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Reporters' Notebook: May 12, 2017

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to comedian George Carlin, born on this date in 1937, “I think when you die, your soul goes to a garage in Buffalo.”

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SAFETY FIRST – A series of free car seat safety checks continues during the coming week under the auspices of the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles and the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee. Certified technicians also will give advice on choosing the right seat for a child and how to use it.
Two checks are scheduled in Niagara County at Wheatfield Pediatrics, 2890 Niagara Falls Blvd., North Tonawanda – from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday and from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Call Grace Destino at 438-3464 to register.
In Genesee County, a check will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 20 at Valu Plaza, 4152 W. Main St., Batavia. To sign up, call Robert Tedford at (585) 345-6300, ext. 5356.
For more dates and info, visit

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She held my hand
me: her little girl.
My small hand held tight:
while crossing the street,
while crossing her life.
She held on tight...
She feared letting me go.
But ... I left as we must
plunge into this world:

sometimes quicksand
sometimes clouds...
sometimes marriage
sometimes not
sometimes children
sometimes guilt.

Time passes on delicate wings
so transparent ... how could I
not see my Mother’s hand
reaching for me?

Grasping her hand, I now
hold on tight.
me: afraid to let her go.

Stay with me, my Mother,
a while longer.
I will hold your hand as
you once held mine, and we
will cross your life
– Carol J. Russell

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MARKET MAKERS – Microgreens from Rooted Locally, meads from Lilly Belle Meads, mushrooms from Niagara Mushrooms and organic cookies from Carla’s Crumby Creations will be among the new offerings when the Elmwood Village Farmers Market opens for its 19th season from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Elmwood Avenue and Bidwell Parkway.
The market will continue its EBT program, allowing customers on public assistance to purchase from eligible market vendors, and the Double Up Food Bucks program, which provides a dollar for dollar match, up to $20, for low-income shoppers who receive SNAP program benefits to purchase locally-grown fruits and vegetables. For details, visit the Elmwood Village Association table at the market.
This year’s market poster, designed by three-time poster competition winner Kristin Derby, will be available free of charge while supplies last. For more info, visit

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TEE IT UP – The 14th annual Rev. Merrick Bednar Memorial Golf Tournament, which benefits Christ the King Seminary, moves to a new location – Lancaster Country Club – and a new day of the week – Monday, May 22. Registration at 10:30 a.m. is followed by lunch at 11 and a shotgun start at noon.
Registration is $200 per golfer, $750 per foursome, and includes lunch, dinner and refreshments on the course. Non-golfers can take part in the free Grapes on the Green wine tasting from 4 to 5:30 p.m., for which registration is required. For $75, they can stay for cocktails and dinr with the golfers.
Father Bednar, an Olean native, Christ the King seminarian and avid golfer, died at the age of 33 in 1997 while awaiting a heart transplant. For more info and to register, call Laura DeMizio at 847-8373 or visit

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Cory Coseglia, Laura Pankiewicz, Jana Eisenberg, Katherine J. Bestine, Joe Todaro, Fran McCann, Bert Huller, Cathy Czwodjzk, Sue Lauck, Kiernan Higgins, Barb Fink, Karen Winter, Todd Bosworth, Rita Decsi, Linda Wein, Evan Pietraszewski, John M. Redman III, John Schrems and Sheila Allman.
AND SATURDAY – Conor O’Neill, Gerry Maher, Dave Larcom, Sharon Linstedt, Anthony Chase, Tim Herzog, Fred Nadel, Kenny Brant Jr., Jason Leblebijian, Joan Clark, Marcia Sheliga, Maryjo Budimirovich, Peggy Rybicki Olm, Ernie Gawinski, J. D. Sauer, Fed Mosca, Carl Panzarella, Gussie Podowada, Lynn Bratek, Claudia Renzi, Nancy Schauf and Audrey B. Zolnierowicz.
AND SUNDAY – Patrick Fitzgerald, Pat Carroll, Ann McCarthy, Robyn Zimmer, Gary Kelley, Florence Rembold, Hillary Daley, Ann Marie Myers, Lauren Terry, Daniel Formey, Annie Seifert, Phyllis Mucha and Cindy Miranda.

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