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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to the great American novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald, born on this date in 1896, "The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function."



Yellow mums, orange pumpkins, blue skies.

Sun shining, changing trees, apple pies.

Chicken soup, blazing hearts, family time.

Cups of cocoa, cozy chairs, poems that rhyme.

Another season, another reason for a wonderful day

Before winter and snow will have its way.

– Diana Notaro


EQUAL OPPORTUNITY – Men are welcome at the monthly dinner meeting of Niagara Frontier Chapter, New York State Women, at 6 p.m. Wednesday in Pane's Restaurant, 984 Payne Ave., North Tonawanda.

In fact, one of the speakers will be a gentleman. Dr. Robert S. Stall, a geriatrician, will join Kaleida Health senior marketing associate Phyllis Gentner to provide an update on the Western New York Geriatric Center at DeGraff Memorial Hospital.

Dinner is $19. For reservations, call Phyllis Phillips at 695-9272. The dinner usually is held Tuesday but has been moved back a day because two members of the chapter are being honored at Tuesday night's Tribute to Women Awards Dinner of the YMCA of Niagara in the Conference Center Niagara Falls.


NOBILITY NEEDED – The General Pulaski Association of the Niagara Frontier is looking for girls to become the next Countess Pulaski and Princess Pulaski, whose honors include leading the Pulaski Day Parade in Cheektowaga next July.

They will be chosen in competition at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 28 in the Creekside Banquet Facility, 2669 Union Road at William Street, Cheektowaga.

Girls must be of Polish descent and be proud of their heritage, outgoing and enjoy meeting people.

Countess applicants must be 12 to 16 years old, while princess applicants must be 7 to 11.

Deadline for applications is Oct. 12. The application must be accompanied by a recent photo, a typed essay and the entry fee of $10.

The essay must include the applicant's name, age, school, family, pets, hobbies and interests. It also must explain why the applicant would be proud to become the next Countess or Princess Pulaski.

Those chosen to become finalists also will be interviewed.

Applications should be sent to Elaine Kolbert, 18 Countryside Lane, Depew.
For info, call 685-9641, 656-5042 or 822-1438.


TRY, TRY AGAIN – Bad weather Sept. 8 forced organizers to cancel the first Natalie's Walk, intended to raise awareness about spinal cord injuries and people who have them. Now, with fingers crossed, it's been rescheduled for Saturday morning at the same location – Erie Canal Harbor on Buffalo's waterfront.

Check-in is at 9. There are 5K and one-mile walking courses along the waterfront and in downtown Buffalo. At the finish line, walkers will enjoy a picnic lunch sponsored by Seabar, along with special guests, activities and live entertainment.
Registration is $25. Proceeds will help fund grants from the Wheels With Wings Foundation to people with spinal cord injuries in Western New York.

For information, call 668-4724 or visit


TRAVEL TEAM – Want tickets to the Buffalo Bills' away game in New England on Nov. 11? The Western New York Gluten-Free Diet Support Group is raffling off a pair for $5 per chance.

Checks can be mailed to WNYGFDSG, Box 1835, Williamsville, NY 14221. Drawing is on Oct. 21. For info, call 636-6021 or 310-7299.


BIRDS BEWARE – The scarecrows are coming! More than 50 of them are expected to line the streets of Lewiston, Sanborn, Ransomville and Youngstown throughout the month of October in a pre-Halloween display sponsored by the Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce.

How will they get there? The Chamber is sponsoring a competition, with judging based on creativity, originality and quality of workmanship.

First-place winners will be chosen in each community, along with an overall Best in Show winner.

Last year's winner was "Rachel Rake," created by Warren's Village Hardware in Lewiston.

Private business owners and their staffs, community and civic organizations, schools and colleges, and residents of the four communities all are eligible to enter. Entry fee is $35. Entries are due in the Chamber offices at 100 N. Third St., Lewiston, by Friday. For info, call 754-9500 or email


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Barbara Bartle, Paula Voell, Byron Brown, Christine Urbanek, Thea Zastempowski, Mike Safe, Luke Wickett, Potsy Kenefick, Barbara Kobos, Natalie Minotti, Louise Guimento, Angelina Capozzola, Rob Moll, Larry Ables, Mary Gross and Thomas "Tommy Dog" Polvino.