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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to former President Jimmy Carter, born on this date in 1924, "Unless both sides win, no agreement can be permanent."
The golden glow of Autumn
Silently caresses the morning breeze.
Gently falling down from standing trees,
Crisp crunchy bits of forgotten yesterdays
Lie all about us in a sunlit haze.
Idyllic is the Fall, to slow down and relax,
To imbibe cider, lose track of time
And pen a lovely rhyme.
Endeavor to enjoy every day
In a very special way.
- Honey Snitzer
BRANCHING OUT - They're calling it "Tree-Topia!," the celebration of autumn and trees from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Tifft Nature Preserve, 1200 Fuhrmann Blvd.
Activities include tree-theme crafts for kids, including acorn cap necklaces and leaf crowns; guided theme tours of the preserve to identify trees and signs of animals; a New York State apple tasting station and an outdoor scavenger hunt.
Fee is $5 per person, with a 10 percent discount for Buffalo Museum of Science members. Food and refreshments will be available for purchase. For info or to register in advance, visit
HUNGRY? - It's dinner time again on the first and third Mondays of the month at South Buffalo Post 721, American Legion, at 136 Cazenovia St. From 5 to 7 p.m. today, they'll serve an $8.50 pork roast dinner with mashed potatoes, a vegetable, apple sauce and salad. For info, call 825-9557.
THINKING AHEAD - An informational meeting to begin planning the 2013 Relay for Life of Elma and Surrounding Communities will be held at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the board room at Iroquois Intermediate School, 2111 Girdle Road, Elma. The event, which benefits the American Cancer Society, will be held next June. All are welcome to attend and offer suggestions.
SWEET HARMONY - The Beechwood Service Guild will meet at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the Beechwood Homes, 2235 Millersport Highway, Getzville. The Retired Men's Chorus will provide the entertainment.
REUNION ALERT - The Class of 1963 at Bishop Turner High School is planning a reunion and wants to locate classmates. Call 685-3298.
DOING RIGHT - Three local community service organizations will be honored as the Sisters of Social Service hold their 46th annual dinner Thursday evening in Salvatore's Italian Gardens, 6461 Transit Road, Lancaster.
The Massachusetts Avenue Project will be recognized for its contributions to the neighborhoods of Buffalo's West Side, especially through its urban agriculture and youth development programs.
Peaceprints Prison Ministries will be cited for providing positive experiences for people in prison and helping them transition back into the community.
Wings Flights of Hope will be applauded for offering free air transportation for anyone in the Buffalo area in need of medical care. A reception at 5:30 will be followed by dinner at 6:30. Reservations are $40. For information, call 834-0197.
SHAKE A TAIL FEATHER - The running of Buffalo's 117th Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot is less than two months away, and the sponsoring YMCA Buffalo Niagara is looking for a design for the official race T-shirt, which will be worn by more than 13,000 runners.
Official rules, restrictions and an application can be found at
All submissions must be emailed. No hand drawings or hard copy artwork will be accepted. Deadline is a minute before midnight Oct. 10.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY - Maura J. Stillwell, Annie Nell Smith, Jackie Butler, Tony Billoni, Eileen Batt, Gloria Zdarsky, Sister Mary Jolene Jasinski, Sister Mary Paula Marie Skalski, James M. Beyers, Kayley Young, Georgene Stevanoff, Courthney Baldwin, Dan Connelly, Mary Hetzendorfer, Sharon Hottum, Janice Lynch Ferlisi, Mary Mulqueen and Raymond C. Haines.


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