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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to German author Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, born on this date in 1749, “If children grew up according to early indications, we should have nothing but geniuses.”


MONKEY BUSINESS – Renowned behavioral biologist Frans de Waal, named by Time magazine among the “100 World’s Most Influential People Today” in 2007, speaks at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Montante Cultural Center at Canisius College. His topic? “The Bonobo and the Atheist: Morality, Religion and Prosocial Primates.”

Dutch-born de Waal, director of the Living Links Center at Yerkes National Primate Research Center in Atlanta and a professor at Emory University, has discovered many parallels between the behavior of primates and humans.

His latest book, “The Bonobo and the Atheist,” shows that empathy comes naturally to many animals besides humans.

His talk, which coincides with his 65th birthday, is sponsored by the college’s Institute for the Study of Human-Animal Relations and will be followed by a book-signing. It’s free and open to the public.


BIG BUCKS – First prize is $10,000 in the annual cash raffle at Old Fort Niagara in Youngstown, with runner-up prizes of $1,500 and $1,000. The drawing will take place in the fort’s Officers Club at 6 p.m. Sept. 7, with complimentary food and beverages.

Only 275 tickets will be sold at $100 each, and each ticket admits two to the drawing. Tickets are available at the fort. For info, call 745-7611 or visit


GOING TO BAT – Volunteers are needed for the Ombudsman Program sponsored by the American Red Cross Serving Erie and Niagara Counties.

Volunteers will be certified to receive, investigate and resolve complaints involving residents in nursing homes, assisted-living facilities and certified housing.

Ombudsmen must be at least 21 years old, have an aptitude for advocacy and have strong verbal and writing skills. Volunteers will receive at least 36 hours of training. The next training program begins Oct. 7. For info and registration, call 878-2385.


MATCH POINTS – The Senior Tennis League is currently taking registrations for the fall session, which runs for 16 weeks on Wednesdays from next week to Dec. 18 at the Village Glen Tennis Club, 162 Mill St., Williamsville. Play is from 1 to 2:30 p.m. For info, call league president Stan Kent at 873-9800.


ALL ABOARD – Spaces are getting scarce on the next Penn Dixie Nature Cruise and Buffalo Lighthouse Tour on Sept. 14. 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

The three-hour Saturday cruise, which boards at 8:30 a.m. from Erie Basin Marina and departs at 9, will feature tour guides explaining 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.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Emma Kathleen Concannon, Louise Porter, Lynda Ciminese, Isabel Komornicki, Berta Brown, Susan Grelick, Brandon Powell, Ray Degli, Jason McCarthy, Greg Wiltrout, Barb Waz, Chris Muszynski. Hope Cheney, Brian M. Raab, Ray McGurn, Molly Griffin, Rick Zelasko, John Sullivan, Kenneth M. O’Leary, Jack Murray, Zach Williams, Debbie Jefferys, Susan Vaccaro, John Bluman and Tim Johnston.

AND THURSDAY – Joe Mihalich, Stu Shapiro, Vince Edbauer, Pat Higgins, Hannah Buczkowski, Joe Patterson, Tom Dooney, Christopher Toepfer, Sandra Hibbard, Jean Glinski, Autumn Abramo, Andy Bialota, Brianna Tutuska, Deborah Sweet, Peg Krueger, Ray Bienik, Matthew Whalen, Eliabeth Convey, Larry Jefferys, John Vaccaro and Marina Hard.


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