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Reporters’ Notebook

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to Stewart Brand, creator of “The Whole Earth Catalog” and born on this date in 1938, “Once a new technology rolls over you, if you’re not part of the steamroller, you’re part of the road.”


December Solitude

Looking out a window is lonely business.

Not even a reflection stares back.

Trees are bare, the skies are glazed in grey.

But fledgling birds still have companions.

Blue jays still squawk at the feeder.

Friendly squirrels underneath

enjoy the squandered seeds.

The earth is still alive and young,

not yet neglected by Nature.

At noon, the weary sun

peeks through the clouds,

rallying once more

before the chill of winter snow

covers the leaves of Fall.

Before the desolate night

frosts the windows with filigree

of icy blue designs.

Diana Notaro


LOOKING TO POSTERITY – The treasurer of St. John’s Grace Episcopal Church, Robert Petersen, speaks about “Creating a Legacy Culture” when he appears as 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 “Tocqueville and the American Experiment.” Admission is free. You can bring a lunch or buy one at the library’s Fables Cafe. The series is sponsored by the Center for the Study of Art, Architecture, History & Nature.


SUPER KISS PLUS – An extra splash of seasonal spirit is being applied along with the wax and the windshield rain repellent at the Delta Sonic car wash, 350 Langner Road off Ridge Road, West Seneca, where animated holiday displays and thousands of lights are set to music inside and outside the washing tunnel. Drivers can listen via their car radios.

In conjunction with the show, all proceeds from the car wash, detail shop and oil changes from 5 to 9 p.m. daily will be donated to the SPCA Serving Erie County’s Raise the Roof campaign. So will sales in the Brick Oven and Tim Hortons counters inside the car wash convenience store. The funds will help the SPCA build its new shelter on Harlem Road in West Seneca, where ground-breaking is scheduled for next spring.

“For the last three years, Delta Sonic featured the light show at the Naperville, Ill., location and raised over $60,000 for local charities,” Kim Canna, the company’s director of marketing, reports. “This year we thought we would bring the show home to Buffalo and help the SPCA build their new home.”


HOT TOPIC – “Climate Change and Human Responsibility” is the focus of a lecture at 7 p.m. Tuesday sponsored by the Western New York Chapter of the American Meteorological Society in Room A-209 of the Classroom Building on the SUNY Buffalo State campus, 1300 Elmwood Ave.

Guest speaker is Lynda Schneekloth, chairwoman of the Sierra Club Niagara Group and an emeritus professor in at the University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning. Visitors should park in Lot I-37 on the north side of campus off Iroquois Drive between Upton Hall and the Science & Mathematics Complex. AMS signs will be posted. Admission is free. Refreshments will be served.


CALLING 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, up to three of them.

The scholarships are available to Erie and Niagara county high school seniors who plan to major in music next fall at any college or university. Application deadline is Jan. 7. For info and application forms, visit, or or call 759-6428.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Tina Marie Riley, Dr. Aaron Powell, Gus Goslinski, Jim Brown, Alex Miller, Tom Quatroche Jr., Ray Bienik Sr., Fred Thurnherr, Carol Guerra, David Szczesny, Gary Lutz, David Panek, Christie Makowski, Jack Catanzaro, Dennis “Boog” Taylor and Chelsie Zanghi.