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Reporters’ Notebook for Jan. 25, 2016

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to the national poet of Scotland, Robert Burns, born on this date in 1759, “There is no such uncertainty as a sure thing.”


My Stimulus Package

I’m torn among the many things I want to do –

Computer, TV, crosswords, books and Scrabble, to name a few.

Exercise, shopping, walking have taken a back seat

To eating delicious soup and more vegetables instead of meat.

The older I get, the more I change.

The things that move me rearrange.

The flesh is weak, but the spirit soars.

No matter what, there are open doors.

I live my life with interest, not too much depressed.

Each day is my gift, and for that I’m feeling very blessed.

– Diana Notaro


NEW FRONTIERS – Science will set the theme of the weekly IMAGINE Buffalo lunchtime lecture series at noon Tuesday in the Ring of Knowledge on the main floor of the Central Library on Lafayette Square in downtown Buffalo.

The program begins with a Great Courses video on the scientific method, followed at 12:30 p.m. by a discussion sponsored by the Western New York STEM Hub. 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.


PICK A WINNER – Online balloting is in progress to choose from among six finalists in the HarborCenter Public Art Contest. The favorite will be installed this spring on HarborCenter’s loading dock doors along Scott Street, between the (716) Food and Sport restaurant and the Tim Hortons Café and Bake Shop, where it will be visible from Canalside.

Voting runs through Feb. 17. The winning artist will receive $1,500 and a One Buffalo prize pack. To vote, visit


CHAIN REACTION – “How Beer Saved Buffalo” will be the topic when Tim Herzog, president of Flying Bison Brewery, speaks at a meeting of the Buffalo-Lille Association at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Room 210 of Butler Library on the SUNY Buffalo State campus, 1300 Elmwood Ave. For reservations, call Jean F. Gounard at 878-5331 or email


SUMMER PLANS – Applications from vendors are being accepted for Main Street Marketplace, the farmers’ market at the corner of Union Road and Main Street in West Seneca, which will be open Thursdays from 4 to 7:30 p.m. The 16-week season begins May 12 and continues until Sept. 1.

“While our emphasis remains on food products,” market manager Joe Kirchmyer says, “we will consider other categories as long as they are local companies featuring hand-crafted or unique products. Our goal is to continue to provide a strong variety of products that will be of interest to a wide audience.”

Kirchmyer said he also plans more entertainment and theme nights this year. For more info, email


REUNION ALERT – The Class of 1966 from South Park High School wants to contact more classmates for its reunion Aug. 13. Those who have not been contacted should call Lorraine Gulczewski at 836-8487 or email their information to

Burgard High School will hold an all-class reunion from noon to 3 p.m. Sept. 10 at the Columns Banquet Hall, 2221 Transit Road, Elma. Spouses and significant others are welcome. Advance tickets are $30. Tickets at the door are $32. Send checks payable to Dave Lata at 4 Cobblestone Court, Lancaster, NY 14086. For more info, call 681-7263 or 651-0562.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Stan Evans, Michael Lex, Emil Novak, Tim Wendel, Kim Merrihew, Sarah L. Lewis, Jon Huller, Carol Mueller, Rachel Ratajczak, Eleanor Jedrysik, Travis Blair, Jo Schleelien, Ryan Nowicki, Sandi Radwan, Sally Markwell, Jerry Gallagher, Kari Jo Bojacki and Glenn Zawierucha.