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Reporters’ Notebook

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright August Wilson, born on this date in 1945, “All you need in the world is love and laughter. That’s all anybody needs. To have love in one hand and laughter in the other.”


Spring Visitor

Another day to fashion,

To whittle wrong or right,

A second chance to make it

Disaster or delight.

Another sun is rising,

The birds can sing again.

A different day, Diana,

To take up pad and pen.

Compose a pile of poems

And drink your coffee too,

Then pet the dog and hug him,

Complete your chores, a few.

Another day for friendship,

A lot of time for love;

Your guest Anticipation

Has come from God above.

– Diana Notaro


HANDS ON – Licensed massage therapist and health coach Rebecca Albert will discuss the various applications of massage at a dinner meeting of the Niagara Frontier Chapter, New York State Women, at 6 p.m. Tuesday in Pane’s Restaurant, 984 Payne Ave., North Tonawanda.

Dinner is $21. Reservations are required. All are welcome, including men. For reservations, call Nancy Dietrich at 693-7136 or email


HOMEGROWN TALENT Nardin Academy, 135 Cleveland Ave., will host its 15th annual Charity Concert in memory of colleagues who lost their lives to cancer at 7:30 p.m. in the school chapel. A pre-concert reception begins at 6:45 p.m. Donations and free-will offerings will benefit Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

Performers include actress and soprano Kelly Meg Brennan-Pacillo, Class of ’95; pianist Cristina Voto and her daughters, violist Emily Voto, Class of ’09, and vocalist Patrice Voto, Class of ’13; poet-singer Charles Bachman and his daughter Victoria Bachman-Rowley, Class of ’02; father-daughter country duo Carl Eddy and faculty member Emma Eddy, Class of ’04; and Class of ’15 singers Sarah Desmone, Cassidy Kreuzer and Melissa Wing.


EXTRA INNINGS – Assemblywoman Jane Corwin, R-Clarence, has extended her annual Western New York Food Drive, which benefits half a dozen food pantries in Erie and Niagara counties, through the month of May.

Canned goods and nonperishable food items can be dropped off at the Clarence Public Library, 3 Town Place off Goodrich Road, Clarence; the Newstead Public Library, 33 Main St., Akron; the Newfane Public Library, 2761 Maple Ave., Newfane; the Lockport Public Library, 23 East Ave., Lockport; and Corwin’s office, 8180 Main St., Clarence.


IDEAL LANDSCAPES – Retired educator Bob Poczik, who has traveled extensively in Japan, will speak about Japanese gardens 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 library, opens at noon with a Great Courses video featuring astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson.

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.


ANCIENT ARTIFACTS – Paleolithic art expert Carol Miller will present a one-session review of her popular five-week course, “Paleolithic Art: Cave Paintings from France and Spain,” at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the auditorium of Gateway Executive Office, 3556 Lake Shore Road, Blasdell.

Sponsored by the Penn Dixie Paleontological and Outdoor Education Center, it’s free for Penn Dixie members, $5 for others. For info, call 627-4560 or visit


HELP WANTED – The North Tonawanda History Museum, 54 Webster St., North Tonawanda, is looking for volunteers to assist with filing, labeling, cataloging and researching, as well as greeters and security monitors. The museum also is looking for experienced people to serve on its board of trustees. For info, call 213-0554 or visit


REUNION TIME – The Riverside High School Class of 1965 will hold its 50th reunion July 10 and 11. It will include a tour of the high school and the architectural highlights of Buffalo on July 10, followed by casual evening get-together. A reunion dinner will be held July 11 in Acqua Restaurant, 2192 Niagara St. For info, call Nancy Van Stone LoTempio at 207-5252 or visit


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Patrick Michael Smith, Jean Hoier, Ed Righter, John Fraissinet, Peggy Newell, Teri Cotton, Cathy Calleri, Karen May, James M. Sampson, Catherine Artman, Nathan Rokitka, Timothy J. Kennedy, Peggy Gonzalez, Pat Selby, Sister Mary Magdalino, Andrea Maguder, Amber Mye, Melanie Romance Ruiz, Judith Coburn Muscarella, Joe Nowak, Molly Govern, Donna Walawender, Anna Cate Allman, Kathy Anticola, Joan Mattingly, Peg Trautmann, Timothy Bondanza, Mary Scinta, Dave Schmitt and Taylor Schmitt.