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OLAF FUB SEZ: In the estimation of fabled poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, born on this date in 1807, "It takes less time to do a thing right, than it does to explain why you did it wrong."


Fetching the milk

The cold white moon shines big and bright

Upon the glistening snow.

It's my turn to fetch the milk,

I take the jugs and go.

The boy next door waits for me,

He takes my hand to hold,

Walking down the country road,

The crunching snow from cold.

The farmer fills the jugs we give

With frothy milk so white.

Still holding hands, a jug in one,

Back into the daylight night,

We talk of school and sports and all

Not of the puppy-love within.

Say good night outside my door,

Till time to go for milk again.

-- Marie E. Myers


LOST CHILDHOOD -- Invisible Children, which is working to end the conflict in Uganda and stop the abduction of youngsters to be used as child soldiers, will pay a day-long visit Tuesday to Bishop Timon-St. Jude High School in South Buffalo.

It begins with an hourlong program at 8:15 a.m., which includes a 25-minute film about the Ugandan fighting, followed by a talk by a former child soldier from Uganda, who also will answer questions. Invisible Children also will talk with students in their classes and at lunch, and will have a table selling bracelets, T-shirts, DVDs and activity kits.


TEE IT UP -- Golfers who can't wait for spring are invited to swing out and support wildlife at Hawk Creek Wildlife Center's second annual Eagles & Birdies Golf Tournament from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday at Cyber Creek Indoor Golf Facility, 6831 Seneca St., Elma.

Entry fee is $100 and includes nine holes of simulated tournament-style golf, a buffet and unlimited draft beer and well drinks, with $1 top-shelf upgrades. With a $40 ticket, nonplayers also can enjoy the buffet and beverages as they cheer for players in the longest-drive contest. For info and registration, call 652-8646 or visit


LIVING HISTORY -- One way to bring Buffalo's heritage to life is by becoming a docent, giving walking or trolley tours at Forest Lawn, the final resting place of famous folks ranging from Millard Fillmore to Rick James. New docent classes begin in April, space is limited, and the deadline for applications is April 3.

In addition to docents, Forest Lawn always needs volunteers to assist at special events, gardening, genealogical research, archiving and special projects. For information or to apply, call Sandy Starks at 885-1606, Ext. 302.


CALLING CRAFTERS -- Crafters are wanted for an upcoming show May 5 in Pocketeer Billiards, 2444 Clinton St. at Harlem Road, Cheektowaga. For info and an application, email Gail Potter at


CLICK ON IT -- Buffalo Citybration, which celebrates what's best about the Buffalo area every year in June, is adding something new this year -- a photo contest, which organizers describe as "the biggest photo contest and exhibition of its kind ever in Buffalo!"

The subject is the Buffalo waterside. All photo media are welcome, except for video. Anyone age 15 and older can enter. Judges will pick the top 50 for an exhibit in the Buffalo Niagara Convention & Visitors Bureau Gallery in the Market Arcade, 617 Main St.

There's no entry fee, and cash prizes will be given to the top three photos. Deadline is May 25. For info, send a stamped, self-addressed envelope to Citybration 2012 Photo Contest, Attn: Kenn Morgan, 60 Barthel St., Buffalo, NY 14211.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Kathy Arrastia, Lynda Schneekloth, Isabelle Banas, JoAnn Falletta, Melinda White, Bonnie Miller, Beth McNally, Carrieanne Schaller, Paul Lojacono, Ginny Barone, Tiffany Huller, Walter Smith, Michael Hangen, Betty Walrod, Christine Blackwell Bieger, Joe Karb, Vicki Skinner Qi, Tina Toepfer, Joseph Vangalio, Nick Herkey, Nadine Pazder, Joey Rine, Savannah Pencille, Ron Brown, Kristin K. Watson, Barbara Battaglia, Marie Lazarz, Laura Hull, Aiden Webster, Robert Occhino, Michael Lozinsky, Barbara Skinner, Marissa Diaz and Robert Szymkowiak.