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OLAF FUB SEZ: A good question from science-fiction writer Ursula K. LeGuin, born on this date in 1929: “What sane person could live in this world and not be crazy?”

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Buffalo: Act II

I’d like to write a ditty about our fair city,

Once called Queen of the Lakes,

With magnificent buildings to be seen,

Even held a Pan-American Exposition!

Buffalo’s factory stacks were smokin’

There were good jobs galore, and I’m not jokin’

Once one of the top cities in the nation,

Yes, we created quite a sensation.

Our port was busy with huge lake freighters,

Carrying wheat, flour, cereal, iron ore, steel, autos.

The harbor was filled with boats

And every kind of vessel that floats.

How distant all that seems now.

We look around and ask, “How?”

How did it all go away?

Who are we today?

Buffalo is not dead,

It’s not even dying,

It’s reincarnating itself

And I’m not lying.

This metropolis is teeming with new life:

The young who create their own lifestyle

And immigrants who find

Our city very much worthwhile.

I believe I’m not alone

When I think it appears

That within 25 years,

Buffalo will reclaim its throne.

– Joyce L. Wilson

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PASTA PATROL – Finish off the holiday weekend with a homemade meal this evening at South Buffalo Post 721, American Legion, 136 Cazenovia St. From 5 to 7 p.m., they’re serving spaghetti and rigatoni dinners with homemade sauce and meatballs, salad, bread and butter for $7. Extra meatballs and Italian sausage are available at extra cost. For more information, call 825-9557.

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REUNION ALERT – The Class of 1963 from South Park High School is planning a reunion in August. For more information, call Heddy Rosenswie at 592-9271 or Mary Lou Bond at 675-9649.

The West Seneca High School Class of 1964 is beginning to organize a 50th reunion in 2014 and wants to contact classmates. Reply to Carole Oyler at 491-0593 or email caroleoyler@hotmail.com. If applicable, include your maiden name and any recent changes to your phone number and address.

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LOOKING BACK – A special program, “History of Harrison Radiator, 1910-2010,” will be presented at the regular meeting of the Sanborn Area Historical Society at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Sanborn Fire Hall, 5811 Buffalo St., Sanborn. The speaker will be Mohinder F. Bhatti, a retired Harrison technician who produced a DVD on the history of the company. The public is invited. Admission is free. Refreshments will be served.

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FLUID DYNAMICS – Learn about the history, science and economic importance of Western New York’s waterways in Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper’s River Academy. A series of Saturday classes, beginning this weekend, feature local experts talking on Niagara River hydrology, ecology, water quality, contamination, land use impacts, restoration project design and more.

Sessions, which continue through May 18, will be held from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Riverkeeper office, 1250 Niagara St., and field locations. Tuition without college course credit is $250 for the semester or $50 per class. Need-based scholarships are available. To register, visit bnriverkeeper.org. For more information, call Robbyn Drake at 852-7483, Ext. 12.

Course credit is offered through the Environmental Science course at Erie Community College North. Students seeking credit should register for PH122 and 123, Intro to Environmental Science II Lecture and Lab, at www.ecc.edu. Students interested in careers in environmental science, biology or green technologies are encouraged to register.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Michael Stewart O’Neill, Michael Gillis, Jackie Jocko, Cameron Cornwall, Gail Burdick, Anne Harkin, Paul J. Lorefice, Lydia L. Podkulski, Andrea L. Meegan, John Wall, Al Naish, Peter Kempf, Ann Horosky, Olivia Occhino, Chi-Chi Lopez and Hazel Potts.

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