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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to President Obama, born on this date in 1961, “What Washington needs is adult supervision.”


Summertime Memories

It was many years ago,

But seems like just yesterday.

We looked forward to the fun

And all our cares went away.

This was the Number One park,

To go on all the rides.

They even gave rewards

For achieving academic strides.

The mode of transportation

Was always a yellow school bus.

Going across the Canadian border

Was the biggest thrill for us.

A day at this park

Was not like any other.

We were able to roam free

Without our father or mother.

So many things to do,

What would be the first one?

It really didn’t matter,

Everything we did was full of fun.

Would it be the wooden coaster

Or the super-fast Comet?

Either one was great.

We just hoped we wouldn’t vomit.

Then there was the Laff in the Dark,

Supposed to be a scary ride.

It really was funny,

We laughed until we cried.

We had to have some loganberry,

A cool and refreshing drink.

How did they make this stuff?

It really made us think.

The delicious Hall’s suckers

Were made on this site.

They were too tempting to resist,

We would always lose this fight.

The Magic Carpet ride

Really put us to the test.

So many twists and turns,

Far better than all the rest.

This ride had an ending,

That was the ultimate thrill.

We got to ride Aladdin’s carpet

All the way down the hill.

We spent the whole day

Doing everything we could.

Some things we did twice,

Like any child would.

The level of excitement

Was as high as we could reach.

We will never forget the good times

From world-famous Crystal Beach.

– Nelson R. Locher


TRADING PLACES – “The Prodigal Daughter,” a musical that tells the Biblical story of the prodigal son from a female perspective, will be performed at 6 p.m. today in the Hall of Philosophy at Chautauqua Institution.

The show is written, composed, directed and produced by New York City stage actress and mezzo soprano Doreen Firestone, who also appears in the title role. It is sponsored by the Chautauqua Christian Fellowship and the Chautauqua Department of Religion.

Fee is $20 for the entire evening, which is one of Chautauqua’s Community Appreciation Nights. There is no extra charge to attend the performance.


NIGHT MOVES – Residents of Buffalo’s Lovejoy neighborhood are invited to join the East Lovejoy Coalition of Neighbors Block Club in their ninth annual National Night Out activities from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday in Hennepin Park, 24 Ludington St.

Rural/Metro medics, Buffalo firefighters and Buffalo police officers, along with their K-9 unit, will be on hand. Music will be provided by the Head East Civic Club. Low-cost food, snacks and beverages will be available.


MORE REUNIONS – The Hamburg Alumni Foundation will hold its second annual Hamburg Reunion Party from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday in the municipal parking area across from the Palace Theater, 31 Buffalo St. A cash bar in the main tent will serve beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages. There also will be music and food vendors. Admission is free. The general public and Bulldogs of all classes are welcome.

Maryvale High School’s Class of 1984 will hold its 30-year reunion from 7 to 11 p.m. Sept. 20 in Cove Seafood & Banquets, 4701 Transit Road, Depew. Reservations are $30 and include four hours of open bar with call-brand liquor, a variety of house wines and domestic draft and bottled beer, snacks and a shuttle service for the ride home.

Tickets will not be available at the door, so reservations must be made be made by mail before Aug. 20. Checks should be made out to Michelle Mendofik and mailed to Michelle Konerth Mondofik, 15 Cobblestone Court, Lancaster, NY 14086. Include email addresses with checks to receive updates. Info also is available on the Maryvale 1984 Facebook page or by calling Gina Browning at 629-3505.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Edward “Cool Carl” Smith, Lynn Marinelli, Mark Sommer, Ellen Goldstein, Sally Cunningham, Ed Cardoni, Joe Donofrio, JoAnn Michael, Kathy Sfeir, Kristin Lewandowski, Flo O’Shei, Dorothy Korczak, Nancy Gillmesiter, Breslyn Gonzalez, Lisa Ann Brcezinski, Pat Zelasko, Jacob Scott Prell, Richie Noblett III, Maureen Alico Brautlacht, Ann O’Neil Licker and Angel Krempa.