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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to Anglican archbishop of Dublin Richard Whately, born on this date in 1787, “Lose an hour in the morning, and you will spend all day looking for it.”

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I Call This Place Home

As the snow calmly falls into the framework of the scenery outside of my window,

I take solace in the fact that the orange hue from the streetlights

Playfully dances off the snow into the night sky.

From the dark sky arrives an exuberant luminescence that enlightens,

The dull and empty street.

It is riddled with salt, snow, ice and slush but is given

A temporary beauty in the motionless moment that is the calm night.

I call this place home.

I call this place Buffalo.

– Alex Kuhrt

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WHAT’S COOKING? – The kitchen’s open from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday in South Buffalo Post 721, American Legion, at 136 Cazenovia St. On the menu is a spaghetti dinner with homemade sauce and meatballs. Extra meatballs and Italian sausage are available for purchase. The kitchen fires up again from 5 to 8 p.m. every Wednesday for Taco Night.

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KID POWER – The executive director of Young Audiences of Western New York, Cynnie Gaasch, is guest speaker at the weekly IMAGINE Buffalo lunchtime lecture series at noon Tuesday in the Ring of Knowledge on the main floor of the Central Library on Lafayette Square in downtown Buffalo.

The program begins with a Great Courses video on Impressionist painter Mary Cassatt. 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.

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CALENDAR DATES – A musical program by Dave Caputo will be featured at the next meeting of the Beechwood Service Guild at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in the Beechwood Residence, 2235 Millersport Highway, Getzville. All are welcome. Refreshments will be served.

The Women’s Club of Orchard Park will have its luncheon meeting at noon Wednesday in the Orchard Park Country Club, 4777 S. Buffalo St., Orchard Park.

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ALL NIGHTER – Not everybody has to spend the night outdoors in the cold Friday to support the 29th annual Jerry Starr Ken-Ton Schools Sleep Out at Hoover Middle School, 249 Thorncliff Road between Delaware Road and Colvin Boulevard, Town of Tonawanda. Some will opt to stay just a couple of hours. Others will stay until morning in the school cafeteria.

Meanwhile, donations of food, clothing, personal care items and household goods to help the less fortunate can be dropped off at the school between 7:45 and 9:45 p.m. Friday. Checks payable to Ken-Ton Schools, E.T.C., can be mailed to Ken-Ton Schools Sleepout, c/o Kenmore West High School, 33 Highland Parkway, Kenmore, NY 14223.

All contributions are turned over to local agencies such as the Ken-Ton Closet, the Food Bank of Western New York and the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda Union Free School District Support Center. For more info on donating or participating, call Steve Ash at 694-4492 or email allhelpall@aol.com.

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REUNION NOTES – The Class of 1966 from Kensington High School is looking for classmates to attend their 50-year reunion July 24 in the Pavilion in the Grove at Banchetti by Rizzo, 550 North French Road, Getzville. For details and to sign up, visit khs1966.com.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Danny O’Neill, Ashok Subramanian, Jonathan Oswald, Dorothy Blewis, David Safe, Darlene Sikorski, Angie Gallagher, Mark Tasca Jr., Daisy Skinner, Ellen Taylor, Irene Hedger and Geraldine Wierzbick-Roach.

email: olaffub@buffnews.com