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Reporters’ Notebook

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to author and humorist Roy Blount Jr., born on this date in 1941, “It’s my belief that sanity lies in realizing that reality is not exactly what we had in mind.”


BIG NIGHT – This Tuesday is the deadline to reserve a place at the Rivershore Foundation’s Annual Gala to Benefit Individuals Living with Disabilities, which will be held from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday at the Niagara Falls Country Club, 505 Mountain View Drive, Lewiston.

WGRZ-TV news anchor Maryalice Demler will serve as emcee for the evening, which includes a cocktail reception, hors d’oeuvres, dinner, an awards ceremony, auction and raffle. Entertainment will be provided by Artisan’s Edge, a group of talented artists living with disabilities. Honorary chairman is Joseph A. Ruffolo, president and CEO of Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center.

Tickets are $100 or $700 for a table of eight. For tickets and more info, call Denise Pollock at 524-2266, ext. 234. All proceeds will benefit programs and services of Rivershore, an affiliate of People Inc.


BARGAIN HUNT – The First Presbyterian Church, 149 Broad St., City of Tonawanda, will hold an Octoberfest sale from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, featuring a thrift shop, mini boutique and plant place. A luncheon including ham noodle casserole and home-baked pie will be available for $6 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Proceeds benefit local charities.


MOVING INDOORS – Explore Buffalo’s schedule of architectural walking tours is almost over – it ends later this month – but its speaker series is just beginning.

It opens from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday in the First Presbyterian Church, 1 Symphony Circle, with a talk about “Artsy Architecture,” examining the Burchfield Penney Art Center, the first “green” museum in the state, and the Albright-Knox Art Gallery.

Tickets are $10. Reservations are not required. For more info, call 245-3032 or visit


EATING RIGHT – Daemen College will host the 13th annual World on Your Plate conference, a symposium on sustainable living and organic food production, Friday and Saturday in the Wick Campus Center.

Following a light dinner at 5 p.m. Friday, it will open with a 6 p.m. panel discussion on organic food production moderated by Tom Szulist of Singer Farm Naturals, followed by a roundtable session on the New York Organic Action Plan led by Elizabeth Henderson and Liana Hoodes of the Northeast Organic Farmers Association.

On Saturday, keynote speaker Petra Page-Mann of Fruition Seeds Organic Seed Co. will discuss the importance of saving seeds and revitalizing local food supplies. A vegan lunch will be served. The conference also will feature workshops on a wide range of topics, information from local vendors and live entertainment.

Tickets for both days are $30 advance, $35 at the door. Friday tickets are $10 advance, $15 at the door. Students may attend for free by pre-registering and providing school ID. For tickets and info, visit


CALENDAR DATES – “A Century of Change” will be the topic at a roundtable meeting of the Western New York Federation of Women’s Clubs on Saturday in the Columns Banquet Center, 2221 Transit Road, Elma.

Speakers will include Diane Hart of Fern Leaf Reading Club, Holland; Joanne Vineyard and Priscilla Pott of Mutual Friends of Perry, and Amy Thompson of the Springville Monday Club. President Linda Momberger of the Castile Wednesday Club also will speak about developments in the federation, which is made up of clubs in all eight Western New York counties.

Registration is at 9:30 a.m. Guests are welcome. For reservations, call Rhoda Wolff at 683-5930.

The roundtable comes a few days before the meeting of the Great Western District of the New York State Federation of Women’s Clubs, which will be held at 9:15 a.m. Oct. 13 in the Protocol Restaurant, 6766 Transit Road, Amherst.

State president Karen Amann of Westchester County is scheduled to address the group. All area women’s club members are welcome to attend. For reservations, call Kathy Meyers at 652-5918.


CRIMINAL RECORDS – Lee Coppola, retired newspaper and TV reporter, federal prosecutor and dean of the School of Journalism at St. Bonaventure University, will give a presentation on “Buffalo Mafia” at 6:30 p.m. next Monday in the Aurora Town Public Library, 550 Main St., East Aurora. The program, sponsored by the Friends of the East Aurora Library, is free, but registration is required because space is limited. Call the library at 652-4440.


FACING FACEBOOK – The series of free computer classes for Town of Lockport residents continues from 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 13 in Lockport Town Hall, 6560 Dysinger Road, with a session on how to use Facebook. Those without a Facebook profile can set one up if they want to. Those who have one can learn how to use it better. To register, call 433-5935, Ext. 3, or visit


APPLY EARLY – Friends of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Volunteers and the Buffalo Chamber Music Society have moved up the application deadlines for their scholarships for high school seniors in Erie and Niagara counties who plan to major in music in fall 2017 at any college or university.

Deadline for applications and audition CDs or tapes is Nov. 18. Auditions and interviews will be held in March. Three Young Musicians Scholarships worth $3,000, $2,000 and $1,000 are available, as well as Silverman String Scholarships for $1,500.

For info, visit, or or call 759-6428.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Michael Kelley Murphy, Betty Kleinfelder, Karen McCombs, Sharon Becker, Mary Ann Liskiewicz, Maki Becker, Norm Sham, Howard Saperston, Jessica Pirro, Sandra Block, Stacey Russell, Joe Petronella, Caroline Hawthorn, Charlie Hawthorn, Betty Blazevich, Aidan Ruettimann, Maryann Omicioli, Vincent Amigone Sr., Michele Sutherland, Lauren Sutherland, Linda “Mrs. Wack” Stanek, David T. Pratts and Kelly Makowski.


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