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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper columnist Mike Royko, born on this date in 1922, "Show me somebody who is always smiling, always cheerful, always optimistic, and I will show you somebody who hasn't the faintest idea what the heck is really going on."

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To Autumn Days

As Summer releases its reluctant hold,

Our thoughts now turn to Autumn,

To leaves of red and gold,

To bright blue skies and to crisp clear nights,

To sun-filled days before winter's chill,

When frost will soon appear

At the top of the hill.

Let's enjoy these days,

Each one is a gift

To renew our spirits

And to give our soul a lift!

-- Berta S. Cole

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HELPING OUT -- The second annual Dine Out for Uganda takes place Tuesday in Betty's Restaurant, 370 Virginia St. Betty's will donate 10 percent of its profits from all the meals it sells to Global African Village, a volunteer agency that helps the impoverished Bagishu people of eastern Uganda.

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GOOD FRIENDS -- The Western New York Conference of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul will sponsor its second annual Friends of the Poor Walk this Saturday morning on Goat Island in Niagara Falls State Park. Registration starts at 8:30, with the walk at 10. A free picnic follows. To register, visit www.svdpwnywalk.info. There is no fee to register. Last year, more than 150 walkers raised more than $9,800 to benefit poor families in the area.

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LADIES NIGHT -- Ginger Rogers, Rosalind Russell and Eunice Kennedy Shriver have been members. So have six former first ladies. It's Beta Sigma Phi International Sorority, a non-academic sorority dedicated to personal growth, good works and social and cultural pursuits. The local chapter resumes its monthly meetings at 7 p.m. today in the Harlem Road Community Center, 4255 Harlem Road, Snyder. President Vicki Defoe will lead the meeting.

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WELCOME MAT -- Bishop Timon-St. Jude High School, 601 McKinley Parkway, invites all sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade boys and their parents to its annual open house from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. At 7:45 each night, three scholarships to the school will be awarded. Visitors will get to meet Timon faculty, staff, coaches and alumni to talk about everything from financial aid to academic and extracurricular activities and the school's federally funded hot lunch program. For info, call admissions coordinator Tim Smith at 826-3610, Ext. 237, or email smith@bishoptimon.com.

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TRANSPLANTED -- There's a new location for the monthly meetings of the African Violet & Gesneriad Society of Western New York -- the LVAC Building at 40 Embry Place, off Walden Avenue near Central Avenue in Lancaster. First meeting there is at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Everyone is welcome, and all are invited to bring their plants in for assessment. There will be discussions and demonstrations on the basics of repotting, grooming, watering and fertilizing. Refreshments will be served. For info, call Paul Kroll at 652-8658.

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UNTOLD STORY -- "The Impact of Women in the Bible" is the topic at the luncheon meeting of WNY Pen Women at noon Saturday in the Eagle House, 5578 Main St., Williamsville. Speaker Lorayne Simmons, a college educator and sought-after Bible lecturer, will share her interpretations and research. Cost is $19. Deadline for reservations is Thursday. Call Barbara Blackburn at 634-2909.

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REUNION ALERT -- Members of the Class of 1961 at Buffalo School 29 who are interested in attending a 50-year reunion this fall are asked to contact Judy Smith Quinn by calling 649-6449 or emailing jmqgranny@verizon.net.

The Buffalo Museum of Science wants to contact its "Museum Kids," youngsters who attended classes there between 1920 and 1971, to invite them to a reunion Sept. 30 and the Buffalo Society of Natural Science's 150th anniversary black-tie gala the following night. Museum Kids should call 896-5200, Ext. 359, with the contact information, or email museumkids@sciencebuff.org.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Barbara Sasiadek, Dr. Courtney McLean, Spencer Glynn, Rebecca Cole, Maryann Davey, Joe Slomba, Bill Wiate, Tom Edington, Erin Genevieve Hibbard, Cheryl Krasna, Nicholas Pronobis, Gina Galipeau, Rachel Boyer, Craig Michel, Michael Giancarlo Jr., Dina Giancarlo, Kate Evans, Sam Picone, Anna M. O'Connor.

email: olaffub@buffnews.com

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