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Olaf Fub Sez: A thought for the election season from novelist Gore Vidal, born on this date in 1925, “Fifty percent of people won’t vote, and fifty percent don’t read newspapers. I hope it’s the same fifty percent.”

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The Poorly Painted Cottage

A poorly painted cottage

patiently pines along the lake

Two old and storied milk jugs

support the window panes

A partly pedigreed pooch

lolling lazily on the step

sniffs intermittent insects,

sees life with no regrets

A stony winding driveway

beside a slow October sun

basking on a cornfield

assures harvest has begun.

– Janice Schlau

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HAPPY RETURNS – Dinners are back at South Buffalo Post 721, American Legion, 136 Cazenovia St. From 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, spaghetti and meatballs will be served with salad and bread and butter. Extra meatballs and Italian sausage are available for an extra charge. Also returning to the post is Taco Night, beginning this Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m. For info, call 825-9557.

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DOUBLE DUTY – Professor Gerard Puccio, chairman of the International Center for Studies in Creativity at SUNY Buffalo State, will be featured twice in this week’s edition of the 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.

He will appear on screen in the leadoff installment of a Great Courses Video series, “The Creative Thinker’s Toolkit Course: The Creative Person – Practice and Passion.” Then he will speak in person, along with Phil Haberstro, executive director of the Wellness Institute for Greater Buffalo.

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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ALL ABOARD! – The Buffalo Central Terminal will be the topic in the First Wednesday Speaker Series this week in the Steel Plant Museum of Western New York in the Heritage Discovery Center, 100 Lee St. off South Park Avenue.

Mark Lewandowski, who is in charge of tours and events at the terminal, will talk about its history and its ongoing restoration. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. The program starts at 6:30. Pizza and refreshments will be available for purchase. Admission is free. All are welcome.

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HELP WANTED – People Inc. has scheduled two open interview days for job seekers in Dunkirk this month.

The first will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center, 30 Lake Shore Drive East. The second will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 12 in Jamestown Community College’s North County Training and Conference Center, 10807 Bennett Road (Route 60).

Positions are available full time and part time on day, evening and overnight shifts for group home staff, behavior technicians, community-based instructors and nurses.

No appointments are needed. Training will be offered. Applicants should bring copies of their résumés and dress professionally. Descriptions of the jobs are available online at people-inc.org/careers. Those who cannot attend the interview may submit an application via the website.

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FLEET FEET – The Carmarie Dancers 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. The Guild will hold its annual membership drive at 10 a.m. Refreshments will be served. All are welcome.

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THE DARK SIDE – Iroquois legends, Masonic secrets, ghosts from the Civil War era and haunted theaters are on the route of four paranormal walking tours of the Village of Medina every Wednesday evening this month.

The tour meets at 7 p.m. at Meggie Moo’s Ice Cream, 114 E. Center St. Cost is $10, which includes candy, wristbands and passes to Monster Mini Golf. Kids under 7 are free. For more info, visit paranormalwalks.com.

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READY TO WEAR – A wearable art fashion show, presented by Impact Artists Gallery, will be the highlight of the annual Women’s Club of Orchard Park scholarship luncheon Saturday in the Columns Banquets, 2221 Transit Road, Elma. Doors open at 11 a.m. The luncheon will be served at noon. New members are welcome. For more info, call 662-3847.

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REUNION TIME – The Class of 1954 from St. Teresa’s School will hold a reunion at 6 p.m. Saturday in Templeton Landing, 2 Templeton Terrace in Erie Basin Marina. For more info and reservations, call 852-2760.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Mike Pesarchick, Judy Padgug, Mary Alice Bagwell, Ann Pilato, Nick Nosbisch, Jane Pyszczynski, Erin Frederick, Tim Schlicht, Joan Palmeri, Kerry Ryan, Nancy Merkle, Amie Vredenburg, Sue Reis, Kevin Chudy, Diane Lelito, George Yots, Noel McMahon, Constance Domedion and Shari Comstock.

email: olaffub@buffnews.com

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