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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to French poet and playwright Guillaume Apollinaire, born on this date in 1880, “Now and then it’s good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.”


We’re Very Lucky

For a city our size

It’s quite a surprise

To have big-league teams,

Architecture that gleams,

A major orchestra,

Art galleries, too,

Museums and a wonderful zoo.

We’re very lucky

The citizenry has been plucky

And held onto our glory.

That’s the Buffalo story.

– Joyce L. Wilson


GO WITH THE FLOW – Scajaquada Creek in Forest Lawn is the newest location for a CrowdHydrology project, in which the public is invited to send text messages reporting water levels. The data will be used to monitor spring snow melt, teach students about hydrologic cycles and to see how much ground water and surface water are present.

The gauging station has been set up in a section of Scajaquada Creek directly across from Section B in the cemetery and is visible from the road along the creek. Anyone with a smartphone can walk up, read the gauge at the water level and text the reading to a local phone number. Complete directions are posted at the site. The process takes less than five minutes.

The project, administered by Chris Lowry, assistant professor of geology at the University at Buffalo, is supported by a grant from the U.S. Geological Survey and is the seventh local stream-gauging station.


WHERE BUFFALO BEGAN – The last of this season’s Historic Buffalo River Tours, sponsored by the Buffalo Industrial Heritage Committee, leaves the Miss Buffalo dock in Erie Basin Marina at 12:30 p.m. Monday, Labor Day.

The two-hour tour covers the history, architecture and technology behind the grain elevators and other industries along the Buffalo River and City Ship Canal. Tickets are $17 for adults, $12 for kids ages 4 to 11. For reservations, call 856-6696.


SWEET MUSIC – The Friends of Harmony, the award-winning men’s a cappella chorus, performs a free concert at 7 p.m. Wednesday at one of its favorite venues – the deck of the USS Little Rock on the Buffalo waterfront. Weather’s no problem, since everyone will be under a tent.

In addition to the chorus’ new repertoire of songs from Hollywood movies, several barbershop quartets will be featured, and an entire set will be dedicated to service men and women.


GET SMART – Sharpen your brain for the fall semester by taking the American Mensa Admission Test from Mensa, an international organization for people who score at or above the 98th percentile on the group’s IQ test.

The next test is at 2 p.m. Sept. 7 in the Community Meeting Room at Southgate Plaza, 950 Union Road, West Seneca. The cost is $40, and a photo ID is required. Anyone 14 and older is welcome, but those younger than 18 need parental permission. Walk-ins are OK, but the group prefers that would-be test-takers call Jaclyn McKewan at 472-1422. For general information, visit


REUNION ALERT – The 14th annual reunion for Burgard Vocational High School alumni is scheduled for 1 p.m. Sept. 28 in the Columns Banquet Hall, 2221 Transit Road, Elma. All classes are invited. The cost is $25. Call Len Kostelny at 662-4364, Dick Thuman at 694-0597 or Wally Miller at 681-7263 for more information.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Kerry Jones Waring, Ken Meier, Carlee Dickinson, Ashley Hassett, Cary McCabe, Glenn Reed, Bonnie Mulawka, Laura Prabucki, Joey Paolini, Robin Wolfgang, Owen Badaszewski and Mary Ann Miller.


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