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Reporters’ Notebook

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to the late French writer and “Little Prince” author Antoine de Saint-Exupery, born on this date in 1900, “Tell me who admires and loves you, and I will tell you who you are.”



Leaves turn to mulch as the sharp winds become bitter, grass blades turning to freezing ice sickles

Hibernation is in full swing, but I stare aimlessly, wondering why they all flee, but it was only meant for a season

Knowing me I would have forced it until flower bloom

Because I force things

Out of disparity, necessity, company

Each season a bit more of me gets lost, taken, robbed because they got what they wanted from me

Warm sun showering my face, the dew grass a comfy bed beneath me – in this sweet solace I think ...

This time I’ll make better choices, I’ve written it on every inch of my body because I seem to forget

Now I’m waiting because I want more than a season to regret; if I do this giving me every season

The warm season that burns my skin

The smell of heavenly apple cider in the fall

The love created in the cold

The rain that showers the pregnant earth, prepares her for the upcoming births

Give me all of that because I deserve it, and give it to me again and again for as long as the Earth keeps me

I don’t want just a season anymore; I earned my full rotation around the sun.

– Imani Seymour


TOUR THE IRISH WARD – Travel through a waterfront neighborhood where Buffalo’s Irish worked scooping grain and shifting boats. Historian Gene Overdorf will guide on Wednesday, July 9, 16, 23, 30 and Aug. 6. Two-hour trips with shuttle buses and limited walking start at Mutual Riverfront Park, 41 Hamburg St. Register ahead at 823-4707, Ext. 2. $10 donation to the Valley Community Association. Visit


MONTHLY PASTA DINING – For just $7, spaghetti, meatballs, salad, bread and butter can be had from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Sikora Post No. 1322, American Legion, 950 Payne Ave., North Tonawanda. Come every first Thursday of the month. Dessert $1.50.


FATHER DUKE’S BOOK – Richard Zajac, chaplain at Sisters of Charity Hospital for 32 years, will talk about his latest and fourth book of inspiration, “Life Injections IV,” from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Dog Ears Bookstore, 688 Abbott Road. For more info, call 823-2665.


WALK & CELEBRATE THE FOURTH – Explore Buffalo launches a new walking tour in honor of Independence Day and Lockport’s 150th anniversary from 2 to 6 p.m. Friday. Meet to start at the Old City Hall, 2 Pine St., and learn more about the city and Underground Railroad stop founded by Quakers before the Erie Canal made it famous.


A MURAL MEMORIAL – The Buffalo Arts Studio continues to work on plans to paint a mural tribute to the late Jerald “Dee Dee” Goldsmith, 52, found dead last October, on the stairs leading to Masten Park. The arts organization intends to paint something there that highlights domestic violence victims and survivors. For more info, check the Ray of Light Mural Project Facebook page.

Consider signing up a teen for July and August BAS lessons in drawing, painting and pottery. For details about BAS’s summer program for 16-year-olds and older, write or call 833-4450, Ext. 11.


STARGAZERS WANTED – The Buffalo Astronomical Association is encouraging folks to send astronomy-related images, sketches, observing reports, book or gear reviews, astronomy app recommendations, jokes, cartoons or want ads to the University at Buffalo Spectrum Editor Mike Humphrey at Deadline June 30. For more info about the BAA, visit


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Lisa Susko, Jim Moran, Lisa Keane, Marcus Rogowski, Tony Cardamone, Sal Canazzi, Olivia Schilling, Kathy Ross, Jeffrey Conney, Leslie Morlock and David P. Falzone.