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Reporters’ Notebook

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to poet and philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson, born on this date in 1803, “It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.”


HARMONIOUS – The Lewiston Choraleers, a 50-voice ensemble led by founder and musical director Donald D. Shrimpton, will give four performances of their annual spring program, entitled “The Good Old Days,” during the next two weekends. Accompanying the singers will be pianist Lynda Williams and percussionist Pat Kuciewski.

Concerts will be at 1 p.m. Saturday in St. Peter’s Catholic Church, 620 Center St., Lewiston; at 2 p.m. Sunday in the First Presbyterian Church, 505 Cayuga St., Lewiston; at 2 p.m. June 4 in St. James United Methodist Church, 4661 Porter Road, Niagara Falls; and at 2 p.m. June 5 in Messiah Lutheran Church, 915 Oneida St., Lewiston.

Tickets are $5. Children 12 and under are admitted free. For more info, visit or see the ensemble’s Facebook page.


TASTY TREKS – Want a new way to show off our area to your out-of-towners? Take them on a Buffalo Bites Food Tour. A new season of three-hour walking excursions through the Elmwood Village’s sights and restaurants began last week, as did “epicurean” tours of East Aurora’s Main Street.

The Elmwood tours start at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. Times for East Aurora tours are noon Friday and Saturday. Each tour stops for samples in seven eating places. For tickets, call toll-free (800) 656-0713 or visit


PASSING GAME – Buffalo Bills center Eric Wood and his teammates will become celebrity waiters when Wood hosts his second annual Dinner for a Difference next Wednesday evening in the Hyatt Regency Buffalo. Proceeds will benefit the Eric Wood Foundation, which provides daily encouragement and life-changing experiences for children who are seriously ill or physically challenged.

Tickets are $200, $300 for VIPs, and include a Buffalo Bills Signature Series football for autographing by the players, along with hors d’oeuvres, a three-course meal, wine, beer and valet service. For tickets and info, visit


THE MEANING OF MERCY – Christ the King Seminary, 711 Knox Road, East Aurora, will kick off its Summer 2016 Dinner Lecture Series next Wednesday with a presentation by Deacon Don Weigel from St. John Vianney Parish in Orchard Park, who has worked with Catholic Relief Services and Syrian refugees. All four of the programs will center around the Catholic Church’s Jubilee Year of Mercy.

Mark Mambretti, principal of East Aurora Middle School, will speak June 22 on the Gospel of Luke. Eileen Warner, director of mission and pastoral outreach at Christ the King Seminary, will give a program July 6 on “God’s Mercy in the Midst of Suffering.” The Rev. Joseph Gatto, president and rector of the seminary, will lead the concluding program July 27.

Cost is $35, including dinner, or $25, including coffee and dessert. Dinners begin at 5:45 p.m. Lectures and discussions run from 6:45 to 8:30 p.m. For more info and registration, call 805-1438.


BIG NIGHT – The Niagara Arts and Cultural Center in the former Niagara Falls High School at 1201 Pine Ave. will celebrate its 15th anniversary with a Crystal Gala from 6 to 10 p.m. next Wednesday.

Tickets are $80, $60 for members. The evening on the center’s front lawn will feature catering by the Riverstone Grill, desserts from Babycakes Cupcake Diner and live music by the Ron Corsaro Quartet, along with award presentations and an auction. For tickets and more info, call 282-7530, Ext. 7, or visit


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Patricia Gelman, George Maziarz, April Jones, Amber Dixon, Robert Stiglmeier, Jill Krzemien, Andrea Benkovich, Sean Creez, Kristen Wach, Olivia Oliver, Debbie Frank, Diane Sopicki, Kathy Pangburn, Laura A. Podklulski, Richard Satterwhite, Mada Jelenovis, Greg Chilcott, Liz Carone and Jim Bonnes.

AND THURSDAY – Wendy Whiting, Courtney Hurley, Joe Chille, Max Wickert, Kathy Moriarty, Marcia Lamb, Bill Regan, Mike Vogel, Jack Myers, Jaci Adams, Sean Cook, Alma O’Connell, Marian Perrotta, Sister Mary Anna Falbo, Father Leon Biernat, Shirley Thomann, Amanda Zanghi, Billy Larsen, Gary Panek, Kennedy Merriman, Cynthia LoCastro and Betty Harris.