OLAF FUB SEZ: A favorite lyric from blues singer Howlin’ Wolf, born Chester Arthur Burnett on this date in 1910: “I asked her for water; she brought me gasoline.”



You can listen

But you might not hear the crying

You can look

But you might not see the dying.

You can touch,

But you might not feel the sorrow

And while you can taste

Whether you notice or not

Many won’t taste the air of tomorrow.

But open up your senses once more

These things happen it’s true.

If you listen

You can also hear laughter

And if you look

You can also see what comes after

And if you touch

You can also feel new thoughts and things.

And if you taste

You can taste the sweetness of new beginnings.

Olivia Notaro, grade 7

Olivia is the granddaughter of Diana Notaro, whose poems regularly appear in this column. Olivia’s poem was set to music and performed in a recent Music, Poetry, Art and Dance celebration at Williamsville East High School.


LOOKING AHEAD – Goals for the coming year will be discussed and new officers will be elected as the Eggertsville Community Organization holds its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday in St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 4007 Main St., Eggertsville. All are welcome.


DEBT OF GRATITUDE – It took the plasma from 1,002 blood donors to produce the immunoglobulin that saved the life of young Theo Bellavia, of Amherst, after he was diagnosed with the autoimmune disorder idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura when he was in kindergarten.

Now his mother, Gina, is on a mission to repay all those lifesaving donations, plus one more. To help, the American Red Cross is holding a special blood drive in Theo’s honor from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Buffalo Marriott Niagara, 1340 Millersport Highway, Amherst.

All donors Tuesday will receive a special T-shirt and be entered in a drawing for a $200 Visa gift card. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments in advance are encouraged. Call toll-free (800) 733-2767.


AUTHOR, AUTHOR – Canadian writer Ania Szado will talk about her new novel, “Studio Saint-Ex,” set in New York City’s fashion industry in the 1940s, when she appears in the Larkin Square Author Series from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Filling Station, 745 Seneca St.

Buffalo-born writer M.J. Maccalupo, now based in Wilmington, N.C., comes home to sign copies of his books, “The Almost Definitive Collection, Vol. 1” and “Where the Road Begins,” from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in Dog Ears Bookstore and Cafe, 688 Abbott Road. For more information, call 823-2665.


REUNION TIME – The Class of 1964 from Niagara Falls High School will hold a planning meeting for its 50th reunion at 4 p.m. Tuesday in the faculty cafeteria of the school, 4455 Porter Road. The reunion will be Sept. 12 and 13, 2014. For more information, call 773-3129.

Alumni of Bishop Timon-St. Jude High School will get together June 18 at Coca-Cola Field to congratulate Rick Donovan, Class of 1967, who will be honored as one of the Buffalo Bisons Irish-Americans of the Year before the 7:05 p.m. game with the Gwinnett Braves.

It’s also Irish Festival Night, with a pre-game tent party at 5 p.m., Irish music and dancing and fireworks after the game. For tickets, call Jeffrey Erbes at 846-2211 and ask for the Timon Ticket Package.

Lockport Senior High School’s Class of 1983 will kick off its 30th class reunion at 6 p.m. July 19 with a pre-reunion party at Lockport Town & Country Club, 717 East Ave. Tickets are $35 and include hors d’oeuvres and three drinks.

After a tour of the school at 1 p.m. July 20, a reunion party will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the Davison Road Inn, 383 Davison Road, Lockport. Tickets are $25 at the door and include appetizers and 2½ hours of open bar. Registration is preferred. For more information, look for LSHS Class of 1983 on Facebook or email

The Class of 1978, the biggest class to graduate from West Seneca West High School, is trying to locate all 716 classmates for its 35-year reunion at 6 p.m. July 27 in Michael’s Banquet Hall, 4885 Southwestern Blvd., Hamburg. Tickets are $60. Deadline for reservations is July 6. For more information, visit


CENTURY MARK – Celebrating her 100th birthday Sunday in Seneca Health Care Center, West Seneca, was Ethel Morgano, a retired hair stylist.

Born in South Dayton, the former Ethel Vallone attended North Collins High School and the Buffalo School of Beauty. She worked in a few salons before deciding to work in her home.

Her husband, Sam, was councilman and assessor for the Town of Brant when they operated a fruit and vegetable farm there. Later, they moved to Orchard Park to be near their two children. She and her husband loved to dance, and both were excellent dancers. Sam died in 1992. A resident of Seneca Health Care Center since 2008, Ethel has three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Mandy Schlegel, Shawntae R. Crews, Phil Rumore, Amy Vigneron, Kaylee Wise, Ryan Glendenning, Lois Urbanski, Sue Danzer, Dawn Bordeau, Christina Bartkowiak, Alexis Kruzicki, Matt Williams, Harriet Dobiesz, Gerard Ruszczyk, Kevin Lombardo, Nancy Czajka, Kara McGuire, Sharon Bokoski, Steve Ruminski and Deborah Lis.