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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to British novelist Fay Weldon, born on this date in 1931, "Beauty is the first present nature gives to women and the first it takes away."


HAPPY 100TH, MAY -- May Williams, of Montgomery Park in Amherst, will celebrate her 100th birthday today with a cake and a plaque that will be presented to her by staff and other residents of the nursing home.

Kara Fuller, enrichment coordinator at Montgomery Park, describes Williams as "an inspiring woman who has lived through amazing times in our country."

Born May Tobey in Utica, she wed her college sweetheart, Robert Williams, to whom she was married for more than 60 years. They raised a son and a daughter before she decided to enroll in the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute in Utica to indulge her love of painting.

"I thought, if I'm going to go to school to learn, I'm going to learn something I love," she said.

While at the arts institute, she branched out into other media, which was a triumph for a woman who recalled being terrified of trying her hand at art when she was younger.

After the death of her husband, she moved to Montgomery Park in 2004.

She maintains a good sense of humor and continues to be inquisitive.

"People speak of the good old days as days of younger years. It's not my younger years that I think of, though. It's my older years when I could explore the world and expand myself. Even now I do that. I won't stop until I take my last breath," she said.


IN VINO CARITAS -- Kevin Guest House on Ellicott Street, which provides a comfortable place to stay for patients and loved ones who come to Buffalo hospitals for medical treatment, has teamed with Just Vino, the nearby European-style wine bar at 846 Main St., in a special promotion that will please wine lovers and help the hospitality house, which serves more than 1,200 visitors each year.

Just Vino is featuring a Kevin Guest House wine flight through the end of September, a mini wine-tasting that offers samples of Zardetto Prosecco, Chauteau Lamothe 2008, Ruca Malen 2006 and Quinta Infantade Tawny Porto. Cost of the flight is $12, with $2 going to Kevin Guest House.


ANIMAL INSTINCTS -- Going to the dogs -- and cats -- is artist Brian Nesline, who has turned hundreds of self-portraits of Buffalonians into community art mosaics called Faces of Buffalo. This time the project is called Pet Faces of Buffalo.

The fundraiser to benefit the Pet Emergency Fund, which helps pay for emergency veterinary care if pet owners can't afford it, invites folks to submit drawings of their pets for a mosaic. Deadline for entries is Sept. 30. For details and an entry form, visit

"No special artistic skill is required, and it's for a good cause," Nesline says. "Just grab some crayons and markers, then dive in and have fun like when we were kids. Drawings can be childlike, stick-figured, abstract, cartoonlike -- any style works."


GOLDEN OLDIES -- A cornucopia of treasures is coming Sunday to the Polish Falcons Hall, 445 Columbia Ave., Depew. It's the Greater Buffalo Bottle Collectors Association's 11th annual show and sale, which runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Offered will be scads of antique bottles and glassware, household items, breweriana, postcards and advertising items. Admission is $2. Kids under 12 get in free. Free appraisals also are available. For information, call Dave Potter at 771-1581, Peter Jablonski at 440-7985 or Joe Guerra at 674-5750.


LADIES DAY -- The fourth annual Marie Jackson Women's Scramble Golf Tournament is set for Saturday at Cazenovia Park Golf Course. The fee is $45 and includes golf, a light lunch, refreshments and prizes. Proceeds from the tournament for the past three years have provided $8,400 in scholarships to help South Buffalo eighth-graders attend Catholic high schools. To play, call Patty Jackson-Doctor at 823-5862. To donate cash or a prize, call Patty or Paula Fitzgerald at 826-2622.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Katie Gruber, Sister Betty Ganci, Norm Murray, Fay Hoffman, Elizabeth Baumgart, Lucille Gavin, Maryann Brant, Brandon Kuczmarski, Denise Daniels, Pam Sprague, Billy Klimowicz, David Merrell, Jack Helinski, Diane Cielinski, Sally Langner, Eileen Wright, Trudy O'Brien, Kris Sheehan, Eric Palmer, Nyigel Spann, Mike Sullivan, Burke Glaser, Jeffrey Persutti, Lorraine Fini, Donald Daigler, Samantha Herberger, Joan Kowalewski, Gerry Aquilino.


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