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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau, born on this date in 1712, "Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet."

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LOOKING BACK -- Descendants of the 154th New York Volunteers Infantry, a Civil War regiment raised in 1862 in Cattaraugus and Chautauqua counties, will hold their 26th annual reunion at 2 p.m. July 16 at the Cattaraugus County Museum, 9824 Route 16, Machias.

The 154th New York took part in many of the great campaigns and battles of the war, including Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Chattanooga, the Atlanta campaign and Gen. Sherman's marches through Georgia and the Carolinas.

Mark H. Dunkelman of Providence, R.I., author of four books and dozens of articles on 154th New York history, will present "Adventures of a Civil War Historian," covering his four decades of studying the regiment. The museum will be open, displaying a special Civil War exhibit.

Refreshments will be served, including hardtack, a cracker that was a staple of the soldiers' diet. The 154th New York was nicknamed the Hardtack Regiment. Anyone descended from a member of the 154th is welcome. The public also is invited. For information, call Dunkelman at (401) 369-0637, e-mail nyvi154th@aol.com or call the museum at 353-8200.

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MORE REUNIONS -- Maryvale High School will have its 10th annual all-classes reunion from noon to dusk July 23 in Cheektowaga Town Park on Harlem Road. Cost is $5 per household to cover the cost of the shelter, hot dogs and pop. All who attended Maryvale are welcome.

The Kensington High School Alumni Association will hold a Night at the Ballpark at Coca-Cola Field on July 14. Call Dick Mauer at 549-4906 for reservations.

South Buffalo Catholic Schools are seeking school memorabilia for their all-year class reunion Aug. 21 in Kloc's Grove, 1245 Seneca Creek Road, West Seneca. Alumni from St. Agatha's, St. Ambrose, St. John the Evangelist, Holy Family, St. Martin's, St. Teresa's and St. Thomas Aquinas schools are invited to gather and share mementos. Class photographs, pins, yearbooks and sports items are welcome.

The reunion will begin with a 3 p.m. Mass at the grove, followed by a picnic. Tickets are $35, $60 per couple. Beer, wine, pop and water will be included, along with traditional picnic fare. For info, call Maureen Burns at 828-8983.

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WINGS OF MERCY -- Help out the Salvation Army's Tornado Relief Fund by stopping in at Buffalo Wild Wings, 1594 Military Road, Niagara Falls, on Wednesday. The restaurant will donate 10 percent of all non-alcoholic sales to help tornado victims. More than 400 restaurants are participating nationwide. Can't get there Wednesday? You can donate online at www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.

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RITZY REWARD -- Congratulations to retired Buffalo News Labor Reporter Joseph P. Ritz for winning a 2010-2011 Julie Harris Playwright Award. The award, presented to winners of a competition held by the Beverly Hills Theatre Guild, is for his play "Mark Twain & Livy," which follows Twain and his wife Olivia during his difficult years as editor of the Buffalo Express.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Mike Silverman, Cindy Levy, Samuel Jordan, Sarah Louise McDonald, Mary Zanghi, Remo Ferelli, Sister Jean Sliwinski, Garrett Rosen, Grace Weiss, Steve Chilcott, Avery Allison, Matthew McCarthy, Gail Fronczak and Daneen Woolstrum.

e-mail: olaffub@buffnews.com