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Reporters’ Notebook

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to psychologist and author Theodore Isaac Rubin, born on this date in 1923, “The problem is not that there are problems. The problem is expecting otherwise and thinking that having problems is a problem.”


Elusive Traitor

Spring dangles in the air

like sweet success.

We grasp and disconcerted

we get less.

Spring reveals its mystery from the earth

Slowly, never rushing its rebirth.

Spring, so slippery, the teasing

truant type of season,

Turns its coat to snow again

And gives no single reason.

– Diana Notaro


NEWSMAKERS – Two of our former Buffalo News colleagues are featured 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 video of a talk given last summer at Chautauqua Institution by Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist Tom Toles. Now with the Washington Post, Toles will be in town Thursday and Friday as the honored guest in the fourth annual Signature Series at his alma mater, the University at Buffalo. For a schedule of his appearances, visit

The video will be followed at 12:30 p.m. with a talk by Mike Vogel, retired Buffalo News editorial writer and current president of the Buffalo Lighthouse Association, which oversees the historic 1833 lighthouse in Buffalo Harbor.

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.


ROUGHING IT – Author Tom Reigstad, emeritus professor of English at SUNY Buffalo State, will discuss his book, “Scribblin’ for a Livin’: Mark Twain’s Pivotal Period in Buffalo,” at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the East Aurora Library, 550 Main St., East Aurora.

The program is sponsored by the Friends of the Aurora Town Public Library as part of their Adult Lecture series. It’s free, but registration is required and space is limited. Call 652-4440 to sign up.


NEIGHBORHOOD UPDATES – Two Amherst town officials will talk at the next meeting of the Eggertsville Community Organization at 7 p.m. Tuesday in St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 4007 Main St., Eggertsville. Mary-Diana Pouli, director of the Youth and Recreation Department, will present new plans for ECO Park on Crosby Circle and associate planner Ellary J. Mori will discuss proposals for the vacant lot at 1519 Eggert Road and other issues. All are welcome.


LOOKING BACK – Town historian Suzanne S. Kulp will give a talk, “The History of Orchard Park,” at the monthly meeting of the Women’s Club of Orchard Park at noon Wednesday in the Orchard Park Municipal Building, 4295 S. Buffalo St. The club will hold a board meeting at 10:30 a.m. New members are always welcome.


CITYSCAPES – Urban planner Chris Hawley is featured speaker at the next meeting of the Greater Buffalo Bottle Collectors Association Wednesday evening in St. Peter’s Episcopal Church Hall, Callodine Avenue and Longmeadow Road, Amherst. The meeting is at 7 p.m. The lecture, “The History of City Planning in Buffalo,” is at 7:30. It’s free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. For more info, call Peter Jablonski at 440-7985.

Meanwhile, Brad Hahn from Explore Buffalo, which gives architectural and historic tours, will be guest speaker at the next meeting of the West Seneca Historical Society at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the West Seneca Senior Center, 4640 Seneca St. His topic: “Buffalo’s Waterfront: Then and Now.” All are welcome. Refreshments will be served.


CURTAIN RAISER – A tour of the U.S. Capitol with Rep. Brian Higgins is one of the prizes in the auctions and raffles at the Theatre of Youth’s TOY Brew Bash from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday in Resurgence Brewing Co, 1250 Niagara St.

Also up for bids are “staycation” packages at leading local hotels, restaurant gift cards and a Buffalo Sabres package that includes a jersey autographed by Brian Gionta.

Tickets are $30 advance, $35 at the door, and include three beverages and food. To reserve tickets online, visit For more info on Buffalo’s only theater company dedicated to young audiences, visit


REUNION ALERT – Tickets are available for the all-class reunion for students from Transfiguration School on Aug. 6 in the George F. Lamm Post grove, 962 Wehrle Drive, Williamsville. Tickets are $30 and include dinner and beverage. They can be purchased at Ray Gay Sales, 2880 Genesee St., Cheektowaga, during business hours. To purchase by mail, make out a check to Transfiguration Reunion Committee and mail it to Rich Gurbacki, 1306 Ransom Road, Grand Island, NY 14072. Include name, address, phone number, email address and class year.

The Lafayette High School Class of 1966 is planning its 50-year reunion from 3 to 9 p.m. Sept. 24 at the school. A wine and cheese reception and tour of the school will be followed by a catered dinner. Tickets are $40. For info, email Rich Petersen at or Mary Ventura Schieder at


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Ed Rupp, Derek Gee, Alison Pipitone, Vincent Gallo, Robert Fink, Samantha Mayville, Sarah Rathke, Maureen Hufnagel, Barb Lucchino, George Saber, Lynda Pawlak, Eric Pearlstein, Victoria Tomaka, Chaplain Joe Blatz, Ray Baranowski, Sam Palmeri, Teresa Corrigan, Paula Paradise, Michele Deubell, Luke Weber, Amanda Connelly, Jesse Kyle Buczkowski, Gerard Grosso, Michael Miller and Mary Ann Kinney,