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Reporters’ Notebook

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to novelist and literary critic Malcolm Cowley, born on this date in 1898, “They tell you that you’ll lose your mind when you grow older. What they don’t tell you is that you won’t miss it very much.”


TEE IT UP – Only a few openings are left for the Evans Township Lions Club’s Invitational Golf Outing on Saturday at Eden Valley Golf Course, 10401 Sisson Highway, Eden. Registration begins at 9 a.m., with a shotgun start at 10.

Entry fee is $85 or $340 for a foursome and includes shirts, a gift bag, prizes, lunch, dinner, soft drinks and two tickets for beer. There will be a cash bar at dinner, which will begin about 5 p.m., and raffles with prizes that include a big-screen TV. Dinner for non-golfers is $15. For info, call Charles Militello at 947-9142 or Joe Sullivan at 947-9492.


HAPPY DAYS – For the third year in a row, a group that grew up in Buffalo’s Riverside and Black Rock neighborhoods in the 1960s will gather beginning at noon Wednesday in the River Grill, 70 Aqua Lane, Town of Tonawanda, to renew acquaintances and share memories.

“It’s open to anyone from Riverside and Black Rock,” says Bill Misztal, one of the organizers, “and anyone who wanted to be there.”


EVENING ENCORE – Staying open late one night earlier this summer was so successful that the Aquarium of Niagara, 701 Whirlpool St., Niagara Falls, is going to do it again on Friday. Doors will be open from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., late enough for viewing the fireworks over the Falls from the upstairs deck. For one admission fee – $13 for adults, $9 for children – visitors can come and go as many times that day as they please.

Beginning at 6 p.m., food and beverages from the Culinary Arts Institute at Niagara Falls will be available for purchase, and there will be live music from Peter Green and Brian Beaudry. The aquarium also will add a sea lion show and touch tank sessions. For more info, call 286-9381 or visit


PASS THE MUSTARD – Sahlen’s hot dogs are on the menu at the August Community Dinner from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, or until food runs out, in St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3512 Clinton St. at Union Road, West Seneca. The dinner also includes beans, German potato salad and beverages, including Hershey’s Ice Cream floats, and fellowship. All are invited. Free-will offerings are welcome.


BIRDS OF A FEATHER – The annual Wild Wing Festival from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday marks the last chance for visitors to see the birds this season at Gooseneck Hill Waterfowl Sanctuary, 5067 Townline Road, Delevan.

Food by The Shop, including chicken wings, pulled pork sandwiches, hand-cut fries and salads, will be available, along with pop and bottled water. Providing music will be the Rustic Ramblers, with Gene Hilts on steel guitar.

There also will be $2 guided tours of the sanctuary’s 700 birds from 74 species, including the singing, dancing swans. General admission is $5. For info, call 942-6835 or visit


EARTH TONES – Admission will be free as the Burchfield Nature and Art Center, 2001 Union Road, West Seneca, hosts an Americana Music Festival, “This Land Is Your Land,” from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Performing will be the Parkside Avenue Brass, Tom Hoolihan and his guitar, the Red, White and Blues Band and the newly reorganized West Seneca Town Band.

The West Seneca Rotary Club will grill hot dogs and offer water and other beverages for purchase. The Anderson’s Food Truck also will be on hand with beef on weck and ice cream.

In addition, there will be children’s activities, the West Seneca Environmental Commission will provide environmental tips, the League of Women Voters will offer voter registration, and a raffle will be drawn at 5:30 p.m. with environmental and Americana prizes. For more info, call 677-4843 or visit


LACE UP – Calling attention to the worldwide scourge of human trafficking and raising funds for victims will be the goal of the first local Run 4 Their Lives race Saturday in Chestnut Ridge Park in Orchard Park.

Entry is $10 for a Kids Fun Run, which begins at 8:30 a.m., and $30 for the 5K race at 9. Runners are asked to arrive by 8:15 at Shelter 21 on Newton Road in the park. Medals will be given to the top three finishers in eight age divisions for men and women. The overall male and female winners will get trophies and a gift.

Online registration is available through midnight Thursday at The race is sponsored by the non-profit Freedom 4/24 organization.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Harold Beil, Robert Traynor Coles, Kevin Kolb, Toni Cudney, Carl Paladino, Nancy Miranda, Adam Simonson, Tim Safe, Cailynn Jaehn, Helen Easton, Donna Vogt, Corky Forney, Harper Pawlak, John Flynn, LeVerne Bliek, Bob Morowski, Nick Hageman, Caitlin Meegan, Nancy Schroeder, Jean Dunbar and Robert Kochanski.

AND THURSDAY – Meredith Patricia Van Horn, Sheila Rosenthal, Rosalie Rosenband, Keri Callocchia, Pat Bukaty, Catherine Wright, Arlene Knetsch, Terry Dash, Patty Keppler, Sister Patricia Burkard, Jack Polowy, Karen Hart, Dolores McKenzie, Karen Sommer, Brendan Mattingly, Sister Mary Angelica Bielski, Megan Beres, Donna Didion, Marjorie Gritman, Erin Weber, Emily Weber, Richard Dombkowski, Nancy J. McMullen and Tony “Tony the Barber” Scaccia.


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