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OLAF FUB SEZ: A favorite lyric from musical satirist and math professor Tom Lehrer, born on this date in 1928, "I hold your hand in mine, dear,/ I press it to my lips./ I take a healthy bite/ From your dainty fingertips."


Stranger in Town

We walked on to Emmaus

At the breaking of the day;

The sun was in her zenith

And the night had passed away.

We walked and talked and listened

To the sounds of springtime fair,

And then we heard strange footsteps,

How we hoped we'd know who's there!

There was a quaint sensation

As the birds withheld their song;

Then fear beckoned within us,

So we moved swiftly along.

And suddenly there was a voice,

Familiar, dare we say?

It was a Friend we'd known for years,

Who'd joined our walk that day.

-- Doris V. Neumann


FREE BIRD -- The Buffalo-based classic rock party band Box of Wine loves playing the songs of the Rolling Stones, Tom Petty and Lynyrd Skynyrd, and they especially love playing them for a worthy cause. So they're offering to donate their services for a fundraising or charity event on one of their open dates this summer.

"We've always wanted to offer our services to charity and this year we've decided to do something about it," spokesman and drummer Mark Arcuri says.

To be considered, charities and fundraisers should go to the band's Facebook page and click on "Charity Contest" and complete the entry form, or email, put "Charity Contest" in the subject line and explain when, where and why the event is being held and any other useful information. The winner will be announced May 17.


OLD SCHOOL -- South Park High School's Class of 1960 holds its monthly get-together at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday in Danny's South Restaurant, 4300 Abbott Road at Big Tree Road, Hamburg. For info, call Flo O'Shei at 825-7003.

The 61st annual St. Boniface-Fruit Belt reunion will be held Aug. 1 in Protocol Restaurant, 6766 Transit Road, Amherst. Members of the St. Boniface Class of 1940, who originated the reunion in 1951, are especially welcome. For info, call Bob D'Angelo at 876-4458.

The Class of 1967 at Kensington High School is planning its 45th reunion on Aug. 17, with daytime tours of the school, a dinner at 6 p.m. and more. For info, call Karen Stein Peiffer at 648-7704 or Chris DiBella Tracy at 677-4041.


JUKEBOX DAYS -- Former Wurlitzer employees who worked on jukeboxes are invited to share their memories at 2 p.m. Saturday when the North Tonawanda History Museum, 54 Webster St., presents a program that includes a showing of the documentary video, "The Great American Jukebox." For info, call 213-0554.


DOUGHNUT DONORS -- The Muscular Dystrophy Association benefits from the "Make a Muscle, Make a Difference" campaign from now through April 18 at Dunkin' Donuts locations in the Buffalo area. Customers who donate $1 to the MDA will get to put their name on a paper doughnut icon that will displayed on the wall of the location. All contributions will help MDA's programs in the Buffalo area, including summer camps, clinics and support groups, as well as research. For info, visit


HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Noreen Rokitka, Marg Wrobel, Eric Kaczor, Deborah Bucki, Mike Foglia, Lisa Ludwig, Ethan Patterson, Donna Siudak, Edmund Lasota, Ronald Wnuk, Dianne Bellagamba, Diane Rousseau, Lana Benatovich, Eleanore Wienckowski, Chester Sarna, Ed Sieracki, Diva Sherri Mex, Inell Purdue, Noble McDuffie Jr., Jenny Clark, Cheryl Meegan and Raymond Clancy.