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OLAF FUB SEZ: A favorite lyric from songwriter Irving Berlin, born Israel Isidore Baline on this date in 1888, “Got no mansion/ Got no yacht/ Still I’m happy with what I got/ I got the sun in the morning and the moon at night.”


Violets in the Grass

hold no complaint

against the old

golden bearded iris

whose myriad shoots

contain untold memories

of cool persistent rains.

Perennials preferably sup

on simple salutations

hardly ever think

of vacillating inclement weather.

Grass violets, however, pursue

despite the faint of heart

by their clever nature

endeavor valiant, violet

never better than the wind

refusing its scarf and sweater

between bouts of bright alluring sun

blooming beauty altogether.

– Janice S. Schlau


NOTED NAMESAKE – The president of D’Youville College, Sister Denise Roche, will speak about the life and legacy of St. Marguerite d’Youville in the Imagine Lecture Series at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Central Library in Lafayette Square in downtown Buffalo.

The program in the Ring of Knowledge on the main floor of the Central Library opens at noon with a Great Courses video on the cathedral at Amiens, France.

Admission is free. You can purchase lunch at the library’s Fables Cafe or bring your own. The series is sponsored by the Center for the Study of Art, Architecture, History & Nature.


SEASON FINALE – Reservations are needed by Thursday for the final offering of the spring season in the Let’s Do Lunch series in the Orchard Park Presbyterian Church, 4369 S. Buffalo St., Orchard Park.

Featured in the program at 11:30 a.m. May 21 will be the Grandfather’s Band, returning by popular demand. All are welcome. Cost is $8. For reservations, call the church office at 622-9348.


REUNION TIME – The Lafayette High School Alumni Association will induct distinguished graduates into the LHS Wall of Fame, in a ceremony at 5 p.m. May 29. Tickets are $20 and include a reception before the ceremony and a buffet dinner afterward. For tickets, call Ralph Delmont at 204-8927. No tickets will be sold at the door.

Inductees include Richard Lipsitz, ’36; Catherine Catanzaro Koenig, ’39; George Barnes, ’55; Alfred Coppola, ’60; Tony Giardina, ’64; Joseph Parisi, ’70; Gino Pizzone, ’75; Gilbert Maxwell, ’77; Scott Baker, ’81; Louis Pozantides, ’82; Kathleen Book Gary, ’83; Tim “T.J.” Jackson, ’83; and Anthony Triulizio, ’87.

The Class of 1954 from Tonawanda High School will observe its 50th reunion with a cash bar get-together July 17 in the Elks Lodge, 55 Main St., City of Tonawanda, and a dinner July 18 in the Four Points Hotel, 7001 Buffalo Ave., Niagara Falls. For more info, see the class Facebook page.

The Kensington High School Class of 1965 will celebrate its 50th reunion with a picnic from noon to 4 p.m. Aug. 8 in Banchetti’s Banquet Grove, 550 North French Road, Getzville.

Also being planned are a gathering at 6 p.m. Aug. 6 in Macaroon’s, George Urban Boulevard and Dick Road, Cheektowaga, and tours of the school. Deadline for reservations is June 24. Call Gail Taube Yuhnke at 946-5443 or Bill Bauza at 837-2421 or email

The Lancaster High School Class of 1965 is looking for classmates to help celebrate its 50th reunion with a get-together Aug. 15 in Frank’s Grille, 5820 Broadway, Lancaster, and a picnic Aug. 16 in Como Park, Lancaster. To provide current contact information, email the committee at For further details, call Joe Brunet at 685-4073.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Ludwig Zanner, Karen Alfasso, Jennifer Domagalski, Dennis Maloney, Dan Neaverth, Sharon Chang, Matthew Pankiewicz, Judy Thomas, Monsignor Bill Gallagher, Bruce Blackwell, Connor Halt, Marie Menza, Bob Erker, David Recktenwalt, Carolyn Vogt, Spencer Lee Vogt, Dave Cohen, Pat Szymanski, Jennifer Ricketts Pici and Terry Daniels.