OLAF FUB SEZ: According to neurologist and author Oliver Sacks, born on this date in 1933, “We speak not only to tell other people what we think, but to tell ourselves what we think.”


TRAILBLAZERS – It was 50 years ago that Helen Silliman and Florence “Flossie” Bragg made history by joining the South Wales Fire Company, becoming Erie County’s first women volunteer firefighters.

On July 24, South Wales firefighters will celebrate this milestone by honoring them at a dinner – posthumously for Bragg, who died in 2004. Reservations are needed by next Monday. Call Cheryl Ciapa at 655-3018 or email

For both women, fire service ran in the family. Bragg’s husband, Joseph, served as the company’s fire chief, while Silliman’s husband, Floyd, was the company’s first-aid captain for 17 years.


THE WAY WE WERE – One of the witnesses to events surrounding the War of 1812 on the Niagara Frontier is the oldest stone house in Erie County, the Hull Family Home and Farmstead, 5976 Genesee St., Lancaster, which was built in 1810.

Those times will be recounted on the evening of July 18 during a repeat performance of last year’s War of 1812 Candlelight Tour. Small groups will be led by docent guides from scene to candlelit scene in numerous scripted theatrical scenarios depicting events of the war.

Tickets are $12 and are available by advance reservation only. Call 741-7032. The tours are not recommended for small children or those who have difficulty walking.


FULL LOTUS – Live music, raffles and special discount prices will be offered as Rising Sun Yoga holds an open house from 12:30 to 5 p.m. Saturday in its studios in Georgetown Square, 5225 Sheridan Drive at Evans Street, Amherst.

Teachers will be introduced. There will be dancing, a PeacePrints presentation and free classes in yoga and Breema, a movement, massage and healing technique.

“We’ll have three raffles offering seminars with Michael Kirk, a highly respected and internationally known certified yoga teacher, author and lecturer,” says Michael Sutton, owner and founder of Rising Sun Yoga. “We will also offer raffles for a yoga mat and two yoga blocks. Additionally, we are offering last year’s prices on the purchase of any class pass.”

For info, call 632-5802 or visit


LIFE ON THE WATER – The North Tonawanda History Museum, 54 Webster St., warms up for next week’s Canal Fest of the Tonawandas with a book-signing featuring Lockport resident Gerry Stafford, author of “Young Canaller,” at 2 p.m. Saturday.

The book, which follows the life and hard times of a boy who works on a canal boat in the 1830s, is written for readers ages 8 to 12, but it evokes history in a way that appeals to all ages. It will be available in the museum gift shop.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Adam Zyglis, Christa Foschio-Bebak, Reylea Brown, Leila Kuhns, Brandi Huller, Joe Muhlbauer, Jessica Hageman, Marilyn B. Yeates, Ron Marsowicz, Julie Fabian, Jennifer Giolando, Toddy Hibbard, Jenna Juszkiewicz, Dick Starzynski, Judy Buczkowski, Peter Gold, Andrew Peterson, Len Amato, Stephanie Gregorie and Elaine Pulera.