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OLAF FUB SEZ: The favorite quote of legendary Tennessee journalist John Seigenthaler, born this day in 1927, was from his friend and mentor, Robert F. Kennedy: “Few will have the greatness to bend history, but each of us can work to change small events, and those acts can write the history of our generation.”

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Martyr

there’s an orange white scarlet

flickering fire burning

gleeful faces from the other side

are glinting iridescent teeth

and hazy inhumane eyes

God help us or we will die

splinters in our wrists

burns on our ankles

the silence is all we hear

now our heartbeats slow

to almost a

halt

then nothing

but scorched posts

and a righteous

pile of ash

– Hannah Schul

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MEAT RAFFLE – Tickets for a Summer BBQ Raffle sponsored by the Kenmore Mercy Hospital Auxiliary are available until Tuesday, when the prizes will be drawn at the KMHA picnic. First prize is a George Foreman electric grill. Second prize is a $75 gift card to Federal Meat. Third prize is a $50 Federal Meat gift card. Fourth prize is a barbecue set with “fixins.” Tickets are $5 for a book of six, or $1 per ticket, and are available at the hospital gift shop or by calling Joan LeBlanc at 694-2846.

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AUTHOR TALK – A reading and book signing by Buffalo native Nancy Reisman, author of the critically praised new novel “Trompe L’Oeil” begins at 7 p.m. Thursday in Talking Leaves Books, 3158 Main St. Reisman’s previous books include her debut novel “The First Desire,” which was named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and won the Samuel Goldberg & Sons Foundation Prize for Jewish Fiction, and the story collection “House Fires” (winner of the Iowa Short Fiction Award, and published by the University of Iowa Press in 1999). A past recipient of both an O. Henry Award and the Raymond Carver Short Story Award, she teaches creative writing at Vanderbilt University.

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BROWSE AND BENEFIT – Sip a drink and peruse the boutiques at the second annual Cocktails in the Courtyard, from 6 until 9 p.m. Thursday in the Foundry Hotel & Banquet, 1738 Elmwood Ave. Proceeds from the event presented by Macy’s and Custom Beaute will benefit the Huntington’s Disease Society of America.

Tickets are $45 presale, or $50 at the door, and include admission, two drink tickets, hors d’oeuvres, complimentary spa services and door prizes. Last year’s event was a sold-out affair with close to 250 women in attendance. Visit cocktailsinthecourtyard.net or call 380-8565 for more info.

Huntington’s Disease is a rare neurodegenerative brain disorder that robs a person of the ability to walk, talk, think, swallow and control movement.

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CALLING ALL CLASSMATES – Organizers of the 70th reunion of the Lackawanna High School class of 1945 want to hear from their classmates. The reunion is planned for Sept. 9 at J’s White Elephant, formerly Jacobi’s Restaurant and Nite Club at 1404 Abbott Road, Lackwanna. For reservations and more info, call Jo DeMarco at 825-8400.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Robert F. Moss, Pawan Matta, Bonnie Flickinger, Alma Cosgrove, Alex Rodriguez, Floyd Beckham, Annette Watts, Jeff Rapp, Donald Yager, Samantha Toepfer Penziner, Narda Cornwall, Gabriel Bieger, Michael John Murphy, Teena Wise, Tom Safe, MaryAnn Trembicki, Paul Kamrowski Jr. and Alex Scott Prell.

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