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Reporters’ Notebook

OLAF FUB SEZ: Advice from ventriloquist and comedian Jeff Dunham, born on this date in 1962, “If you die in an elevator, be sure to push the Up button.”


It’s Here!

You can see it,

hear it, feel it.

Daffodil greens

popping up

through the soil.

Weeping willows

draping themselves

with pale gold fringe

like a diva’s boa.

Birds announce

their return from the South.

A balmy breeze

gently strokes

your cheeks.

Experiencing spring

is so much fun.

It makes your blood run

like the sap

in the maple trees

and just as sweet.

– Joyce L. Wilson


HERE’S THE BEEF – Only seven weeks until the summer cookouts start at South Buffalo Post 721, American Legion, at 136 Cazenovia St. In the meantime, the kitchen crew is working indoors to serve up a roast beef dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday. Dinner includes mashed potatoes, gravy, corn and salad. Sandwiches also are available. For info, call 825-9557.


LOOKING AHEAD – Stock up for summer reading, CD listening and DVD watching at bargain prices at the Kenmore Mercy Hospital Auxiliary’s annual Spring Used Books and Media Sale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday to Friday in the hospital atrium. Proceeds benefit the hospital.


LOOKING BACK“Buffalo History” will be the topic when Faherty Nielsen, assistant to the director of the Burchfield Penney Art Center, speaks at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday in the IMAGINE Buffalo lunchtime lecture series in the Ring of Knowledge on the main floor of the Central Library on Lafayette Square in downtown Buffalo.

The program begins at noon with the video of a 2015 Chautauqua Institution lecture by renowned urban planner Toni L. Griffin from the University of California Berkeley College of Environmental Design.

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.


NEVER FORGET – The Erie-Catt Teacher Center, 3000 School View Road, Eden, will host a free seminar by the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education, an organization founded by filmmaker Steven Spielberg, on Elie Wiesel’s memoir, “Night,” from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. In addition to a wealth of material on the Holocaust, the seminar includes a free dinner. Register at 549-4454, Ext. 4123.


EYES ON THE SKIES – WGRZ-TV weather forecaster Jennifer Stanonis will give a free lecture, “Severe Weather Coverage and a Day in the Life of a Television Meteorologist,” at the next meeting of the Western New York Chapter of the American Meteorological Society at 5 p.m. Tuesday in “The Whale Room” in the Science Building at SUNY Buffalo State, 1300 Elmwood Ave.

Stanonis, who has a meteorological degree from SUNY Brockport State, has worked in television since 2003. Refreshments will be available. Those attending should park in Lot I-37, which is closest to the Science Building. Students in the parking lot will hand out parking permits.


NUCLEAR PIONEERS – A history of the Linde Air Products site in the Town of Tonawanda during the early days of the U.S. atomic energy program and its involvement in processing uranium for the Manhattan Project will be the topic of a free presentation by Stephen Bousquet of the Army Corps of Engineers at a meeting of the Tonawanda-Kenmore Historical Society at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday in the society’s museum at 100 Knoche Road. All are welcome.


HELP FOR COLLEGE – May 1 is the deadline for applications from high school seniors in Erie and Niagara counties for two college scholarships offered by Buffalo’s Italian-American Police Association in memory of two members – Erie County Sheriff’s Deputy Robert S. Insalaco and Buffalo Patrolman David J. Scime – who died in the line of duty. For more details and an application, visit

May 1 also is the last day to submit applications for the Jackie Schmid Memorial Scholarships. Six scholarships of $1,500 each will be awarded to one student of Polish descent from each school district in Cheektowaga, plus one student who resides in Cheektowaga and attends a private or parochial school For more info and an application, visit the Jackie Schmid Scholarship Facebook page.


REUNION TIME – The Tonawanda High School Class of 1976 will hold its 40-year reunion from 7 to 10 p.m. July 23 in Crazy Jake’s, 26 Webster St., North Tonawanda. Tickets are $30 and payment is due by July 1. For more info, email Shelley Salmon at or Kathy Gilcart Feldmeyer at

The Class of 1962 from Fosdick Masten Girls Vocational High School is having a reunion Sept. 10 in Grapevine Banquets, 333 Dick Road, Depew. For more info, call Barb Casell at 353-1011.

A reunion for students and faculty from Annunciation Elementary or High School on Buffalo’s West Side is being planned for Sept. 18. For more info, call Sister Corinne at 939-2318 or email

The Class of 1959 from Fosdick Masten Vocational High School will have a reunion Sept. 21 in the Classics V Banquet and Conference Center, 2425 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst. For more info, call June Carroll at 836-1913.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Kathleen Addison Smith, Marianne Hereth, Bob Padgug, Paula Salamone, Rev. Joe Salm, Chris Sasiadek, Kelly Kennelly, Rob Weisenburg, Mikey Klodzinski, Diane Elmer, Linda Kaczmarek, Shirley Miller, Esther Caldarelli, Marcia Herren, Derek Litwin, Chuck Bratek, Robin Bartoo, Elsie Ver, Amy Preston, Matthew Becker, Ted Sliwa, Dolores Brockenshire, Madeline Woelfle and Scott Freudenheim.