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Reporters’ Notebook

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to Irish writer George Augustus Moore, born on this date in 1852, “A man travels the world over in search of what he needs and returns home to find it.”


WINNERS WANTED – Try your luck at the Notre Dame Academy Sweepstakes and Monte Carlo Night from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday in Knights of Columbus Hall, 261 S. Legion Drive, South Buffalo. Admission is $25 and includes a ticket for the $1,000 sweepstakes.

The evening also features draft beer, food, wine, music and a basket raffle. For tickets and donations, call the school at 824-0726, Liz Bell at 361-0995 or Katie Denning at 435-4128.


FILL THE FRIDGE – The Athletic Department of St. Mary’s High School will host a meat raffle Saturday evening in the school at 142 Laverack Ave., Lancaster. Doors open at 6 p.m., first spin at 7. Admission is $5, which includes draft beer and pop. Canned beer will be available for $2. Proceeds will help send the school’s baseball and softball teams on their spring trip to Florida at the end of March.


THINKING YOUNG – The theme will be “Launching New Dimensions of Service: Celebrating Our Youth” as Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority holds its Founders Day luncheon at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Buffalo Niagara Marriott, 1340 Millersport Highway, Amherst.

Featured speaker will be South Carolina-based multicultural marketing consultant and former TV news anchor Tia Brewer-Footman. Tickets are $35. For info, call Madrene Kemp at 553-3100.


MEMORY TEST – Add some War of 1812 history to your general store of trivia knowledge and enter the third annual Old Fort Trivia Challenge from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday in the Old Fort Erie Welcome Center, 350 Lakeshore Road, Fort Erie, Ont. Doors open at 1:30 p.m.

Tickets are $5. For more info or to register, call (905) 871-0540 or email Sign up as a team or individually. There will be prizes for the top two teams and a licensed snack bar menu will be available.


WONDER WOMEN – Speaking of trivia, you may know that Louise Bethune, who designed the Hotel Lafayette, was the first American woman to work as a professional architect, but do you know the name of the local woman considered “the mother of the detective novel?”

The answer to that and many other questions about local women who were first in their fields will be answered when the Buffalo Niagara Chapter of New York State Women Inc. stages a trivia game in celebration of Women’s History Month at their dinner meeting next Wednesday in the Twentieth Century Club, 595 Delaware Ave.

The evening begins with networking at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 6. Cost is $30 for BNC members and $35 for guests. To register, visit

By the way, that groundbreaking detective novelist was Anna Katharine Green, who died in Buffalo in 1935 at the age of 88.


SUNDAY SERENADE – Guest conductor Doug Shaw, director of orchestras at Clarence High School and house manager for the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, will lead the Cheektowaga Community Symphony Orchestra in a concert at 3 p.m. Sunday at Villa Maria College, 240 Pine Ridge Road, Cheektowaga.

Theme of the concert will be “Austrian-Italian Relations,” featuring music from Verdi, Mozart and Brahms. Soprano soloist will be Leslie Bohler. The concert is free; donations are welcome.


COLLEGE CASH – Applications are now available in the Kenmore West High School guidance office for college scholarships sponsored by the Ken West Alumni Foundation. Awards of $1,000 or more are available for two-year institutions and trade schools as well as four-year colleges.

To be eligible, Kenmore West seniors need to have attended the school for the past two years and have maintained an 80 percent grade average for the past six semesters.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Patrick Lakamp, Tim Tielman, Jim Braun, Bob Roberts, Kathleen Stock, Frank W. Pytel, Wendy Cichuniec, Kaitlyn Lounsbury, Judith Weinstock, Mary Ann Schiermeyer, Victor Ojeda, Brittany Ruszczyk, Jill Muise, Kristen Cotter, Payton Cotter, Nancy Crone and Gail Ann Huber.

AND THURSDAY – Penelope Sophia Williamson, Susan O’Connor Baird, Barbara Multerer, James Starks, Sylvia Merriweather, David Woods, Mark Rudyk, Gloria Parucki, Mike Kazmierczak, John Vaccaro Jr., Nicole E. Kazmierczak, Alexis Birkemeier, Peter A. Davidow and Justin Coyne.