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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to science fiction writer Ray Bradbury, born on this date in 1920, "We are cups, constantly and quietly being filled. The trick is knowing how to tip ourselves over and let the beautiful stuff out."



Wrap it in a package,

Tie it with a bow.

Of all the pretty presents,

It's the best one I know.

Run like a kid again,

Fly like a bird.

Listen to my heart beat,

It's the best sound I've heard.

Jump out of bed

In the morning every day

With anticipation on my mind

For each hour, come what may.

How I'd love some energy

To help me deal with each endeavor,

Just a little gift of vigor

To make me want to live forever.

-- Diana Notaro


FOOTBALL REUNION -- The Lancaster High School Redskins football program is honoring its football alumni from the fall teams of 1960, 1964, 1965 and 1973 at Foyle/Kling Field before its Sept. 9 contest at 7:30 p.m. against West Seneca West. Members of those teams are asked to contact Len Jankiewicz by calling 686-3318 or emailing for more information.


WRAPPING UP -- You have only two more chances to catch a bite at the second annual Summer Cookout at South Buffalo Post 721, American Legion, at 136 Cazenovia St. The first is tonight. The second is next Monday. They will be serving $1.75 hot dogs and hamburgers, $2 cheeseburgers and $2.50 Italian sausage sandwiches with peppers and onions from 5 to 7 p.m. For info, call the post at 825-9557.


TEST PILOTS -- WNY Independent Living and the University at Buffalo's Knowledge Translation for Technology Transfer Center are looking for people who use a power wheelchair to get their comments on a new drive system. Qualified participants will be paid $75 for taking part in a 2 1/2 -hour discussion group at WNY Independent Living offices at 3108 Main St. To find out more, contact Michelle Lockett by calling 204-8606, Ext. 203, or emailing


REMEMBERING MATT -- Members of Hank Nowak Post 45, AMVETS, will celebrate Col. Matt Urban's 91st birthday Thursday evening in their clubrooms at 3071 Abbott Road, Orchard Park. Urban, believed to be the nation's most decorated veteran for his heroic actions in World War II, was a Buffalo native and a member of the post.

The festivities begin at 6 p.m. with Norm Skulski taping his radio show and presenting live entertainment. Karaoke by Moe will follow. Admission is free and refreshments will be provided.


YESTERBEERS -- Our city's rich brewing history comes alive again on the next Buffalo Legacy Brewery Tour from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday. It begins in Buffalo's oldest tavern, Ulrich's, 674 Ellicott St., and proceeds to the Linwood Avenue mansion of George Roos, a brewer who was predecessor to the Iroquois Brewing Co.

The tour then makes a stop at Pearl Street Grill and Brewery, 76 Pearl St., where Phil Internicola will talk about the art of beer making. Then William Simon IV will give a guided tour of his family's old brewery and visit the final resting places of some of Buffalo's old-time brewmasters at Mount Calvary Cemetery. The tour is $35. Reservations are required. Call 440-7985 or visit


COUNTRY COOKING -- Chef Jeff Brach, regional culinary manager for Rich Products and author of "The Sustainable Chef -- Cooking With the Farmers of New York State," will sign copies of it from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the Farmers & Artisans food market, 78 E. Spring St., Williamsville. There also will be food demonstrations and a chance to sample recipes. For info, call 633-2830 or visit


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

*Airman Michael A. Barczak, son of Janis Barczak of Great Valley and Mark Barczak of Salamanca. He is a 2007 graduate of Ellicottville Central High School and received an associate degree in 2010 from Jamestown Community College in Olean.

*Airman Nicholas A. Lagowski, son of Mark Lagowski of Lancaster. He is a 2009 graduate of Lancaster High School.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Pat Shanks, Mark Becker, Becky Locke, Ina Locke, John Lewandowski Sr., Pauline Cipolla, Bobbi Maloney, Sean Morrissey, Conor Tomaka, Martin Wagner, Aaron Brown, Gary Bosworth, John Patrick Griffin, Gary Schlottman, Rose Paliwoda, Carol Halt, Stephanie Nizinkiewicz and Kari Chelikowsky.