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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to author and essayist Robert Fulghum, born on this date in 1937, "If you break your neck, if you have nothing to eat, if your house is on fire, then you got a problem. Everything else is inconvenience."

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On Golden Fur

An Ode to Sage and Ginger

Golden faces smiling ever so sweet

Dancing upon four golden feet

On Golden Fur, they were my special treat.

Born of separate litters, they soon became husband and wife

I shall always laugh at their antics and even their strife

On Golden Fur, I was ever pleased to share their life.

Having a Golden means having fur, lots of fur

Of this, I can attest that there is no cure

On Golden Fur, is always having them with you -- for sure

(While brushing fur off clothing).

Lady Ginger "of Ton-a-fur" and Sir Sage, of "Bark-a-lot"

The good behaviors I will remember, the bad I shall blot

On Golden Fur, like the flowers, they are my Forget-me-not.

Their names were chosen from the family of spice

This is a foible of mine, it really is a vice

On Golden Fur, I think the names ring quite nice.

As puppies they learned that I could swear

With stern commands they knew it meant beware

On Golden Fur, they also learned I love to share.

They never were demanding in seeking love, yet neither coy

Always expressing boundless pleasure when given a toy

On Golden Fur, watching them play was such a joy.

Upon a morning greet their tails would wag

Even after long absence their love would never sag

On Golden Fur, in response my love would never lag.

Passage of time and they approached their golden years

With trepidation and sorry I began to have fears

On Golden Fur, I willingly shed many golden tears.

Finally came the time of forever sleep

Unwanted but expected, death did come to reap

On Golden Fur, I shall forever weep.

-- Lewis Buttery

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DOGGY DELIGHTS -- The SPCA Serving Erie County invites dog lovers and wine lovers to the seventh annual Wine and Wags Social from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday on the grounds of the SPCA Paws-Way, 205 Ensminger Road, Town of Tonawanda.

New this year is a VIP Tent, where visitors can sample exclusive beverages, such as Flying Bison Brewery's SPCAmber Ale, along with desserts and sweets from Salvatore's Italian Gardens and Sweet Jenny's and specials from Sorrento Cheese and Yancey's Fancy. For dogs, there will be carob treats.

Also new will be Red Carpet Photos, in which owners and pets will be snapped by "puparazzi" as they stroll down the runway. Framed photos will be available for an extra fee.

The dogs won't be bored. There will be plenty of food, water and goodie bags. Adventurous pets can take turns on an exclusive canine agility course. There also will be dog contests hosted by Kiss 98.5 personality Nicholas Picholas.

Reservations are $40 through noon Tuesday, $50 at the door. A $55 donation covers a reservation, a Red Carpet Photo and access to the VIP Tent. For info, call 629-3536 or visit www.YourSPCA.org.

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BRUSH STROKES -- One of the nation's leading oil painters, Kevin Macpherson, gives a demonstration via DVD at a meeting at 7 p.m. today of the Twin Village Art Society in the Lancaster Municipal Building, Broadway and Central Avenue. It's free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. For info, call Chip Blenk at 207-7350.

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ONE MORE CHANCE -- Solar-filtered telescopes will be set up to view the Transit of Venus on Tuesday evening in the Penn Dixie Paleontological and Outdoor Education Center off Big Tree Road in Hamburg. Venus, which will look like a black dot in the middle of the Sun, will begin the crossing at 6:03 p.m. and can be seen until sunset, skies permitting. Viewing starts at 5:30. Admission is free.

Viewing also will start at 5:30 p.m. at the Williamsville North High School Space Planetarium free of charge and from the roof of the Buffalo Museum of Science for $5 admission, which includes solar viewing glasses. If you missed the Transit of Venus in 2004, this is your last chance to watch it. The next one won't be until 2117.

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OLD MONEY -- Learn how to use New York State's Historic Homeowner Tax Credit to get 20 percent off on rehabilitation work to your property at a free workshop from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the carriage house at the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site, 641 Delaware Ave. It's open to all homeowners whose property is within one of Buffalo's State or National Register historic districts. Preregistration is required. Email Josh Wilson at AllentownAssociation@gmail.com.

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REUNION ALERT -- All Riverside graduates and guests are invited to the Riverside High School Alumni Association's annual reunion picnic July 17 in Banchetti's picnic grove, 550 North French Road, Amherst. Cost is $20 with a cash bar. For info, call Ruth Hawthorne at 692-2627 or email hrjhaw@aol.com.

The Class of 1972 from Sweet Home Central High School in Amherst will hold its 40th reunion at 7 p.m. July 21 also in Banchetti's. For info, call Barb Donovan at 883-5518 or email Barbdon50@aol.com.

The Class of 1962 at Baker Victory High School is planning a 50th reunion Sept. 8. Classmates are asked to contact Margery Wolcott Moretta by phone at 652-1655 or email mjmoretta@yahoo.com.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Ryan Russo, Charles Haupt, Cliff Stoll, Ann Weronski, Ginny Beardsell, Molly Platt, Natalie Hahn, Jacob Herkey, Bishop Edward U. Kmiec, Theresa Long, Sean McGee Sr., Father Richard Augustyn, Jim Foreman, Barb Wende, Debbie Seres Nurmi, Kelsey Kaminski, Jim Henry, Christopher Burdick and Lindsay Guzzetta.

email: olaffub@buffnews.com