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OLAF FUB SEZ: A late-season thought from sportswriter Roger Angell, born on this date in 1920, “Since baseball time is measured only in outs, all you have to do is succeed utterly; keep hitting, keep the rally alive, and you have defeated time. You remain forever young.”


Summer’s Drought

A prisoner of sorts,

So humid and warm,

Who would have thought

I would welcome

A storm.

To silence the cries

Of the garden

Gone dry.

The flowers in pots,

Yes, I hear their cry ...

I will get to you all,

Water twice a day.

It’s tough for the weary,

Just give me a break.

Rain ... Please rain,

For heaven’s sake!

– Norma Bianchi


FACING THE FUTURE – Guest speaker for this week’s installment of the IMAGINE Buffalo lunchtime lecture series at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday is Karen Stanley Fleming, who chairs the Michigan Street African American Heritage Corridor Commission.

The program, part of the “Imagine Greater Buffalo 2025” series, begins at noon in the Ring of Knowledge on the main floor of the Central Library on Lafayette Square in downtown Buffalo with a Great Courses video on America’s emergence from the Civil War.

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.


MILESTONE – A presentation by historian Graham Millar, “Kenmore’s Centennial Revisited,” will look back at how the village celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2009 at the next program sponsored by the Tonawanda-Kenmore Historical Society at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday in the society’s museum at 100 Knoche Road, Town of Tonawanda. Admission is free.


GOOD FOR YOU – Healthy dishes from 13 area restaurants will be featured as the Independent Health Foundation holds its fifth annual “Serving Up Success” healthy food, beer and wine tasting evening from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday in Buffalo RiverWorks, 359 Ganson St.

There also will be samples from local breweries and wineries, live music from the UltraViolet Band and a silent auction.

General admission tickets are $35. Tickets to the VIP Section, where there will be exclusive giveaways, an open bar and other amenities, are $50.

For tickets, find the Serving Up Success link at or call the Independent Health Foundation at 635-4959. Independent Health members can receive $5 off general admission by purchasing their tickets online.


OPEN ARMS – Members of the Buffalo chapter of Beta Sigma Phi, an international women’s social, cultural and service sorority, will welcome more than 200 sisters from across New York State and Canada at their annual convention Friday to Sunday in Millennium Hotel Buffalo, 2040 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga.

Those attending the Winter Wonderland-themed weekend will tour Forest Lawn and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Martin House complex and ride the Buffalo River history tour. For membership info, visit


REUNION TIME – The Mount St. Joseph Alumnae will hold their annual Mass and luncheon for graduates and friends Oct. 8 in Classics V Banquet Center, 2425 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst. Mass will be offered at 11:30 a.m., with lunch at about 12:30 p.m.

Tickets are $27 and are available from Judy Douglas, Class of 1963, by calling 688-6833 or emailing Proceeds will benefit the Sisters of St. Joseph of Clarence.


CALLING TIMON VETS – All Bishop Timon High School alumni who are veterans, and their families, are invited to attend the school’s Ceremony of Remembrance at 10 a.m. on Nov. 9.

Veterans, including those who served in the National Guard, are asked to send their name, branch of service and year of graduation to Steve Banko at He also is compiling a list of names of Timon grads killed in action during war.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Sue Funk, Dan Bylsma, Marcia Gutfeld, Erin Habes, Carolyn Haggerty, Erin Genevieve Hibbard, Cheryl Krajna, Margaret White, Bill Wiate, Tom Edington, Derek King, Amy Goudy, Joanna Maria, Nicholas Pronobis, Richard J. Borczynski Jr., Brittany Marie Len and Dennis Dombrowski.


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