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Reporters’ Notebook

OLAF FUB SEZ: A thought from author and illustrator Dr. Seuss, born Theodor Seuss Geisel on this date in 1904, “You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child.”


PASTA PATROL – It’s spaghetti dinner time again from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday in Stephen Sikora Post 1322, American Legion, 950 Payne Ave., North Tonawanda. Dinners are $7 and include meatballs, salad, bread and butter and a beverage. For an extra $1.50, choose a homemade dessert.


SONGBIRDS – Warm up for St. Patrick’s Day at the special Irish music-only edition of the monthly open mic night from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Thursday in the Buffalo Irish Center, 245 Abbott Road.

Holding the stage for the first half of the evening will be Jim Shaw and the Sodbusters, Jay McDonnell and Bill Matthews and Finnegan’s Punch. Other performers lined up include Terry O’Shei and Kate Truslow. Host is Tim Weir. Admission is free. For more info, visit


FAMILIAR FACE – Grand marshal of the 23rd annual “Old Neighborhood” St. Patrick’s Day Parade at noon March 19 will be Henry “Corky” Connors. Born and raised in the Old First Ward, he was parading long before the Old Neighborhood march began. He drove the tractor-trailer with trucks donated by Higgins Crane for many award-winning Valley Community Association floats in the old St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

He will be introduced and parade dedications will be announced at the association’s party from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday in the Valley Center, 93 Leddy St. near South Park Avenue and Elk Street.

Tickets are $20 and include draft beer and pop. Canned beer and wine will be available on sale. Providing music will be the Irish band Emerald Isle. Videos by Eddie Smith and photos from the previous 22 years of the parade will be shown throughout the night. For more info, call 823-4707, Ext. 4, or visit


GOOD READS – The Friends of the Orchard Park Public Library will hold their quarterly book sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and noon to 3 p.m. Sunday in the library at 4570 S. Buffalo St., Orchard Park. That follows a members-only presale from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday.


HARZ HAPPENING – The fifth annual Harzfest, which will benefit people with cancer and worthy local causes, will be held from 3 to 11 p.m. Saturday in the Eldridge Club, 17 Broad St., City of Tonawanda. The day will include a basket raffle from 3 to 7 p.m., plus food and beverages throughout, along with music by 55 Main, Brass Monkeez, Meet the Bacons and Clearwater.

Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Students under 21 are $10. Harzfest is hosted by the Jim Harszlak Foundation, established in memory of the Tonawanda man who died from colon cancer in 2012. The foundation has assisted more than 100 families with bills from cancer treatments and other illnesses. For more info, donations and tickets, visit or call Susan Holler-Harszlak at 870-2866.


WHAT’S IT WORTH? – The Northeast regional sales manager for Beckett Grading Services, Charles Stabile, will assess collectible cards from 1 to 7 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in Bases Loaded Sports Collectibles, 794 French Road, Cheektowaga.

Drop-offs are accepted at the store for those who can’t make it Friday or Saturday. For every 10 cards submitted, customers will have a chance to win a $20 Bases Loaded gift certificate or an autographed photo of Bills legends Marv Levy and Andre Reed. For more info, call 646-0066 or see the store’s Facebook page.


CENTURY PLUS – Family was joined by residents and staff at Northgate Health Care Facility in North Tonawanda in helping Theresa Rivas celebrate her 102nd birthday with a party last Wednesday.

Born in Spain, she moved to Akron, Ohio, when she was 15 and eventually came to North Tonawanda, where she resided on Linwood Avenue. Her husband of more than 50 years, Manuel, died in 1990. The mother of two, she has five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren and has been a resident at Northgate since 2009.


TRIPLE WORD SCORE – Scrabble lovers will gather at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in Resurgency Brewery, 1250 Niagara St., as Literacy New York Buffalo-Niagara hosts a special party as part of its Scrabble Fest 2016 Challenge. Admission is $20 and includes a complimentary beverage. All are welcome.

The organization invites those who can’t be there Thursday to take part by holding their own Scrabble Fest parties at home during the month of March. For more info, call Anna Nawojski at 876-8991 or email


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Madison Margaret Leonard, Amy Winklhofer, Maureen Porter, Henry Chudy, Kim Scmelzinger, Alex McDougall, Shaun Halligan, Bill Collins, Wil Schiermeyer, Sue Schaller, Luke Healy, Mel Skwierczynski, Kevin Hooley, Rebecca Prendergast, Joe Blocho, Sandy Pennella, Tom Huff, Brian Bosworth and Lynn Emblidge.

AND THURSDAY – Alice Williams Shanks, Rob Skutnik, Emmanuel R. Morrow, Dave Huller. Pam Kacmarski, Linda Swanekamp, Mildred Alagna, James Smith, Rosemary Villarini, Kathy Kirschmyer, Bonnie Shul, JoAnne Morgante, Dave Huller, Joseph Prendergast, Jonathan Hales, Wes Schmitt, Doreen Czumaj, Capriana Romanini, Father David Borowiak, Louise Forney, Matthew Lounsbury, Jeremy Werner and Rachel Fentzke.