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Reporters’ Notebook (July 11)

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to President John Quincy Adams, born on this date in 1767, “Old minds are like old horses; you must exercise them if you wish to keep them in working order.”

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Unexpected Company

It was a fuzzy brown thing

I spotted on the lawn

A little after dawn

As I picked up the paper.

Not wearing my glasses,

I saw mostly a blur

And I wasn’t sure.

Is it a robin?

No, not big enough.

A squirrel?

No, bigger!

Suddenly, the fuzzy thing took off

And I saw his big white fluff.

“It’s Peter Cottontail!” I shouted.

“Hello, Mr. Rabbit!”

What a great way

To start my day.

– Joyce L. Wilson

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NEED A GIFT? – The Sewing Group from the Kenmore Mercy Hospital Auxiliary is holding a sale from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. every Monday in the hospital atrium during the summer months, beginning this month. There’s a wide selection of handmade items for the whole family, including the pets.

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HOT OFF THE GRILL – St. Stephen’s Bethlehem United Church of Christ is sponsoring a BW’s chicken barbecue from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in Island Park Pavilion as part of Williamsville Old Home Days. Dinners are $10 for adults, $6 for children. Dinners also can be picked up at the church, 750 Wehrle Drive between South Forest and South Union roads, Amherst, with reservations. Call 632-4226.

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LEARNING CURVE – The second in a series of free computer classes for Town of Lockport residents will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday in Lockport Town Hall, 6560 Dysinger Road. This week instructor Sara Taylor will take up Word Intermediate, covering all the common uses of this software. To register, call 433-5935, ext. 3, or visit lockportlibrary.org.

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HELP WANTED – People Inc. is hiring caregivers to assist people with disabilities with personal care, household duties and recreational activities so they can live independently. Open interviews will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Thursday in the Hampton Inn, 49 Olean St., East Aurora.

Applications for full- and part-time staff at group homes, community-based instructors and nurses will be accepted for day, evening and overnight positions. For a limited time, there is a $500 signing bonus for direct care positions.

Job descriptions and benefits are listed online at people-inc.org. No appointment is needed. For more info, call 322-7050. Those unable to attend may apply online at people-inc.org/careers.

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THE WRITE STUFF – Writing workshops for incoming high school juniors and seniors to get them ready for the writing in college will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Mondays beginning next week at Dog Ears Bookstore & Cafe, 688 Abbott Road. Workshops will continue through Aug. 15.

Instructor will be Emily Saeli, who recently earned a degree in writing and rhetoric from Hobart and William Smith Colleges. She has been teaching the basics of writing to college students for three years. Cost is $5 per session. For more info, call 823-2665 or visit dogearsbookstore.org.

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REUNION ALERT – The 25th annual Kensington High School Alumni Association picnic will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Aug. 13 in Banchetti by Rizzo’s Banquet Grove, 550 North French Road, Getzville. The Classes of 1956 and 1961 will be celebrating their 60th and 55th reunions.

Cost is $20. Reservations must be prepaid. Deadline is July 24. For info, call Connie Severson at 668-1455.

The Class of 1962 from Fosdick Masten Girls Vocational High School is having a reunion Sept. 10 in Grapevine Banquets, 333 Dick Road, Cheektowaga. For more info, call Barb Casell at 353-1011.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Jonathon Welch, Greg Lodinsky, Christine Malarkey, Leah Krzemien, Helen Seltzer, Dick “The Destroyer” Beyer, Kevin Enser, Rose McCabe, Sister Rose Marie Kustko, Shannon Halt, Zoe Stablewski, Sydney Shoffstall, Giavanne Granelli, Stephen Cieslica, Peter Lawrence Cieslica, Ron Michnik, Ginny Cummings, Madison Baginski, Christine Kowalewski, Donna J. Phillips, Susan Higgins, David Knab, Marcia Sickau, Conrad Cieslinski, Kenneth Roetzer and Ann Kowal.

email: olaffub@buffnews.com