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OLAF FUB SEZ: It was poet and playwright Emma Lazarus, born on this date in 1849, who wrote these words which appear on the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty: “Give me your tired, your poor, / Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, / The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. / Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, / I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”


Summer Gifts

I hear the breeze of summer

It whistles through the trees

It cools our sun-kissed skin

And tries its best to please.

The rose breathes perfume

Through the air

The honeybee at play

Flits around with butterflies

Enjoying life’s bouquet.

Children play on grassy knolls

Summer gifts are treasures

We’ll remember all our lives

As truly priceless pleasures.

– Diana Notaro


INSIDE PEEK – There will be plenty of historical context as the Buffalo History Museum sponsors an After Hours Tour Wednesday evening at the Richardson Olmsted Complex on Forest Avenue.

The program begins at 5:30 p.m. in the History Museum Resource Center, 459 Forest Ave., with a guided tour of the Pan American Exposition exhibit, followed at 6 by a lecture about the history of the Richardson Olmsted Complex and Buffalo in the late 19th century, when it was built.

Then it’s across the street for a guided tour of the H.H. Richardson towers building, patient wards from the former psychiatric center, the former chapel and the exterior grounds, which are being refurbished.

The tour is limited to 50 people. Tickets are $60 for museum members, $65 for others. Reservations are required. Call 873-9644 or visit


GEAR UP – Need to finish the preliminaries to get your driver’s license? The five-hour motor vehicle pre-licensing course that you have to take before you can go for your road test will be offered from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 12 in Orchard Park High School, 4040 Baker Road, Orchard Park.

Applicants must be 16 or older and have a valid New York State learner’s permit. Fee is $30. To register, call 209-6295.


AND A PICKLE ON TOP – You won’t have to arrive empty-handed any more when you go to visit far-flung Western New Yorkers who are nostalgic for a taste of home. One of Buffalo’s trademark condiments – Weber’s Horseradish Mustard – now is available in the shops in the Buffalo Niagara International Airport terminal, along with several other products from the locally-based Heintz & Weber Co.


REUNION ALERT – The Class of 1964 from Niagara Falls High School will discuss plans for its 50-year reunion at 4 p.m. Tuesday in the administrative board room at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, 621 Tenth St. Reunion dates are Sept. 12 and 13, 2014. For info, call 773-3129.

Deadline for reservations is Wednesday for the annual Kensington High School Alumni Association picnic on Aug. 10 in Banchetti’s Picnic Grove, 550 North French Road, Getzville. For info and reservations, call Connie Severson at 668-1455.

Maryvale High School will hold its 13th annual all-class reunion from noon to dusk Saturday in Cheektowaga Town Park on Harlem Road. Anyone who attended Maryvale is welcome. Cost is $5 per household to cover the shelter, hot dogs and pop.

The annual reunion for anyone who attended or taught at the former Parker High School in Clarence will be held Aug. 3 in Clarence Town Park, 10405 Main St. A buffet dinner with roast beef sandwiches will be served at 1 p.m., followed by Rick Partese and his swing band, playing for listening and dancing. Tickets are $11. For info, call Bob Groll at 759-2546 or Marge Joyce at 633-5309.

The date has been set for the 50th reunion of the West Seneca High School Class of 1964. Reunion secretary Carole Lynn Oyler reports that it’s July 25, 2014, at Kloc’s Banquet & Garden, 1245 Seneca Creek Road, West Seneca. To make updates of email addresses, home addresses, phone numbers and any name changes, email her at or call 491-0593.

The Baker Victory High School Class of 1964 wants to contact classmates for their 50th reunion in 2014. For information, email Norm Krause at or Jim Scherer at


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Jimmy Gleason, Zachary Myers, Todd Mattina, Adrian Figliotti, Diane Gardner, Willie Schoellkopf, Val Dunne, Adam Simonson, Norma Stumpf, Bonnie Cichuniec, Arlene Magdziak, Mike Eagan, Mary Jager, Barbara Sokolowski, Arlene Kowal, Lucy Newark, James Felschow, Holly Fitzpatrick, Diane Mariano, Linda Slisz, Paul Nicholas, Mary Dickey, Mary Ann Wieberg, Ryan Ruettimann, Jean Hassett, Judy Catalano and Harry Catalano.