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Reporters’ Notebook: Jan. 11, 2016

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to the man on the $10 bill, Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, born on this date in 1755, “A well adjusted person is one who makes the same mistake twice without getting nervous.”


A Good Start

I saw a deer

On New Year’s morn.

She ran across

My neighbor’s lawn.

It was very brief,

There she was,

Then she was gone.

What a delightful surprise,

I said as I rubbed my eyes.

I wondered, was this

A good-luck sign?

Does this mean a vast fortune

Is about to be mine?

Hip, hip, hooray!

I saw a deer on New Year’s Day.

– Joyce L. Wilson


HIT THE ROAD – St. Mary’s High School in Lancaster is still accepting applications for the winter session of its after-school driver education program, which is open to students from all local high schools.

The program, held in conjunction with Buffalo Driving School, will begin Feb. 4 and continue through June. The State Education Department requires that students attend 24 hours of classroom instruction, which will be held Thursday afternoons, as well as 24 hours of in-car instruction. Various times are available for 1½-hour driving laboratories in driver education vehicles.

Completion of the course satisfies the 20-hour graduated license requirement. Cost is $475. Registration materials are available by going to the school website at and clicking on Driver Ed. For more info, email Rob Cavallari at


BUILDING BLOCKS – Architecture and design will be in the spotlight at the weekly IMAGINE Buffalo lunchtime lecture series on Tuesday in the Ring of Knowledge on the main floor of the Central Library on Lafayette Square in downtown Buffalo.

Great Courses videos from the series “From Monet to Van Gogh: A History of Impressionism” will be shown at noon and 12:45 p.m., with a discussion period at 12:30 p.m. The program is in conjunction with the current exhibit at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, “Monet and the Impressionist Revolution, 1860-1910.”

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.


A STAR IS BORN – The celebrity child for the 2016 Variety Kids Telethon, Ashton Smith, will be the guest of honor at the next monthly Variety Women’s Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 23 in the New Italian Village restaurant, 6354 Transit Road, Depew.

Ashton, who is 5½ years old, attends Washington West School in Olean. The telethon will be broadcast from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. March 6 from the Adam’s Mark Hotel. For a reservation, call 768-4370 before Sunday.


CALLING CLASSMATES – The Riverside High School Alumni Association is looking for fellow Riverside grads to fill some open volunteer positions on its board of directors and other advisory committees. Interested grads are invited to attend a meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday in the William A. Hartzell AMVETS Post, 25 Review Place, off Tonawanda Street, not far from the school. For more info, call alumni president Ruth Hawthorne at 692-2627.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Sophie Grochol, Govindan Kartha, Trey Bankhead, Molly Hutton, Joanne Leistner, Wilma Dombrowski, Tara Gatto, Michele Morgan, Melissa Cornwall Heineman, David Merkwa, Connie Romance, Dolores Scanlon, Sue Grochol, Owen Woyshner and Judy Sage.