OLAF FUB SEZ: A favorite from Burma-Shave roadside sign jingle writer Allan G. Odell, born on this date in 1903, “Train wrecks few/ Reason clear/ Fireman/ Never hugs/ Engineer.”


Dear Grandchildren

Don’t give me a do-dad

To place on a table.

Just give me some time

If at all you are able.

Don’t give me a vase

That needs to be polished.

All gifts that need cleaning

Should be abolished.

Just dress up your best

So I can feel proud,

And take me out to eat,

For crying out loud!

– Diana Notaro


NEED A GIFT? – Just in time for Mother’s Day, the Kenmore Mercy Hospital Auxiliary is having a sale of gift-giving jewelry items in the hospital atrium today from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Proceeds support the hospital.


BIBLICAL BLOOMS – The WELCA women’s group from Nativity Lutheran Church, 970 Main St., East Aurora, will hear an illustrated slide lecture by Bonnie G. Flickinger on “Flowers and Plants of the Bible: Their Meaning and Symbolism,” at their Ladies Night Out dinner Wednesday evening. For info and reservations, call Esther Kopp at 652-4984.


MINDFUL MESSAGE – The executive director of the Western New York Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, Leilani Pelletier, will give a presentation entitled “How Dementia Changes Things” at 6:30 p.m. today in People Inc. Seniors Unlimited, 2635 Delaware Ave.

Pelletier, who has worked in dementia care and geriatrics for more than 20 years, will explain the difference between Alzheimer’s, dementia and senility and talk about how dementia affects personality and how to manage daily changes. To attend, call 768-2371.


FULL RECOVERY – The founder of the Resource Training Center, a nonprofit organization that trains people to become state-certified alcohol and substance abuse counselors, will tell her own story about overcoming drug abuse at a Nar-Anon meeting at 7 p.m. today in St. Mary’s of Swormville School, 6919 Transit Road, East Amherst. It’s free and open to the public.

Donna Mae DePola founded the agency in Brooklyn in 1994 and has seen it expand to four more locations, including one in the Buffalo area. Locally, its headquarters are in the Harlem Road Community Center, 4255 Harlem Road, Amherst, with Monica Farrar as program director. It administers the New York State Drinking Driver Program, which DWI offenders must attend to keep their driver’s licenses. For info, call 983-2258.


GET A JOB – Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 22 has been looking for apprentices. To qualify, applicants must be at least 18, live in Western New York, attest that they can physically perform the work, pass a drug screening test and have a New York driver’s license and a high school diploma or equivalent.

Applications are available from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month in the Local 22 Training Center, 3651 California Road, Orchard Park. They also can be found at New York State Job Service Centers. For info, call training coordinator George Schalk at 662-5752.


TACKLING A NEED – Buffalo Bills linebacker Arthur Moats has stepped up to help a Buffalo family that lost everything in a fire last month. With a generous donation to the American Red Cross Serving Erie & Niagara Counties, he has provided toys for the children, computers for school, furniture and other items. He delivered some of the items personally at a private dinner in Red Cross headquarters last week.

“We are so thankful that Arthur Moats has decided to help this family,” said Red Cross regional executive director Nancy Blaschak. “I hope this community will follow his example and make a donation to support us as we help the hundreds of other Western New York families who suffer a similar disaster each year.”

Last year, the Red Cross provided free assistance to 1,046 people in Erie and Niagara counties after fires or other disasters. To help, visit, call toll-free (800) REDCROSS or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to charge a $10 donation to a cellphone bill.


REUNION ALERT – The Lockport Senior High School Class of 1983 has planned a 30th reunion weekend July 19 and 20. It begins at 6 p.m. July 19 with a pre-reunion party at Lockport Country Club and continues at 1 p.m. July 20 with a tour of the school and the reunion itself at 6:30 p.m. in Davison Road Inn, 383 Davison Road, Lockport. For info, visit the class Facebook page or email

The Class of 1963 at Frontier Central High School is planning its 50th reunion on Aug. 16 at the Brierwood Country Club in Hamburg. For info, visit the website at

The Trott High School Class of 1958 will hold its 55-year reunion on the weekend of Aug. 24 and 25. The reunion dinner will be from 6 p.m. to midnight Aug. 24 in Frontier Fire Hall, 2176 Liberty Drive, Wheatfield. Tickets are $35. A reunion breakfast the next day will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Four Points by Sheraton, 7001 Buffalo Ave., Niagara Falls. Tickets are $17. For info, call Nancy Piegnet Joseph at 297-3964 or John Loss at 773-9781.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Trent Dickinson, Ryan Page, Larry Norton, Tom Stelmach, Nick Sikorski, Alexandra Kuhns, Phil Jarosz. Shannon Burke Krukowski, Chris Pawlak, Bryan Staddon, Cindi Edington, Collin Nielsen, Kathy Cieslik, Glenn Stewart, Jerome Okonzak, Wally Napierala, Raelyn Tiberio and Kimberly Everett.