary eyes,

tired by so much white,

will warmly welcome

this colorful sight.

– Joyce L. Wilson


LOOKING TO THE FUTURE – “Creating a Legacy Culture” will be the topic as Betsy Constantine of the Community Foundation of Greater Buffalo and Sylvia Bennett of WNED speak 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 opens at noon with a Great Courses video on Tocqueville and the American Experiment.

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.


SING FOR THE BIRDS – Hawk Creek Wildlife Center will benefit from a St. Patrick’s Day singalong at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Roycroft Inn, 40 S. Grove St., East Aurora. Admission is free. One dollar from each beverage will benefit the animals at Hawk Creek. Tips, too.


NATURAL WONDERS – The incredible variety of South American geography and ecology will be the topic as Abigail LaPlaca of the University at Buffalo gives a presentation at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the auditorium of Gateway Executive Office, 3556 Lake Shore Road, Blasdell, in a program sponsored by the Hamburg Natural History Society.

LaPlaca, who spent a semester in South America as an undergraduate at UB, will speak on “Four Worlds, One Country: A Look Into the Diverse Treasures of Ecuador.”

The public is invited. No pre-registration is needed. Admission is $5, free for Penn Dixie members. For info, call 627-4560 or visit


THINKING CAP – Genesee Community College in Batavia will host its second annual Creativity Conference from 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 15. The day will feature 50-minute workshops. Cost is $99 and includes lunch.

“This year we are expanding the areas of focus to include discussion about the application of creativity within four specific tracks, not only Education and Business, but also how ... to improve your Community and how to use it for Personal Enrichment,” says Lina LaMattina, GCC director of business programs, who led the development of last year’s conference.

Proposals for 50-minute workshops are still being accepted through next Monday. To submit a proposal online or to register for the conference, visit


HAND CRAFTED – The Kenmore Mercy Hospital Auxiliary Sewing Group is holding its Spring Bazaar in the hospital atrium from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. this Monday. An extensive variety of knitted and crocheted items are available.


SKILL SET – The VA Western New York Healthcare System is seeking employers to take part in its fourth annual Hire a Hero employment and education fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 28 in Freedom Hall at VA’s Buffalo site, 3495 Bailey Ave.

Hundreds of veterans attended previous Hire a Hero events to find out about jobs and educational opportunities. To reserve a space, call Public Affairs at 862-8753 or 862-8754 by Wednesday.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Anthony Cardinale, Rich Wall, Lorrie Stypa, Eric Graham, Natalie C. Brooks, Gwendolyn Veira, Amy Panek, Aidan Griggsby, Pat Morlock, John Tiranno, Theresa Stein, Sandra Ormsby, Dan Lelito, Lisa Ulrich, Morgan Greene, Nancy Kurek, Marie Czerniak, Linda Muldoon, Mary Ann Drusdik and Whitney Farrell.