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OLAF FUB SEZ: A thought for Memorial Day weekend gardeners from poet and philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson, born on this date in 1803, "What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered."

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ELEVATOR SHOES -- History Walks & Talks is leading tours through places that many Buffalonians have seen but few have explored, the structures in Buffalo's Historic Grain Elevator District. A series of four Saturday walks is planned, beginning this week. Other dates are June 9, June 23 and July 14.

The tour begins at 11:30 a.m. in the Swannie House Restaurant, 170 Ohio St., with a video and photographic orientation by tour leader Jerry Malloy. The tour will visit two or three elevators, depending on time. Cost is $10, which can be paid on the day of the tour, but reservations are required. Email jerry.malloy@ymail.com. For info, visit www.buffalohistorygazette.com.

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JUST DUCKY -- Next project for Dan and Jaclyn Corrigan, who direct Kawelle, a nonprofit volunteer organization that serves and provides supplies for schools in Kenya and Liberia, is to build a tutoring and community center for an impoverished town in Kenya called Maai Mahiu.

The Corrigans have gotten jobs in Kenya and plan to go live there at the end of July, but before they go, they hope to raise $50,000 to complete their project. Their big fundraiser comes at 2 p.m. June 25 in Island Park, Williamsville -- their second annual Rubber Ducky Race and Summer Barbecue.

Prizes, ranging from an Apple iPad to $100 gift card to Walden Galleria, will be awarded to those whose duck finishes near the front of the flock on Ellicott Creek. Rubber duckies can be purchased for $5 at www.kawelle.org/events or $10 at the event.

There also will be a Chiavetta's chicken barbecue, a bounce house and a silent auction for items such as an autographed Paul McCartney electric guitar, signed boxing gloves from Sylvester Stallone and a signed Justin Bieber photo.

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SET SAIL -- Don't wait too long to reserve your spot on the annual Penn Dixie Nature Cruise and Buffalo Lighthouse Tour on June 10.

The three-hour cruise, which starts at 8:30 a.m. from Erie Basin Marina, will feature tour guides discussing what's behind all the sights -- how the Great Lakes and Niagara River were formed, aquatic biology, birds and historic points of interest. Back on shore, there will be a rare opportunity to visit the historic Buffalo Lighthouse.

Space on the boat is limited. Tickets are $25 for adults, $22 for children if you're Penn Dixie members, $3 more if you're not. For info, call 627-4560 or visit www.penndixie.org.

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HELP WANTED -- The Cancer Wellness Center, 84 Sweeney St., North Tonawanda, needs volunteers who have recovered from cancer to use their experience to help newly diagnosed cancer patients in their Cancer Coach program. For information, call the center at 694-1395.

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DRUMSTICK BEAT -- In Akron, there's an extra reason to drop by the cemetery this weekend. The Bloomingdale Cemetery Building Fund is hosting a Krolick's chicken barbecue in the cemetery on Bloomingdale Road from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. Cookies by McDuffies of Clarence are included. Beverages will be available for purchase.

Tickets are $7.50 presale or $8.50 at the door. Presale tickets are available at Nic's Village Deli and Pixley's Surefine, both in Akron; by calling 542-2559; or emailing elcsexton@yahoo.com.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- April Jones, Greg Chilcott, Amber Dixon, Andrea Benkovich, Robert Stiglmeier, Jaci Adams, Liz Carone, Dutchie Scheu, Sheila Lempko, Alvera Dombrowski, Laurie Marien, Ricky Pirritano, Mary Laudan, Diane Sopicki, Olivia Oliver, Kristin N. Wach, Melissa Stoj, Betty Kelly, Tina Bouch, G.P. Purdue, Nevaeh Phillips, Regina Bozeman, Christine Dobmeier Abbey, Megan Amato, Joe Krezmien, Laura Podkulski, Patricia Gelman, George Maziarz, Nancy Russell.

AND SATURDAY -- Alma O'Connell, Jim Heidinger, Jackie Myers, Max Wickert, Kathy Moriarty, Marcia Lamb, Bill Regan, Sister Mary Anna Falbo, Gary Panek, Joe Chille, Tiffany Brill, Emily Rozanski, Marian Perrotta, Jack Myers, Tommy Purdue, Fred Siegel III, Amber Brown, Donald E. Morrow Jr.

AND SUNDAY -- Nancy Recktenwalt Brown, Richard Soluri, Shirley Lyth, Michael Kozak, Sister Mary Teresita Langowski, Sister Mary Elizabeth Mackowiak, Shawn McCabe, Greg Golda, Dave Kowalewski, Madeline Hawthorn, Pat Kasprzak, Wendy Wutzbeals, Denny Fruehauf, Peter Was, Shawn Merkwa, Cassandra Wilcox, Rita Curtin, Jim Kaminski, Michele Hemingway, John Czyrny, Sophie May, Judy Serio, Kennedy Elizabeth Louth, Carol Eagan, Devin Dzierba, Nicholas Marsowicz, Alex Pietraszewski, Lucy Perry, Sean F. O'Mear.

email: olaffub@buffnews.com