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Reporters’ Notebook

OLAF FUB SEZ: Advice from English scientist Thomas Huxley, born on this date in 1825, “Try to learn something about everything and everything about something.”


GRAPHIC GIVEAWAY – Thanks to Joseph Loveric, owner of Collector’s Inn, the comic and gaming store at 3107 Delaware Ave., Kenmore, for reminding us about the 15th annual Free Comic Book Day, coming up Saturday.

Nearly a dozen stores in Western New York, including his, will join with more than 2,000 others around the world in offering up to 50 titles free of charge, including superhero stories like Marvel’s Civil War II and DC’s Suicide Squad; kid favorites like Grumpy Cat and Sonic the Hedgehog; classic characters such as Pink Panther and Archie; and TV tie-ins like Doctor Who and the Simpsons.

Other local stores taking part are Queen City Bookstore, 3184 Main St.; 1811 Comics, 56 E. Spring St., Williamsville; Halley’s Comics and Games, 1144 Oliver St., North Tonawanda; Gamerz Haven, 1363 Nash Road, North Tonawanda; and Dave and Adam’s Card World, 8075 Sheridan Drive next to Eastern Hills Mall, Clarence.

Also, Action Figure Portal, 6888 Erie Road, Derby; House of Fantasy Comics and Games, 1709 Pine Ave., Niagara Falls; Pulp 716: Coffee and Comics, 45 East Ave., Lockport; Chautauqua Comics, 214 Fairmount Ave., Jamestown; and Power Nine, 50 W. Main St., Fredonia.


MIDSUMMER NIGHTS – The spotlight will be on Shakespeare this week in the Thursday Night Live series in the Meeting House, Main and Mill streets, Williamsville.

Speaking at 7 p.m. about this summer’s Shakespeare in Delaware Park plays, “The Taming of the Shrew” and “A Winter’s Tale,” will be director Saul Elkin and actor, writer and professor Larry Smith. Admission is free. Samples of mead and Elizabethan desserts will be available.


PERFECT PITCH – The award-winning ABC Bel Canto Choir, a tuition-based independent youth choir for grades 3 to 12, is inviting all choristers to come to open rehearsals Thursday afternoon in Christ Methodist Church, 350 Saratoga Road, Amherst.

Grades 3 to 6 sing from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. High voices in grades 6 to 12 will be heard from 6 to 7. Mixed voices in grades 9 to 12 will perform after 7. Call 759-6428 or visit


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.


WIN-WIN – The Food Bank of Western New York will benefit as Buffalo Raceway hosts a Weidner’s chicken barbecue from noon to 8 p.m. Friday in the clubhouse at the Erie County Fairgrounds in Hamburg. Dinners are $10 and include salt potatoes, coleslaw and a roll, plus $5 in free play at Hamburg Gaming. Live harness racing begins at 5 p.m. Admission is free.


COIN TOSS – You won’t need running shoes to take part in the Race for Change from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday in the Ten Lives Club cat shelter, 3741 Lake Shore Road (Route 5), Hamburg. Just bring in your spare change. The first 50 people who donate $25 or more will receive a Ten Lives Club canvas tote bag and choose goodies to fill it.

There also will be free desserts, face painting, a theme basket raffle and adoption specials for cats. Those unable to attend can get a TLC tote bag by donating $25 via the website at or sending a check to Ten Lives Club, Box 253, North Boston, NY 14110. For more info, call 646-5577, go to the website or visit the TLC Facebook page.


MAZE DAY – Unity of Buffalo, the church and cultural center at 1243 Delaware Ave. at Auburn Avenue, will celebrate World Labyrinth Day with a program in and around its own labyrinth from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Sponsored by the Labyrinth Society to encourage world peace, it’s free and open to the public.

The program includes improvisation from Playback Theatre of Buffalo at 11 a.m., in which actors play back real life stories from the audience; massages and decoupage crafts at noon in Unity Peace Park behind the church, followed by a walk at 1 p.m., accompanied by musical instruments. Participants are invited to bring their own instruments.


SECRET STASHES – Volunteers will look for “geocaches” from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday while removing trash and unwanted plants from the woods at Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve, 93 Honorine Drive off Como Park Boulevard, Depew. The “Cache In, Trash Out” event is being held in conjunction with I Love My Park Day at 110 parks and historic sites across the state.

To find the geocaches, volunteers will be helped by handheld global positioning system devices. No experience is necessary. Volunteers must register in advance by calling 683-5959 or visiting and clicking on “I Love My Park Day.” Refreshments and a light lunch will be provided.


DO WRIGHT – Ever dream of leading tours at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Martin House Complex in Buffalo’s Parkside neighborhood? A new round of weekly training sessions for docents will begin next Wednesday evening. There’s a fee – $30 to cover costs of training materials. To apply, call the director of volunteers, Angela Laviano Hamister, at 856-3858, Ext. 406, or email


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Monica Conrad, Chris Sicurella, Joan Light, Oswaldo Mestre, Derek Roy, Anna Kay France, Gene Piontek, Tim Fitzpatrick, Angela Salerno, Hank Whalen, Sharon Grodan, Tony Guzzetta, Cindy Musilli, Leslie Aprile, Ed Cavan and Kathy Dilamarter.

AND THURSDAY – Eric Zanner, Jean Currie, Paul Lorefice, Bob Jeffords, Lisa Smith Theurer, Theresa Suglia, Brandon Drayton, Christina Zilbauer, Brian Zilbauer, Maria Tricoli, Johnny Tricoli, Evan Bennett, MaryAnn Parini, Tracy Hadsall, Margaret Delzer, Janice Galla, Madonna Igielinski, Melina Scime, Bonnie Roetzer, Sandy Brown and Mary Renzo.