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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to author and humorist Irvin S. Cobb, born on this date in 1876, “If writers were good businessmen, they’d have too much sense to be writers.”



From a crumbling painted

porch bench

I ponder frequent


Crusty chestnut trees

sans blossoms

their outstretched limbs


Here mothers pull

worn wagons,

unkempt whistling

tots inside.

A doting dad’s tan hands


shoelaces to tie

while curious village birds


a cardinal opts to fly.

Summer clad gentlemen


a cavalier spaniel

trots by.

Time to walk the terrier –

a dusty dachsund

regrets reply,

untethered squirrels

run riot

beneath a tepid sky.

Copious spinning

seedlings top

a delightful slice

of this day’s pie

– Janice Schlau


DEFT TOUCH – Well-known for her realism with acrylics, artist Sue Lauck from Alden will demonstrate her airbrushing techniques at the monthly meeting of the Twin Village Art Society at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the second-floor meeting room of the Village of Lancaster Municipal Building, Broadway and Central Avenue.

Refreshments will be served. Admission is free. All are welcome. For info, call Chip Blenk at 207-7350.


BIBLICAL BOUQUET – “Flowers and Plants of the Bible: Their Meaning and Symbolism” is the topic as Bonnie G. Flickinger presents a slide lecture at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday following a Ladies Sodality dinner in St. Charles Hall at Blessed Trinity Catholic Church, 370 Leroy Ave. For info, call Marianne Pernick at 877-6393.


WAGGIN’ TRAIN – All dog owners are invited to bring their four-legged friends to the Fifth Annual Dog Show at 2:15 p.m. Friday at Northgate Health Care Facility, 7264 Nash Road, North Tonawanda.

Prizes will be awarded in four categories – best trick, best outfit, reserved in show and best pet-owner lookalike. All dogs must be on leash and have a copy of a rabies certificate.

“So many of our residents enjoy dogs,” said activity director Judy Ogden. “It’s always wonderful to see them interact.” To participate, call Ogden at 694-7700 by Wednesday.


COMING ATTRACTIONS – Documentaries and short-film dramas written, directed, acted and edited by East Aurora High School students will be screened in the second annual Aurora Film Academy Film Festival on Tuesday evening in the Aurora Theatre, 637 Main St., East Aurora.

The Aurora Film Academy, which is offered at the high school to seniors, includes three cross-curricular courses in creative writing, drama and film production.

The program begins with a reception at 6:30 p.m., followed by the films at 8. Suggested donation is $3. Last year’s festival featured works from 13 students.


GO WITH THE FLOW – Unwind for the weekend Friday evening with a Meditation Sail led by Williamsville physician Dr. James Pilc, author of “Unstuck: The Enlightenment of Medicine.”

The two-hour excursion aboard the topsail schooner Spirit of Buffalo begins at 6 p.m. from Central Wharf in Buffalo’s Inner Harbor and includes an hour of guided meditation to encourage well-being and self-healing.

All are welcome. No experience with meditation is necessary. Tickets are $59. For info and to register, visit A second Meditation Sail will be held Sept. 12.


REUNION TIME – Bishop Ryan High School is having its 15th annual all-class reunion and picnic July 11 at St. Francis High School, 4129 Lake Shore Road, Athol Springs. Festivities begin at 6 p.m. with Mass in the school chapel. For info, call Paul Andruczyk, Class of 1958, at 662-3459 or email

The North Tonawanda High School Class of 1969 will hold its 45th reunion from 6 to 11 p.m. July 19 in Gratwick Hose Fire Hall, 110 Ward Road, North Tonawanda. Tickets are $30. For info, visit or email Mike Janda at

Maryvale High School is holding its 13th annual all classes reunion from noon to dusk July 26 in Cheektowaga Town Park, Harlem Road. Anyone who attended Maryvale is welcome. Cost is $5 per household to cover the cost of the shelter, hot dogs and pop.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Cole Tripp Leonard, Lillian Ungerleider, Larry Playfair, Steve Watson, Dee Maher, Billy Hill, Sister Therese Marie Kodz, Frank Sholtez, Eleanor Pastwik, Jan Miller, Morgan Campany, John Schuhmacher, Michele Fiorella, Conor Nowak, Sharon Schwedt, Natalie Palmowski, Jennifer Lee Pirritano and Neil Lange.


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