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Reporters’ Notebook

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to Italian playwright, satirist and “Scourge of Princes” Pietro Aretino, born on this date in 1492, “If you want to annoy your neighbors, tell the truth about them.”


NEW BREWS – Guest speaker Jeff Murbach will discuss the craft beer revolution at the next meeting of the Cheektowaga Historical Association at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Cheektowaga Senior Center, 3349 Broadway. There will be samples. The meeting is free and open to the public.


BEER WITH A FRENCH FLAVOR – Speaking of beer, the Buffalo Lille Association, a Sister City affiliate that sponsors cultural and educational exchanges among Buffalo, northeastern France and Belgium, will host a Beer Fete fundraiser from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in the Flying Bison Brewing Co., 840 Seneca St., two blocks east of Larkin Square.

Donation is $35 and includes three beverages, a tour of the brewery, finger foods, French trivia and music from the French-flavored group trioPAYAZZO. Proceeds will help the association host a professional delegation from northern France and southern Belgium this summer.


PATCHWORK – Traditional and contemporary quilts, wall hangings and wearables will be featured as the Quilters Guild holds its Biennial Quilt Show this weekend in Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village, 3755 Tonawanda Creek Road, Amherst.

There will be daily quilting demonstrations, a hall of vendors, a basket raffle and a special show quilt raffle. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and noon to 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $8, $6 for seniors and $2 for children 12 and under. For more info, call 689-1440 or visit


TWILIGHT ZONE – Researcher and author Robert Hastings, who has been featured in many documentaries, will speak on “UFOs and Nukes” at 7 p.m. Monday in the Arts and Media Auditorium in Building F at Niagara County Community College, 3111 Saunders Settlement Road, Sanborn.

Hastings has been investigating UFOs and their interest in nuclear bases and nuclear weapons for decades. Admission is free, but a $3 donation for Niagara Hospice will be accepted at the door. For info, call 614-6764.


DINNER AND MORE – Bacon Memorial Presbyterian Church, 166 59th St., Niagara Falls, will host a Spring Fling Dinner Buffet at 6 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $10 and include a full salad bar, roasted chicken, a variety of vegetables, side dishes and desserts, and a beverage. Included with each ticket also will be five raffle tickets for garden and spring-themed prizes. For tickets and reservations, call 283-5744.


LEND A HAND – The Town of Tonawanda’s new Rails to Trails path will get a cleanup Saturday and the town’s Department of Youth, Parks and Recreation is looking for volunteers to help. Construction of the trail on a former railroad bed began last year and will be finished late this spring.

Volunteers are asked to dress appropriately, preferably with boots and work gloves, and meet at 8:30 a.m. at Lincoln Arena, 1200 Parker Blvd., to receive their assignments, then provide their own transportation to the site. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Doughnuts, pizza and beverages will be provided, courtesy of National Fuel. Parking and restrooms will be available at Lincoln Arena and Kenny Field. Volunteers may sign up online at or call 831-1001 for info.


INSPIRATIONAL – Reservations are needed by Friday for the luncheon meeting of the Northtowns Christian Women’s Connection at 11:30 a.m. next Wednesday in Christ United Methodist Church, 350 Saratoga Road at Harlem Road, Amherst. Tickets are $13.

Speakers include chiropractor Dr. Jodi Spurback, who will talk about how to improve posture and prevent diseases of the nervous system, and Irene McFadden, who will make a garden-themed presentation on spiritual matters. For reservations, call Lorayne Simmons at 832-3832 or Delores Sabatino at 836-4525.


HORNS OF PLENTY – The landmark Blessed Trinity Church, 317 Leroy Ave., has chosen its resident ensemble, the Buffalo Brass Choir, for the final performance in this season’s Trinity Concert Series at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Nick DelBello will direct the program of all-American works originally composed for brass ensemble, featuring “Fanfaria” by local composer Rob Deemer and a solo performance by Timothy Smith, second trombone with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. Suggested donation is $10. For more info, call 833-0301 or visit


LOOSE CABOOSE – The Homewood Theater Company has the perfect setting for its production of “The Great Caboose Mystery” – the Williamsville Depot, 86 S. Long St., Williamsville. The readers theater-style drama, adapted from a play written by Homewood’s Marty Bauer, takes place in an old railway station.

Performances will take place at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and again April 29 and 30. Tickets are $8 at the door, $6 for seniors and students, and $4 for children 12 and under. Proceeds will help with further renovation of the former Lehigh Valley Railroad station, which was built in 1896.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Kathleen Regan, Kate Willoughby, Robert Wilmers, Diana Nathan, Angel Wesolowski Stranges, Joy Noworyta, Adelaide Tiranno, Skylar Merrell, Bentley Schlegel, Johnny Amodeo, Frank Mohring, Cyndi Shields, Cole Pennella, Derek Adamczyk, Mimi Cassidy, Inez Anzalone, Sister Mary Louise Marecki, Carolyn Haley, Tom Puglisi, Danielle Tomaka, Tracy Carrion and Sharon Butterstein.

AND THURSDAY – Jennifer Neu Sean Beiter, Roseann Stoklosa, Paul Dyster, Cynthia Christmas, Anita Serafin, Colleen Roof, Amelia Wright, Carissa Sheffield, Alice Say, Faith Federowicz, Susan Whitney, Bob Suglia, Sister Mary Jacqueline Benbenek, Joshua Cullen, Amanda Kosior, Erin Brown, Bonnie Sullivan, Nora O’Malley, Nancy Olejniczak and Ronald Rosolowski.