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OLAF FUB SEZ: A favorite verse by newspaperman and “poet of childhood” Eugene Field, born on this date in 1850, begins: “Wynken, Blynken, and Nod one night/ Sailed off in a wooden shoe,/ Sailed on a river of crystal light/ Into a sea of dew.”


RIPPLES OF THE PAST – The days are dwindling down for kayak tours of the abandoned grain elevators along the Buffalo River. Arranged by Explore Buffalo in conjunction with Elevator Alley Kayak, there are only eight more of them scheduled this season, on each of the four Saturdays and Sundays this month, weather permitting.

The tours meet at 9 a.m. at Elevator Alley Kayak at The Barrel Factory, 65 Vandalia St. at the corner of Hamburg and Republic streets, across from Gene McCarthy’s. Kayaks launch a block away in Mutual Riverfront Park. Tickets are $40, $35 for students. For info and reservations, call 245-3032 or visit


DOG DAYS – The incoming eighth-grade class at Mary Queen of Angels Regional Catholic School in Cheektowaga will host a hot dog sale from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday outside the Raymour & Flanigan store, 3770 Union Road, Cheektowaga. Proceeds will go toward the annual class trip in the spring.

Meanwhile, the Tonawanda Erie Canal Gateway Lions Club will hold a hot dog sale from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Valu Home Center, 4264 Delaware Ave., Town of Tonawanda. Sahlen’s hot dogs will be $2 and pop will be available for $1.


COME DANCE – The Polish Heritage Dancers of Western New York are accepting new members as they prepare for their 19th season. Classes in Holy Mother of the Rosary Cathedral, 6298 Broadway, Lancaster, begin at 7 p.m. Sept. 23 for youngsters aged 4 to 8, at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 26 for those 9 to 13, and at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 26 for those 14 through adult.

No prior dance experience is necessary. The group performs throughout the area at festivals, weddings, nursing homes and schools. Costumes are provided by the group. For more info and to register, call 983-5084 or visit


HEADSTONES – A resting place for the dead is a haven for the living in “Necropolis Metropolis,” an exhibit by Buffalo photographer Mark Thomas Duggan which opens this weekend in Sugar City, 1239 Niagara St., and continues through Sept. 25.

Duggan’s photos chronicle the year he spent working with other volunteers in the Manila North Cemetery in the Philippines, where more than 10,000 homeless people have created a community among the mausoleums and crypts. Gallery hours are 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday and by appointment. For more info, call 553-2530.


REUNION ALERT – The Lewiston Porter High School Class of 1966 will begin its 50th reunion weekend Sept. 16 and 17 with a co-ed golf tournament Friday afternoon at the Niagara Frontier Country Club, 1058 Lake Road, Youngstown, followed by a class mixer at 6 p.m. in the Moose Family Center, 112 S. Water St., Lewiston.

Saturday will offer Niagara Jet Adventure boat rides and Rainbow Air helicopter rides over Niagara Falls and a homecoming buffet dinner at 6 p.m. in the Youngstown Yacht Club, 491 Water St., Youngstown. All classmates who plan to attend and have not yet made reservations should call Patty Berggren at 745-9958 or Peter Pfohl at 745-3204. Prior reservations and payment are needed for all reunion events.

Members of the Class of 1976 from Baker Victory High School are planning a 40th reunion Sept. 23 and 24. For info, classmates should call Cheryl Fix Toelsin at 572-2673, Nancy Mainella Barry at 481-3230 or Lori Dubois Burke at 228-3607.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Mark Gilbert, Velma Holt, Howard Riedel, Damon Palmer, Janet Panek, Sister Mary Christelle Sewicki, Mary Clare Hourihan, Bruce Bauman, Ernie Bogenrieder, Pat Orzechowski, Shawn M. Falzone, Michael DeLellis, Rose Cendrowski, Frank Stock, Patricia O’Connor, Tara Sasiadek, Matthew Bratek, Brian Logel, Andrew Pelczynski, Wesley Pelczynski, Gloria Schunk, Kassidy Skingley and Susan Gilmour.

AND SATURDAY – Larry Rokitka, Al Wallack, Tracy Diina, Modesto Candelario, Tom Kumiega, Domonic Brown, Roger Herle, Luke Wredenburg, Mike Kucinski, Donald Cherubini, Dawn Marchant, Linda Matuszewski, Jackie Walker, Mary Manning, Brenda Bantle, Elaine Muchowski and Stefan Bishop.

AND SUNDAY – Nelson Adams, Paul Zatulove, Jim Schoenfeld, Tom Bauerle, April Aschieri, Felisha Legette-Jack, Verline McLaughlin, Chris Parkinson, Kevin Lewis, Kim Eberhardt, Beverly Saskowski, Barbara Paxson, Steven Hatrick, Tina Janiszeski and Mike Zelasko.


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