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Reporters’ Notebook

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to Antoine de Saint-Exupery, author of “The Little Prince” and born on this date in 1900, “It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”


TIP OF THE HAT – To show his appreciation to Buffalo police officers for the work they do in the Fillmore District, Samuel A. Herbert is offering them a free lunch from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday. Officers who stop in at the parking lot at Strauss Street and Broadway can enjoy hot dogs, hamburgers, sweet potato pie, mac and cheese and cold water, while supplies last.

“It’s nice to be nice,” Herbert, a candidate for the Fillmore seat on the Common Council a year ago, says. He adds, “I’m not running for public office.”


STARTING EARLY – St. John’s Community Pre-School, 3512 Clinton St., West Seneca, the only remaining church-sponsored preschool in the West Seneca area, is accepting registrations for 3- and 4-year-olds for sessions beginning in September.

Classes are offered from 9 to 11:30 a.m. two or three days a week for 3-year-olds and three or five days a week for 4-year-olds. Director Sandy Haase says that if there’s enough interest, afternoon classes could be arranged. For info, call 668-3584.


FUELING FLIGHTS – Wings Flights of Hope, which provides air transportation for medical patients and their families, will benefit from a series of raffles to be held July 16 by Colley’s Pools & Spas as part of its Customer Appreciation Day. Prizes include custom-made spa covers, pool cleaners and, for a grand prize, a Newport fire table, valued at nearly $900.

Tickets for the raffles are $1 each or 10 for $5 and are available at Colley’s locations at 4953 Camp Road, Hamburg; 5861 Transit Road, Clarence; 10222 McAllister Road, Fredonia; and 3066 W. 26th St., Erie, Pa.


OOPS! – Monday’s column had the wrong date for 50th anniversary celebration by the Bishop Turner High School Class of 1966. The right date is Sept. 10 for the 7 p.m. dinner in Santora’s Restaurant, 7800 Transit Road, Amherst. For more info, email Lee Federiconi at or Greg Eberhardt at


SPEAKING OF REUNIONS – Reservations are needed by Tuesday for the annual North Tonawanda High School Multi-Class Reunion Picnic, for those who graduated more than 50 years ago, from noon to 6 p.m. July 17 at Gratwick Hose Pavilion, 110 Ward Road, North Tonawanda.

In 2003, the Class of 1948 set up the multiyear picnic plan, which asks each class celebrating its 55th anniversary to be the host class. The Class of 1961 is this year’s host. Tickets are $25 prepaid by next Wednesday, $30 after that. For info and to reserve a spot, call Angie Bernas at 693-2422 or email


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Kim English, Matthew Louisos, Dawn Meyers, Carm Rogers, Lisa Susko, Jim Moran, Lisa Keane, Dominic Ingrao, Mike McPartlan, Tony Cardamone, David P. Falzone, Camden Roy, Sal Canazzi, Troy Griggsby, Bryan Taylor, Leslie Morlock, Barbara Brauch and Marcus Rogowski.

AND THURSDAY – Aaron Mentkowski, Dianne Bennett, Michelle Petrazzoulo, Lindy Korn, Patrick Meegan, Max Leatherbarrow, Marge Carlson, Norm Dziadaszek, Frank Stasio, John Racsumberger, Carm Rogers, Sue Cook, Eileen Penkalski, Pete Stelmach, Ryan Ryan, Tom Denecke, John Cipolla, Chris Cummings, Peggy Horlein, Ryan Tune, Tracey Haffner, Michael James Chiodo and Patricia Lauer.