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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to sportswriter and commentator Heywood Hale Broun, born on this date in 1918, “The urge to gamble is so universal and its practice so pleasurable that I assume it must be evil.”


Have To, Want To

Every morning the question is,

how will we start our day?

Will it be what we have to

or make the choice to stay?

These are the only two choices

we are allowed to make.

Be where we have to be,

or not, it’s the risk we take.

Working on what has to be

while getting things done.

This is one of the options

to the road of having fun.

There are so many things

that we are forced to do.

When this is the only choice,

it will make everyone blue.

If only there was a way

to avoid the things we must.

There are too many factors

that rely on our trust.

Maybe it’s just a fantasy

to only do what we want.

It truly affects our minds,

puts our thoughts in a knot.

Will there ever be a day

when this dream will come true?

Being about to do what you want

instead of what you have to.

– Nelson R. Locher


NATURE’S ARTISTRY – The poster competition for the 10th annual Black Rock and Riverside Tour of Gardens on Aug. 2 offers more than the satisfaction of seeing your winning floral design on T-shirts, promotional materials and the cover page of the tour’s 12-page map and guide. There’s also a $200 cash prize.

The contest is open to everyone, all ages, all skill levels. For rules, call the office of North Council Member Joe Golombek at 851-5116 or visit Artwork can be dropped off at the Riverside Review, 215 Military Road, during business hours. Deadline is April 30.


ROCK STEADY – The nation’s No. 1 fossil park, the Penn Dixie Paleontological and Outdoor Education Center in Hamburg, is looking for volunteers to help with a variety of programs in geology, astronomy, fossil collecting, birding and natural sciences.

To get everyone started, there’s a volunteer training session slated for 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday in the auditorium of Gateway Executive Office, 3556 Lake Shore Road, Blasdell.

For info on the volunteer program and an application form, visit To reserve a spot in the training session, call 627-4560. It’s free for Penn Dixie members, $25 for nonmembers.


WARM AND FUZZY – Also seeking volunteers is the SPCA Serving Erie County, which needs foster home providers for dogs and cats and caregivers for young wildlife.

An information session for those who would like to become foster parents for dogs and cats will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. March 22 in the shelter at 205 Ensminger Road, Town of Tonawanda. Reservations can be made by calling 629-3509.

A training session for those who would like to work with young squirrels and cottontail rabbits will take place at 6:30 p.m. March 27 in the Town of Tonawanda shelter. For reservations, call Dawn Mazierski at 343-2535.


REUNION ALERT – The Kenmore West High School Class of 1968 will hold a mini-reunion from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 27 in the Delaware Pub and Grill, 3410 Delaware Ave., Town of Tonawanda. Lunch is $25 and there will be a cash bar. For info and reservations, email Karen Petrotto Szemenciak at Deadline for reservations is April 12.

The Riverside High School Alumni Association will hold a night meeting and social at 7 p.m. May 6 in the Millennium Hotel, 2040 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga. All Riverside grads are welcome. To sign up, call Shirley Kern at 691-5789 or Ruth Hawthorne at 692-2627.

The Class of 1964 at Sweet Home High School will hold its 50th reunion dinner at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 22 in Sean Patrick’s restaurant, Millersport Highway, Getzville. A guided tour of the high school and a casual lunch also are planned the next morning. For info and reservations, email Karen Felske at

The Bennett High School Class of 1964 is planning a reunion for the weekend of Sept. 19. Classmates are asked to email Sharron Witkin Frommann at

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Buffalo want to honor past members at their inaugural alumni reunion. Past members and people who know them are asked to call 825-1016 or email


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Michael Wolfgang, Robert Alan Davis, Aubrey Turner, Peter Grubea, Sister Martha Olszewski, Bertha Hans, Ann Russell, Morgan Halt, Barbe Johnson, Katie Fritz, Steve Matuszewski, John Tiberio, Sammy Jo Reynolds, Jeffrey Marsowicz, Joe McPartlan, Gregory Everett and Benjamin Staszak.


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