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OLAF FUB SEZ: Words of warning from American filmmaker Ken Burns, born on this date in 1953: “It is the great arrogance of the present to forget the intelligence of the past.”

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NATURE CALLS – Eighty years ago, four Civilian Conservation Corps camps worked along the Genesee River in laying the foundation of modern day Letchworth State Park. The Friends of Letchworth State Park and the Genesee State Park Region will honor the successful Great Depression-era program Saturday with a “CCC Recognition Day.”

The day-long event starts at 9 a.m. with a special flag-raising ceremony at the CCC memorial flagpole near the Lower Falls Restaurant and continues with tours of the CCC camp sites. Call (585) 493-3637 for more info.

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BLACK ROCK NEWS – Learn about “Flowers and Plants in the Bible and in Buffalo” during a lecture at 1 p.m. Saturday by Dr. B.G. Flickinger in the Black Rock Historical Society, 1902 Niagara St. Call 440-9016 for more info.

The 11th annual Black Rock and Riverside Tour of Gardens will take place from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday. The free, self-guided tour features more than 50 gardens. Visit brrtourofgardens.com or call Sharon Adler at 877-2740 for more info.

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CLEARED FOR TAKEOFF – Wings Flights of Hope holds its annual barbecue fundraiser from 4 to 10 p.m. Saturday at the Wings Pavilion, 3964 California Road, Orchard Park. There will be live music, food, auctions, raffles and more. Tickets are $35 presale, or $40 at the door. All the proceeds go to Wings Flight, which offers free medical flights to patients. Call 667-0815 for more info.

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LIVING HISTORY – A Civil War panel discussion takes place Saturday afternoon in St. Bonaventure University’s Rigas Theater of the Quick Center for the Arts during the 30th annual reunion of the Descendents of the 154th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment. Most of the unit’s men were from Cattaraugus and Chautauqua counties. Reunion activities begin at 3:45 p.m. and are free and open to the public. A closing barbecue and concert at 6 p.m. is $30. Register online by Wednesday at sbu.edu/154threunion.

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CHEAP FINDS – Alden’s annual Village-Wide Garage Sale will be held Saturday. Homes, churches and organizations throughout the village will hold individual sales. A garage sale and craft vendors also will be at the farmers market from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Hours for private sales may vary. For more information, call the Alden Chamber of Commerce, 937-6177.

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ON THE WATERFRONT – A two-hour boat tour along Buffalo’s historic waterfront leaves the Miss Buffalo dock at the Erie Basin Marina at 12:30 p.m. Saturday. The Industrial Heritage Committee offers the tour of the history and technology of grain elevators, flour mills and other industries and green space along the Buffalo River and City Ship Canal. Tickets are $18 for adults; $12 for children 4 to 11; and free for children 3 and under. Other tours are scheduled for Saturdays, Aug. 15 and Sept. 5; Sunday Aug. 16; and Monday, Sept. 7, Labor Day. For reservations, call 856-6696.

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POLKA, POLKA, POLKA – It’s time for the annual Shishkababa & Kaiserbob Polka Fest from 1 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday in Church of St. Casimir, 160 Cable St. There will be live music, food, refreshments and kids’ activities. Call 824-9589 for more info.

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REUNION TIME – Anyone who attended or taught at Parker High School in Clarence through 1954 is invited to attend the annual reunion Saturday at Clarence Town Park on Main Street. Lunch at 1 p.m. catered by Clarence Grill is $15 and will be followed by Rick Partese and his swing band playing music from the 1940s. Call 631-5022 for more info.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Elaine Richau, Mike Beebe, Eddy Dobosiewicz, Terrie Maurer, Sasha Frankhauser, James Domagalski, Steve Fleissig, Allison Powell, Peter Ciszkowski, Louan Westfield, Kelly Zabawa, Sr. Mary Michelle Mazur, Sr. Michelle Marie Stachowiak, Sr. Mary Jessica Terek, Kathy Ross, Paula Szymkowiak, Reese Barbara Vogt, Diane Skinner, Denise Adrian, Janice Klyczek, Jim Sumbrum, Haven Dove-Hampton, Kim Kamrowski, Corry Cuoco, Terrie Kelly, Valerie Pierro, Jill Packard and Judy Quagliana.

AND THURSDAY - Ed Drozen, Sue Joffe, Ivory Payne, Joey Ciesinski, Patty Edbauer, Doreen Gates, Sr. Mary Rose Szymanski, Sr. Mary Christine Stankiewicz, Sandy Brind’Amour, Paul McGavis, Russell Messier, Steve Ruszczyk, Marilyn McGurn, Meghan Landseadel and Rose Cannon.

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