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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to English poet Robert Southey, born on this date in 1774, “It is with words as with sunbeams – the more they are condensed, the deeper they burn.”

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Pearl Creek

A slow picturesque bend

in Route 19

past mellow pink patches

of Joe Pye Weed

Potato stone homes kiss

the crisp clean breeze

sweeping the ripe cornfields

painting Pearl Creek

Women pinning clotheslines

a quick turkey hawk’s beak

pecks along the roadside

a predictable feast

both sense summer leaving

in the feast and the sheets

by the gold foliage

of shimmering Pearl Creek

– Janice Schlau

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SOUTHERN EXPOSURE – One of the major figures of the Civil War will come to life in a program at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Ellicottville Memorial Library, 6499 Maples Road, Ellicottville. Historian Thomas F. Schobert, of West Seneca, will present “The Story of Robert E. Lee: Four Days to Appomattox.” The program is free, and refreshments will be served.

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CLEAN HOUSE – Rent a table and turn those spare items into cash at the craft fair and flea market from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at Trinity United Methodist Church, 711 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst. Rent is $25 indoors, which includes a table, or $20 outdoors with your own table. For more information, call Edie Weaver at 812-6073.

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BOUNCING BACK – The folks who sponsor the annual Lord’s Day Dinner in Niagara Falls for needy families on Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas are helping out those who lost household items in the floods in their city last month.

Co-founders Matt and Yvonne Davis say that nonperishable food items, personal care items, a good used washer and dryer, and monetary donations are needed. For info, call 284-6973.

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STREET SCENES – Community Canvases, having staged a successful campaign to bring public art projects to Tonawanda Street in Black Rock, wants to do the same on Abbott Road in South Buffalo.

Artists of all skill levels are welcome to download an application from their website at www.communitycanvases.org. All artwork must be original and should reflect the history and geography of Buffalo and its South District. The artwork on Tonawanda Street will go up Aug. 24.

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REUNION TIME – A reunion for employees of the former Millard Fillmore Hospital at Gates Circle will be held from 2 p.m. to dusk Sept. 8 in Como Park in Lancaster. Shelter No. 5 has been reserved. Bring your own food and beverages, lawn chairs, memorabilia and stories. Grills will be ready to cook, says organizer Bev Tate. For more information, call her at 432-9840.

The annual Old First Ward Reunion will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. Sept. 14 in DiTondo’s Restaurant, 370 Seneca St. Bertha Guise-Hyde, Joan Graham-Scahill, Peggy May-Szczgiel, Sue Matteson and Barbara Sullivan from Waterfront Memories Museum will show their new collection of large picture posters of the Old First Ward. Tickets are $20 and include a barbecue chicken buffet and beverages. Reservations are needed by Sept. 8. For more information, call Mike Catanzaro at 652-1385.

Edgewood Avenue in South Buffalo is having a reunion from noon to 4 p.m. Sept. 15 in the Knights of Columbus Hall, 261 S. Legion Drive. Cost is $10 at the door and includes pizza. There will be a cash bar. All past and present adult residents are welcome. A Mass will be offered at 11 a.m. in St. Thomas Aquinas Church, 450 Abbott Road, in honor of Edgewooders. For more information, call Marge Zuchlewski at 822-2729 or Peggy Lalley at 825-0052.

The Class of 1963 from Mount St. Joseph Academy is planning its 50th reunion for Oct. 12. For more information, call Kathy Birkemeier Churchill at 681-2973 or Sue Wehrfritz Williams at 474-9459.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Clare Schultz, Milt Joffe, Sandi Niver, Jeannie Myers, Eileen Wolmering, Tori Amorosi, Shawna Buczkowski, Chad Vahue, Joann Lyons, Gregory Morrisette, Morrgan Rosenberg, Danielle Kester, Chris LaVenture, Mark Williams Jr., Sarah Noblett, Dave Hibbard, Doreen Schafer, Jerry Graham, Geri Salvo and Jeff Ziskowski.

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