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Reporters’ Notebook

OLAF FUB SEZ: A favorite lyric from the great R&B songwriter Otis Blackwell, born on this date in 1931, “Everybody’s got the fever / Fever started long ago.”


MANY VOICES – Understanding a variety of religious beliefs is the aim of a Festival of Faiths from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday in Orchard Park Presbyterian Church, 4369 S. Buffalo St., Orchard Park.

The evening will feature representatives from Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism leading workshops. The program, sponsored by Orchard Park churches in conjunction with the Network of Religious Communities, is free and open to the public.

“In a time of great polarization,” says the Rev. Jan Hubbard of Orchard Park United Methodist Church, “this evening is designed to promote greater understanding, partnership and peace.” For more info, call 662-7912.


INNOVATION ON ICE – The National Parkinson Foundation of Western New York will host a Parkinson’s Ice Skating Party at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Canalside in downtown Buffalo. People who are battling Parkinson’s disease, some who have difficulty walking, will be able to take the ice aboard the facility’s ice bikes.

The party is free to the area’s Parkinson’s community. Anyone wishing to attend should call 449-3795 or email The first skating party last year attracted about a dozen skaters in single-digit weather. Several dozen are expected to attend this year.

“When I first spoke of people with Parkinson’s going ice skating, most thought I was nuts,” says Chris Jamele, executive director of the local foundation, who introduced the concept at a national conference recently. “But once I explained the concept of the ice bike, so many wanted to hear more. Leaders from Ohio, Kansas and Minnesota are all anxious to see if they can bring the idea home as well.”


TALKING HEADSTONES – “Cemetery Symbolism” will be the topic when Sandy Starks from Forest Lawn speaks at the monthly meeting of the Cheektowaga Historical Association at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Cheektowaga Senior Center, 3349 Broadway near Union Road. Admission is free. All are welcome. Refreshments will be served.


CHEERS! – Glasses will be lifted for the Annual Guinness Toast on Friday evening in the Buffalo Irish Center, 245 Abbott Road. The evening will feature music in the Pub and the Emerald Room from Penny Whiskey, the LeftOvers, Crikwater, Celtic Cross, the Clancy Brothers Tribute Band, Reardon & Garvey Band, Poor Ould Goat, Callahan, Daly & Jones and Rush the Growler, as well as dancers from Clann na Cara and Rince na Tiarna.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 advance, $12 at the door, and are available in the Irish Center at the Pub or the Tara Gift Shoppe. There also will be the weekly Fenian Fish Fry from 4:30 to 8 p.m. For more info, email


DIVINE DEEDS – A night of reflection at 7 p.m. Thursday in Blessed Sacrament Church, 263 Claremont Ave., Town of Tonawanda, will feature Amy Betros, co-founder of St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy, who will speak on “Finding God’s Mercy and Living His Mission.” All are welcome. For more info, visit


BACK TO NATURE – The State Senate is sponsoring a poster contest to celebrate Earth Day on April 22 and State Sen. Catharine Young, R-Olean, is encouraging youngsters from kindergarten to sixth grade to enter. This year’s theme is “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.”

Schools wishing to participate must submit entries by April 4 via the link on Young’s website, The winning poster will be displayed on her website and all participants will get a certificate of appreciation.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Toni Ruberto, Mark J. Lauber, Joan Rose, Lorraine Williams, Shelby Weisedel, Mike Smith and James Harkin.