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OLAF FUB SEZ: Deductive reasoning from comedian Robin Williams, born on this date in 1952, “What’s right is what’s left if you do everything else wrong.”


Bumble Bee

So slow to land, so quietly,

what he discovers

on a shoulder

or cool cotton cover,

a “ bee vs. human”


one by lonely one,

dropping, drooping


from a seriously stalwart

sympathetic tree

no book or pen in hand,

no errands to run,

minions to command

or mouths to feed

just the humble bumble


a soft summer’s sung song

and curiosity

– Janice Schlau


GIDDYUP! – The International Cody Family Association, which unites all the descendants of Philip and Martha of Beverly, who immigrated to the Massachusetts Bay Colony around 1698, will hold its annual reunion Thursday through Sunday in Jamestown and the Chautauqua Institution. The most famous of the Codys is the legendary bison hunter and showman Buffalo Bill.

While many activities are for Cody Family members, everyone’s invited to take part in a Western Parade sponsored by the City of Jamestown on Saturday, the 10th annual National Day of the Cowboy.

It starts at 9 a.m. from the corner of Third Street and Foote Avenue and ends with a military salute to Buffalo Bill at the Jamestown Gateway Train Station, 211-217 W. Second St.

Organizers say the parade will include cowboys and Indians, marching bands, trick riders on horses and antique wagons and cars. The procession will be streamed live on the Internet. For info and to sign up to march or ride in the parade, visit


LOOKING BACK – Descendants of the 154th New York Volunteers Infantry, a Civil War regiment raised in 1862 in Cattaraugus and Chautauqua counties, will hold their 29th annual reunion at 2 p.m. Aug. 2 at Gowanda Post 409, American Legion, 41 Mill St., Gowanda.

The 154th New York, known as the Hardtack Regiment, took part in many of the great campaigns and battles of the war, including Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Chattanooga, the Atlanta campaign and Gen. Sherman’s marches through Georgia and the Carolinas.

Mark H. Dunkelman of Providence, R.I., author of five books and dozens of articles on 154th New York history, will preside, as he has every year since the reunions began in 1986. He is the great-grandson of John Langhans of Ellicottville, who served as a corporal in the 154th.

Highlight will be a program, starting at 2 p.m., that commemorates the regiment’s role in the battles of Atlanta campaign in the words of the soldiers who took part, through readings from their letters and diaries.

Anyone descended from a member of the 154th is welcome. The public also is invited. Everyone attending will receive a souvenir ribbon and a map of the Atlanta Campaign. For info, call Dunkelman at (401) 369-0637 or email


OTHER REUNIONS – A reunion of faculty and alumni from Clarence’s former Parker High School through 1954 will be held at 12:30 p.m. Aug. 2 in Clarence Town Park, 10405 Main St. Tickets are $12. For info, call 633-5309, 759-2546 or 741-2276 or email

The Class of 1959 from Mount Mercy Academy will hold its 55th reunion at 5 p.m. Sept. 5 in Russell’s Steaks, Chops & More, 6675 Transit Road, Lancaster. Cost is $55. Reservations are needed by Aug. 15. Checks payable to 1959 Reunion should be sent to 37 Strathmore Ave., Buffalo, NY 14220. For info, call 675-9314.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Carolyn Concannon, Susan Kelley, Shelly Conway Kennedy Pat Daley, Kavonna Ann Hargro, Minister Richard Flood, Catherine Nugent-Panepinto, Terrie Benson Murray, Brad Philipps, Julie Chase, Samantha Bonitati, Sister Mary Edmund Gorski, Staryl Glynn, Loughan Driscoll, Monsignor David M. Lee, Corry Powley, Sydney Stisser, Bethany Charles Domanowski, Deborah Deubell, Natalie Klyczek, Joan Portik, Lynn TinHan, Susan Wilke, Judy Catalano, Harry Catalano, Eli Platt, Koston Kelly, Mark Marth and Mike Marth.


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