OLAF FUB SEZ: A definition from French writer and philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau, born on this date in 1712: “Happiness: a good bank account, a good cook and a good digestion.”
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PIVOTAL MOMENT – This weekend sees the largest annual historical re-enactment at Old Fort Niagara in Youngstown – the French and Indian War Encampment. French, British and Native re-enactors will stage exhibits, tours, demonstrations and large-scale recreations of the 19-day siege that resulted in the surrender of the French-held fort to the British in the summer of 1759, which marked the beginning of a turning point in the seven-year conflict.
Activities begin at 10 a.m. Friday to Sunday. Battles and other events from the siege are staged hourly from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., concluding with the British assault on the fort at 2 p.m. Sunday. There also will be music demonstrations, children’s activities and a church call at 10 a.m. Sunday.
Food and refreshments are available daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $13, free for children 5 and under and for members of the Old Fort Niagara Association. Memberships will not be sold on site. For more info and to purchase memberships, visit oldfortniagara.org.
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BEAUTY SPOT – The Niagara Beautification Commission is looking for homes and businesses to take part in the 2018 Garden Walk Niagara Falls USA from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 14. To register, call 285-5030 or email Niagara.email@example.com. To see last year’s Garden Walk brochure, visit keepniagarabeautiful.org.
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ROLL THE DICE – Cribbage players are invited to join an organized game every first and third Wednesday of the month in Hamburg Post 527, American Legion, 2 Memorial Drive, Hamburg. League play begins in September. For more info, call 871-0410.
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STARS AND STRIPES – Lancaster Unleashed, a group working to establish a dog park in Lancaster, will hold its third annual Patriot Paws Parade Sunday at Purely Pets, 5 W. Main St., Lancaster. Dog owners are invited to dress their pets in patriotic garb for a short stroll through the village. Prizes will be awarded for Most Patriotic Pet and Pet and Owner Lookalike.
Registration begins at 11 a.m., with the parade at 11:30 and judging to follow. Registration is $7 per dog. All dogs must be leashed and have proof of a current rabies vaccination. For more info, call Karen Penziul at 225-2745. To see photos from last year's parade, click this link.
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Mike Silverman, Cindy Levy, Bernadette Aja, Audrey Ray, Samuel Jordan, Annette Kemp, Claudette Rogers-Thomas, Annette Reid, Remo Ferrelli, Sister Mary Jean Sliwinski, Dan Rosati, Garrett Rosen, Geraldine Shanahan, Noah Connors, Ann Putz, Kitty Siegel, Miriam Rich, Arthur P. Miller and Kathy Schafer Snider.
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