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Reporters’ Notebook

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte, born on this date in 1769, “Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.”


Summer’s Song: A Sweet Symphonic Pie

Assemble the rhubarb musicale

vanilla bean and thyme

while robins and bees

fill late summer skies

Collect a bucket

of milked country cows’ cream

fresh as Monday’s breath

commences the week.

Gently ladle

this measured melodic rhyme

onto a light golden shell

unaffected by time.

Would a composer

by this delicious fugue

summon the fruit ripened

by old summer’s knell?

– Janice Schlau


MILESTONE – On this date in 2006, Joseph Lyons opened Joe’s Deli at 1322 Hertel Ave. at Colvin Avenue, the former site of Mastman’s Delicatessen. To mark the anniversary and to thank his customers, Lyons will offer any sandwich off his traditional menu for $2.06 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Monday at the Hertel Avenue shop and at his second Joe’s Deli location, 534 Elmwood Ave., which opened in 2013.

“I have worked in restaurants all over the United States,” says Lyons, who attended the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, “but my heart has always been in Buffalo. My family is here and the people are just so genuine. I’m so grateful for the success I have had, thanks to loyal customers, that I just wanted to give something back.”

The only limitation on the $2.06 sandwich deal is that customers must place their orders in person, Lyons says, “so they can wish us ‘Happy Anniversary’ while they’re there.”


BOOKINGS – Buffalo and Brandy will provide an interactive hour of magic, music, puppets and fun for all ages at 3 p.m. Tuesday in the first of a series of free programs this week in the Kenilworth Library, 318 Montrose Ave., Town of Tonawanda. No registration is necessary.

The library also will host “A Visit With Violet,” a series of 15-minute reading sessions for youngsters aged 5 to 12 with Violet, a yellow labrador retriever licensed therapy dog, beginning at 6 p.m. Wednesday. Registration is required. Call 834-7657.

The series continues at 3 p.m. Thursday with the Sports and Fitness Magic Show, an all-ages session led by magician Cris Johnson that features lots of audience participation. No registration is needed.


ALL EARS – The 18th annual Great Corn Roast, which benefits St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy, will take place from 3 to 8 p.m. Tuesday on the Donald Spoth Farm, 2715 Tonawanda Creek Road between Hopkins Road and Campbell Boulevard in Amherst.

Tickets are $20 and include food, beverages, desserts, children’s activities and music by the Voices of Mercy. Kids younger than 12 eat free. Drawing for the basket auction will be at 7:30 p.m. For tickets and info, call 597-9086 or 874-2363 or visit


LEARNING CURVE – Registration begins Wednesday for Ken-Ton Community Education’s fall semester. New course offerings include The Art of Collage, Smart Phone and Tablet Basics, Fishing Basics and Theater for Kids. For more info or a catalog, call 874-8500 or visit and look for Community Education under “Departments.”


COIN TOSS – Can you spare some nickels, dimes and quarters for the Niagara Frontier Radio Reading Service? That’s what the nonprofit station that broadcasts specially to Western New York’s blind and print-handicapped people is asking in its “Radio Reading Makes Cents” Coin Drive, which runs throughout the summer.

President Bob Sikorski invites individuals, groups and companies to collect spare change for the service, where volunteers read daily newspapers, including this one, as well as magazines and books for those without sight. The service also provides special “reading radios” for the sight-impaired to listen to the broadcasts.

Sikorski notes that donations will be accepted in any container – coffee cans, piggy banks and plastic or paper bags. Donations may be dropped off at the station, 1199 Harlem Road, Cheektowaga, between William and Clinton streets, or mailed to NFRRS, Box 575, Buffalo, NY 14225. Large quantities of coins can be picked up on request. For info, call 821-5555.


REUNION ALERT – The Orchard Park High School Class of 1951 will hold its 65th reunion at noon Sept. 22 in J. P. Fitzgerald’s Restaurant, Hamburg. For more info and reservations, call Dorothy Dodd Mears at 713-8037 or Yvonne Oudal Rhodes at 662-7667.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Angie Orlowski, Patrick Coviello, Susanne Sack, Howard Smith, Sharon Jordan Holley, Nancy Somit, Ryan Toohey, Randy Philipps, Mary Kreuzer, Eileen Haggerty, Carol A. Harvey, Sue Tiranno, Kathy Granelli, Mary Lickfeld, Kim Lickfeld, Marc Klein, Sid Rosenberg, Anthony Prabucki, Dale Seivert, Geraldine Sobkowiak, Daniel Hocutt, Helga Pollak, Samantha Budniewski, Gail Schneider, Julie Roberts, Don Deth, Martin Boryszak, Joey Panek, Jerry Buczkowski, Father Jim Cunningham, Andrew Mrozek, Karl Spencer, Freida McCord and David Scinta.


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