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Reporters’ Notebook

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, born on this date in 1874, “Tact is the ability to tell someone to go to hell in such a way they look forward to the trip.”


Cunning Autumn Sun

Desperate that I am,

believing sunny rays,

removing as many November

sweaters that I can,

hoping heat and better

weather days remain.

Misadventures I partake

in dreaming of a sunny bake,

You malefactor, Mr. Sun!

By pursuing your generous

presents, I become undone,

procuring chorus, flit and fun,

embraced, yet bluffed,

until this blustery winter comes.

– Janice Schlau


FOSTERING TALENTS – The supervisor of art in the Buffalo Public Schools, Michele Agosto, is featured 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 French Impressionist painters. 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.


TEA TIME – The Beechwood Service Guild will hold its annual Christmas Tea and Mini Bazaar from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in Beechwood Homes, 2235 Millersport Highway, Getzville. Hostesses will be the Williamsville United Methodist Women. All are welcome.


NUTS FOR SQUIRRELS – Those fanciful squirrel statues from Olean’s Woodland in the City project, and the people who love them, are featured once again in photos in the 2016 Woodland in the City Squirrel Calendar, now in its ninth edition. A map of all the squirrel locations also is inside, along with facts and articles about squirrels.

Only 100 copies are available. It’s $10, available only in the offices of the Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce, 120 N. Union St., where many other squirrel items are available – a plush squirrel, a squirrel holiday ornament and Woodland Squirrel bookmarks. Chamber offices are open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. For more info, call 372-4433.


ATTENTION, SHOPPERS – Thirty vendors will be on hand with holiday and gift items as the Zonta Club of Cheektowaga/Lancaster holds its fourth annual Vendors Night from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Cheektowaga Senior Center, 3349 Broadway, Cheektowaga.


INSTANT ART – Find an artwork that you love, buy it for $20 and take it right off the wall in the Art Off The Wall exhibition at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the Carnegie Art Center, 240 Goundry St., North Tonawanda. All artworks are 5 by 7 inches and have been donated by artists who support the Carnegie. For more info, call 694-4400.


TIME FOR GIVING – Once again the Buffalo Psychiatric Center is holding its annual Holiday Gift Drive to assist people who are receiving inpatient services there. Gifts will be accepted through Dec. 21 at the front desk of the Strozzi Building on the center’s main campus, 400 Forest Ave.

Especially appreciated will be hats, scarves, gloves, coats, sweatshirts, socks, watches, costume jewelry, small battery-operated radios and media players, playing cards, art supplies, personal care items, books and microwave popcorn.


REUNION ALERT – The Class of 1966 at Archbishop Carroll High School will hold its 50th reunion weekend next September. Activities include a social in Russell’s Steaks, Chops and More, 6675 Transit Road, Lancaster, on Sept. 16; a Buffalo harbor cruise or preservation walking tour, plus dinner in Russell’s on Sept. 17; and a memorial Mass in Sacred Heart Church, 5337 Genesee St., Bowmansville, on Sept. 18. For more info, email Kathleen Neuner Kunze-Smith at or Linda Scherer Gerbec at


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Ashley Denecke, Candy Porter, Bob Andersen, John Jubulis, Doreen Halt, Molly Halt, Amber Cornwall Lockhart, Greg Morisette, Patrick Occhino Jr., Sylvia Campanelli, Anita Harless, Cheryl Hanley, Candy Porter, Cory Farrell and Tom Volk.