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OLAF FUB SEZ: A thought for the Buffalo Garden Festival from French philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau, born on this date in 1712, "Plant and your spouse plants with you; weed and you weed alone."


Ode to the Gardens

Bromeliads and lily pads and a Monkey Puzzle Tree that's not,

I work in a house that's made of glass and, oh boy, inside it's hot!

There's ferns with horns and fiddleheads and one they call Maiden Hair,

There's Koi in a pond and a waterfall beyond and Thunbergia fills the air.

See dinosaurs and plants with spores and Birds of Paradise,

Come visit with me and you'll agree that this place is oh, so nice!

It's open all year, there's nothing to fear, even when the outside water hardens.

Why, it's down the street in a place you know as the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens.

-- Bob Snyder

Bob Snyder is a volunteer tour guide at the Botanical Gardens and trims the topiary dinosaurs in the fern house.


REUNION ALERT -- The Class of 1960 from Mount St. Joseph Academy holds its 50th reunion July 16 in Samuel's Grande Manor, 8750 Main St., Clarence, with a cash bar and dinner at 5 p.m.. Reservations are due by Wednesday. Call 689-4664.

The Alden High School Class of 1965 will gather for an informal evening at 7 July 30 in Murray McCann's Bar and Grill, 2500 George Urban Blvd., Depew. The following evening, classmates will meet for hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar at 6 in McGavin's Restaurant & Pub, 12442 Broadway, Alden. Dinner is at 7 and is $30 a person. Tickets must be ordered in advance. For info, call Shelly and Gary Smith at 683-4356 or Kathy Richardson Koch at (585) 356-5502.

The 100th anniversary reunion of the descendants of Giles and Sarah Dodd White will be held at 12:30 p.m. Aug. 7 in Celoron Fire Hall, 92 Dunham Ave. Those attending should bring a dish to pass and their own table service. Beverages will be provided. After the meal, there will be a business meeting and election of officers, followed by a white elephant auction, a chance auction and an opportunity to get acquainted. Members are encouraged to bring wrapped items for the white elephant auction and unwrapped items for the chance auction. For info, call Cecile Wilson at 483-0101 or e-mail

The Class of 1960 from Lackawanna High School will hold its 50th reunion Aug. 20 in LaGalleria Restaurant, 3923 Southwestern Blvd., Orchard Park. Dinner is $40 per person. Reservations are due by July 15. For information, call Tonika Todorovich at 662-2395 or Gail Evans at 627-5660.


BERRY BEAT -- New Hope United Methodist Church, 2846 Seneca St., West Seneca, holds its annual strawberry festival from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday. In addition to strawberry treats, there will be hot dogs, hamburgers and beverages available. The West Seneca Town Band plays at 6 p.m.


MILITARY NOTES -- Army National Guard Pvt. Justin A. Salas and Army Reserve Pfc. Demarr D. Wright have completed basic training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. Salas, the son of Minerva Rojas of the Town of Tonawanda, is a 2009 graduate of Kenmore West High School. Wright, son of Josephine Wright of Lackawanna, is a 2009 graduate of Lackawanna High School.

Army Pfc. Timothy J. Podlewski and Army Pvt. Eric W. Randall recently completed basic and advanced training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga. Podlewski, son of Tom and Linda Podlewski of Buffalo, is a 2004 graduate of Kenmore West High School. Randall, son of Kenneth and Kathleen Randall of the Town of Tonawanda, is a 2008 graduate of Kenmore East High School.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Grace Weiss, Samuel Jordan, Sarah Louise McDonald, Mary Zanghi, Herb Krigger, Garrett Rosen, Kitty Siegel, Kyle Ziemba, Nick Klentos, Tim Klentos, Greg Lexner, Remo Ferrelli, Sister Mary Jean Sliwinski, Kacy Santora, Kristina Tutuska, Stephen Chilcott, Avery Allison, Cathy Leslie, Gail Fronczak, Cal Tomaka, Matthew McCarthy.


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