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OLAF FUB SEZ: Words of comfort from our 31st president, Herbert Hoover, born on this date in 1874, "Blessed are the young, for they will inherit the national debt."

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FURRY FAVORITES -- When you go to the Erie County Fair in Hamburg, be sure to drop in on Pet Connection Programs Inc. near Gate 5 off Clark Street, next to the Dock Dogs exhibit, and pick up one of the shelter's popular goodie-filled pet totes for your favorite dog or cat. Pet Connection, at 12935 Williston Road, Marilla, is a special care shelter for dogs and cats. For more information, call 652-0192. The fair opens today at 2 p.m. and continues through Aug. 21.

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GETTING WRIGHT -- Fifteen youngsters, ages 11 to 14, will get a special introduction to Frank Lloyd Wright, his architecture and his legend in a program called Just Wright for Kids Saturday morning at the Graycliff Estate, 6472 Old Lake Shore Road, Derby.

Led by Clarence Middle School seventh-grade history teacher Douglas Kohler, the program from 9:30 to 11 a.m. includes a variety of hands-on activities, including working with Pentomino puzzles, art glass and pop-up architecture. It will be held outside if weather permits.

Admission is $8, which includes a copy of the children's novel "The Wright 3," by Blue Balliett. Reservations and pre-payment are required. Call 927-9217. Tours of Graycliff will be available for adults during the program for $15. Tour reservations also are required.

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LEMON AID -- Bob and Diane Pawleski lost their 3-year-old daughter, Natalie, to neuroblastoma, an aggressive childhood cancer, in 2003. To honor her memory and help find a cure, the Pawleskis and their other two children, Emily and Erik, will hold an Alex's Lemonade Stand to benefit childhood cancer research from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday in the front yard of their home at 1531 Evergreen Drive, Lake View. In addition to lemonade, there will be baked goods, snow cones, popcorn and a basket raffle.

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CADDY SHACK -- The Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy is looking for volunteers to help with the Olmsted Open Pro-Am golf tournament Aug. 19 at the Delaware Park Meadows Golf Course. Help is needed with setup, registration, auction and parking, among other things. To join in, call 838-1249, Ext. 15, or email volunteer@bfloparks.org.

The tournament is held in conjunction with the Western New York Professional Golfers Association, which promotes golf to juniors and disadvantaged youth in the area. A WNY PGA pro will be partnered with each foursome.

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CAN'T EAT -- More than 12 million Americans have food allergies, and the allergic ones we know have to avoid certain things, like shellfish, peanuts or onions, that have the potential to kill them.

To help raise funds for research, advocacy and awareness, the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network is holding a "Walk for Food Allergy: Moving Toward a Cure" Saturday morning in Delaware Park. Sign-in begins at 9 a.m., and the two-mile walk starts at 10. For info and to register, visit www.foodallergywalk.org.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Timothy Patrick O'Neill, Don Van Every, Margaret Kenny Giancola, Douglas D. Quagliana, Paul Pierini, Joe Fiederowicz, Ron Zielin, Monsignor Peter J. Popadick, Olivia Jane Erasmus, Stephanie Kraengel, Jim Hund, Diana Porebski, Sam Rishel, Carmella Pattacciato, Claire Hooley, Olivia Nicole Harper and Lindsay Burns.

AND THURSDAY -- Leona Walterich Brock, Tim McNally, Kim Beaty, Lee Coppola, Henry Davis, Jim Schaller, Dan Vaught, Sheila Haggerty, Ryan Klein, Frank Billittier, Jackie Ziolkowski, Chris Lawrence, Pauline Misnik, Lori Walker, Michael J. Silvestri and Tom Daluisio.

email: olaffub@buffnews.com