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Reporters’ Notebook

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to President Woodrow Wilson, born on this date in 1856, “If a dog will not come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience.”



Swirling snowflakes swirling by

Sweet sensations for the eye.

Lacy, lovely lines are drawn

All night long until the dawn.

Moonlit geometric gauze

Muting all our earthen flaws.

Soundless tunes sung by the Lord

Lullaby to soothe the bored,

Cooling countenance with such

Crystal, cold, awakening touch.

– Diana Notaro


FOLLOWING FOOTSTEPS – Author Paul Ranallo comes to one of his parents’ haunts, Cole’s Restaurant & Bar, 1104 Elmwood Ave., from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday to sign copies of his new book, “What’s New, Harry? The Best of Buffalo Courier-Express Columnist Phil Ranallo.”

The book, which collects more than 100 of Ranallo’s father’s greatest columns from the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, brings back a cavalcade of familiar faces and places.

“The book has many references to Buffalo in it,” Ranallo says, “including columns on the Rockpile, Ed Rutkowski, Tony Masiello, Tommy Baker, Ron Jaworski and others, and celebrates the lives of people like Joe Brown, the Offermann Stadium caretaker who made it big with the Baltimore Orioles.

“Cole’s was one of my parents’ favorite places to visit back in the day,” he adds. “I look forward to reliving a lot of memories with a lot of longtime friends.”


GOING STRONG – The weekly IMAGINE Buffalo lunchtime lecture series celebrates its sixth anniversary Tuesday in the Ring of Knowledge on the main floor of the Central Library on Lafayette Square in downtown Buffalo with a talk at 12:30 p.m. on “The Buffalo-Chautauqua Idea” by its founder, Dennis Galucki.

The program will begin at noon with a Great Courses video on the French Impressionist painters with a segment entitled “Cezanne and Pissaro in Pontoise.”

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.


CALENDAR DATE – Alienated Grandparents Anonymous will hold its next meeting from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Jan. 12 in the Orchard Park Municipal Center, 4295 S. Buffalo St., Orchard Park. All are welcome.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Norm Dailey, Helen Mueller, Nan Tramont, Joyce Kryszak, Ken Corcoran, Avery Henry Vogt, Rory McCulle Inman, Susan Nola, Fran Urbanski, Alexandra Piotrowski, Sammy Szafarnek, Tim Leary, Sheri Foreman, Meg Wannemacher, Sue Frayne and Whitey Paas.

AND TUESDAY – Debbie Magrum, Pete Simon, Judith M. Powell, Linda Saab, Nick Lindstrom, Jill Reese, Jan Schaller, Sister Harriet Marie Bialobreski, Barbara D. Hall, Grace L. Werts, Tracey Tumiel, Scott Allan Kelley, Rose Zinkowski, Dave Wannemacher, Aubrey Krieger, Jeanne Wrazen, Karen Phillips and Mike Reilly.