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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to French actress Brigitte Bardot, born on this date in 1934, “What could be more beautiful than a dear old lady growing wise with age? Every age can be enchanting, provided you live within it.”

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Sit Down

I sat in your kitchen and we drank tea.

I was so enamored by your presence my nervous hands knocked the mug of boiling perfection onto your tablecloth.

Frantically, I scan and search for a napkin before you gently clasp my hands in yours,

Effectively terminating my frenzied plight, warmly telling me it was alright.

Looking down on the deep brown stain, now drying against the delicate white fabric,

A stain that became a memory of our time together.

That same stained tablecloth now strung up in the art gallery,

Would you have ever thought

That one day the tablecloth I thought I had ruined – the tablecloth you called a piece of art after my clumsy encounter with a teacup, would be in an art gallery?

I would have never thought.

– Imani Seymour

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CALLING RADIO STARS – WNY Players will hold open auditions this week for a series of radio plays they will perform in early November in the Brighton Place Library, 999 Brighton Road, Town of Tonawanda. Tryouts at the library will be from 6 to 7:45 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday in the library. The plays include “The Singing Detective,” Agatha Christie’s “The Mousetrap” and two other radio plays from the 1940s. No monologues are required. The audition will simply involve doing a reading. For info and to sign up, call 332-4375.

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WHY FAITH FADES – A program entitled “Leaving God? Insights From Those Who’ve Walked Away From Church” will be part of a coffeehouse discussion of experiences with religion at 7 p.m. this Monday in Lifetree Cafe at First Trinity Lutheran Church, 1570 Niagara Falls Blvd., Town of Tonawanda. For info, call Martin Doster at 835-2220 or visit Lifetreecafe.com.

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PROPOSING A PRIDE – The North Buffalo Community Lions Club will hold an informational meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the North Buffalo Community Center, 203 Sanders Road. Dress will be casual. Light refreshments will be served.

Organizers believe they soon will have enough members to officially charter the club. Charter member applications will be available at the meeting. For more info, email Sheila Jones at shehar@msn.com.

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REUNION TIME – The Mount St. Joseph Alumnae will hold their annual Mass and luncheon Saturday in Classics V Banquet Center, 2425 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst. The Mass will be offered at 11:30 a.m., with the luncheon to follow at 12:30 p.m. All graduates and friends are welcome. Tickets are $25. Proceeds will benefit the Sisters of St. Joseph in Clarence. For tickets and info, call Judy Douglas, Class of 1963, at 688-6833 or email jdouglas021@gmail.com.

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VALUE JUDGMENTS – Find out what your stamp collection is worth when the Olean Area Stamp Club holds its 19th annual Stamp and Postcard Show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in the Elks Club, 209 W. State St., Olean, two blocks west of the intersection of Routes 417 and 16.

Eight dealers from New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Maryland will be on hand, offering free appraisals. Dealers also will be buying and selling. An exhibit will focus on the postal history of Bradford, Pa. Parking and admission are free.

For info, call Ron Yeager at (814) 362-4471 or email cry@atlanticbb.net.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Kelly Kaczor, Bruce Wawrzyniak, Shelley Dumpert, Rose Weinstein, Jim Lorentz, Jim Brady, Grace Halt, Phyllis Panek, Harken Graceffa, Suzanne Tiranno, Carole Pietrykowwski, Robert Maloney, Diane Helinski, Lydia Herren, Betty Hermann, Sally Schutt, Lori Vogt, Casey Erin Yeates, Florence Gerard, Rev. Bill Higgins, Lauren Roof, Morgan Farry, Paula Jeziorski, Connor Pellows and Jack Lempko.

email: olaffub@buffnews.com