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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to author James Baldwin, born on this date in 1924, "The future is like heaven: Everyone exalts it, but no one wants to go there now."


OLD BATTLES -- The Buffalo area's only Revolutionary War re-enactment takes place Saturday and Sunday at the Hull Family Home and Farmstead, 5976 Genesee St. at Pavement Road, Lancaster. Brant's Volunteers, who were allied with the British, will attack the house, built by a Revolutionary War veteran in 1810, while Hoisington's Rangers defend it at 2 p.m. each day.

The battle is part of a Revolutionary War program from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days Tickets are $5 adults, $2 children 10 to 18. Those under 10 are admitted free.


PASTA PATROL -- Publicity chairwoman Estelle Stobnicki reminds us that it's spaghetti dinner time from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday in Sikora Post 1322, American Legion, 950 Payne Ave., North Tonawanda. For $6, you get spaghetti, meatballs, salad, bread and butter, and a beverage; for an extra $1.50, homemade desserts.


TOUR DE LANCASTER -- Riders don't have to raise pledges to pedal in the Cycle for Sight Bicycle Ride to Benefit the Ross Eye Institute at 9 a.m. Saturday, starting from the corner of Aurora Street and Pleasant Avenue in Lancaster. All that's required is a $20 registration fee, which includes food, refreshments, a post-ride party and a Trek aluminum water bottle.

Riders can choose among routes of 10, 25 and 50 miles. The 50-mile ride starts at 8:30. Also happening in Lancaster that day, the Taste of Lancaster and a three-on-three basketball tournament. Call 651-3035.


WALK ON IN -- Admission is free for the next two Wednesday afternoons at the Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum, 180 Thompson St., North Tonawanda. An anonymous donor is paying for the admission fees from noon to 4 p.m. this Wednesday, while Turtle Opticians is picking up the tab Aug. 10. Carrousel rides, however, will still be 50 cents. For info, call 693-1885.


MORE REUNIONS -- The Starpoint Central High School Class of 1966 is holding its 45th reunion at 7 p.m. Aug. 12 in Brauer's Restaurant, 6612 Campbell Blvd., Pendleton. There is no cover charge. Order off the menu and pay for your own drinks.

An all-inclusive reunion for everyone who attended Starpoint is planned from 11 a.m. to dusk Aug. 13 in Pendleton Town Park. The cost include a barbecue buffet meal and a commemorative mug. Call Mary Jane Kelsch at 998-8598 or Marilyn Jones Behm at 465-7370. Alumni interested in performing at the open mic should call Pat Schopf Manning at 807-2188.

The West Seneca West High School Class of 1986 will hold its 25th reunion from 7 to 10 p.m. Aug. 13 in Acqua, formerly Harry's Harbour Place Grille, 2192 Niagara St. Tickets are $40 and include an open bar and plenty of hors d'oeuvres. E-mail or visit class page on Facebook.

The Class of 1958 from South Park High School will hold a reunion picnic from 2 p.m. to dusk Aug. 25 in the Commissioner's Cabin in Chestnut Ridge Park, Orchard Park. Supper will be at 5. Friends are welcome. Call Carol Fink Toulmin at 649-1621 or Loretta Sterling at 822-6028.

The class also is holding its bimonthly luncheon at 12:30 p.m. Monday in Alton's Restaurant, 2221 Transit Road, Elma.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Nikolas James Barry, Cyrene Milligan, Ray August, Sharon Vilardo, Cynthia Conides, Dale Volker, Sister Mary Angelette Helak, Sister Mary Louis Rustowicz, Paul Quagliana, Dan Marren, Mark R. Paddy, Vincent Matthew Smith, Mary Ann Rizzo, Ed Marschner, Caitlin Colello, Bryan Duquin and Norman T. Ring.