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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, born on this date in 1955, “When you’re a carpenter making a beautiful chest of drawers, you’re not going to use a piece of plywood on the back, even though it faces the wall and nobody will ever see it. You’ll know it’s there, so you’re going to use a beautiful piece of wood on the back.”



There are so many sounds

that we hear every day.

Just imagine the world

if they all went away.

No cars, no trains,

not even a plane.

Could we handle this peace

or would it drive us insane?

Birds chirping in the distance

seem like a gentle sound.

How would it feel,

not knowing if they were around?

Find yourself a place

where there is nothing to be found.

Then you can hear the silence,

there won’t be a sound.

When there’s no one to talk to,

nothing can be said.

Thoughts speak out loud

and stay inside your head.

Serenity and calmness

are just a few of life’s joys.

Get up, turn around

and walk away from the noise.

We have all heard the phrase,

“Give me peace and quiet.”

This can be achieved

if you are willing to try it.

– Nelson R. Locher


PARSLEY SAGE – The next luncheon meeting of WNY Pen Women features Barbara Blackburn in a presentation on herbs and spices in literature, from the Bible, Shakespeare and other times, including some culinary samples.

It begins at noon March 8 in the Eagle House Restaurant, 5578 Main St., Williamsville. Price is $18.50. For reservations, call Barbara at 634-2909 before March 6.


BIG NIGHT – Adults are invited to relive their high school memories during the Second Chance Prom at 6 p.m. Saturday in Trinity Christian School, 146 Reserve Road, West Seneca.

There will be dinner, desserts, a deejay, dancing, raffles and prizes. Dress is black tie optional with a masquerade theme. Bring a mask. A limited number of masks will be available for sale. Tickets are $20 at the school office or online at


TOUCH OF GREEN – Start warming up for St. Patrick’s Day with Cooney’s Irish Cabaret on Saturday evening in St. Francis of Assisi Parish Social Center, 4263 St. Francis Drive, Athol Springs.

The 7:30 p.m. show, which follows a corned beef or roast beef dinner at 6, features Irish-American singer Andy Cooney, Irish comedian Noel V. Ginnity, performers from Darrah Carr Dance and the folk music of the Guinness Irish Band.

Tickets are $50 and include beer, wine and pop throughout the evening. All seating is reserved. For info and tickets, call 822-8017. Proceeds benefit the Franciscan Center in South Buffalo, which provides a home-like place for young men in need.


SINGULAR TALENT – The Orchard Park Chorale is looking for one good man – a bass-baritone section leader. Music director Kathleen Keenan-Takagi says the section leader, which is a paid position, should be an accomplished sight-reader, a strong soloist and be able to lead sectional rehearsals and work with the ensemble’s creative team. To apply, call 832-2226 or email


REUNION ALERT – The Class of 1964 at Riverside High School is planning its 50th reunion in August. Classmates who have not been notified should call Alberta Morone Costanza at 564-3094 or visit the new class website at

West Seneca Central High School’s Class of 1964 is holding its 50th reunion at 6:30 p.m. July 25 in Kloc’s Banquet Facility, 1245 Seneca Creek Road, West Seneca. Tickets are $25. Reservations are needed by May 15. For info and reservations, call Carole Lynn Ball Oyler at 491-0593 or email


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Jim Braun, Patrick Lakamp, Tim Tielman, Eric McCabe, Brittany Ruszczyk, Wendy Cichuniec, Kaitlyn Lounsbury, Judith Weinstock, Maureen Polowy, Jill Muise, Kathleen Stock, Mary Ann Schiermeyer, Victor Ojeda, Bartholomew J. Siener, Richard Montesano, Maureen Smith-Ernest, Anna Tiberio, Emily Lichtenthal, Sarah Lichtenthal and Nancy Crone.