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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to billionaire and former presidential candidate H. Ross Perot, born on this date in 1930, "If you see a snake, just kill it -- don't appoint a committee on snakes."


Revenge Fantasy

There's a treat I'm looking forward to

Far better than mink or sable.

Visiting a married son

And resting my shoes on his table.

I'll arrive at his house for dinner

Give him and his wife a hug,

Then track my muddy feet

Upon their new white rug.

If ever I'm asked to stay the night,

My morning will be blessed

By leaving a sopping towel

Atop an antique chest.

Then contritely, I'll say with a smile,

Should someone's temper get hot,

"I'm sorry for what I did,

Can't help it, I forgot!"

-- Diana Notaro


REUNION TIME -- The classes of 1962 and 1963 at Orchard Park High School are holding a "50ish Reunion" on the weekend of July 29-31, with an ice-breaker Friday, a dinner Saturday and a family picnic Sunday. For information, call Mary Ann Jendrsek Crean, Class of '62, at 649-0735, or Henry Markulis, Class of '63, at 646-1589.

The Kensington High School Alumni Association will hold its annual picnic Aug. 13 at Banchetti's Picnic Grove, 550 North French Road, Amherst. Reservation forms were mailed to all members with the spring newsletter. For info, call Connie Severson at 668-1455.

Frontier High School's Class of 1971 will hold its 40-year reunion from 6 to 10 p.m. Aug. 13 in Tehan Hall, 2075 Electric Ave., Blasdell. Tickets are $35 and include dinner, beverages and music. There also will be an informal meet-and-greet Aug. 12 in the beer tent at the Erie County Fair, South Park Avenue entrance. For reservations and information, e-mail Debbie Reardon at Those with pictures of classmates should e-mail them, with identifications, to Dennis Andrukat at for inclusion in a slide show.

The 2011 reunion of the descendants of Giles and Sarah Dodd White will be held Aug. 13 in the Celoron Fire Hall, 92 Dunham Ave. It begins with dinner at 12:30 p.m., and those attending should bring a dish to pass and their own table service. Beverages will be provided.

After dinner, there will be a business meeting, followed by a white elephant auction and a chance auction. White elephant items should be wrapped. Other auction items should be unwrapped. For info, call Cecile Wilson at 483-0101 or e-mail


HIGH CAMP -- Youngsters ages 8 to 12 can discover new worlds at the Science Adventure Summer Day Camp sponsored by the Penn Dixie Paleontological and Outdoor Education Center in Hamburg. Campers will get to collect fossils, build a volcano, view sunspots, launch a rocket and investigate a new wetlands area. Camps will be held on the weeks of July 11, Aug. 1 and Aug. 15. Rates are $155 for Penn Dixie members, $180 for nonmembers. For info, call 627-4560.


CALLING CRAFTERS -- Crafters are wanted to take part in a show Oct. 1 at Pocketeer Billiards, 2444 Clinton St., Cheektowaga. For information and an application, e-mail Gail Potter at


MILITARY NOTES -- Five Western New Yorkers recently completed basic training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio. They are:

*Airman First Class Robert L. Addison, son of Robert and Josephine Addison of Cheektowaga. He is a 2008 graduate of Cardinal O'Hara High School.

*National Guard Airman First Class Hans Hock, son of Jerrold Hock of Buffalo. He is a 2005 graduate of the Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts and a 2009 graduate of Roberts Wesleyan College.

*National Guard Airman First Class Zachery R. Knowles, son of Charlotte Knowles of Hamburg and Thomas Knowles of Lackawanna. He is a 2007 graduate of Frontier Central High School.

*Airman Conor P. Martin, son of Patrick T. Martin and Renee Mozrall of East Aurora. He is a 2010 graduate of Iroquois Central High School.

*Airman Paul C. Orlando, son of Nancy Orlando of Farnham. He is a 2003 graduate of Lake Shore Central High School and a 2005 graduate of Erie Community College.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Helen Jones, Jim Lickfeld, Elyse Ne Moyer, Doug Smith, Mike Billoni, Beverly Jane Soby, Craig Hopkins, Joan Little, Lisa Guy, Rita Smith, Dave Polowy, Judy Rung, Linda Ranne, Kim Wales, Wende Tuskes, Jarod Scibran, Joe Pohlman, Ginny Barton, Mary McDonald, Cal Walter Tomaka, Lee Witkowski and Devon Martinez.


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