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Reporters’ Notebook

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to author James Baldwin, born on this date in 1924, “The future is like heaven: Everyone exalts it, but no one wants to go there now.”


RING TONES – A carillon duo from Williamsville closes the 38th annual Summer Carillon Concerts series at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Calvary Episcopal Church, 20 Milton St. at South Cayuga Road, Williamsville.

Since the bells are best heard outdoors, a television monitor will show Joan Brash and Gloria Werblow performing on Western New York’s only authentic 44-bell carillon. They will be followed at 7:45 p.m. with a bagpipe concert by the Caledonian Pipe Band. Admission is free. Lawn chairs are welcome. Refreshments are available for purchase. For more info, call 632-4405.


GOOD OLD DAYS – It’s been 13 years since the last running of the Connor-Kait-Harrity Memorial Race, which celebrated the lives of three South Buffalo men who lost their lives when their car was hit by a train in 1977, and members of the race committee alumni still treasure its memory.

To honor that memory and to pay homage to another treasure, the Stone Bridge Band led by Bob Wirth, which has volunteered its talents at many a South Buffalo charitable event, including the race, the alumni are throwing an appreciation party from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday on the patio at Hoak’s Lakeshore Restaurant, 4100 Lake Shore Road, Hamburg.

The Stone Bridge Band will be on hand, providing the music and welcoming special guests. Hosts Kevin and Aileen Hoak promise many refreshment specials. A donation of $5 is requested.


REDCOAT RETREAT – The British are coming for a Revolutionary War Living History Weekend from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Hull Family Home and Farmstead, 5976 Genesee St. at Pavement Road, Lancaster.

Uniformed re-enactors will stage musket drills and a battle and give 18th century cooking and building demonstrations. Other re-enactors will portray pioneer settlers and war refugees, who will tell of their lives during tours of the historic house.

Visitors, adults and children both, can participate in an enlistment drill. There also will be trading cards and special activities for children. Admission is $5, $2 for kids aged 8 to 14. Youngsters under 8 are free.


HOUSE CALL – Actress Karen Grassle, who portrayed Caroline “Ma” Ingalls on the TV series, “Little House on the Prairie,” will pay a return visit to the Genesee Country Village and Museum in Mumford for Laura Ingalls Wilder Days this weekend.

Grassle will talk about her role in the series at noon both days and answer questions. At 2 p.m. both days, she also will sign autographs and pose for pictures with visitors. An additional $20 ticket is required for the autograph session.

Also on hand will be historian William Anderson, author of the newly published book, “The Selected Letters of Laura Ingalls Wilder,” which will talk about his research and sign autographs. He has written nearly two-dozen books on Wilder and her family.

Other activities will bring Wilder’s world to life, including butter churning, doll making, pounding corn, barrel racing and sack races. Museum admission is $20 for adults, $17 for seniors and students with ID, $12 for youngsters 4 to 16. For more info, visit or call (585) 294-8218.


GET WET – Research into childhood cancer and programs for young patients at Roswell Park Cancer Institute will benefit as the 13th annual Carly’s Crossing Beach Bash takes place Sunday at Sunset Bay Beach Club, 1028 South Shore Drive, Irving.

The day will begin at 9 a.m. with the Crossing, a 600-yard open water swim challenge. No swimming skills are required. For those who don’t want to step into the water, the Bash will follow at 10 a.m., with live music by the Humphrey Road Band and Denzell Ward and the Cool Platinum Band. There also will be beach games, contests and prizes.

Entry fee for the swim challenge is $10. Tickets for the Bash are $25, $10 for kids 10 and younger. For more info, visit


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Nikolas Barry, Cynthia Conides, Dale Volker, Debbie Keller, Rachel Kingston, Arlan Peters, Ray August, Michela Hacker, Joelle Seaner, Chase Henry Conway, Mary Ann Rizzo, Lt. Dan Burke, Michaelle Ragusa, Susan DeRose, Father Duke Zajac, Mark Tuzzo, Kathy Karla, Paul Quagliana, Sue Cole Farry, Sandy Nizinkiewicz, Jack Plevniak, Tom Brodfuehrer and Joseph Florea.


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