OLAF FUB SEZ: According to English poet Alexander Pope, born on this date in 1688, “Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.”
HELP WANTED – Elected officials and community leaders won the fight to restore the 27th National Veterans Golden Age Games after they were abruptly canceled two months ago due to the federal budget sequestrations.
Now, with the Olympic-style competition for senior veterans coming up May 30 to June 4, the Erie County Department of Senior Services has put out the call for volunteers to help make the six-day event a success.
Organizers hope to get 2,000 volunteers, either individuals or groups, to help out in various ways. For information and applications, call Kelly Clark at the VA Western New York Health Care System, 862-8672, or email email@example.com.
THINKING AHEAD – Applications are being taken for exhibitors at the Glen Park Art Festival in Williamsville July 27 and 28. There is a $10 application fee and a $75 booth fee. Artists new to the festival must submit images of their work. Eligibility will be decided by the festival committee. Applications are available at the Williamsville village offices, 5565 Main St., or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
LOST AND FOUND – About 30 rare European posters that survived World War II will be on display and available for purchase from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday in Urban Design, an interior design showroom at 21 Elm St., East Aurora.
The posters were part of a trove of more than 12,000 acquired by noted German collector Hans Sachs in the early decades of the 20th century. Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels, who wanted them for a museum, had them hauled away in 1938. Sachs, arrested during the infamous Kristallnacht pogrom against the Jews, was able to flee with his family to the U.S. and for years believed the collection had been lost forever.
When about 4,300 of them turned up in an East German museum in the late 1960s, Sachs tried unsuccessfully to see them and have them exhibited before he died in 1974. They became part of the German Historical Museum’s collection after the fall of the Berlin Wall.
It wasn’t until 2005 that Sachs’ son Peter learned of their existence. He fought all the way to Germany’s top appeals court to get them back. The judges ruled in his favor last year.
Since no museum would take the entire collection, the Sachs family is selling most of them so they can be seen by the public again. Value of the individual posters, some by famous artists, has been estimated at $500 to $40,000. Friday evening’s exhibit is free and open to the public. Reservations for private showings can be made by calling 714-5861.
ROCK ON A ROLL – Buffalo’s gritty Black Rock neighborhood is on the rebound, sprouting new clubs, shops, restaurants and galleries. To explore its heritage, from the War of 1812 through its heyday as an industrial center and a haven for Eastern European immigrants, Forgotten Buffalo Tours will head to Black Rock at 5:30 p.m. Friday for an evening that includes dinner, bus transportation, a docent-led tour, entertainment, prizes and giveaways. Tickets are $50. For reservations, call 833-5211 or email email@example.com.
BONUS FOR VETS – Providing special care packages to senior veterans and their surviving spouses on this week before Memorial Day is a program called Heroes Emeritus, sponsored by Emeritus Senior Living, the largest assisted-living provider in the nation.
The packages include night lights, first-aid kits, water bottles, healthy snacks and other items to assist seniors in their daily activities.
While delivering the packages, Emeritus representatives also do a safety check for hazards in the recipients’ homes.
To recommend a senior veteran or spouse for the Heroes Emeritus program, call Emeritus at Bassett Park Manor, 689-2394, or Emeritus at Bassett Manor, 688-4011.
OOPS! – We misidentified one of the notables who was inducted into the Niagara Frontier Aviation and Space Hall of Fame at the Aero Club of Buffalo’s dinner Friday evening.
Apologies to the family of Thomas F. Leney, of Elma, who was honored for his contributions at Calspan as head of the radar and navigation section. Leney died in 2010.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Tony Harasimowicz, Julie Porter, Jenna Izzo, Ed Rajewski, Robert Hiedenger, Aidan Johnson, Conor Michael Wade, Linda Gaughan, June Pawlowski, Ann Ziemba, Thomas W. Sabo, Jennifer Montante, Eileen Stocum, Dave Baker Sr., Pat Cilano, Jason Schafer, Nora O’Malley and Joyce Tomaka,