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Reporters’ Notebook

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to composer John Cage, born on this date in 1912, “I can’t understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I’m frightened of old ones.”


“Of Days Gone By”

A boat ride

Up the Buffalo River

May deliver

A nostalgic scene

As you glide

Beside the grain solos.

Cheerios workers

On their 6 p.m. break,

Eating at a picnic table

Right there near the lake.

‘Tho many of those huge bins

Are ghostly and empty,

Some still are at work

Hour by hour,

Churning out Cheerios

And Gold Medal flour.

– Joyce L. Wilson


KICKING OFF – The IMAGINE Buffalo lunchtime lecture series returns from a summer at Chautauqua Institution to begin a new season Tuesday in the Ring of Knowledge on the main floor of the Central Library on Lafayette Square in downtown Buffalo.

The program begins at noon with a Great Courses video on “The World’s Greatest Paintings” and continues at 12:30 p.m. with a talk by Dawn Peters, assistant deputy director of public services for the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library.

Admission is free. You can bring a lunch or purchase one at the library’s Fables Cafe. The series is sponsored by the Center for the Study of Art, Architecture, History & Nature.


SEEDS OF TALENT – There will be no shortage of subject matter at hand when a series of beginner and intermediate watercolor and drawing classes begins this month at the Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens.

Beginning watercolor classes are held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays, starting this week, in four monthly series. Intermediate watercolor sessions, for those with previous experience, will be held in three monthly series from 8:45 to 10:45 a.m. Mondays, beginning next week. Drawing classes for all skill levels, which also begin next week, will be held from 8:45 to 10:45 a.m. Wednesdays.

Class sizes are limited. Preregistration is required. Beginning watercolor classes are $20 per class or $70 per series. Intermediate watercolor and drawing classes are $18 per class or $66 per series. For more information, visit


ALL EARS – A new Puppy Tales Story Time series begins Friday morning in Dog Ears Bookstore & Café, 688 Abbott Road. The six-week program is for children ages 2 to 4 accompanied by an adult.

In addition to stories, each session includes a craft and snacks. Enrollment is $25. Space is limited. For more information and to reserve a place, call 823-2665.


HONOR BOUND – A conversation with the Rev. Johnny Ray Youngblood, a renowned community-building minister from Brooklyn, will be the highlight of the second annual Legends Luncheon presented by the Buffalo Association of Black Social Workers from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday in the Adam’s Mark Hotel, 120 Church St.

Award recipients include Dawoud S. Adeyola, Legend Service Award; Charles L. Fowler, Quintessential Service Award; Lorraine Wright, Epic Service Award; Joseph Brown, Iconic Service Award; and Margaret Hamilton, Paradigm Service Award. Tickets are $45, or $400 for a table of 10. For information, call 308-0334 or email


REUNION TIME – The annual all-year reunion for former Bishop Colton High School students will be held Oct. 2, and organizers especially would like to hear from members of the Class of 1966. The reunion will include Mass at 10 a.m. in the Villa Maria Convent Chapel, 600 Doat St., and lunch at noon in the Millennium Hotel Buffalo, 2040 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga. For more information, call Mary Ann Wieczorek at 674-3838 or contact Annmarie Nichter by calling 813-985-4368 or emailing


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Bill Dengler, Ryki Zuckerman, Dick Rasmus, Scott Gehl, Alan Pergament, Janine Elkin, Chester Nowicki, Mary Ann Lemki, John Starr, Mary Nowicki, Larry Roicitica, Pattie Ann Hughes, Karl Safe, Gary Bradley, Melissa Rockwood, Clay Speidel, Sarah Cheney, Dave Roberts and Jessica Korkomaz.


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