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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to abolitionist and suffragist Angelina Grimke, born on this date in 1805, "I trust the time is coming when the occupation of an instructor to children will be deemed the most honorable of human employment."


My Mother's Mondays

Wash day took eight hours

at least, in days of yore.

Clothes went through a wringer

It took ages, what a bore!

Then they went through the rinse,

by that time her back was sore,

Through the wringer again

It seemed an endless chore.

Next she went to the yard

to hang the garments on a line

propped up with poles.

The weather was breezy and fine.

When finally she was finished,

All pristine without a stain,

She looked at a darkening sky

And felt a drop of rain.

-- Diana Notaro


PASTA PATROL -- The folks at South Buffalo Post 721, American Legion, are cooking again tonight. From 5 to 7, in the Legion hall at 136 Cazenovia St., they're serving spaghetti and meatball dinners, with bread, butter and salad, for $6. Half orders are $4.50. Additional meatballs and Italian sausage can be purchased.


REUNION TIME -- The Class of 1972 from Buffalo School 66 is planning a dinner and dance for its 40th reunion Aug. 4 in the Hamlin House, 432 Franklin St. Tickets are $55. For info, call Donna Sedia Doyle at 491-3863 or friend her on Facebook.


SOUTHERN COOKING -- Calvary Episcopal Church, 20 Milton St., Williamsville, holds its fifth annual Shrove Tuesday Jambalaya Festival from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Dinners include jambalaya with and without shrimp, plus salad, corn muffins, a beverage and a slice of homemade pecan pie. Dinners are $7 for adults, $3 for kids under 10 and $25 per family. Take-home pints of jambalaya only are $10. For info, call 633-7800 or visit


BIG EASY -- Not to be overlooked in the area's Shrove Tuesday celebrations is the Mardi Gras Party from 7 p.m. to midnight in Pocketeer Billiards, 2444 Clinton St. at Harlem Road, West Seneca. Tickets are $10 and include two drinks and a buffet. There also will be drink specials and prizes, organizer Cindy Kielbasa says, especially for those showing their festival side.


EXPERT ADVICE -- Paul Kroll, who has won numerous blue ribbons for his terrariums, will give a presentation on "Terrariums From Scratch" when the African Violet & Gesneriad Society of Western New York holds its monthly meeting at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the LVAC Building at 40 Embry Place, off Walden Avenue near Central Avenue, Lancaster. Everyone is welcome, and all are invited to bring their plants in for assessment. Refreshments will be served. For info, call Kroll at 652-8658.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Kathy Sauer, Penny Gleason, Barbara Kocinski, Joseph DiBenedetto, Skip Polowy, Bill Dabek, Dennis Maciejewski, Andrew Bottomley, Melissa Poppenberg, Sam Sliwinski, Eileen Ryan, William VanArsdale, Maeve Kennedy McDougall, Maryjean Kraengel, Ria Swanekamp, Douglas Decker, Gary Ratajczak, Wade Rosolowski, Michael C. Panaro, Lindsay Bergman, David F. Quagliana, Jack Jerge, Cheryl Maciejewski, John Kiener, Felicia Ingluden, Lori Pietraszewski, T.J. Lang and Jackie M. Holtz.