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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to baseball player Pete Rose, born this date in 1941, “Somebody’s gotta win and somebody’s gotta lose, and I believe in letting the other guy lose.”


Vacation Escape

Some people plan a trip

By moving and clicking a mouse.

There’s a way to go on vacation

Without ever leaving your house.

Sit back and relax

In your comfortable chair.

It’s the easiest way

To be able to go anywhere.

Close your eyes

And start to dream.

It happens that fast,

Quicker than it seems.

There’s no place on earth

You can’t escape to.

Use your imagination,

It’s all you need to do.

No flight restrictions,

No standing in line.

You can’t beat the price,

And the scenery is divine.

Sipping fancy drinks

On a tropical beach,

Nothing’s out of bounds,

It’s all within reach.

All vacations come to an end

As soon as you open your eyes.

Time to face reality,

It’s not a big surprise.

Escape can happen anytime,

Now that the secret is out.

Getting away from it all

Is what life is all about.

– Nelson R. Locher


JUST A TRIM – Offering free haircuts to local police officers, firefighters and emergency medical technicians from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday is the Empire Beauty School, 2190 Walden Ave. at Union Road, Cheektowaga.

Empire is offering complimentary services nationwide on what it’s calling First Responders Day to give thanks for their work in the treatment and prevention of domestic violence. All haircuts will be given by senior-level students under the supervision of instructors. For info, call the school at 218-3053.


PET PROJECT – The West Side Pet Clinic, a new low-cost veterinary wellness clinic at 1245 Niagara St., will hold an open house from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. There will be food and beverages from the West Side bazaar, raffle baskets, door prizes and tours.

Operated by veterinarians R. Reed Stevens and Susan Sickels, the clinic will offer physical exams, vaccinations and treatments for common ailments, plus references to full-service vet hospitals for more complex care.

Open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday, it does not take appointments. For info, visit


FAMILY TREES – The deadline has been extended to Tuesday to register for the Chautauqua County Genealogical Society’s Family History Research Seminar on April 26.

The seminar runs from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Clarion Hotel, 30 Lake Shore Drive East, Dunkirk, and will include morning refreshments and a lunch buffet. Cost is $25. Seating is limited. For info and registration, call Walter Sedlmayer at 679-7936 or visit


FOOD FOR THOUGHT – The pastor of Christ Episcopal Church in Lockport, the Rev. Thomas Mitchell, will deliver an Easter message at noon Wednesday in the final installment of the 57th Annual Community Lenten Luncheon Series in Emmanuel United Methodist Church, 75 East Ave., Lockport. Cost is $7.50 for the lunch, which this week is penne with meatballs, catered by Molinaro’s Ristorante.


REUNION TIME – The Class of 1949 from Grover Cleveland High School will celebrate its 65th anniversary May 18 at a buffet luncheon in Banchetti by Rizzo’s, 550 North French Road, Amherst. For info, call 896-4885.

The Kensington High School Class of 1974 will hold an all-’70s reunion Aug. 1 and 2 in the Holiday Inn Buffalo-Downtown, 620 Delaware Ave. Aug. 1 will be a casual reception. Aug. 2 will feature dinner and a program.

All ’70s-era alumni and teachers are welcome. For details and registration materials, email by May 1. Those without email may leave a message at 207-8686.

Organizers of a St. Ann’s School reunion Aug. 2 for the classes between 1954 and 1973 are trying to locate students, staff and priests who were at the school during those years. Interested parties are asked to call Pat Iszkiewicz-Mustillo at 359-6295 or email her at


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Erica Hartmann, Mark Niver, Pauline Maloney, Jim Greer, Peter Flynn, Ray Ward, Patrick Edbauer, Betty Niedhart. Bernadette Franklin, Jule M. Chilcott, Jim Buscemi, Michelle Becker, Diane Westfall, Bonnie Borodzik, Ann Bigelow, Marcia Zientara, Paula Zaczek and Lillian Clare.


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