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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to newspaper columnist Heywood Broun, born on this date in 1888, “The tragedy of life is not that man loses, but that he almost wins.”


Back In Time

“She walks in beauty, like the night”,

though her life has been far from ideal,

Today she spends her time in her garden, watching things,

as well as people, grow.

This has always been her passion.

Like the typical Catholic-school girl of her time,

she grew up in an ‘atomic’ age.

A time of scratchy, itchy plaid uniforms, and bobbi-socks.

She watched as the world thought of Abraham as they mourned Bobby, Martin and John.

As women were taken from home,

into the workplace and back again,

She struggled to find her identity.

During a time when people were shaking their heads,

Asking, “War! What is it good for?”

The reply was friends and loved ones

going off to an early grave in support of their country.

In the end, she has been made equally proud and sad,

To see what the world has become from where it has been,

Wondering, at the same time, if there is still any hope left for it.

– Edna Kirksey


PASTA TIME – Spaghetti is on the menu with homemade meatballs and sauce from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday in South Buffalo Post 721, American Legion, at 136 Cazenovia St. For info, call 825-9557.


GAINING YARDAGE – Buffalo Bills star and Pro Football Hall of Famer Thurman Thomas will greet fans from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday in the Boulevard Mall in Amherst at the indoor entrance to the new Dick’s Sporting Goods store. Fans can get an autograph on one item and get one personal photograph with him for free. For more info, visit


HOMEGROWN – During his 25-plus years of writing professionally and doing standup comedy, South Buffalo native Tim Joyce has produced three humor books, five plays and a textbook on theater. Now he’s produced his first volume of poetry, entitled “Small Angels.” He appears from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday in Dog Ears Bookstore and Cafe, 688 Abbott Road, to sign copies, which are $5.


HELP FOR VETS – State Sen. Tim Kennedy, D-Buffalo, hosts a Military Service Connection event for veterans, active members of the military and their families from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Millennium Hotel Buffalo, 2040 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga. Dozens of organizations will be on hand to offer information about their services for current and former military. Pizza and refreshments will be provided. For the kids, there will be hot cocoa and cookie decorating. RSVP on Monday by calling Kennedy’s office at 826-2683.


DESTINATION POINT – The project manager for Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp., Christopher Catanzaro, will talk about “Canalside Design” when he appears as guest speaker in the weekly IMAGINE Buffalo lunchtime lecture series at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Ring of Knowledge on the main floor of the Central Library on Lafayette Square in downtown Buffalo.

The program begins at noon with a Great Courses video on the history of architectural innovation. Admission is free. You can bring a lunch or purchase one at the library’s Fables Cafe. The series is sponsored by the Center for the Study of Art, Architecture, History & Nature.


CALENDAR DATES – The Women’s Club of Orchard Park will have its annual Christmas luncheon at noon Wednesday in La Galleria Restaurant, 3923 Southwestern Blvd., Orchard Park.

The Variety Women of Buffalo will hold their annual holiday luncheon Saturday in the Protocol Restaurant, 6766 Transit Road, Amherst. Members and guests must have prepaid reservations to attend. Those attending should bring their “favorite” gift wrapped for inclusion in a game.


LEGAL UPDATE – Cost of admission is $50 worth of new unwrapped toys as the Niagara Law Center hosts a holiday party toy drive CLE (Continuing Legal Education) session and the installation of new officers and directors of the Bar Association of Niagara County on Thursday in the Castellani Art Museum on the Niagara University campus.

The CLE begins at 4:30 p.m. and offers two CLE credits for new and experienced lawyers. Speakers will be Matt Weber, senior court attorney in the Niagara County Surrogate Court; Bill Maldovan, a former assistant state attorney general; and Linda S. Grear, an attorney with HoganWillig.

The installation party, with hors d’oeuvres, eggnog and a cash bar, begins at 6:30. Spouses are welcome at the party. To register, call 286-8181 or visit


REUNION ALERT – Organizers of a possible 50th reunion for the Class of 1966 at Coronation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Elementary School are looking for classmates who are interested in getting together. Email Jim Lema at or Tom Rogers at

The Riverside High School Class of 1966 has set a date for its 50th reunion – Aug. 27. For info, email


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – T.J. Pignataro, Terry Higgins, R. Bruce Baum, Blythe Merrill, Terry Nawotka, Colleen Rathke, Carol Sabuda, Don Smith, Brian Vaccaro, Patrick Driscoll, Fred Piasecki, Barb Scheffler, Pat Kempf Lehr, Louise Carey Rusczyk, Jason Smith, Erin Heaney, Justin Smith, Madonna Schober, Norman Werts Sr., Sally Shea, Anne Gossart, Susan Hanners, Allison Joyce Donovan, Sue Prabucki, Benjamin Pietraszewski, Dylan Kiener, Mary Jane Piechocki, Rose Schafer and Mary Elizabeth O’Brien.