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Reporters’ Notebook

OLAF FUB SEZ: Advice from writer and broadcaster Lowell Thomas, born on this date in 1892, “Do a little more each day than you think you possibly can.”


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.

Come Saturday, the Williamsville Depot restoration effort will benefit from a spaghetti dinner and theatrical production in Cleveland Heights Christian Church, 4774 Union Road, Cheektowaga. The all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner with meatballs, salad, bread and butter, dessert and a beverage will be served from 4 to 7 p.m., followed at 7:15 p.m. by the Homewood Theatre Company presentation of “The Great Caboose Mystery,” arranged, written and directed by Marty Bauer. Tickets are $9 adults, $4 for children 4 to 12 for dinner only, $12 adults and $7 children 4 to 12 for the dinner and the play, and $3 for the theater production only. For more info, call Marty Visciano at 631-3690.


CONTENTED CATS – Ten Lives Club cat rescue and adoption group is hosting a “Meowy Hour” from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Rust Belt Bar & Grill, 3720 Lake Shore Road, Blasdell, to raise funds for the new warehouse it has started to build behind their shelter. The warehouse will double as a pet food pantry for other cat and dog rescue groups and people feeding strays and colonies of cats.

Tickets for Meowy Hour are $5 and include a free buffet. There will be a cash bar, a small raffle and other items for sale. For more info, call 646-5577 or email


PLANNING PLANTINGS – Friday is the deadline for pre-orders for the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens annual Great Plant Sale, but don’t worry that it’s too cold for them right now. Pickup for the annuals, perennials and shrubs is scheduled for May 19 to 21, when it should be safe to put them into the ground.

The horticultural team at the Botanical Gardens has chosen an array of new and unique plants this year, with the showiest designated as Hot Picks. The sale also includes many items from Proven Winners, the company that has chosen the Botanical Gardens as a site for one of its six elite Signature Gardens across the country.

Selections can be reviewed and orders can be placed at


HERE’S THE BEEF – St. Casimir’s Church in Kaisertown will hold its Spring Meat Raffle on Saturday evening in the Social Center, 1833 Clinton St. between Bailey Avenue and South Ogden Street. Doors open at 6 p.m. The bar starts service at 6:30. The first drawing is at 7. You must be 21 or over to attend.

Admission is $5 and includes beverages, a ham or turkey sandwich and an entry for the door prize, a night in a jacuzzi suite at Salvatore’s Grand Hotel and dinner for two in Russell’s Steaks, Chops & More. Grilling meats will be supplied by Market in the Square in Southgate Plaza, West Seneca. For info and tickets, call Kathy Stewart at 432-7755.


MILESTONE MOMENT – The South Buffalo Community Table Get Together will honor the food kitchen’s longtime director, Sister Mary Celeste O’Bryan, who recently announced her retirement, and celebrate its silver anniversary from 6 p.m. to midnight Saturday in Ironworkers Hall, 196 Orchard Park Road, West Seneca. The Community Table serves 1,000 hot meals a month, five days a week, to the needy.

This year’s musical lineup features Crikwater, the Boomer Daddys, the Stone Bridge Band, Charlie O’Neill’s Unplugged Club and the South Buffalo All-Stars, featuring Joe Head, Billy McEwen, Willie Schoellkopf and Bob Wirth.

Tickets are $15 and include beer, wine, pop, food and snacks. There will be a huge basket raffle and a number of special drawings. Those who bring a canned food item will be entered into the special drawings. For more info or to make a donation, call Paul Barbus at 823-1596 or Pete Clancy at 822-6718.


TIME OF NEED – St. John Vianney Church, 2950 Southwestern Blvd., Orchard Park, is hosting a benefit concert at 7 p.m. Friday by Rick Holland’s Little Big Band. Proceeds will assist the family of Larry Durski of Blasdell, who is undergoing chemotherapy at the Cleveland Clinic after surgery for Stage 3 colon cancer. Tickets are $25 per family.

The band will feature professors Rich Thompson and Bob Snieder from Rochester’s Eastman School of Music, along with vocalist Lindsey Holland and an array of outstanding local players.


CALENDAR DATE – Alienated Grandparents Anonymous will hold its next meeting from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Orchard Park Municipal Center, 4295 S. Buffalo St., Orchard Park. All are welcome.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Brady Gleason, Daniel Regan, Kevin Zanner, Darleen Pickering Hummert, Pat Kloc, Conner Curry, Gwendolyn Flood, Ellen Jackson, Jean Worden, Kevin Wiess, Chris Mellerski, Cassidy Essman, Chloe Essman, Ally Yeates, Alex Yeates, Morgan Hurley, Jen Fields, Rhea Mathien, Larry Paul, Sam Cavalleri, Lori Czumaj, Hailey Rae Murphy and Kyle Cullen.

AND THURSDAY – Ted Nolan, Milt Northrop, Terry Grandy, Collette Schoellkopf, Jason Gruenauer, Sharon Curtis, Ken Hoffman, Joe Sikorski, Julianna Nowak, Corrine Nowak, Dominic Allbritton, Brian Coyne, Karen Cwiklinski-Penziul and David M. Skretny.