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Reporters’ Notebook: May 9, 2016

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to Scottish novelist and creator of Peter Pan, James M. Barrie, born on this date in 1860, “Nothing is really work unless you would rather be doing something else.”



A daughter’s love

for her Mother

is a circle

of need ...

and a fear of loss.

Too soon we leave,

as we must.

But ...

I will see you again,

when I look in a mirror,

or my own child’s face,

and see your smile.

– Carol J. Russell


BUILDING BLOCKS – Architecture and design will be the focus 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.

Beginning at noon will be Phil Haberstro, executive director of the Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo, which is co-sponsoring the program. He will be followed by Lawrence Brooks, author of “Buffalo Niagara: Diagnosis & Prescription For Change”; historian Chuck LaChiusa, and Brad Hahn, executive director of Explore Buffalo.

Admission is free. You can bring a lunch or purchase one at the library’s Fables Cafe.


CALENDAR DATE – Alienated Grandparents Anonymous will hold its next meeting from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Orchard Park Municipal Center, 4295 S. Buffalo St., Orchard Park. All are welcome.


HERE’S THE PITCH – Want to see the New York Yankees take on the Toronto Blue Jays in Toronto on June 1? The Holy Name Society of Our Lady of Czestochowa Church in North Tonawanda is sponsoring an excursion to the game. The bus will depart at 3:30 p.m. from the church parking lot on Center Avenue.

Price is $50, which includes travel and a ticket to the game. Those attending will need to bring along their passports or enhanced driver’s licenses. For tickets and more info, call Bill Winiatowski at 693-9460.


COLLEGE CASH – The Polish Arts Club of Buffalo Scholarship Foundation is accepting applications for a $1,000 college scholarship.

Applicants must be New York State residents of Polish ancestry, be a junior or higher in an accredited college or university and be studying for a degree in the visual or performing arts.

Deadline for applications is June 1. For further information and an application, visit or call Stan Nowak at 837-2061.


AWAY FROM HOME – Program of Academic Exchange (PAX) is looking for host families for high school exchange students for the upcoming school year. Students are 15 to 18 years old, have studied English for at least three years and are eager to take part in activities with their host families.

Students are covered by medical insurance and have spending money for incidentals. All types of families are welcome to host. For more info, call Jane Ciancio-Green at 510-4798 or visit


REUNION TIME – The Lafayette High School Alumni Association brings some great grads home on Thursday for “Lafayette’s Masters of Music In Concert Saluting the Late Sam Scamacca, Maestro, Musician, Leader, Teacher, Mentor and Friend.” Doors open at 5 p.m. The program in Lafayette’s Mellon Memorial Auditorium begins at 6.

The players include Gary Mallaber, Class of 1964; Joe Baudo, Class of 1966; Jim Tudini, Class of 1967; Bobby Militello, Class of 1968; and Joe Parisi, Class of 1970. Tickets are $30 at the door and include refreshments and hors d’oeuvres before the program.

The Class of 1966 from JFK High School in Cheektowaga will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a reunion happy hour at 4 p.m. Aug. 12 in Santora’s Pizza Pub and Grill, 7800 Transit Road, Amherst. No tickets or reservations are required.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Shaun Robert Cleary, Janna Willoughby, Howard Zemsky, Clint Holmes, Jackie Oswald, Joan Pepperday, Donna Connor, Justin Huller, Pamela Rosen, Florence Fritz Pardi, Greg Czech, Kara Skoney and Ryleigh Kelly Meegan.