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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to English philosopher John Locke, born on this date in 1632, "Our incomes are like our shoes; if too small, they gall and pinch us; but if too large, they cause us to stumble and to trip."


The Swing

Up in the swing --

Up so high,

Knowing that I

Can touch the sky.

Forward and back,

Forward and back,

Hearing the chains

Go clickety-clack.

Swinging in rhythm,

Keeping the beat;

Feeling that life

Can be so sweet.

Reach for the clouds,

Downy and white --

Everything's peaceful,

Everything's right.

-- Doris V. Neumann


HOOP DREAMS -- Registration for basketball is open for 5- to 12-year-olds at the Delaware Family YMCA, 2564 Delaware Ave. Instruction will include dribbling, shooting, passing, catching and positioning. Gamelike situations are emphasized. The early weeks will be spent on teaching and sharpening skills. Later weeks will include scrimmaging.

Classes will be held from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Fee is $5 for Y members, $10 for nonmembers. For information and registration, call 875-1283 or stop into the Y.


DO IT YOURSELF -- A series of workshops will be held next month on Swedish (or Huck) weaving in the Olean Public Library, 134 N. Second St., Olean. Considered a form of embroidery, Swedish (Huck) weaving was popular in the 1930s and 1940s.

The workshops from 7 to 8:45 p.m. on Sept. 13, 15, 20 and 22, are free, but those taking part need to purchase their own materials and should plan on attending all the classes. To sign up, stop by the library's check-out desk, where lists of materials are available. For info, call 372-0200 or visit


SELDOM SCENE -- The only chance we'll get this year to see the amazing near-century-old machinery inside Buffalo's Col. Ward Pumping Station is coming at 2 p.m. on Sept. 18, courtesy of the Industrial Heritage Committee. The tour is free. No reservations are needed. Meet at the DAR Drive gate near the Porter Avenue entrance to LaSalle Park. For info, email

The Industrial Heritage Committee also is staging an additional Historic Buffalo River Tour for Labor Day next Monday. The tour, which provides an up-close perspective on the city's grain elevators and other industries along the river, leaves from the Miss Buffalo Dock in the Erie Basin Marina at 12:30 p.m. and returns two hours later. Tickets are $15 adults, $12 kids 6 to 12. For reservations, call 856-6696.


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

*Airman Jeremy W. Choate, son of Jill Choate of Middleport. He is a 2009 graduate of Attica Central High School.

*Reserve Airman First Class Kurt A. Mommertz, son of Michael and Karen Mommertz of the Town of Tonawanda. He is a 2006 graduate of Kenmore East High School and received an associate degree in 2009 from Erie Community College.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Joe Mihalich, Stu Shapiro, Annette Henninger, Pat Higgins, Hanah Buczkowski, Joe Patterson, Ethan Cooper, Mary Ellen Lawrie, Christopher Toepfer, Louis Pierla, Matthew Whalen, Joe Meegan, Suzanne Derylak, Ray Bienik Jr., Britney McClain and Mary Ann Miller.