OLAF FUB SEZ: According to British poet, dramatist and “Beggar’s Opera” author John Gay, born on this date in 1685, “Tell me and I forget. Show me and I remember. Involve me and I understand.”
Bold cowbirds rest on silos
every now and then
tractors rethink the landscape
in the hamlet of Rock Glen
A deep ravine or feeder creek
habitat for rabbit or red hen
captive stones tease the Oatka
subsist plainly in Rock Glen
No room here for hefty holsteins
grazing afar in open pens
Fast tabby cats run rampant
amid old fields of Rock Glen
A schoolhouse long abandoned
by students way back then
now serves penurious sweet peas
unapplauded in Rock Glen
By evening the chug of train cars
across the roadway plays mayhem
with the deep mysterious solace
over undiscovered Rock Glen
– Janice Schlau
HOT WHEELS – The first of two cruise nights sponsored by the Western New York Railway Historical Society takes place from 5 p.m. to dusk today at the Lehigh Valley Historic Site, 86 S. Long St., Williamsville. Members of Corvettes of Buffalo will display their cars. Admission and parking are free. For info, call 837-1791 or visit www.wnyrhs.com.
VOYAGE INTO HISTORY – Celebrate the Fourth with a trip back in time. The Industrial Heritage Committee will hold the first of this summer’s Historic Buffalo River Tours on Friday.
The two-hour tours, which cover the history, architecture and technology of the grain elevators, flour mills and other industries along the Buffalo River, leave at 12:30 p.m. from the Miss Buffalo Dock in Erie Basin Marina.
Tickets are $18 for adults, $12 for kids 4 to 11. Younger children are free. For reservations, call Buffalo Harbor Cruises at 856-6696. Additional river tours will be held July 20, Aug. 2, Aug. 17 and twice on Labor Day, Sept. 1.
CARS AND DRIVERS – The AARP Smart Driver Course, formerly known as 55 Alive, will be offered from 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 7 and 8 in the theater room at Asbury Pointe Retirement Community, 50 Stahl Road, Getzville.
The course, designed to promote independence for drivers 50 and older, is open to the public. Cost is $20 for AARP members and $25 for non-members. Space is limited. Reservations are required. For info and reservations, call 810-7500.
SAIL AWAY – A few reservations are left for the 15th Annual Jack Beatty Memorial Hospice Cruise and Clambake July 11 at the Youngstown Yacht Club, 491 Water St., Youngstown.
Members of the yacht club and other boaters will donate their craft and time to take guests on a three-hour cruise on the lower Niagara River. Along the way, they’ll enjoy snacks, beverages and music on the river by the Junkyard Dogs.
Registration and send-off on the boats begins at 2 p.m. The clambake and buffet, which features auctions and live music by Soul Committee, gets under way at 5:30 p.m.
Tickets are $150 for the cruise and clambake, $60 for the clambake only. Proceeds benefit Niagara Hospice. For info and to register, visit www.niagarahospiceregatta.com. To volunteer, sponsor or donate items for the event, call Maureen Rizzo at 280-0728.
REUNION TIME – The West Seneca High School Class of 1954 will hold its 60th reunion from 2 to 6 p.m. July 27 in Gregor’s Garden Grove Banquet Hall, 3270 Clinton St., West Seneca. For info, call Elaine Mooney Domino at 681-1215.
The Class of 1974 at Bishop Turner High School held a reunion in 1984, then the school closed, and it’s taken them 30 years to organize another one. It takes place Aug. 23 at Elma Meadows. For tickets and info, call Joe Wasik at 400-5194 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Lackwanna High School Class of 1969 will hold its 45th reunion at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 27 in J’s White Elephant, 1404 Abbott Road, Lackawanna. For info, call Dennis Wnuk at 648-3649 or email email@example.com.
Over the years, the Class of 1965 from LaSalle Senior High School in Niagara Falls have held reunions in Denver, Colo., and Las Vegas, Nev. For their 50th next year, they’re heading to Fort Myers, Fla., on April 17 and 18. Cost is $115. For info, call Barbara Kramarz-Kidwell at (239) 433-2533 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Patrick Meegan, Max Leatherbarrow, Aaron Mentkowski, Dianne Bennett, Michelle Petrazzoulo, Lindy Korn, Casey Stashenko, Carmina Rogers, Chris Cummings, John Cipolla, Peggy Horlein, Ryan Ryan, Lisa Keane, Sue Cook, Eileen Penkalski, Frank Stasio, Ryan Tune, Taylor K. Cotter, John Racsumberger, Carm Rogers, Jackie Kaminski, Norm Dziadaszek, Adam Musilli, Tracey Haffner, Ashley McNamara, Nicholas McGillicuddy, Carol Hartwell, Michael J. Chiodo, Patricia Lauer, Augustus Caeser Coventry and Kathy Simonetta.