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OLAF FUB SEZ: Advice from pianist and songwriter Thomas "Fats" Waller, born on this date in 1904, "If you don't know what it is, don't mess with it."

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The Escalator

The escalator slowly rises,

And from my place on the stair,

I can see that those above

Are aged with silvery hair.

they read the top, then go from sight,

No more to see their face,

And those just behind move up

To take their place.

Now and then, impatient child

Will scurry up the side,

No loving hands can hold him back,

God's will we must abide.

A young girl goes dashing past,

Such a pretty face,

It's a shame to see her go,

She should have stayed in place.

My love is here beside me,

Now near the top we stand,

As he has done through many years,

He turns to hold my hand.

-- Marie E. Myers

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REUNION TIME -- The McKinley Vocational High School Alumni Association is holding an All Alumni Summer Picnic at 1 p.m. June 9 in "The Grove" at Niagara Frontier Post 1041, American Legion, 533 Amherst St. All classes from all years are invited. Tickets are $15. Reservation deadline is June 2. Call Otto Reinhardt at 432-4943.

The Buffalo School 87/Clinton Junior High Alumni will host their annual reunion picnic from 1 to 7 p.m. June 23 in Martin Luther King Park. All are welcome and invited to bring memorabilia. For information, call 854-4032 or 832-5007.

A reunion picnic for all classes from West Seneca West High School up to and including 1960 will be held Aug. 22. For info, call Richard Kingsbury at 941-5073 or Phyllis Gossel at 674-9171.

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SCHOOL OPTION -- An American graduate of the Latin American School of Medicine in Cuba, Dr. Keasha Guerrier, will speak about how students can apply for a full scholarship at the school through Pastors for Peace/IFCO -- the Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization, and the Cuban health care system, from 7 to 9 p.m. today in the Network of Religious Communities headquarters, 1272 Delaware Ave. The program is presented by the Latin American Solidarity Committee of the Western New York Peace Center.

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MORE ADVICE -- Christ United Methodist Church, 350 Saratoga Road, Snyder, will present the final session in its five-week series of Talk to the Expert seminars at 3 p.m. Tuesday.

"Values Workshop With a Financial Twist," with Patrick Allaire and Keith Shottman from Allaire Financial Strategies, will discuss the advantages of planning as technology, inflation, health, longevity and knowledge change in the future. It's free and open to the public. For info and to reserve a seat, call 839-2460.

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SING OUT -- Auditions begin this week for the Buffalo Niagara Youth Chorus, which is about to celebrate its 25th anniversary. Sessions will be held Tuesday and May 30 in St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 6595 E. Quaker St., Orchard Park, and Wednesday and May 29 in Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1080 Main St.

Students may bring a prepared song for the audition, but it is not required. An accompanist will be provided. The chorus is comprised of about 100 singers ages 6 to 18, who make up four choirs, based on age and ability. They perform regularly throughout the region, have recorded and have traveled internationally.

This year, the chorus will appear on WNED-FM's "Young Performers" national radio show. To schedule an audition, email Sarabeth Riley at bnychorus@roadrunner.com or call 912-8888. For info on the chorus, visit www.buffaloniagarayouthchorus.com.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Julie Porter, Tony Harasimowicz, Dr. Jeffrey Dolgos, Ed Rajewski, Robert Hiedenger, Bob Huttenlocker, June Pawlowski, Ann Ziemba, Thomas Sabo, Aidan Johnson, Linda Gaughan, Jason Schafer, Jennifer Montante, Joey Prusinski, Dave Baker Sr., Pat Cilano, Jenna Izzo, Joyce Tomaka, Lauri Coyne Lupica, Glenn Bobeck, Aaron Bobeck and Nora Grace O'Malley.

email: olaffub@buffnews.com