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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to English novelist Thomas Hardy, born on this date in 1840, “The main object of religion is not to get a man into heaven, but to get heaven into him.”


Here’s the Scoop

I just had an

ice cream cone

down by the water.

It cost me three and a quarter,

it was large and delish,

all I could wish.

Except that I recall

when an ice cream cone

cost almost nothing at all.

It was five cents when

I was a kid in the 1940s,

$3.25 could buy 65

ice cream cones!

It’s best not to

think about that.

I should just enjoy

the $3.25 ice cream cone

and be glad that I’ve

made it to 81

and can still have fun.

However, I think I will

open an ice cream stand

down by the water

and offer cones

five for a quarter,

so old people

can relive the dream

of five-cent ice cream.

– Joyce L. Wilson


COOKOUT TIME – They’re firing up the grills today and every Monday from now through August at South Buffalo Post 721, American Legion, at 136 Cazenovia St. From 5 to 7 p.m. each week, they will be serving hot dogs, hamburgers, Italian sausage and sides. For info, call 825-9577.


OPEN HEARTH – Local artist and former steelworker George Grace will be featured in the First Wednesday Speaker Series at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Steel Plant Museum of Western New York, 100 Lee St., off South Park Avenue.

Grace will read from his book of poetry, “Steeling America,” discuss his time at Bethlehem Steel and how his time as a steelworker inspired him as an artist. Admission is free. Snack food and beverages will be available for purchase. For info, call 821-9361 or visit


ONE LUMP OR TWO – The women of the Pendleton United Methodist Church will serve as hostesses as the Beechwood Service Guild holds its annual Spring Tea from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Beechwood Homes, 2235 Millersport Highway, Getzville.


TAKE IT HOME – Collectors are invited to bid in a silent auction for the celebrity photos, sports items and local memorabilia on the walls of Applebee’s Restaurant, 1050 Union Road, West Seneca, which is preparing for a remodeling later this month.

All bids must be submitted to the restaurant manager on duty by 5 p.m. on June 15 and items must be paid for in cash. Winning bidders have until June 16 to pick up their purchases. All proceeds will benefit Make-A-Wish Metro New York and Western New York. For info, call 677-2821.


TEE IT UP – New Directions Youth and Family Services programs for at-risk children on the Southern Tier will benefit as the agency holds its fourth annual Ed Krieger Memorial Golf Tournament at noon Saturday at Cardinal Hills Golf Course, 78 Conewango Road, Randolph.

Registration is $65 per golfer and includes a beef on weck lunch, special prize holes and raffles. To register, call 358-3636, Ext. 270.

Veterans organizations are invited to send teams to compete for the Ed Krieger Veterans Memorial Trophy, won last year by Randolph Post 181, American Legion. Krieger, a veteran and longtime employee at New Directions, died in 2011.


REUNION ALERT – Shipmates from the USS Renville APA 227 will hold a reunion Wednesday through Sunday in the Holiday Inn Downtown, 620 Delaware Ave. Those who served aboard the USS Rockbridge APA 228 are invited to join them. For info, call Lynda Rumple at (704) 906-7622 or visit

The Class of 1969 from Springville Griffith Institute will hold its 45th reunion on the weekend of July 18. An all-Griffith Institute reunion will be held July 18 in Fireman’s Park, 71 Nason Blvd., Springville, and the Class of ’69 will have a dinner July 19 in Felton-Burns Post 5260, Veterans of Foreign Wars, 19 Mechanic St., Springville. For info, call Peggy Miller Hess at 592-2608 or Diane Shultes Fleckenstein at 592-4054.

The Lancaster High School Class of 1964 will hold its 50th reunion July 19 in Ripa’s Restaurant, 4218 Walden Ave., Lancaster, preceded by a beer blast July 18 in Magruders, 4995 Broadway, Depew. For info and registration, visit

On the same weekend, the Batavia High School Class of 1984 will celebrate its 30th reunion with informal get-togethers July 18 at Terry Hills Golf Course and Banquet Facility, Clinton Street Road, and July 19 at Batavia Country Club, Batavia-Byron Road.

There will be a cash bar and hors d’oeuvres served throughout both evenings. For info and reservations, contact Kelly J. Bermingham at (585) 356-4722, email, or Jane Roach Johnson at (585) 739-0378, email RSVPs also can be made at the class reunion page on Facebook.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Mike Buczkowski, Paul Ehret, Dominque F. Morrow, AnnMarie Stanton, Bill Finkelstein, Brendon Webster, Leonard Rawski, Drea Hacker, Jessica Htay, Jordan Ciotuszynski, John McFael, Shami Abraham, Sister Mary Virginite Tarnacki, Carol Witman, Christina Carocci, Becky Lengel, Paul Simini, Arlene Weiss, Sean Quinn, Crystal Jacobs, Darcy Prabucki and Marge Farrell.


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