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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to English essayist Max Beerbohm, born on this date in 1872, "Nobody ever died of laughter."

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REUNION ALERT -- South Park High School's Class of 1961 will hold its 50th reunion on Sept. 14 in Ilio DiPaolo's Restaurant, 3785 South Park Ave., Blasdell. Tickets are $35 for an evening that includes cocktails with a cash bar at 7 p.m., a buffet dinner at 8, awards at 9 and dancing at 10. For reservations and info, call Lennie Mucci Leonard at 674-4253 or Mario Miranda at 783-8030.

There's still time to RSVP for the Half Century Reunion of Immaculata Academy's Class of 1961. It will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. on Sept. 16 in Curly's Grill and Banquet Center, 647 Ridge Road, Lackawanna. Reservations are needed by Sept. 9. Call Diane Meli-Bialota at 826-6563.

The Class of 1961 at St. Teresa's School has invited the classes of 1960 and 1962 to join them for a 50th reunion at 6 p.m. on Oct. 1 in the Knights of Columbus Hall on South Legion Drive in South Buffalo. Cost is $30. For reservations, call Kathy Lalley, at 826-3777; Bob Franz, at 826-2589; or Diane Furlong, at 825-8125.

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ADDED ATTRACTIONS -- Getting bigger and bigger is this weekend's Rally in the Valley, the annual motorcycle run in Olean that's now in its ninth year. Since 2003, it's grown from 149 to 863 dice run riders and 2,500 to 8,330 spectators. This year the organizers have added a fourth day -- Thursday.

Main event Thursday is the Banking on a Good Time Street Dance from 7 to 10 p.m. on Laurens Street at North Union Street. The evening will feature music by Wildfire, a display of vintage automobiles by the Street Classics Car Club and an appearance by the Enchanted Mountain Roller Derby Hellabillies.

Before the dance, the weekend gets off to an unofficial start with a Rally Mixer at 5 p.m. on the grounds of the Cutco/Ka-Bar Visitors Center, 1040 E. State St., where there will be music by Ade Adu, raffles, motorcycles, refreshments and the official unveiling of Cutco's commemorative Rally in the Valley pocket knife.

Activities move to Bradner Stadium for the weekend. It's the destination of a motorcycle parade at 6 p.m. Friday, followed by a free concert. Saturday sees a full day of games, bike contests, bands, food and vendors in the stadium. The 110-mile dice run is on Sunday, ending with a party at the stadium. For info, call the Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce at 372-4433 or visit

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TIME OF NEED -- Friends and associates of Peter Weisenburger, who has been undergoing treatment for brain cancer are sponsoring a benefit to help pay his medical expenses from 4 to 10 p.m. Thursday in the Knights of Columbus Hall, 1530 Kenmore Ave. Weisenburger, a teacher, musician and father of three boys, was diagnosed with a grade 4 glioblastoma in March.

Donation is $20. Music will be by Pete's band and the Scorched Earthlings. There also will be a silent auction, raffles, baskets, food and beverages. For tickets and donations, call Father Joseph Moreno 481-1152, Deacon Paul and Mary Weisenburger at 812-5589 or Krista Bushorr at 741-8356.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Adam Simonson, Nancy Kelly, Ha-Na Pohl, Ryan Mulqueen, Cailyn Jaehn, Helen Easton, Donna Vogt, Melvin Zielinski, Gail Turvey, Nancy Schroeder, Harold Beil, Richard Puglisi, Yvonne Answeeney, John Flynn, Michael S. Bamrick, Matthew Occhino and Bob Morawski.

AND THURSDAY -- Lisa Donhauser, Jim Quigley, Catherine Wright, Rosalie Rosenband, Sheila Rosenthal, Arlene Knetsch, Dennis Fruehauf, Sister Mary Angelina Bielski, Emily Riter, Don Staszczyk, Austin Kazmierczak, Mary Grace Staffeldt, Dakota Herkey, Nicole Torres, Nola Torres, Tom Davison, Alison Bowen, Dolores McKenzie, Sister M. Marguerite Gendreau, Erin Weber, Emily Weber, Donna Gasuik and Nancy J. McMullen.