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Reporters’ Notebook

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to British actor and comedian Dudley Moore, born on this date in 1935, “The best car safety device is a rear-view mirror with a cop in it.”



(To the tune of “Sailing” by Christopher Cross)

Well it’s not far down to Larkinville

At least it’s not for me

And on a Tuesday night

I can visit a sight

That’s pure tranquility

Oh, the food trucks can do miracles

Just you come and see

Believe me, believe me

That’s where I’m going, please feed me

Just some food and my feet to carry me

And soon I will be free.

– Bob Snyder


JOIN IN – Looking for new members is the North Buffalo Lions Club, which meets twice monthly in the North Buffalo Community Center, 203 Sanders Road. For info, email Dale Danner at


SMARTEN UP – Free after-school help for grade-school students is being offered from 3 to 5 p.m. Monday to Thursday through the Enlightenment Literary Arts Center at Dog Ears Bookstore and Cafe, 688 Abbott Road.

Students in third to fifth grade are assisted on Mondays by student tutors from Bishop Timon-St. Jude High School and Mount Mercy Academy and on Tuesday get help from certified teachers on New York State test prep.

Students in grades six to eight receive help on Wednesdays from the student tutors and on Thursday from certified teachers on state test prep. To register, call 823-2665.


GET YAPPY – Heart of Niagara Animal Rescue, which protects abandoned, unwanted and homeless animals, will host a “Yappy Hour” from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday in Buffalo Wild Wings in Sam’s Club Plaza, 1594 Military Road, Niagara Falls. There will be a basket auction and volunteers will be on hand to talk about adoption and animal care.

Buffalo Wild Wings will donate 10 percent of a patron’s bill all day Friday to those who present a donation flyer. Flyers are available on Heart of Niagara’s Facebook page. Proceeds will help offset costs of renovating the agency’s newly acquired building.


DRUMSTICK BEAT – St. James United Methodist Church, 4661 Porter Road, Niagara Falls, will host a Chiavetta’s chicken barbecue from 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday. Dinners are $10, takeout only, and include roasted potatoes, homemade cole slaw and a brownie. To reserve, call 297-6421.

Holy Mother of the Rosary Cathedral, 6298 Broadway, Lancaster, is hosting a BW’s chicken barbecue from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday. Dinners are $10, takeout only, and include potato, vegetable, roll and butter, and dessert. Proceeds benefit Roswell Park Cancer Institute. For info, call 685-5766 or 704-5458.


FLYING HIGH – Aerospace industry executive Hugh Neeson, a member of the board of directors of the Niagara Aerospace Museum, will present a program, “Western New York Aviation History,” at the next meeting of the Historical Society of North German Settlements at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Wheatfield Community Center, 2790 Church Road, Wheatfield. All are welcome.


COVERING ASSETS – Elder law will be the topic when the Tonawanda Senior Watch meets at 10 a.m. Friday in the Senior Citizens Center, 291 Ensminger Road, Town of Tonawanda, next to the SPCA Serving Erie County.

In a program sponsored by the Tonawanda Crime Board, attorney Dawn Myszka will talk about wills, trusts and how to protect assets. Also speaking will be Matthew Gordon, who will address changes in Social Security and how it will affect retirement plans. The program is free and open to the public.


BLOSSOM TIME – Friday is the deadline to place orders for the spring flower sale held by the Meals on Wheels Foundation of Western New York in conjunction with Kimberly’s Nursery in Blasdell.

Orders of flats, hanging baskets, herbs and other plants through Meals on Wheels Magic Flower Garden will be available for pickup May 6 and 7 at locations in Buffalo, Clarence and Orchard Park. Order forms are available by calling 822-2201, Ext. 42, or clicking on “events” at


TEA AND MORE – Autism Services Inc. will hold its fourth annual Tea for ASB fundraiser from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in Classics V Banquet and Conference Center, 2425 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst.

Tickets are $29 and include wine tasting, courtesy of Becker Farms & Vizcarra Vineyards on the Niagara Wine Trail in Gasport; olive oil tasting, courtesy of D’Avolio; a sit-down luncheon, treats from Paula’s Donuts; and a custom-designed piece of autism awareness jewelry from the Bead Gallery in Amherst.

A shopping area also will offer a variety of products and services. For info and tickets, call 631-5777 or visit


SWING AND SWAY – Mark Mazur and the Little Big Band will play for dancing at the South Buffalo Spring Fling from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday in St. Simon’s Episcopal Church, 200 Cazenovia St. Tickets are $10 and include pizza, snacks and soft drinks. For info, call 822-1900, visit or go to the church’s Facebook page.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Amy Bogner, Sandra Tan, Jay Tokasz, Barbara Seals Nevergold, Carol DiGesare, Kim Artmeier, Matthew Becker, Annmarie Kenny, Louanne Strauss, Carol DeLellis, Megan Elaine Prell, Kevin Renaud, Bonnie Lipczynski, Tom Davis and Kristin Harkness.