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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to billionaire investor Warren Buffett, born on this date in 1930, “The market, like the Lord, helps those who help themselves. But, unlike the Lord, the market does not forgive those who know not what they do.”


INTO THE SUNSET – After 47 years of dedicated service, the most of any librarian in the Buffalo & Erie County Library system, Annette M. Gernatt is retiring today as library director of the Hulbert Library of the Town of Concord.

The public is invited to stop in the library at 18 Chapel St., Springville, to wish her well from 10 a.m. to closing. Public officials and library executives are expected to be on hand from 5 to 7 p.m.


STEPPING OUT – Participants in Encore Creativity’s sixth annual institute this week at Chautauqua Institution, which encourages seniors in artistic pursuits, will give a free concert at 2 p.m. today in Lenna Hall. They have been practicing excerpts from “Fiddler on the Roof” while polishing up their singing, dancing and acting. For a look at their progress, visit the website at


GRAB A PLATE – All are invited to attend the free monthly community dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. today in St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3512 Clinton St. at Union Road, West Seneca. The menu includes barbecued beef brisket, mixed green salad, smashed potatoes, carrots, iced tea, lemonade and dessert. Free-will donations are welcome.


LOOKING AHEAD – Now that camp season is over, the folks at Cradle Beach are beginning to raise funds to send disabled and disadvantaged children to camp next summer. They’ll begin with their annual End of Summer Party from 5 to 10 p.m. Sept. 11, hosted by Al Rohloff, proprietor of DiTondo’s Tavern, 370 Seneca St.

Donation is $25 at the door and includes food, an open bar and live music by the Wide Right Band. For info about Cradle Beach and its programs, visit


REUNION TIME – Tickets are on sale until Sept. 15 for the JFK High School All Years Alumni Prom, which will be held from 7 to 11 p.m. Sept. 27 in Gregor’s Garden Grove, 3270 Clinton St., West Seneca.

The 21-and-over evening is semiformal and includes a buffet, drinks and music by Entertainment Plus. Tickets are $40 and are available online at the JFK Bears page on Facebook or by sending a check with a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Alumni Prom, JFK High School, 305 Cayuga Creek Road, Cheektowaga, NY 14227. For info, call Cindy at the school, 891-6407.


CENTURY PLUS – A party will be held Saturday afternoon in Buffalo’s Schiller Park Community Center to celebrate the 105th birthday of Mamie Kirkland, a Mississippi native who moved to Buffalo more than 70 years ago.

Born Sept. 3, 1908, she has been an active member of First Shiloh Baptist Church and is the matriarch of a five-generation family.

The mother of nine children, five of whom are still living, she has 17 grandchildren, including former Buffalo Community Services Commissioner Donald O. Allen Sr.; 24 great-grandchilren; 70 great-great-grandchildren; and nine great-great-great-grandchildren.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Bridget S. Martin, Jerry Sullivan, Celine Murray, Cindy Monaco, Joe Hastreiter, Dorothy Gossel, Sister Mary Susanne Dziedzic, Roseline Dufresne, Irene Cieslak, Pete Mann, Garrett Graham, Bob Rader, Paul Ziolkowski, Mary Smith, Judy Gorlewski, Charmaine Friend Hearn, Walter “Timo” Tomaka, Norm Stoj and Loren Romano.

SATURDAY – Barbara Katrein-Deci, Nancy Tobin, Kara Wise, Brian Jaehn, Mary Saraceno, Timothy M. Roland, Alan Kempf, Steve Gartz, Tyler Colwell, Eileen Virginia, Kevin Herr, Marie Ulrich, Tom Jaworski, Amy Jaworski, Anne Marie Prell, Alexa Juszkiewicz, Paula Sireika, John Hilliard, Peggy Connors, Megan Costello and Genevieve Kuca.

AND SUNDAY – Bob Hartmann, Wyatt Young, Lance Pollock, Jeff Gordon, Melissa Holmes, Gene Fahey, Lily Grace Griggsby, Tara Sasiadek, Sam Granelli, Nancy Sanders, Brigid Lempko, Jacqueline Gallagher O’Neill, Jim McCabe, Pam Sumbrum, Jeffrey Jankowski and Evan Aranyosi.


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