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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to screen hero John Wayne, born Marion Robert Morrison on this date in 1907, “Courage is being scared to death ... and saddling up anyway.”


Memorial Memory

There is a special time

that comes near the end of May.

A special date to remember,

referred to as Memorial Day.

Do not overlook the significance

of this very important date.

There is much more to this holiday

than serving food on a plate.

It is a time to pay tribute and honor

to all soldiers by land, air or sea.

They left to fight in foreign lands

so today we are allowed to be free.

A special reverence to the soldiers

who fought and have since left us.

They went off to serve their country,

to do their duty without any fuss.

Think about where we would be

without these brave women and men.

Would there be a choice for freedom,

if so, how would we achieve it and when?

We must always remember

how our freedom came to be.

Many soldiers fought and died,

so freedom is not really free.

So keep the memory of our military

when you see our flag on display.

Honor our soldiers all year long,

they deserve far more than just one day.

– Nelson R. Locher


TEE IT UP – Reservations are still available for the annual New York State Deputies Association Celebrity Golf Classic on Saturday at Seneca Hickory Stick Golf Club, 4560 Creek Road, Lewiston. Proceeds will benefit the association’s scholarship fund.

Golfers will be teamed with alumni of the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres, as well as local television and entertainment personalities. Among those expected to attend are Joe DeLamielleure, Fred Smerlas, Booker Edgerson, Ed Rutkowski, Rene Robert, Terry Martin and Don Luce.

Cost is $130, or $500 per foursome, which includes breakfast, lunch, an awards dinner and gift bags. Registration is at 8 a.m. with a shotgun start at 9. For info and gift bag donations, call Joe Ciffa at 694-7867 or Jeff Newman at 713-7141.


PLANNING AHEAD – Restaurant applications are being accepted for the 24th annual Taste of Olean, to be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 27 on the Cattaraugus County Campus of Jamestown Community College in Olean.

To qualify, restaurants must offer seating and be open year-round in the greater Olean area. Restaurants should plan on offering small portions of foods costing between 50 cents and $3.50. Regional and specialty foods must be approved by the Taste committee.

For info and applications, call the Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce at 372-4433 or email Fee for restaurants is $100 for Chamber members, $150 for others.

Applications also are being taken by the Cattaraugus County Arts Council for the 65th annual Art in the Park celebration in Olean, a juried arts exhibition and sale to be held in conjunction with the Taste of Olean. Info and applications are available at


MILITARY REUNIONS – The USS Iwo Jima (LPH2/LHD7) Shipmates will hold a reunion Aug. 27 to 31 in the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Jacksonville, Fla. For info, call Robert G. McAnally at (757) 723-0317 or email

The USS Mount McKinley Association will hold its 26th annual reunion Sept. 17 to 21 in Colorado Springs, Colo., for veterans and associate members from all branches of the military who served aboard the McKinley or other AGC ships. For info, call Dwight L. Janzen evenings and weekends at (509) 534-3649 or email

Sailors who served aboard the USS Elokomin AO-55 will have a reunion Sept. 23 to 26 in Myrtle Beach, S.C. For info, call Robert F. O’Sullivan at (617) 288-3755 or email


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Joe Chille, Max Wickert, Kathy Moriarty, Marcia Lamb, Bill Regan, Mike Vogel, Virginia Bernys, Billy Larsen, Russ Dybowski, Tiffany Brill, Marian Perrotta, Jimmy “Heidi” Heidinger, Joseph Gonzales, Alma O’Connell, Jack Myers, Gary Panek, Sister Mary Anna Falbo, Fred Siegel III, Anthony Ballotta and Mark J. Konczal.


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