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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to journalist and author John Gunther, born on this date in 1901, "All happiness depends on a leisurely breakfast."

WHITE LINE FEVER -- What does North Tonawanda Meals on Wheels do when it has a day off? Same thing it does when it's delivering meals: It hits the road. On Oct. 8, NT Meals on Wheels is sponsoring a bus trip to the Corning Museum of Glass and the Windmill Farm & Craft Market in the Finger Lakes, which includes a visit to the Windmill Custom and Classic Car Show.

The trip leaves at 8:30 a.m. from the Meals on Wheels parking lot, 100 Ridge Road, North Tonawanda, and returns at about 7:30 p.m. Cost is $55 and includes bus fare, snack, the museum, lunch, a wine-tasting, shopping and the car show. Reservations are needed by Sept. 23. Call Susan Hittle at 297-4557 for a reservation form or go to the Activities tab on the website at www.ntmow.com.

EXTRA POINTS -- With school beginning next week for many students, it never hurts to get a little divine encouragement before the first homework assignment shows up. Orchard Park Presbyterian Church, 4369 S. Buffalo St., is holding a special service at 10:30 a.m. Sunday for youngsters returning to school that includes a blessing of the backpacks.

Students from preschool through eighth grade are invited to bring their backpacks to be blessed by the pastor, the Rev. Richard Young, who will conduct the service. Parents also are welcome to attend. Refreshments will follow.

CHANGE YOUR LUCK -- Usually when you buy a raffle ticket, you want it to be drawn. But not in the reverse raffle sponsored by Mount St. Mary Academy, the all-girls Catholic college preparatory high school at 3756 Delaware Ave. in the Town of Tonawanda.

Tickets for the reverse raffle are drawn until only one is left. That's the one that wins the grand prize of $10,000. Only 400 tickets will be sold for the raffle at $100 apiece. The price includes admission for two to the drawing party in the school gym at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 5. Cash prizes of $50 to $300 will be awarded for 17 other tickets drawn prior to the big winner. You don't have be present to win. For tickets, call 877-1358 or visit www.mt-st-marys.org. Buy your ticket today or Wednesday, and you'll be entered into an additional drawing for a $100 prize.

MILITARY NOTES -- Army National Guard Pfc. James E. Kociencki, son of James T. and Cheryl Kociencki of Cheektowaga, has completed basic and advanced training at Fort Leonard Wood, Waynesville, Mo. He is a 2008 graduate of West Seneca East High School and earned an associate's degree in 2010 from Hilbert College.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Bridget S. Martin, Jerry Sullivan, Celine Murray, Cindy Monaco, Warren Buffett, Sister Mary Susanne Dziedzic, Jerry Ciambor Jr., Terry Coffta, Rose Tomaka, Roseline Dufresne, Eleanor Senchoway, Paul Ziolkowski, Debbie White, Mary Smith, Garrett Graham, Dorothy Gossel, Sue McCarthy, Irene Cieslak, Judy Gorlewski, Walter "Timo" Tomaka, Norman Stoj, Brianna Tutuska, Rachel Matecki, Rosemarie Janik, Vince Edbauer, Mary Matlock and Rosemarie Vaughn.

email: olaffub@buffnews.com