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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson, born on this date in 1966, "Everyone has a plan 'til they get punched in the mouth."


TAKING WING -- Gooseneck Hill Waterfowl Sanctuary, 5067 Lindsley, Townline Road, West Valley, reopens for visitors from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sundays during July and August, director Rosemary Miner reports. Its aviaries, two of the largest in the U.S., are home to more than 70 baby waterfowl this year.

In all, there are more than 400 geese, ducks and swans, some of them endangered, protected or just plain exotic. Visitors can feed the geese and the Koi fish in the ponds. Admission is $7 adults, $5 seniors and children under 12. Group tours are available by appointment on weekdays. For info, call 942-6835 or visit


DOING LUNCH -- "The Stay Fit Dining Program is the best kept secret in Erie County," says Richard Derwood, fitness instructor for the program sponsored by the Erie County Department of Senior Services. It's a noon lunch program that offers hot, nutritious meals at 45 senior centers, community centers and other locations throughout the county. Many also offer associated social activities and exercise programs.

In summer, picnic menus are featured with cold plates and seasonal foods, including hamburgers, Polish sausage, grilled chicken breast, potato and macaroni salads and fresh fruit. Confidential donations of $2.50 are suggested, but nobody is turned away if they can't pay. Some locations even accept EBT cards and food stamps. For meal sites, visit or call 858-7639.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Kerri Wahl, Casey Stashenko, Marie Abbarno, Thomas Stevanoff, Josh Knauber, Patrick Meegan, Maxwell Leatherbarrow, Peggy Horlein, Frank Stasio, Carmina Rogers, Ryan Ryan, Taylor K. Cotter, Courtney Cerrone, Sue Cook, Jennifer Jones, Molly Gillen, Chris Cummings, John Cipolla, Jackie Kaminski, Lyn Bullock, Michael Chiodo, Nicholas McGillicuddy, Wally Przepasniak, Joshua J. Duquin, Norm Dziadaszak, Aaron Mentkowski, Dianne Bennett and John Racsumberger.

AND THURSDAY -- Sharon Pokorny, Erin Haggerty, Christine Yaskow, Al Zabawa, Andrea Prioli, Sister Mary Marcilla Slomka, Dennis Ratchuk, Marissa Badaszewski, Patrick Eckert, Mackenzie Bartus, Debbie Knauber, Ray Kickman, Donte Robinson, Helen Marien, Joe Rooney, Doris Wodzinski, Sharon Guarino, Naomi Lalley, Sophia Bauer, Lou Michel, Jeff Bender, Barbara Schlant, Cathy Lempko and Judy Vangalio.

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