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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to one of our favorite presidents, Theodore Roosevelt, born on this date in 1858, “I think there is only one quality worse than hardness of heart, and that is softness of head.”


October Open Market

Crispy cloudy Saturday

too few “b-r-r,

b-r-r, burring”

out to play.

Impatient chilly shoppers

persist in weather inclement,

beyond macouns or northern spys,

firm brussels sprouts

heavenly present

watermelon radish and

cheddar cheese curds

remain samples

from a table.

Bright sun and softer temperatures

by forlorn market men

coveted fable.

– Janice Schlau


HISTORIC HEROICS – The Wilson Historical Society will present a special program on Civil War soldiers, “The Valiant Men of Battery M,” at 7 p.m. today in the Barnum Building, 645 Lake St., Wilson. Leading the program will be Ed Jackson. All are welcome. Light refreshments will be served.


CALLING GOBLINS – Children in costumes and families are invited to visit McAuley Residence, 1503 Military Road, Town of Tonawanda, behind Kenmore Mercy Hospital, for a Halloween Open House from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Youngsters will go trick-or-treating on various floors and nursing units in the long-term care facility, where residents and staff will be giving out candy.


SCIENCE SESSION – The chairman of Firsthand Learning Corp., Peter Dow, speaks Tuesday in 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.

The program on “Imagine the Arts as Our Universal Language: In Pursuit of Happiness” opens at noon with a Great Courses video featuring astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. Dow steps forward at 12:30 p.m. with a talk entitled “Exploring Nature and Celebrating the Milestones of Science.”

Admission is free. You can purchase lunch at the library’s Fables Cafe or bring your own. The series is sponsored by the Center for the Study of Art, Architecture, History & Nature.


MEDIA MIXER: The Buffalo Association of Black Journalists will host a media mixer at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the District, 454 Pearl St. Proceeds will support the association’s youth media program and its Carl R. Allen Memorial Scholarship fund. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door, and include food. For information, call 849-5598.


BELL RINGERS NEEDED – The Salvation Army of Niagara Falls has put out a call for volunteers for its holiday Red Kettle Campaign, which begins Nov. 10 and continues through Christmas Eve. For info and to help, call 283-7697.


STOP AND SHOP – The Zonta Club of Cheektowaga-Lancaster is sponsoring its third annual Shopping and Sweets Nite from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Cheektowaga Senior Center, 3349 Broadway, Cheektowaga.

More than two-dozen independent vendors from local small businesses and home party representatives will offer jewelry, handmade dog treats, chocolate items, skin care products, gourmet foods, hand-painted ornaments, Tupperware and wickless candles.

Admission is $5 and includes a sheet of basket raffle tickets, homemade sweets and coffee. Every vendor has donated a basket for the raffle. For info, call 656-0406 or visit


PRIDE OF THE CITY – Buffalo architecture and history tour guide Chuck LaChiusa will speak about “The Ten Best Buildings in Buffalo” at the next luncheon meeting of WNY Pen Women at noon Saturday in the Eagle House, 5578 Main St., Williamsville.

Price is $19, including gratuity and speaker fee. All are welcome. Reservations are needed by Thursday. Call Mary Ellen Shaughnessy at 885-3292 or Barbara Blackburn at 634-2909.


ALMA MATER – Burgard Vocational High School will hold an open house from 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday for all parents, students and alumni. The alumni also are being asked for donations of yearbooks, memorabilia and trophies for the new Alumni Room. For info, call Wally Miller at 681-7263, Don Mallow at 694-9969, Dave Lata at 651-0562 or John Domagala at 773-6375.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Overseer Jeffery Bowen, Donn Esmonde, Doris Jones, Brian Hassett, Colleen Weishaupt, Beth Knodel, Sophia Lawrence, Nadine Thress, Marge Manhard, Colleen Weishaupt, Susanne Szymanski, Addison Youngman, Mark Pronobis and Patricia Grasha.