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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to financial journalist B.C. Forbes, founder of Forbes magazine, born on this date in 1880, "The truth doesn't hurt unless it ought to."


Oh, Those Shiny Slippers

Every Saturday night

We six kids had to

Polish our shoes

So they would be shiny

The next day as we

Filed into the pews

For Sunday Mass.

Our father was very

Strict about that,

Even now in my 70s,

When I look down

At my feet,

My shoes must be neat!

So when they lay

Me out in my casket,

Although my soul

May not be pure,

Of one thing

You can be sure,

My shoes will

Be polished,

Giving me a chance,

Dear mates,

Of getting past

Those pearly gates.

-- Joyce L. Wilson


LIFE PRESERVERS -- ElderWood Village at Rosewood, 76 Buffalo St., Hamburg, will host a workshop, "Powerful Tools for Caregivers," from 6 to 8:30 p.m. beginning Tuesday, and running through June 19. Cost for the six-week program is $25 and includes a copy of the Caregiver Handbook.

The workshop, which shows caregivers how to reduce stress, improve self-confidence, communicate their feelings more effectively and find helpful resources, is covered in full for members of BlueCross Blue-

Shield of WNY and Independent Health. Preregistration is required by calling Erie County Senior Services at 858-2177 or emailing Additional classes are being scheduled.


LOOKING BACK -- Batavia author William F. Brown Jr. has just issued his 12th book on local history, "The Stafford Story," which chronicles the origins of the private country club outside Batavia and the opening of its golf course on June 1, 1922. Highlights include a murder in the clubhouse and the generosity of Jell-O heir Ernest L. Woodward. For info, call Brown at (585) 343-5900.


HELP WANTED -- North Tonawanda Meals on Wheels needs more volunteer drivers and delivery workers. Drivers use their own vehicles to make deliveries, and servers travel along with them to take the meals to each meal recipient in North Tonawanda and the City of Tonawanda.

Drivers and servers help between 10:45 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. Mondays through Fridays on routes that average nine miles and need to help only one day a week. Additional volunteers are needed as substitutes. For info, call 693-1663.


ALTERNATIVE CARE -- Rising Sun Yoga, 5225 Sheridan Drive at Evans Street in the Georgetown Plaza, Amherst, will offer a free seminar, "Cancer and Other Chronic Diseases," at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Michael Sutton, owner of Rising Sun, says the seminar will include a discussion of Gerson Therapy, which involves a special diet and cleansing techniques. Presenter will be Mary Ann Amschler, a registered nurse and registered holistic practitioner. For info, call 632-5802 or visit


MORE ADVICE -- Christ United Methodist Church, 350 Saratoga Road, Snyder, will hold the fourth in its five-week series of Talk to the Expert seminars at 3 p.m. Tuesday.

"Overcoming Medicaid Myths," with Patrick Allaire and Keith Shottman from Allaire Financial Strategies, will discuss rules for eligibility and help make the Medicaid system more understandable. It's free and open to the public. For info and to reserve a seat, call 839-2460.


THREAD COUNT -- The Kenmore Mercy Hospital Auxiliary will hold a sale of luxury linens from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday in the hospital atrium. Proceeds benefit the hospital.


RECONNECTING -- Hoping to make contact with a group of local World War II Army Air Forces vets who call themselves "the Glenwood Gang" is Kathleen Parker of Syracuse, whose beloved late uncle, Gene Martens, served with them. Anyone with information, please email her at


HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Jonathan Hakes, Gary Kelley, Ann McCarthy, Lauren Mariacher, Ann Marie Myers, Donna Fox, Greg Maher, Robert Pattacciato, Lauren Dearth Terry, Sonia O'Brien, Brendan Papich, Mike Whelan, Harry Blaszkiewicz, Hillary Daley, Patricia Partyka, Alan Jankowski.