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Reporters’ Notebook for Jan. 18

OLAF FUB SEZ: A sudden realization from “Winnie the Pooh” author A. A. Milne, born on this date in 1882, “Did you ever stop to think, and forget to start again?”


Button Up

A good pot of broth simmers low on the stove

Time to crochet another pair of wool gloves

Piercing winds chase along a bleak street

Thick winter socks embrace chilly feet

I fetch a book from an old dusty shelf

attempting in vain to enlighten myself

The verses are lengthy, matured and deep

In a matter of moments, I drift asleep

I dream of an island far away and sandy

(a cool pina colada would sure come in handy)

With temperature this warm I long for the north,

A colorful spring garden, a friend on the porch

Time to confess, reminisce, smile and sup

Till the weather turns brisk, we then button up

– Janice Schlau


WARM THOUGHT – It’s cold outside, but the stoves are fired up at South Buffalo Post 721, American Legion, at 136 Cazenovia St. On the menu this Monday from 5 to 7 p.m. is a roast beef dinner with mashed potatoes, gravy, vegetable and a salad. For those who prefer sandwiches, they’re available, too. For info, call 825-9557. Come Wednesday, the kitchen heats up again from 5 to 8 p.m. for Taco Night.


PATHFINDER – Software engineer Ken Kozaczka, who created the Olmsted Tourwand, which provides self-guided audio tours of historic sites and scenic areas of Delaware Park, 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 “Tocqueville and the American Experiment.” 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.


PLANNING AHEAD – The Grand Island Professional Women’s Chapter of New York State Women Inc. will meet at 6 p.m., Wednesday in Elldens at River Oaks, 201 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island. President Diane Dinsmore says members will be planning this year’s fundraiser – a forum on Domestic Abuse/Violence. For reservations, contact Dinsmore by phone at 308-6230 or by email at


CALENDAR DATE – The Western New York Federation of Women’s Clubs will hold its January board meeting with coffee at 10 a.m. Saturday in Bravo Restaurant, 5781 Seneca St., Elma. President Linda Momberger of Castile will hear reports and plans for the upcoming art show and annual convention.

WNYFWC is made up of women’s clubs from the state’s eight westernmost counties. Those who are planning to attend should call Rhoda Zucker at 652-4067.


NOT FORGOTTEN – City of Tonawanda firefighters will host a Red Cross blood drive from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the Tonawanda Fire Hall, 44 William St., in memory of young Jedidiah “Jed” Woomer, who was only 19 when he died last April following surgery for a rare form of cancer.

A Tonawanda High School grad, Jed was involved with the Ghostlight Theatre, an Eagle Scout, a lifeguard and a blood donor.

“Jed had a big heart and always found opportunities to give back to the community and help others,” says his mother, Carolyn Woomer. “We hope to continue on with this as his legacy.”

The Go Red for Jed Memorial Blood Drive and Scholarship Fundraiser is being held in conjunction with National Blood Donor Month. All donors also will receive $5 Dunkin’ Donuts gift cards through the Dunkin’ Donors Make a Difference campaign, which the doughnut shop chain is sponsoring this month.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Lenny Silver, Amy Fleissner, Pam Pollock, Joe Lolla, Andy Anselmo, Luke Tasker, Brian Gionta, Sue Aubuchon, Jenna Blewis, Jonathan Safe, Paul Eschrich, Cindy Blais, Helen Nowak, Jacob Gill, Tom McKenna, Judy Piatasik, Lucy Lehner, Marge Heisler, Brian Ellsworth, Beth Szczepanski, Ceil Snyder, Paul Wasiuta, Pat Weiskerger, Jeff Plewinski, Kevin Rejewski, Randy Kowal and Tracy Hacker.