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Reporters’ Notebook

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to former Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey, born on this date in 1911, “The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously.”


HUNGRY? – The chefs at George F. Lamm Post 622, American Legion, 962 Wehrle Drive, Amherst, are hosting a chicken barbecue, featuring their own sauce, from 3:30 to 8 p.m. this Wednesday.

Dinners are $9 and include potato salad, cole slaw, roll and butter, and coffee or pop. A cash bar will be available for beer and wine.


REUNION TIME – Graduates from the former Transfiguration School in Buffalo will meet to plan an all-class reunion at 6 p.m. Thursday in Our Lady Help of Christians Church, Union Road and Genesee Street, Cheektowaga.

The reunion committee needs help finding alumni and is collecting old photos and other artifacts. A reunion website has been started at For more info, email Rich Gurbacki at


HIGH LIGHT – Ever dream of becoming a lighthouse keeper? A training session for people interested in becoming volunteers at the oldest structure on the Buffalo waterfront, the historic 1833 lighthouse, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in Buffalo Lighthouse Association offices in the Heritage Discovery Center, 100 Lee St. off South Park Avenue.

In addition to tour guides, those who prefer to stay on the ground are needed to welcome visitors in the Richard and Sandra Petri Welcome Center and help out at special events. For more info, see the Buffalo Lighthouse page on Facebook or visit


SPOOKY SOIREES – Visitors can hunt for ghosts when the Iron Island Museum, 998 Lovejoy St., hosts Spirit Family Fun Nights for adults and children over 10 years old from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Guests will get to see the Iron Island Museum episode from the SyFy Channel series “Ghost Hunters” that aired in 2008, then go ghost hunting with members of Buffalo Paranormal Investigators.

Tickets are $10 and include non-alcoholic beverages and snacks. Proceeds help restore the museum building, a former church and funeral home that dates back to 1883. For reservations, call 892-3084.


SACRED SPACES – The Lancaster High School Music Department will present its fifth annual Evening of Chamber Music at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Church of the Annunciation, 7580 Clinton St., Elma. It’s free and open to the public.

The concert will feature the Men’s Choir directed by Gary Lee, the Brass Choir directed by Jacob Seymour and the Woodwind Choir directed by Daniel DeAngelis. Seymour and DeAngelis are Annunciation parishioners.

Christ United Methodist Church, 350 Saratoga Road, Amherst, will host the Ron Corsaro Jazz Quartet for an evening of jazz, coffeehouse style, at 7 p.m. Friday. Desserts and beverages will be available for purchase. All proceeds support mission projects in Uganda. For info, call 849-2460.

Calvary Episcopal Church, 20 Milton St. at South Cayuga Road, Williamsville, will stage a night of opera and musical theater in its Hughson Hall at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Featured will be tenor Jonathan Sandberg, accompanist and soprano Jennifer Sullivan, soprano Angela Sanchez-Hernandez and accompanist Jennifer Tung. Admission is $20 and includes wine and other beverage, cheese and hot and cold appetizers. For info, call 249-0982.

The Chromatic Club, Buffalo’s oldest music club, will hold a student honors recital at 3 p.m. Sunday in Ebenezer United Church of Christ, 630 Main St., West Seneca. It’s free and open to the public. For info, call 632-7856.


GIVING BACK – Paul Lane of Niagara Falls established a team called “In For a Penny” after his daughter, Penny, now 7, was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes nearly two years ago.

This weekend the team will raise funds for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation with a celebrity bartender event and basket raffle from 2 to 8 p.m. Saturday in the Lewiston Stone House, 755 Center St. Featured guest will be WGR radio personality Sal Capaccio. There also will be live music and a food truck.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Richard Soluri, Shirley Lyth, Shawn McCabe, Greg Golda, Dave Kowalewski, Sister Mary Teresita Langawski, Sister Mary Elizabeth Mackowiak, Kennedy Elizabeth Louth, Nancy Recktenwalt Brown, Pat Kasprzak, Madeline Hawthorn, Mary Eileen McGirr, Michael Kozak, Peter Was, Carol Eagan, Tom Ranallo, Cassandra Wilcox, Rev. Walter Matuszak, Shawn Merkwa, Brenda Cohen, John Czyrny, Nicholas Marsowicz, Alex Pietraszewski, Pat Burke, Judy Serio, Maxine C. Lewis, William C. Lewis, Jacqueline Degree, Philip Kumiega Sr. and Marcia Miner Poleon.

AND THURSDAY – Justin Zanner, Ramona Whitaker, Cheryl Solimini, Linda Smith, Taylor Oesterle, Amanda Ruszczyk, Bill Schultz, Bud Hess, Alexander Izzo, Cindy Ward-Meyers, Kyle Lewandowski, Paul Kloc, Bruce Chamberlin, Patrick M. Beyers, Mary Jean Ott, John Przybyl, Laura Wickett, Jason Yots, Christopher Minor, Devorah Maclin, Ida McLean, Norman E. Donovan and Keith Tyson.