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Reporters’ Notebook for Feb. 22, 2016

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to the man on the $1 bill, President George Washington, born on this date in 1732, “It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one.”


The Romance Novelist Writes with Slippers and Pen

What can I say

or write

that hasn’t been before

this time

to express feelings of life

or love

on a page with ink

and pen

to breathe in words

or scents

on breaths with lips

that kiss

while sitting here

all alone.

– Carol J. Russell


PATH OF DISCOVERY – “Milestones in Science” will be the topic of a discussion co-sponsored by the WNY STEM Hub at 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 Galileo and science in the 17th century. 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.


REFORMATION ROOTS – Local Lutherans are preparing for the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s protest next year with the Reformation Readers Book Club, which will read four books that relate to the essence of their beliefs.

The first, “The Spirituality of the Cross: The Way of the First Evangelicals,” by Gene Edward Veith Jr., will be the topic of a discussion at 7 p.m. Tuesday in St. John Lutheran Church, 6950 Ward Road at Niagara Falls Boulevard, Wheatfield. The public is welcome. For more info, contact Rev. Alan Bauch at 434-3106 or email


PINS AND NEEDLES – The Buffalo Niagara Chapter of the American Sewing Guild, which promotes the sewing arts to people of all skill levels, will hold a meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 205 Longmeadow Road, Eggertsville. All are welcome. For more info, email or visit


WELL DESERVED – A retirement party for Buffalo Police Detective Sgt. Gary Teague, who headed the Crisis Management Team, will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. March 11 in the Fairdale Banquet Hall, 672 Wehrle Drive, Amherst. Donation is $30.


DREAMS COME TRUE – Senior Wishes, a program of the United Church Home Society that fulfills aspirations for low-income elders, is looking for more seniors to assist.

Wish recipients must be Western New York residents who are U.S. citizens and at least 65 years old with an annual household income of less than $38,000 for one person or $44,000 for two. Recipients must be capable of experiencing their wish, but unable to accomplish it on their own.

“One of the things that’s struck me most about the wish requests is how simple they are,” says Wendy Backman, Senior Wishes executive director, “yet how much of a difference they can make. Whether it’s bringing long-separated family members together, taking a senior to a museum for the first time, or providing an opportunity to experience a passion for photography, granting these simple wishes help our seniors feel connected, purposeful and appreciated.”

For a wish application, call 508-2121 or visit


NATURE’S ART – The poster competition for this summer’s 12th annual Black Rock & Riverside Tour of Gardens offers more than the satisfaction of seeing your winning floral design on T-shirts, promotional materials and the tour’s map guide. There’s also a $200 cash prize.

The contest is open to everyone, all ages, all skill levels. For rules, call the office of North District Council Member Joe Golombek at 851-5116 or visit Artwork can be dropped off at the Riverside Review, 215 Military Road, during business hours. Deadline is April 29.


GRAND FINALE – The Class of 1946 from Buffalo Technical High School gathered about 100 classmates, plus wives and friends to its first reunion in 1996, and has been having an annual stag picnic in Chestnut Ridge Park every year since then.

A year ago, however, only about 20 attended and organizers have decided that the next get-together will be the last. This time it will be a dinner at 2 p.m. Aug. 18 in the Family Tree Restaurant, 4346 Bailey Ave. near Sheridan Drive, Amherst. Cost is $15. Those planning to attend should call Norb Kreuzer at 835-7411 or send a note to him at 473 Lakewood Parkway, Amherst, NY 14226.


CENTURY PLUS – Belated birthday greetings to Margaret McGinty, a resident of Garden Gate Health Care Facility in Cheektowaga since 2009, who celebrated her 101st birthday last Monday at a party in her honor.

Born in Pittsburgh, the former Margaret Etzler married Thomas McGinty in 1937 and moved to Cheektowaga in 1947. A homemaker and the mother of four, she was a longtime parishioner at Queen of Martyrs Church, where she joined the Altar and Rosary Society in 1947, belonged to the Bishop’s Committee and volunteered for Catholic Charities.

She has 10 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Her husband, a machinist for Westinghouse, died in 2001.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Nicole Turnmire, Terry “Sis” O’Donnell, Mark Sikorski, Cole Grayson Schaller, Donald Copoulos, Mary Holmwood Beck, Becky Pyle, Ann Huczel, Mary Mercuri, Jerry Pasnik, Patrick Roche, Carol Trimper, Patricia A. Higgins and Kevin J. O’Brien.