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OLAF FUB SEZ: A verse for aging baby boomers from poet Phyllis McGinley, born on this date in 1905, "Seventy is wormwood,/ Seventy is gall/ But it's better to be seventy,/ Than not alive at all."

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Words

Like birds, my words just fly away

Escaping me of late

As I grow older, it gets worse

I guess that is my fate.

When verbs and nouns and adjectives

like all bright colors fade

How can a poet write a poem

without these tools of the trade?

Without words, what can one say?

How will you describe a lovely day?

The sun is simple, the sky seems bare

The trees are gray, the lake like air

The senses dull, the heart grows cold

As thoughts slip by, how does one hold

the words which tumbled into rhyme?

So long ago when there was time.

-- Diana Notaro

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LOOKING BACK -- The host of the Forgotten Buffalo Tours, Marty Biniasz, will bring back the good old days when he speaks to the next general meeting of the West Seneca Historical Society at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the West Seneca Senior Center, 4620 Seneca St. All are invited. Refreshments will be served.

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DINERS WANTED -- Global African Village, an all-volunteer nonprofit agency that assists the impoverished Bagishu people of eastern Uganda, is sponsoring a fundraiser Tuesday in Friendly's, 4350 Maple Road, Amherst. Eat there between 5 and 8 p.m., and a portion of your bill goes to support the agency and its work. For info, visit www.globalafricanvillage.org.

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SOUP'S ON -- Queen of Angels Parish will hold a free-will-offering soup supper from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Social Center, Warsaw and Electric avenues, Lackawanna. A variety of soups will be offered, along with bread and a beverage. Donations will benefit local food pantries.

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SMALL FAVORS -- The 2011 Provisional Class of the Junior League of Buffalo has started a baby furniture drive to benefit the Priscilla Project sponsored by Jericho Road Ministries. The effort, which continues through April 2, will help local refugees who are expectant mothers.

Only cribs, car seats and "pack and plays" will be accepted. Donations can be dropped off at Jericho Road Ministries, 184 Barton St., from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. Phone ahead at 348-3000. They also will be accepted at Junior League headquarters, 45 Elmwood Ave., from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. Phone 884-8865. Items also may be considered for pickup by calling Julie Fanuti at 481-1644.

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MILITARY NOTES -- Army Reserve Spc. Timothy J. Perrin, son of Timothy R. Perrin of Jamestown and Sandt M. Jones of Greenhurst, has returned from deployment in Iraq. A 2008 graduate of Maple Grove High School, Bemus Point, he is a wheeled vehicle mechanic with three years in the military.

Airman Derek T. Geiger and Airman Brittany P. Willis recently completed basic training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio.

Geiger, son of Susan Geiger of Medina, is a 2009 graduate of Medina High School. Willis, niece of Kyle Willis of Cheektowaga, is a 2009 graduate of Iroquois Central High School.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Matthew Dickey, Shea Post, Liz Kolken, Collin Schaller, TuWanner Cleveland, Virginia Kicman, Don Dohn, Rich Pokorny, Peter Brown, Tim Maher, Sharon Cosimano, Linda Tender, Rev. Dr. Ralph Anderson, Robert W. Yeates, Suzie Gorski, Lisa Wolin, Lorretta Binga, Liam Robshaw, Elizabeth Hatrick, Ryan Shafer, Carol Terragnoli, Carol Phillips, Deanna L. Zak, Richie Wilczak, Timothy Kish, Dr. John Akiki, Tim Wienckowski and Pat Toepfer.

e-mail: olaffub@buffnews.com

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