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Reporter's Notebook: Oct. 17

OLAF FUB SEZ: A thought from playwright Arthur Miller, born on this date in 1915, “Don’t be seduced into thinking that that which does not make a profit is without value.”
LIVING WORDS – Rose Mary LaJudice of Buffalo, whose mother was a frequent contributor to this column before she died in 2001, has collected those and other writings into a self-published book entitled, “My Mother’s Legacy.” It’s available now on Here is one of her autumn poems.

October Wind
Last night you came as rude awakener,
Gusty, lusty mischief maker,
Tingling chimes attune
to Summer breeze,
Tugging at resisting leaf
of frightened maple trees.
Surly, burly wind, be not
so in a rush
When yet to be is October
bright blue weather
With a touch of painters’ brush.
Wait, for a while, ’till limb
is bare
And sky in winter grey,
With tender things securely tucked away.
When houseplant cozies
on the window shelf,
Then, you can rant and rave
And be yourself.
– Rose A. LaJudice
DINNER BELL – The kitchen’s open this Monday at South Buffalo Post 721, American Legion, 136 Cazenovia St. From 5 to 7 p.m., the menu features a roast beef dinner with mashed potatoes, gravy, vegetable and salad. Roast beef sandwiches also are available. The cooks return again for the weekly Taco Wednesday, also from 5 to 7 p.m. For more info, call 825-9557.
OVAL OFFICE – Guest speaker for this week’s installment of the IMAGINE Buffalo lunchtime lecture series at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday is Bren T. Price Sr., a trustee of the Buffalo Presidential Center. His talk is co-sponsored by the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site.
The program, part of the “Imagine Greater Buffalo 2025” series, begins at noon in the Ring of Knowledge on the main floor of the Central Library on Lafayette Square in downtown Buffalo with a Great Courses video on “America in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era.”
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.
GET READY – With the 10th anniversary of the October Surprise snowstorm fresh in our memories, the Western New York Chapter of the American Meteorological Society is sponsoring a lecture entitled “Training Managers to Prepare for Emergency Weather Situations” at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Room A209 in the Classroom Building at SUNY Buffalo State, 1300 Elmwood Ave.
Guest speaker is Judy Levan, acting chief meteorologist at the Buffalo office of the National Weather Service. It’s free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Parking is in Lot I-37 off Iroquois Drive. Parking passes are required and will be available there.
HOME FRONT – Historian and author Donald Mang will offer reminiscences of Kenmore during World War II in a free presentation sponsored by the Tonawanda-Kenmore Historical Society at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday in the society’s museum at 100 Knoche Road, Town of Tonawanda. All are welcome.

SUPER SLEUTH – Internationally acclaimed writer Alexander McCall Smith, author of the “No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency” novels, will visit Wellsville on Thursday as part of his current 10-day tour of North America. His appearance is co-sponsored by Houghton College and the David A. Howe Library, 115 N. Main St., Wellsville.
At 7 p.m., McCall Smith will talk about his books and answer questions in the library’s Nancy Howe Auditorium. Beginning at 8 p.m., the Friends of the Library will host a private reception for him, featuring a book signing, refreshments and music by Amanda Cox, vocal instructor at Houghton’s Greatbatch School of Music.
McCall Smith’s talk is free. Tickets for the reception are $35. A selection of his books will be available for purchase. For more info and tickets, email Nicholas Gunning at
HIT THE HIGHWAY – The 52nd annual Discover America Road Rally, the largest rally in the state, will roll out Sunday through the autumn colors along the country roads of the Southtowns and the Southern Tier.
Sponsored by the Rallymasters of WNY, it begins from the Patchin Fire Company, 8333 Boston State Road, Boston, where registration opens at 9:30 a.m. and the first car takes off at noon. The 105-mile route through southern Erie and Cattaraugus counties will finish at the Holland Willows Restaurant, 177 Savage Road, off Olean Road (Route 16), Holland.
The rally is open to all. No special car or equipment is required. First-time rally drivers and navigators are welcome. Trophies will be awarded in novice and experienced classes. For more info, call organizer Tom Krajewski at 941-6504 or visit
HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Sandy Saada, David A. Stocking, Shirley Conrad, Ryan Hooley, Marge Andis, Dorothy Berger, Kathy Lounsbury, Leslie R. Daniel, Darwin Rosales, Jim Quinn, Bob Cullen, Julia Struble, Gordon Perry and Kate Farrell.


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