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Reporters’ Notebook

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to labor union leader Walter Reuther, born on this date in 1907, “If you’re not big enough to lose, you’re not big enough to win.”


Beyond Labor

For oh-so-many years,

Jolted awake by the alarm.

Take the quickest route to work,

And stay out of the way of harm.

The routine was set,

It was the same every day.

Putting time in at work

To be able to collect your pay.

What would life be like

After work is done?

Time to take it easy

And start thinking about fun.

Retirement has arrived,

All the hard work is behind.

It’s the dawn of a new day,

A different state of mind.

A better chapter in life

Just outside your door.

Now there is plenty of time

To enjoy life more.

Start creating your own schedule,

No one can tell you how.

There’s no better time,

The rest of your life starts now.

No need to take time off,

Every day you are free.

Life without work

Is a whole new world to see.

Take a midday nap

Or stay up real late.

It’s nice to know

No one controls your fate.

Enjoy every minute,

There’s no time to spare.

The freedom that you’ve earned

Is well beyond compare.

– Nelson R. Locher


OFF AND RUNNING – A new season begins Tuesday for the weekly IMAGINE Buffalo lunchtime lecture series in the Ring of Knowledge on the main floor of the Central Library on Lafayette Square in downtown Buffalo. It’s sponsored by the Center for the Study of Art, Architecture, History & Nature.

The program on “Why the Arts Matter” opens at noon with a Great Courses video, “How to Look At and Understand Great Art: Abstraction/Modernism.” Following at 12:30 p.m. are two speakers, Frits Abell, founder of the echo Art Fair, and Aaron Ott from the public art program at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. Admission is free. You can bring a lunch or purchase one at the library’s Fables Cafe.


DOWN BY THE WATERSIDE – Raising awareness and providing support of those living with traumatic brain injuries and other disabilities will be Headway of Western New York’s fifth annual Walk, Run and Wheel 5K next Sunday at Erie Basin Marina in downtown Buffalo.

Cost is $20. Prizes will be given to the top male and female runner. Winners in age categories will get small awards. Prizes also will be given for teams and individuals that bring in the most contributions and pledges.

Check-in is at 8:30 a.m. and races along the waterfront begin at 9:30. After the race, there will be live music, refreshments and a basket auction. For info and to register in advance, call 408-3117 or visit


HAIL TO THE CHIEFS – Two presidents, Millard Fillmore and Grover Cleveland, made Buffalo their home, but many others have left their mark here. Explore Buffalo Tours will focus on some who are especially prominent in local history in its “Five Presidents in Buffalo” tour next Monday morning.

The tour, co-sponsored by the Association for a Buffalo Presidential Center, will meet at 10 a.m. at the Robert H. Jackson Federal Courthouse in Niagara Square and conclude in the Hotel @ the Lafayette on Lafayette Square.

Tickets are $15, $5 for students with valid student ID. Can’t make it next Monday? The tour will be repeated Sept. 15 and 22. For info, call 245-3032 or visit


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Bob Hartmann Jr., Jacqueline Gallagher O’Neill, Wyatt Young, Lance Pollock, Jeff Gordon, Melissa Holmes Skurski, Valerie Pillo, Willie “Hutch” Jones, Gene Fahey, Leodis McKelvin, Lily Grace Griggsby, Jim McCabe, Pam Sumbrum, Sam Granelli, Nancy Sanders, Ben Staddon, Jeffrey Scott Jankowski and Barbara Kamrowski.