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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to guitar great Chet Atkins, born on this date in 1924, "Once you become predictable, no one's interested any more."

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Why?

Why are we filled with elation

At the prospect of summer vacation?

When we never can seem to learn

to tan ourselves rather than burn.

And while torturing most of our skin

We drink too much tonic and gin.

Then the kids will invariably clash

because someone has teased with a splash.

And you soon find you feel like a fool

while you're screaming, "Get out of the pool!"

Then your teenagers' stereos blare

and it gives everyone quite a scare

And you hope that the summer won't prove

That your neighbors will ask you to move.

So why in the world are we glad

when summer begins and not sad?

This question is hardly simplistic.

But maybe we're plain masochistic.

-- Diana Notaro

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BERRIES PLUS -- There's more than strawberries at the strawberry social from 4:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday on the picnic grounds at St. Nicodemus Lutheran Church, 12029 Liberia Road, Marilla, half a mile east of Four Rod Road. In addition to the berries, the ice cream and the shortcake, there will be hamburgers, hot dogs, salads and beverages, plus music by Roger Hill. All are welcome.

Putting Buffalo's Larkin District into perspective is a program from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Montante Cultural Center at Canisius College. Moderator is Cynthia Van Ness of the Buffalo & Erie County Historical Society. A reception will precede the program. It's all free and open to the public.

Featured speakers in "Developing the Larkin District: Past, Present and Into the Future" include urban planner Chris Hawley, who has written a history on the district; University at Buffalo professor Jack Quinan, who will talk about "Frank Lloyd Wright's Larkin Administration Building: The Missing Link"; Canisius College professor Howard R. Stanger, who will talk about the rise and fall of the Larkin Co.; and Howard Zemsky, managing partner of the Larkin Development Group, which has overseen the revival of the district.

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REUNION CALL -- Active and alumni brothers of Gamma Delta Psi, the oldest surviving high school fraternity, will gather in Western New York on July 9 to honor their ninth Grand Brother inductee, William Fermole, a 1949 Niagara Falls High School graduate now living in Southern California.

The fraternity has had chapters at nine schools in Western New York and five in southern Ontario, and alumni are invited to attend the induction ceremony during the afternoon on Grand Island. Spouses are welcome at the dinner that evening in Fortuna's Restaurant, 827 19th St., Niagara Falls. For info, call Joe Williams at 570-1917.

The North Tonawanda High School Class of 1969 is joining with the Class of 1969 from Bishop Gibbons High School for a 60th birthday bash for classmates at 6 p.m. July 22 in Gratwick Lounge, 110 Ward Road, North Tonawanda. For info, e-mail Mike Janda at hoonda69@gmail.com or Dave Miller at dmiller07@verizon.net.

The South Park High School Class of 1960 is holding a reunion picnic from 10 a.m. to dusk July 16 in Stiglmeier Park, Cheektowaga. Attendance is free for those who bring a dish to pass. The committee will provide food and non-alcoholic beverages. Pre-registration is requested before June 30. Call Flo Rice O'Shei at 825-7003.

The 60th annual St. Boniface-Fruit Belt reunion will be held Aug. 3 in Protocol Restaurant, 6766 Transit Road, Amherst. Members of the St. Boniface Class of 1940, who originated the reunion in 1951, are especially welcome. For info, call Bob D'Angelo at 876-4458.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Judy Haueise, Donna Garrett, Erin Cole, Arlene Neely, Tim Taylor, Shawn Ryan, June Urbanski, Brian Kersten, Alicia Salerno, Kitty Segal, Becky Paolone, Marti Gorman, Caleria Karas Smith, Roberta Koseck, Nora Hooley, Ryan Burdick, Sandy Rishel, Carol Stedman, Carl Turchiarelli, Andrew Kraengel, Esther Herle, Linda Ziskowski, Kurt Colwell, Arlene Marsowicz and Victoria Chwalinski.

e-mail: olaffub@buffnews.com

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