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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau, born on this date in 1712, “Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.”


HOST OF HEROES – A book signing from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in Dog Ears Bookstore and Cafe, 688 Abbott Road, will spotlight “Our Fallen Warriors Remembered,” the stories of 155 servicemen and women from World War I to the Iraq War who attended South Park High School, compiled by 1970 South Park graduate Matthew Parsons of Hamburg.

“All proceeds from the sale of this book,” bookstore director Thomas McDonnell notes, “will be used to support the Mallion-McKeever Award, named for John A. Mallion and David M. McKeever, the first and most recent South Park High School students killed in action. The award will recognize students who exemplify service, scholarship, sportsmanship and leadership.”

For more info, call 823-2665 or visit


ROLLING OUT – The Veterans One-Stop Center of Western New York is sponsoring a Veterans Bicycle Ride on Thursday evening from the Tifft Nature Preserve, 1200 Fuhrmann Blvd. Vets should plan to meet at 5:30 p.m. The ride will begin at 6, proceed up the waterfront bike path to Canalside and return about 7:15. Snacks and refreshments will follow. For info and reservations, call Mike Shurmatz at 898-0110, Ext. 144, or email


SWING AND SWAY – The public is invited to a free concert by Mark Mazur & The Little Big Band from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday on the grounds of Blocher Homes, 135 Evans St., Williamsville. Lawn chairs are welcome. Dancing is encouraged. Reservations are not needed. There will be free refreshments, including hot dogs, lemonade and popcorn, plus tours of Blocher Homes. For more info on Blocher Homes, visit


TECH SAVVY – Girls from local urban middle and high schools will take part in the region’s first computer coding program exclusively for girls beginning next month. A joint effort by AT&T, WNY STEM Hub, SUNY Buffalo State and the Girl Scouts of Western New York, it’s designed to encourage more women to enter high-tech jobs.

Entitled “It’s Your World! Develop It! Powered by AT&T,” it will begin July 18 to 29 with a Coding Day Camp in Buffalo State’s new $36 million Technology Building. Girls will learn computer coding basics and further their skills in after-school and weekend programs for the rest of the year.

Fee for the program is $25 and includes a one-year membership in the Girl Scouts. If needed, participants will receive a free refurbished laptop computer to use throughout the program. For info and registration, girls and parents can visit or call Janet DePetrillo or Lauren Bush toll-free at (888) 837-6410.


SAIL INTO HISTORY – Celebrate the Fourth with a voyage back in time. The Industrial Heritage Committee will open its 31st season of Historic Buffalo River Tours on Monday.

The two-hour tours, which cover the history, architecture and technology of the grain elevators, flour mills and other industries along the Buffalo River, leave at 12:30 p.m. from the Miss Buffalo Dock in Erie Basin Marina.

Tickets are $19 for adults, $13 for kids 4 to 11. Younger children are free. For reservations, call Buffalo Harbor Cruises at 856-6696. Additional river tours will be held July 17, July 30, Aug. 6, Aug. 21 and Labor Day, Sept. 5.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Connie Kelley, Mike Silverman, Cindy Levy, Russ Brandon, Samuel Jordan, Annette Kemp, Sara Louise McDonald, Claudette Rogers-Thomas, Annette Reid, Rich Koteras, Garrett Rosen, Avery Allison, Steve Chilcott, Edward Blach, Arthur P. Miller, Ann Putz, Noah Connors, Remo Ferrelli, Sister Mary Jean Sliwinski, Emily Nizinkiewicz and Russ Becker.