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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to President Dwight D. Eisenhower, born on this date in 1890, “In preparing for battle, I have always found that plans are useless but planning is indispensable.”


Time and Life

Time never slows down

No matter what we try.

It continues to move on,

There is no reason why.

Life brings many changes,

All gauged by time.

Every event that occurs

Creates a piece of our line.

If time didn’t exist,

How would we know

Where we’re supposed to be

As we continue to grow.

As changes in life happen,

It doesn’t seem too fast.

The speed it goes by

Makes us wish it would last.

Look back after time goes by

And wonder where it went.

Just hope it was worth while

Quality life that was spent.

If we made time stand still,

It would be our own fault.

Life as we know it

Would come to a halt.

– Nelson R. Locher


WHAT’S COOKING? – Mandy Sampson is hoping to win a $30,000 cafeteria makeover for Fletcher Elementary School in the City of Tonawanda and $15,000 for her family. She submitted a video of her and her family cooking a rice recipe, “Chicken and Veggi Surprise,” for the Uncle Ben’s Beginners Cooking Contest.

Voting is being conducted at Voters can search for the name of the recipe, watch the video if they wish and cast one ballot every 24 hours through Oct. 27.

In addition to getting prizes for their school, two members of the winning family get to appear on “The Rachael Ray Show.” Meantime, the Sampsons have presented the recipe to their school cafeteria manager, who is sending it in for approval as a menu item in all City of Tonawanda schools.


FOOD FOR THOUGHT – A pair of free films about food and nutrition are set for Thursday evening in the Hamburg Palace Theatre, 31 Buffalo St., Hamburg.

Showing at 5:30 p.m. is “Healing Quest: The Weston A. Price Foundation,” which outlines the many facets of the foundation’s whole foods philosophy, followed by a talk on “Cod Liver Oil: Superfood” by Dave Wetzel from Green Pastures.

Taking a different tack will be “Fat Head,” the documentary which screens at 8:30 p.m., in which comedian and director Tom Naughton refutes the premises of “Super Size Me” by losing weight on a fast food diet and demonstrating that common knowledge about healthy eating is wrong.


HOLIDAY OUTING – Offering free Columbus Day activities for kids from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today is the Museum of disABILITY History, 3826 Main St., Eggertsville. There will be an obstacle course and scavenger hunt for all ages, a Kids on the Block of Western New York puppet performance, coloring stations, pizza at noon and a showing of the film “Dolphin Tale” at 1 p.m. Registration is encouraged. For more information, call 629-3626.


TIME OF NEED – During the summer, 13-month-old Lucas Myles Standish of Youngstown was diagnosed with hepatocellular carcinoma, a rare pediatric liver cancer, and his parents, Melissa and Pat, are looking for alternative treatments after surgery was unsuccessful.

To help with their medical expenses, family and friends are holding a Love4Lucas Benefit at 8 p.m. Friday in Water Street Landing, 115 S. Water St., Lewiston. There will be numerous raffles and music by Salt Peter with special guest Neon Sea. For more information and to donate, search for Lucas at


ROUGHING IT – The Woods at Bear Creek, 3510 Bear Creek Road, outside Ellicottville, has found a way to combine the joys of the great outdoors with the comforts of home. Proprietor John Hutchins calls it “glamping,” short for “glamorous camping,” where activities such as hiking and cross-country skiing will be offered alongside spa services and fine dining.

Visitors can check out the amenities during an open house with wine tasting and family fun from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call 297-8401 or visit


ON THE FLY – St. James United Methodist Church, 4661 Porter Road, Niagara Falls, will host a drive-through Chiavetta’s chicken dinner from 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday. Dinners are $9 pre-sale and $10 curbside, and include potato, salad and dessert. To reserve tickets, call 297-6421.


REUNION NOTES – Alumni from the Bishop Turner High School Class of 1964 are in the early stages of planning a 50th anniversary reunion next summer. Classmates who would like to attend or volunteer should call Neil Frank at 780-8112 or Ralph Schmitt at 836-8418.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Bryn Smith Leonard, Alan Oppenheimer Jr., Dorothy May, Ruth Rucker, Dorothy May, Jim Hatrick, Loretta Battaglia, Nancy Schaller, Tony Starzynski, Sister Mary Ambrose Wozniak, Melissa Wasielewski, Sam “Chickie” Leo, Steven M. Cohen, Greg Sabadasz, Cathy Arth, Tom Farry, Nancy Tomkins, Shawn Jenner and Maureen Higgins.


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