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OLAF FUB SEZ: A post-government shutdown thought from French poet and politician Alphonse de Lamartine, born on this date in 1790, “The more I see of the representatives of the people, the more I admire my dogs.”


Buffalo Harbor

Exhilarating waves,

Glorious sun,

This is the place

To have fun

Or just relax,

Ignore the facts

Of everyday life.

Here by the water,

There is no strife.

Buffalo River (Creek),

Union Ship Canal,

Oh! Take a peek.

There’s some of the Erie Canal!

Lake Erie stretches south to infinity,

The Niagara River tumbles north to its destiny.

Who could ask for anything more?

Our waterfront is the stuff of lore!

– Joyce L. Wilson


WORK SAVERS – Enjoy a homemade meal this evening without having to wash the dishes. South Buffalo Post 721, American Legion, 136 Cazenovia St., is serving spaghetti and rigatoni dinners with homemade sauce from 5 to 7 p.m. Dinners are $7. Italian sausage and extra meatballs are available. For info, call 825-9557.


CALLING MUSIC STUDENTS – Friends of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Volunteers and the Buffalo Chamber Music Society have teamed up once again to offer Young Musicians Scholarships worth $3,000, $2,000 and $1,000, as well as Silverman String Scholarships for $1,500.

The scholarships are available to Erie and Niagara county high school seniors who plan to major in music next fall. Application deadline is earlier this time – Jan. 15. For info, visit, or or call 759-6428.


PICTURE THIS – Art teacher Sue Nowak will create a charcoal portrait of one of the members of the Twin Village Art Society in her presentation at the society’s regular meeting at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Village of Lancaster Municipal Building, Broadway and Central Avenue. Admission is free. Guests are welcome. Refreshments will be served. For info, call Chip Blenk at 207-7350.


CROWNING TOUCH – The General Pulaski Association will hold its annual spaghetti dinner, basket raffle and countess and princess competition at 8 p.m. Tuesday in the Polish Villa II, 1085 Harlem Road, Cheektowaga. The dinner is $8 for adults, $4 for children. Proceeds benefit the annual Pulaski Day Parade next summer. For info, call Irene Kmiotek at 651-0717.


CRASH COURSE – Bishop Timon-St. Jude High School in South Buffalo will offer its placement exam prep course from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 30, Nov. 6 and Nov. 13. Cost is $85 and includes a test prep book and a waiver of the $20 fee for the entrance exam for eighth-grade boys on Nov. 16. For info, call admissions coordinator Patrick Ellement at 826-3610, Ext. 237, or email


FASHION PLUS – Former Miss Trinidad and Tobago Anya Ayoung-Chee, winner of season nine of “Project Runway” on the Lifetime television network in 2011, will speak at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in Room T119 of the Conable Technology Building on the Genesee Community College Campus in Batavia.

While her talk is part of a monthly series of seminars for Distributive Education Club of America (DECA) and fashion students, the public is welcome. For info, call Donna Rae Sutherland at (585) 343-0055, Ext. 6616, or email


BIG RUN – You need to get an early start if you want to participate in the 2014 MS Run the U.S. Relay, which will begin in Los Angeles on April 16 and reach New York City five months later. A total of 21 runners will cross the nation in 140-mile segments, covering 25 to 35 miles a day, to raise awareness and donations for the fight against multiple sclerosis.

Deadline for applications is Oct. 31. To apply for one of the few runner spots, visit


REUNION TIME – The Class of 1951 from Niagara Falls High School will meet for dinner at 6 p.m. Saturday in Macri Italian Grill, 810 Center St., Lewiston. For info and reservations, call Shirley Bevacqua at 297-6566.

The Bishop Timon High School Class of 1978 will celebrate its 35th reunion at 7 p.m. Nov. 30 in the Blackthorn Restaurant, 2134 Seneca St. Cost is $40 and includes well drinks, bottled beer, soda, food and tips for the bartenders. For info, call Jim Graham at 651-4448, Bill Conroy at 572-7861, Chuck Scaccia at 517-0610 or John Finley at 826-6123.

The Class of 1964 at Lafayette High School is planning its 50th reunion from 6 to 11 p.m. next Oct. 4 in Classics V Restaurant, 2425 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst. For info, call Neil Hodgson at 207-3837 or email


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Sariah Hakes, Sushil Amlami, Shakeel Ahmad, Mark Grisanti, Jodi Johnston, Lisa Kessler, Bruce Moser, Paddy Dunbar, Esther Flatley, Kyle Zanelotti, Ed Weishaupt, Steven Podkulski, Bryan Maury, Michael Sicignano, Jason Wiepert and Molly Mykich.


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