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Reporters’ Notebook

OLAF FUB SEZ: Advice from pioneering self-help author Napoleon Hill, born on this date in 1883, “If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.”



Goblins and witches

Black cats galore

Draculas dripping with

Good natured gore.

Gorgeous and gruesome

Gloomy and graceful

Devils with pitchforks

Princesses laceful.

Howling and shrieking

Short demons from Hell.

Oh no, not again,

There goes the bell!

– Diana Notaro


WARM WARES – The Kenmore Mercy Hospital Auxiliary will hold its annual Fall Bazaar from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday in the hospital atrium, offering a wide variety of handmade knitted and crocheted goods along with decorator items such as pillows and afghans.


SPOTLIGHT ON SCIENCE – In conjunction with the current “Milestones of Science” exhibit, Michelle Kavanaugh, president of WNY STEM Hub, is guest speaker in the weekly IMAGINE Buffalo lunchtime lecture series at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Ring of Knowledge on the main floor of the Central Library on Lafayette Square in downtown Buffalo.

The program begins at noon with a Great Courses video on scientific discoveries. Admission is free. You can bring a lunch or purchase one at the library’s Fables Cafe. The series is sponsored by the Center for the Study of Art, Architecture, History & Nature.


HALLOWED TREASURES – Iconographer Sister Marcia Klawon will offer a program on “Icons: Sacred Images” at the next luncheon meeting of WNY Pen Women at noon Saturday in the Eagle House, 5578 Main St., Williamsville. Lunch, with a choice of three featured dishes, is $18. All are welcome. Reservations are needed by Thursday. Call Mary Ellen Shaunessey at 885-3292 or Barbara Blackburn at 634-2909.


MONEY FOR MUSIC STUDENTS – Friends of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Volunteers and the Buffalo Chamber Music Society are once again offering Young Musicians Scholarships worth $3,000, $2,000 and $1,000, as well as Silverman String Scholarships for $1,500.

The scholarships are available to high school seniors in Erie and Niagara counties who plan to major in music in fall 2016 at any college or university. Deadline for applications and audition CDs or tapes is Jan. 7. Auditions and interviews will be held in April. For info, visit, or or call 759-6428.


OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS – High school and college students can make themselves eligible for scholarships of up to $2,500 and win gift cards if they host an American Red Cross blood drive that collects 25 blood donations or more. Students must register to host the Leaders Save Lives blood drives by Nov. 15 and hold the drives during the winter holidays between Dec. 15 and Jan. 15. For info and to sign up, visit

“Our Leaders Save Lives program gives students an opportunity to learn valuable leadership skills,” says Red Cross communications manager Cara Leyna Noble, “and help ensure blood is available for patients in need of lifesaving transfusions by recruiting their friends and family to give blood.”


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Cheryl Rae, Gil Chorbajian, Jesse Lark, Anna Klapakis, Paul Tokasz, Natalie Merchant, Arlene Brown, Greg Nowicki, Patricia Merrell, Marybeth Seivert, Kevin Panek, Sister Mary Lucette Kinecki, Anne Emblidge, Jennifer Carducci, Beth Bielmann, Judith Bondanza, Ralph Librock, Emily Grace Buri and Christopher Alessi.