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OLAF FUB SEZ: A thought for the holiday from Chinese writer Lin Yutang, born on this date in 1895, “If you can spend a perfectly useless afternoon in a perfectly useless manner, you have learned how to live.”


A Warm October Day

We walked along the lake’s sandy shore on a warm October day,

Enjoying the autumn sun, before it goes away.

The waves were tumbling to the shore, their journey now was done,

Revealing ripples in the sand, each and every one.

We looked for treasure on the shore, finding pretty rocks and such,

And being lucky, we found some sandglass, a little, not too much.

The sky was blue, not a cloud in sight,

The seagulls noisily gathered before their flight.

A wonderful feeling of peace and joy came over me just then.

I shall always remember the day we shared, the laughter and the fun,

The enjoyment of each other’s company in the warm October sun.

– Nancy A. Catanzaro


EAT TO LIVE – More than 90 restaurants in Erie and Chautauqua counties will be part of the annual Dining Out For Life, which takes place Tuesday and raises funds to help people affected by HIV and AIDS who are served by Evergreen Health Services in Buffalo.

The restaurants will donate 25 percent or more of their proceeds from breakfast and/or lunch and/or dinner to Evergreen’s HIV specialty care programs.

In addition to the donations from the restaurants, KeyBank will match all cash donations by diners dollar for dollar, up to $10,000.

More info and a list of participating restaurants can be found at


WINNING TICKET – Holiday items, lottery tickets, gift cards and more are the prizes as the Kenmore Mercy Hospital Auxiliary holds its annual Fall Basket Raffle in the hospital atrium from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday and 8 a.m. to noon Friday, with drawings Friday afternoon. Winners will be notified.


HISTORIC MOMENT – Guest speaker for this week’s installment of the IMAGINE Buffalo lunchtime lecture series at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday is Jessie Fisher, executive director of Preservation Buffalo Niagara, who will talk about the fifth anniversary of the 2011 National Trust for Historic Preservation’s national conference in Buffalo in 2011.

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 the ancient monuments of Egypt and Greece.

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.


CANDIDATES UP CLOSE – The Eggertsville Community Organization will hold its annual Meet the Candidates Night at 7 p.m. Tuesday in St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 4007 Main St., Eggertsville. Candidates will present their platforms, followed by a question-and-answer session. All are welcome.


MONUMENTAL – Historian Chuck Lachuisa is featured speaker at the next meeting of the Greater Buffalo Bottle Collectors Association Wednesday evening in St. Peter’s Episcopal Church Hall, Callodine Avenue and Longmeadow Road, Amherst.

The meeting is at 7 p.m. The lecture about public art in Buffalo is at 7:30. It’s free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. For more info, call Peter Jablonski at 440-7985.


CORNER OFFICE – Employment attorney Lindy Korn and Tonya Hollederer, a vice president at Russell Bond, an employment practices insurance broker, will share their insights on “The Business of People” at a dinner Wednesday evening hosted by the Buffalo Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners in the Foundry, 1738 Elmwood Ave.

The program will begin with networking at 5:30 p.m. and dinner at 6. Tickets are $35 for members, $40 for guests. For more info, visit or call chapter president Lisa Coppola at 536-4442.

The Buffalo-Niagara Chapter was awarded two stars at the national NAWBO conference last month in Columbus, Ohio, for being the fastest-growing chapter in the nation and for its success in promoting economic development.


INDECISION – The Rotary Club of Buffalo kicks off this year’s politics speaker series, “Politics as UN-Usual,” at noon Thursday in Templeton Landing, 2 Templeton Terrace in Erie Basin Marina. The buffet lunch is $25. The public is welcome. No reservations are necessary.

First speaker will be the University at Buffalo political science professor Jacob Neiheisel, whose topic will be “The Polarization of American Politics.” For more info, call 854-3397 or visit the Buffalo Rotary page on Facebook.

Subsequent programs will feature Deborah L. Hughes, president and CEO of the National Susan B. Anthony Museum & House in Rochester, on Oct. 20; lobbyist Carl Calabrese, a partner in Masiello, Martucci, Calabrese & Associates, on Oct. 27; and Buffalo News political reporter Robert J. McCarthy on Nov. 3.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Kelley Murphy Canazzi, Lauren Hartmann, Eric Brauen, Nancy Parisi, Pam Righter, Ian Edbauer, Reed Lukasavich, Judi Gersic, Ed Koszela, Dolores Schlottman, Dorothy Tintor, Mary Ann Cream, Shawn Jenner, Jeff Siuta, Brian Bauer, Denise Kiebzak, Tyler Cole, Alan White, Dores Hicks, Kristen Bloom and Breeana Menza.


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