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Reporters’ Notebook for March 21, 2016

OLAF FUB SEZ: A thought for spring from light-verse poet Phyllis McGinley, born on this date in 1905, “Gardening has compensations out of all proportions to its goals. It is creation in the pure sense.”


ECUMENICAL – The religious resonance of Cecil B. DeMille’s 1956 epic Biblical film, “The Ten Commandments,” includes Muslims, too, according to Father Michael Calabria, director of St. Bonaventure University’s Center for Arab and Islamic Studies.

“Most viewers are unaware,” he says, “that DeMille sought to make a film that would appeal to Jews, Christians and Muslims at a time when their common Abrahamic ancestry had yet to be articulated, and interreligious dialogue was all but unheard of.”

Calabria will use film clips to explore the movie’s social and historical context and its references to the Qu’ran and Muslims in a presentation at 4 p.m. Monday in the University Club at St. Bonaventure. It’s free and open to the public.


DAWN OF DISCOVERY – The focus turns to science this week in the IMAGINE Buffalo lunchtime lecture series at noon Tuesday in the Ring of Knowledge on the main floor of the Central Library on Lafayette Square in downtown Buffalo.

The program begins with a Great Courses video on 17th century scientific discoveries and Isaac Newton’s theory of the universe, followed at 12:30 p.m. by a discussion co-sponsored by the WNY STEM Hub.

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.


SHELL GAMES – Weather won’t be a factor Friday in the seventh annual Spring EGG-stravaganza, a celebration of animals that hatch from eggs, at Tifft Nature Preserve, 1200 Fuhrmann Blvd. Except for guided hikes on the preserve’s nature trails, everything will be indoors.

In sessions at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m., there will be natural egg-dying for those who bring up to six hard-boiled eggs, live birds from Messinger Woods Wildlife Care and Education Center, other live egg-laying animals such as frogs, turtles and snakes; and with a little luck, the hatching of live chicks.

Admission is $7. Pre-registration and pre-payment is required. The EGG-stravaganza has sold out for the past four years. Call 825-6397 or vist


MARKET MAKERS – Designs are due April 1 for the Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market’s sixth annual poster contest. The winning 11-by-17-inch color poster, which will be on display throughout the season from May 7 to Nov. 26, will receive a $100 cash prize. For full instructions, or the market’s Facebook page. Entries must be submitted electronically to


LIFESAVERS WANTED – The American Red Cross is looking for volunteer drivers to help deliver lifesaving blood products to 91 hospitals and transfusion centers throughout its New York-Penn Region.

Volunteers must have a valid driver’s license and three years of driving experience, verify a safe driving record, be able to lift boxes of blood products weighing up to 45 pounds, and be available for two to four shifts per month. Volunteer shifts will begin in Cheektowaga and include travel around the region. Training and use of Red Cross vehicles will be provided.

For more information and to apply, call Laurie McFarlane at (585) 760-5547, email her at, or visit


DOLLARS FOR SCHOLARS – The Marie Jackson Women’s Golf Tournament Committee is awarding five $2,000 scholarships to students who live in South Buffalo. To be eligible, students must be in eighth grade at Notre Dame Academy or Discovery School and plan on attending a Catholic high school.

Applicants should submit a typewritten 150-word essay on “How You Plan to Live Your Life to the Fullest.” Essays must be postmarked by May 1 and sent to Laurie Roof, 417 Abbott Road, Buffalo, NY 14220. Winners will be notified before June 1.

The scholarship, supported by an annual golf tournament, honors the memory of Marie Jackson, an avid sportswoman who golfed and bowled in two leagues until she was 80. She died in 2006.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Robert Hyland, Pat Rudy Eberhardt, Pat Regan, Shea Post, Liz Kolken, Ellene Phufas, Erin E. Cole, Ellen Reis, Andrew Bennett, Collin Schaller, Kathleen Berens Bucki, Richie Wilczak, Rich Pokorny, Lisa Wolin, Joe Roetzer, Robert W. Yeates, Joe Donahue, Rev. Dr. Ralph Anderson, Carol Phillips, Kathleen Gurbacki Walczak, Sharon Cosimano, John Munich and Lydia Parent.