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THE PICTURE PAGE

Coming to life: Children's author Susan Stevens Crummel directs fifth- and sixth-grade students who have dressed up as characters to act out the story from her book "The Little Red Pen" during a visit Monday to Allendale Elementary School in West Seneca.

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Up and away: Omar Farah, 13, demonstrates his one-handed jump shot Monday while playing basketball with friends Ibrahim Nor, 14, right, and Makug Cyer, 15, on Gelston Street on Buffalo's West Side.

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Study in serenity: Summer sessions are a quiet time on local college campuses. The normally crowded quadrangle in front of Campbell Student Union at Buffalo State College is nearly empty Monday afternoon.

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Teeing it up: Buffalo Bills players past and present joined sports hall of famers and other notables Monday for the 26th annual Jim Kelly Celebrity Classic golf tournament at Terry Hills Golf Course in Batavia. Above, former Bills quarterback Doug Flutie contemplates his next shot. At right, current Bills defensive end Chris Kelsay watches one of his shots. Story and another photo on Page D1.

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All-weather worker: Star Lay Mu, a gardener for the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy, ignores the drizzle Monday as she weeds one of the planting beds in Delaware Park.