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Reporters’ Notebook: May 19, 2015

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to French novelist and playwright Honore de Balzac, born on this date in 1799, “It is easy to sit up and take notice. What is difficult is getting up and taking action.”


BIG CHILL – Did you know this is Iced Coffee Day? The folks at participating Buffalo-area Dunkin’ Donuts locations do. For every iced coffee they sell, they’re celebrating by donating $1 to Roswell Park Cancer Institute.


HELPING HOSPICE – The Aurora Women’s Club and Riley Street Station, 27 Riley St., East Aurora, will host Dine for Hospice from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday. The restaurant will donate 10 percent of its meal receipts to Hospice of Western New York. Reservations are recommended. Call 655-4948.


OUT AND ABOUT – Twice a month, the Erie County Caregiver Coalition hosts a Memory Cafe gathering, where caregivers and their memory-impaired loved ones can share fun activities in a friendly setting.

On the third Thursday each month, a Memory Cafe is held from 1 to 3 p.m. in the second-floor lounge at the Meadows at Weinberg, 2650 N. Forest Road, Getzville.

On the fourth Tuesday each month, the Memory Cafe takes place from 1 to 3 p.m. in St. Mary on the Lake Parish, 4737 Lake Shore Road, Hamburg.

The programs are free. Walk-ins are welcome, but RSVPs are appreciated. Call 858-2177 or email


LOCAL HERO – Auto racing legend Jim “Herk” Hurtubise will honored from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday in the North Tonawanda History Museum, 54 Webster St., North Tonawanda. Admission price will be reduced to $3 during those hours.

The museum will introduce a CD version of “Hercules,” a song about Hurtubise recorded in the 1960s, as well as a DVD version that includes the song and a photo slide show. The CDs are $25 and the DVDs are $35.


WET YOUR WHISKERS – Ten Lives Club, the cat rescue group, holds another one of its Beer For Cats sessions during happy hour from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Friday in Mr. Goodbar, 1110 Elmwood Ave. Admission is free. There will be drink specials, theme baskets, a specialty beer raffle, a silent auction and items for sale.

All proceeds will help the group maintain its shelter in Hamburg, which currently has dozens of newborn and orphaned kittens. Anyone bringing Purina yellow bag kitten chow, canned kitten food or KMR kitten formula or powder will receive five free theme basket tickets.

For info or to adopt a cat, volunteer or donate, call 646-5577 or visit


MORE REUNIONS – The Kenmore East High School Class of 1995 will hold its 20th reunion at 7 p.m. June 13 in the Grove at Banchetti’s, 550 North French Road, Getzville. Tickets are $40, increasing to $50 on May 29, and include food, open bar and a deejay. Tickets are available at the Riviera Theatre, 67 Webster St., North Tonawanda, or online at

The Class of 1970 from Maryvale High School will hold its 45th reunion July 24 in Ripas Restaurant, Walden Ave., Lancaster. Tickets are $45. The Classes of 1969 and 1971 are invited. For info, call Dave Bracco at 668-5081. Send payments to Patti Stutz, 6741 Clinton St., Elma, NY 14059.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Diana Notaro, Don Boswell, Adam Pyszczynski, Sister Mary Albertine Stachowski, Sister Mercy Assurukudiyil, Sister Denise Marie Jaworski, Chrissy Bain, Sara Lesswing, Logan Hedges, Cameron Schlegel, Brant Hodgson, Cal Kern, Julia Grizanti, Sydney Hart, Richard Kelley, Alice Bartosz, Sandra Yund, Andrew Sulski, Milt Kalnitz and David A. Quagliana.

AND THURSDAY – Tony Harasimowicz, Dr. Jeffrey Dolgos, Julie Porter, Ed Rajewski, Robert Heidinger, Aidan Johnson, Linda Gaughan, Dave Baker Sr., Pat Cilano, Nora Grace O’Malley, Anne McCune, Peter DiMarco, Ann Ziemba, Bob Huttenlocker, Jason Schafer, Joyce Tomaka, Dan Kovach, Denny Potvin and Mauro Pietrantoni.