OLAF FUB SEZ: According to Nobel Prize-winning novelist Doris Lessing, born on this date in 1919, “The great secret that all old people share is that you really haven’t changed in 70 or 80 years. Your body changes, but you don’t change at all. And that, of course, causes great confusion.”
Gathering Colored Treasures

I love to gather colored leaves along the trampled trail
Where Mother Nature shows her craft each autumn without fail.
There’s maple leaves and elm upon the smothered earthen sod
Resting so peacefully in death as when they looked to God.
The sun came sifting through the trees upon my path of gold,
Each step within the beaten path wrought treasures to behold.
Oh, what a joy to share my treasures with my newfound friend
And count my pleasure with each leaf the wind would softly send!
I marvel at the beauty of God’s nature found within,
As each leaf tells the story that new life will soon begin.
– Doris V. Neumann
INDUCTING IMMORTALS – The Bishop Fallon High School/Holy Angels Collegiate Institute Alumni Association will hold its 11th Annual Hall of Fame Dinner at 6 p.m. Friday in Salvatore’s Italian Gardens, 6461 Transit Road, Lancaster. For registration and information, call 668-6814 or 693-2969.
Inductees include Paul Scully, Class of 1954; William Schworm, Class of 1957; the Rev. Francis Hahn, Class of 1961; Anthony Maggiotto, Class of 1964; Michael Andriaccio, Class of 1970; and Patrick Keating and Pasquale “Pat” Raimondo, both Class of 1975.
CATCH A CHANCE – The Kenmore Mercy Hospital Auxiliary will hold its annual theme basket raffle from Tuesday through Friday in the hospital atrium. Tickets will be sold from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, when tickets will be drawn.
GREAT GRADS – Bishop Timon-St. Jude High School in South Buffalo will host its Second Annual Musical Reunion at 4:30 p.m. Nov. 3, when two Timon alumni will be honored for their contributions to the arts.
Tony Buttino, Class of 1955, the Emmy Award-winning TV producer of “Reading Rainbow,” and Bob Maggio, Class of 1973, a musician with some of the area’s leading rock bands, will be joined by Timon and Mount Mercy alumni to celebrate the history of musical productions at Timon. Special recognition will be given to those who took part in the 1972-73 productions of “The World Is What You Make It” and “Brighten Your Night.”
Tickets are $20, $15 for graduates from 2007 onward, and $7 for children 10 and under. Included are a buffet dinner and a VIP ticket to “Beauty and the Beast,” this year’s musical production, the 22nd one directed and producted by Maggio. Reservations are needed by Wednesday. Send checks to the Musical Reunion Committee, Bishop Timon-St. Jude High School, 601 McKinley Parkway, Buffalo, NY 14220.
REUNION TIME – The West Seneca West High School Class of 2002 will hold its 10th year reunion from 8 to 11 p.m. Nov. 23 in Encore, 492 Pearl St. Graduates are welcome to bring a guest. Tickets are $35 advance, $40 at the door, and include three hours of open bar, light appetizers and dancing. For advance tickets, information or donations for a basket raffle, email
HOLIDAY BASH – The Western New York Retired Public Employees Association will hold its 15th annual holiday luncheon and festivities from noon to 4 p.m. Dec. 13 in Salvatore’s Italian Gardens, 6461 Transit Road, Lancaster. Reservation deadline is Dec. 6. For info, call 892-1263 or 675-5618.
HELPERS WANTED – Volunteers are invited to join Forest Lawn and Re-Tree WNY in planting approximately 250 hardwood trees along the inside perimeter of the cemetery’s fence from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday, rain or shine.
Participants should wear work clothes and closed-toe shoes or boots. Tools and refreshments will be provided. No experience is necessary. A brief training session will be held both days. Volunteers should meet at the chapel. Registration is appreciated. Call Lesa Whitlow at 885-1606, ext. 206.
CHANCE TO HELP – Canopy of Neighbors, which helps older people continue to live in their own homes in the 14209 and 14222 ZIP codes in Buffalo, is looking for up to 100 new volunteers to serve as drivers and office assistants. For info or to help, call 332-6143.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Colin Patrick Connors, Eloise K. Popp, Roger Becker, Nicholas Castiglione, Charles Riley, Cathy Carfagna, Mark Gaughan, Len Lenihan, Fortunato Pezzimenti, Jenna Hassett, Joe Lent, Sister Madeline Marie Jadrzejewski, Mary Ellen Press, Helda Silva, Tracy Hooley, Gert Luther, Denise McCabe, Arlene Burgio, Kellie A. Rooth, Ken Tomaka, Dick Kotarski, Laurie Burgasser, Nora Barnes, Barbara Klopp.