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Reporters’ Notebook (May 30)

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to British poet laureate Alfred Austin, born on this date in 1835, “The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just on the body, but the soul.”


In Remembrance

In gratitude we lend our thoughts

To those who’ve given all;

In bravery they served us well

By answering the call.

Such bravery in freedom rang

Within their very soul;

They forward fought the battle hot

In hopes to meet their goal.

They offered yet their lives for us

In love and understanding;

Within the pain and bloodshed they

Inside their troops were banding.

We cherish so their strength and love,

They fought beyond all measure;

We truly thank and praise them for

Their care. We rightly treasure.

– Doris V. Neumann


BAD HABITS – A new documentary about drug abuse produced by the FBI, “Chasing the Dragon: The Life of an Opiate Addict,” will be shown at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Orchard Park Presbyterian Church, 4369 S. Buffalo St., Orchard Park. It’s free and open to the community.


ONE LUMP OR TWO? – The Beechwood Service Guild will hold its annual Spring Tea from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in Beechwood Homes, 2235 Millersport Highway, Getzville. The New Hope United Methodist Women will serve as hostesses.


SHINING BEACONS – Guest speaker Joe Jakubik from International Chimney will talk about how his company is involved in moving historic lighthouses at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Steel Plant Museum of Western New York in the Heritage Discovery Center, 100 Lee St., off South Park Avenue. Jakubik also will talk about the work of the Buffalo Lighthouse Association, of which he is a member.

His talk, part of the museum’s First Wednesday Speaker Series, is free and open to the public. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Pizza and refreshments will be available for purchase.


IN STITCHES – Teachers from the International Organization of Lace Inc. will offer classes in various styles of lacemaking at the 28th annual Heritage Village Laced Seminar from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village, 3755 Tonawanda Creek Road, Amherst.

The seminar also will feature vendors with supplies for lacemaking and other needlework, plus a lecture on the lace villages of England. All skill levels are welcome. For more info, call 689-1440 or visit


OLD WAYS – A variety of traditional arts and activities will be featured as the Seneca Iroquois National Museum, 814 Broad St., Salamanca, holds its first Heritage Day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free.

There will be demonstrations of beadworking, basketmaking, pottery, stone and antler carving. Traditional foods will be available. There also will be a Smoke Dance competition at 1 p.m., with several age categories, and a Seneca History Through Fashion Show at 4 p.m., showcasing 17th and 18th century Seneca clothing. For more info, call 945-1760 or visit


BUSINESS PLANS – 7-Eleven will host a free seminar for entrepreneurs interested in convenience store franchise openings in Western New York from 6 to 8 p.m. June 9 in its Buffalo Market Office, 755 Dick Road at Lydia Lane, Cheektowaga. The company currently has more than 70 locations available in the eight-county area.

Reservations are required, since seating is limited. To register, call Mike Daddario at 417-9537, email or visit


ROLLING OUT – Owners of vintage cars and other vehicles of interest are invited to take part in the Ten Lives Club’s eighth annual Cruisin’ for Cats car show, co-sponsored by the Motley Cruisers Car Club, from noon to 4 p.m. June 12 at Sunset Bowling Lanes, 331 Old French Road, West Seneca.

There will be live music, a food tent, a cash bar, vendors and open bowling, along with dogs and cats for adoptions. Dash plaques will be given to the first 50 vehicles registered. To register a car for a $10 donation, call 646-5577 or visit


MILITARY REUNION – The 2016 reunion of all USS Boston ships will be held July 7 to 10 in Dayton, Ohio. All former crew members, flag personnel and family members are welcome. For more info, visit or call Barry Probst, president of USS Boston Shipmates Inc., at (508) 580-3808.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Jack Hurley, Alwin “Butch” O’Donnell, Gian Halt, Geraldine Diggs, Peggy McKenna, Ronald Swiatkowski, Erin Wiles, Judy Knopf, Robert Kaczmarek, Evan Snyder, Tricia Woloszyn, Helen Levulis, Bud Siegel and Sharon Comerford.