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OLAF FUB SEZ: A thought for February from English artist and critic John Ruskin, born on this date in 1819, “Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.”


Season of Fish

At the table

I prepare haddock like Nanna

Crisp chopped onion,

freshly grated bread crumbs,

harvested garden herbs,

collectively speak

of Lenten suppers

fried on a Polish cellar stove.

Canned pears

direct from the fruit bin

pacify those who wholly

resist fish.

When preparing

potato pancakes

I speak Polish

gladly when prompted.

Janice Schlau


VISIONARIES REVISITED – The arts will be in the spotlight again at the weekly IMAGINE Buffalo lunchtime lecture series Tuesday in the Ring of Knowledge on the main floor of the Central Library on Lafayette Square in downtown Buffalo.

Great Courses videos from the series “From Monet to Van Gogh: A History of Impressionism” will be shown at noon and 12:45 p.m., with a discussion period at 12:30 p.m. The program is in conjunction with the current exhibit at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, “Monet and the Impressionist Revolution, 1860-1910.”

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.


WHAT’S COOKING? – Calvary Episcopal Church, 20 Milton St. at South Cayuga Road, Williamsville, will serve its ninth annual Jambalaya Supper in the church’s Hughson Hall to mark the day before Lent from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Dinners are $10, $3 for children 12 and under, and $30 per family, and include jambalaya with and without shrimp, corn muffin, salad, pecan pie and coffee, tea or milk. Adults may bring their own beverage of choice. For info, call 633-7800 or visit


MARK THE CALENDAR – Issues of concern to neighborhood residents will be discussed at the next meeting of the Eggertsville Community Organization at 7 p.m. Tuesday in St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 4007 Main St., Eggertsville. All are welcome to attend.


PAGE TURNERS – Two new book clubs begin meeting this month at the Brighton Place Library, 999 Brighton Road, Town of Tonawanda.

The Classic and Modern Mystery Book Club holds its initial meeting from 11 a.m. to noon Thursday. The first book will be Dashiell Hammett’s “The Maltese Falcon.” The Eclectic Book Club, which starts up at 2 p.m. Feb. 16, will read “The Martian,” by Andy Weir.

Meanwhile, the library’s Fantasy and Gothic Book Club will begin meeting on a new date – Saturday – at 11 a.m. Feb. 20. February’s book is “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.” Teens and adults are welcome. For info and to register for the book clubs, call 332-4375.


ALL SMILES – For the 10th consecutive year, Dr. Stuart Weinstein and his staff at Advanced Dental, 9501 Niagara Falls Blvd., Niagara Falls, will donate all proceeds from their professional teeth whitening services from now until the first day of spring, March 21, to the 914th Air Force Reserve Base Family Support Services.

Since it began, “Operation Whiter-Brighter” has contributed more than $20,000 to the air base for financial aid and other assistance for families of those serving overseas. Each whitening is $136. The promotion is not restricted to current Advanced Dental patients. To schedule an appointment, call 297-1711.


CASH FOR COLLEGE – Applications are being accepted through Feb. 21 for the fifth annual General Pulaski Association college scholarship, a $1,000 award that will be given by Dr. Hratch L. Karamanoukian and the Vein Treatment Centers of Clarence and Williamsville at the General Pulaski installation dinner March 4 in the Millennium Buffalo Hotel, 2040 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga.

Applicants must be the children or grandchildren of a U.S. armed forces veteran and must be of Polish descent. For more info, call scholarship chairwoman Sandi Schmid at 894-6304 or 445-8638.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Ruth Kahn Stovroff, Dr. Janet Sung, Rod Watson, Elmer Ploetz, Carolyn Safe, Barb Richards, Jaxon Huller, Brian Lounsbury, Sara Weigand, Ed Gustek, Lisa Knopf, Theresa Derrico, Phyllis Smucker, Christine Kotowski, Darlene Lelonek, Nicole Kumro, Brian Hayden, Terry Ryszka, Karin Dabrowski Vacanti, Dave Cash, Michael Powers and Penny Stark.