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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, born on this date in 1920, “It is not our job to apply laws that have not yet been written.”


Watching My Garden Grow

Have you checked your flower garden?

Despite the ups and downs,

The rain and the snow,

The lovely springtime blooms

Have begun to grow.

Do you see their green stalks

Pushing through the puddles that lurk?

Their arrival is timely,

Mother Nature (God!) is at work!

I see tulips and crocuses

And the hyacinths which will bring their sweet perfume,

And the gold daffodils will shortly start to bloom.

Yes, spring has sprung

And I feel young,

Watching my garden grow!

– Rose Garaczkowski


LAST CALL – The chefs at South Buffalo Post 721, American Legion, 136 Cazenovia St., will serve their final pasta dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. this Monday before switching over to summer cookouts in June.

Spaghetti or rigatoni dinners with homemade sauce and a meatball are $7.50 for a full order, $6 for a half order, and include salad and bread and butter. Italian sausage and extra meatballs are available. For info, call 825-9557.


HAIL TO THE CHIEF – The coordinator for the Association for a Buffalo Presidential Center, Bren Price, will 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 in the series 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.


INSIDE STRAIGHT – Buffalo News sportswriter Jay Skurski will speak in the Tuesday Night Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Brighton Place Library, 999 Brighton Road, Town of Tonawanda. His topic will be the NFL draft and the many changes the Bills are undergoing. Attendance is limited to 40 seats. Call 332-4375 to register.


BIG CHANGES – The differences between Vietnam during the war and now will be the topic as Rich Szczepaniec gives a presentation at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday in the Town of Tonawanda-Kenmore Historical Society Museum, 100 Knoche Road. It’s free and open to the public. For info, call 873-5774.


STARTING OUT – The United Way of Buffalo and Erie County hopes to fill 1,000 gift bags with essential items for infants in its fourth annual Community Baby Shower, which continues through May 6.

Donations of brand new baby items, including diapers, wipes, and digital thermometers, as well as cash contributions and gift cards, can be dropped off at United Way offices at 742 Delaware Ave.

The gift bags will be distributed to at-risk mothers through three United Way-funded agencies – the Catholic Charities of Buffalo WIC program, the Buffalo Prenatal Perinatal Network and the Jericho Road Community Health Center. For info and to see the wish list, visit


REUNION TIME – The Lewiston-Porter High School Class of 1966 has organized a committee to plan its 50th reunion in September 2016. Classmates who want to join may attend the next meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday in Water Street Landing, 115 S. Water St., Lewiston. For info, call Patty Dixon Berggren at 745-9958.

The Class of 1955 from Mount St. Joseph Academy will hold its 60th reunion June 25 and wants to contact missing classmates. For info, call Mary Lou Mancuso at 876-8201.

The Maryvale High School Class of 1965 will hold its 50th reunion from 6 to 10 p.m. July 24 in Joseph’s, 275 Columbia Ave., Depew. Deadline for reservations is June 1. Checks should be made out to either Pat Cichocki, 123 Hemlock Drive, West Seneca, NY 14224, or Sandy Plekan, 34 Applewood Road, Cheektowaga, NY 14225. Write “Class of ’65 Reunion” in the memo portion of the check.

The Class of 1980 from Niagara Wheatfield High School is planning its 35th reunion July 25 in Taylor’s Tap and Grill, 2279 Niagara Falls Blvd., Wheatfield. For details, classmates should go to and click on Alumni-Class of 1980.

The Class of 1965 from Kenmore West High School will hold its 50th reunion with a kickoff party at 6:30 p.m. July 31 at the Buffalo Yacht Club at the foot of Porter Avenue, and a dinner at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 1 in Banchetti’s Grove, 550 North French Road, Amherst. For info, visit

The Seneca Vocational High School Alumni Association is looking for classmates from the Classes of 1955 and 1965 for an alumni golf tournament Aug. 21 at Chestnut Hill Country Club in Darien Center and an alumni picnic Aug. 22 in Fontana’s Grove, 2299 Clinton St., West Seneca. Call Bill Obermeier at 876-8939 for golf info and Al Bielecki at 667-3243 for picnic info, or visit

The Cheektowaga Central High School Class of 1975 will hold its 40th reunion Aug. 22 in Pvt. Leonard Post Jr. Post 6251, Veterans of Foreign Wars, 2450 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga. For info, visit or email


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Grace Saito, Kate Willoughby, Robert Wilmers, Diana Nathan, Joy Noworyta, Angel Wesolowski, Skylar Merrell, Dr. James Pappas, Adelaide Tiranno, Mimi Cassidy, Inez Anzalone, Brooke Rhodes, Bentley Schlegel, Sister Mary Louise Marechi, John Amodeo, Frank Mohring, Cyndi Shields, Randy R. J. Bartosz, Christiana Christiano, Tom Puglisi, Mary Wenum, Cole Pennella, Danielle Tomaka and Frances P. Guzzo.