OLAF FUB SEZ: According to novelist Herman Melville, born on this date in 1819, “It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.”
Would it be a good thing,
Never being able to die?
Nothing could end a life,
No matter what one would try.
Being able to survive
Through the worst of everything.
Staying alive and well,
Not even feeling a sting.
Lack of rain and drought,
Or dry, parched land.
Not even heavy winds
Or swirling desert sand.
The heaviest of rains
That would normally cause a flood.
Even a disastrous landslide,
Filled with boulders and mud.
Poisons have been tried,
But to no avail.
Everything can be attempted,
They will continue to fail.
Longevity such as this
Is very hard to come by.
Few things on earth accomplish it
Though many give it a try.
What is it that continues to skirt death,
To live well and succeed?
The bane of gardeners everywhere,
That nasty, pesky weed.
– Nelson R. Locher
PICK UP 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 through the end of this month. There’s a wide selection of handmade items for the whole family, including pets.
TASTE TREATS – Half a dozen new restaurants have joined the lengthy lineup for the 13th annual Taste of Clarence and Cruise Night sponsored by the Clarence Chamber of Commerce from 3 to 9 p.m. this Monday in Clarence Town Park, 10405 Main St.
In addition to the food and the cars, there will be music from Whirlin’ Disc deejays and live performances by The Trend and Terry Buchwald with his tribute to Elvis. There also will be a marketplace featuring nearly three dozen local businesses and organizations and a 100-basket raffle.
KIDS DAY – The Buffalo Zoo’s Zoomobile will be among the attractions as the South Park Youth Association hosts a free program for children beginning at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Agatha’s Hall, 53 Alamo Place. There also will be clowns and a free lunch. All are welcome.
TRACING TWAIN – During his years in Buffalo, from 1869 to 1871, Mark Twain was a co-owner of the Morning Express newspaper, got married, became a father and made the decision to become a full-time author. In a tour called “Mark Twain’s Buffalo by Bus,” beginning at 6 p.m. Thursday, Explore Buffalo will visit the sites where he lived, worked and left his legacy.
The tour will start from the First Presbyterian Church on Symphony Circle and will include a visit to the Mark Twain Room in the Central Library downtown. Leading the tour will be Tom Reigstad, author of “Scribblin’ for a Livin’: Mark Twain’s Pivotal Period in Buffalo.” Tickets are $35. For tickets and more info, call 245-3032 or visit explorebuffalo.org.
REUNION TIME – Tuesday is the deadline to reserve a place at the Bishop Fallon High School all-years reunion Saturday in DiTondo’s Restaurant, 370 Seneca St. The Class of 1966 will be celebrating its 50th anniversary. Tickets are $35 and include a steak dinner and four hours of open bar starting at 4 p.m. For reservations, call Frank Longo at 873-1689 or Manny Aja at 689-2668 or visit the website at bishopfallon.org.
The Class of 1958 from South Park High School will hold their reunion picnic from 2 p.m. to dusk Thursday in the Commissioner’s Cabin in Chestnut Ridge Park in Orchard Park. For info and to say they’re coming, classmates should call Loretta Sterling at 822-6028 or email email@example.com.
The Bennett High School Class of 1971 will hold its 45th reunion Aug. 12 and 13, with a social gathering from 4 to 9 p.m. Friday, a tour of the school from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and an all-white dinner at 6 p.m. Saturday. Reservations are needed for all events. Email Bennettreunion71@gmail.com or visit the Bennett HS Class of 1971 page on Facebook.
The Class of 1950 from North Tonawanda High School will celebrate its 66th anniversary at its annual luncheon reunion at noon Aug. 12 in Pane’s Restaurant, 984 Payne Ave., North Tonawanda. For more info, call 946-0186.
Bishop Colton High School will hold its annual all-year reunion Oct. 2 and organizers especially would like to hear from members of the Class of 1966. The reunion will include Mass at 10 a.m. in the Villa Maria Convent Chapel, 600 Doat St., and lunch at noon in the Millennium Hotel Buffalo, 2040 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga. For more info, call Mary Ann Wieczorek at 674-3838 or contact Annmarie Nichter by calling 813-985-4368 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Ron Oswald, Mark Butler, Cleveland Fleming, Selina Volpatti, Teresa Reile, Winston Chang, Peter Nowicki, Kathleen Rooney, Tiffany R. Crews, Betty A. Lewis, Stella Barnashuk, William Eadie, Denton Jajkowski, Francis Klys, Jeanette Shields, Ashlyn Tiberio, Brad Kovach, Jeannette Shields, Sister Catherine Taberski, Judy Farry, Kenny Liszewski, Jo Polowy, Sue Lampke, Ed Marschner, Father John Kuhlmann and Mary Clare Kurzanski.