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Reporters’ Notebook for Feb. 29, 2016

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to motivational speaker Tony Robbins, born on this date in 1960, “Want to learn to eat a lot? Here it is: Eat a little. That way, you will be around long enough to eat a lot.”


Birthday Wish

To be born on Feb. 29

Creates a life-long fate.

It would be an easier life

With any other date.

Birthday parties only happen

Once every four years.

It’s a sad time for a child.

Missing out leads to tears.

So many birthday presents

That you could’ve had.

Missing out on so much

Can make you really mad.

If there’s one birthday wish

That’s needed to make,

A huge pile of gifts

With a mountain of ice cream and cake.

There is something good from this.

You’ll be a kid for a long while.

When someone asks your age,

You can say it with a smile.

You will always be envied

By all women and men.

When everyone else turns 40,

You will be turning 10.

– Nelson R. Locher


FINAL IMPRESSIONS – The arts will be the topic of a discussion at the weekly IMAGINE Buffalo lunchtime lecture series 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 and includes Great Courses videos on Impressionist painter Paul Gauguin and the eighth and last Impressionist exhibition in 1886.

The program is offered in conjunction with the Albright-Knox Art Gallery exhibit, “Monet and the Impressionist Revolution, 1860-1910,” which is in its final weeks.

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.


MORE MONET – Delve further into the Impressionists with Niagara County Community College art professor Nancy Knechtel in the Tuesday Night Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Brighton Place Library, 999 Brighton Road, Town of Tonawanda. Her topic will be “Claude Monet and the Light of Giverny.” Admission is limited to 40. To register, call 332-4375.


DONATIONS NEEDED – Women of the World Transition Center, which helps victims of domestic violence, will benefit as the Roundabout Rotary Club of Buffalo Niagara holds a donation drive from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in Santora’s Pizza Pub and Grill, 7800 Transit Road, Amherst, near the Sheridan Drive overpass.

Items wanted as part of the drive include tall laundry baskets and hampers, powdered laundry detergent, bathroom cleaners and wipes, garbage bags, new pillows, twin sheet sets, blankets and comforters, towels and toiletries such as toothpaste and soap. Office supplies also are welcome. For more info about donations, call 512-8384.


REUNION TIME – The Class of 1976 from Bishop Turner High School is planning a reunion Aug. 19 in the Father Justin Knights of Columbus Hall, 2735 Union Road at William Street, Cheektowaga. For info, call Jerry Willett at 627-7184 or Ted Burzynski at 894-5049.

The reunion committee from East High School’s Class of 1966 wants to find more their classmates. Call, text or email Morris Brown at 220-0427, Judy Hill at 471-5977 and, or Kathy Franklin Adams at 812-4469 and

The 12 members of the reunion committee for Amherst High School’s Class of 1976 report that they have put together a weekend of nostalgia and celebration at three locations from July 29 to July 31. For details, visit or call Susan Lojacono at 603-2424.


THINK AHEAD – Dyngus Day is only a month away, but there’s still time to sign up to march in Buffalo’s 10th annual Dyngus Day Parade, which will be held March 28, or to volunteer. For an application, visit


MARK THE DATE – Guest speaker will be the Rev. Larry Eastlack, pastor of Trinity United Methodist Church in Amherst, as the Beechwood Service Guild holds its regular meeting at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in the Beechwood Residence, 2235 Millersport Highway, Getzville. All are welcome. Refreshments will be served.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Joe Kody, Kathy Reidy, Fran Mills, Faith Webber, Camden Roy, Father William Scanlon, Rita T. Menno and Randy Zink.