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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to writer and naturalist Mary Hunter Austin, born on this date in 1868, “People would be surprised to know how much I learned about prayer from playing poker.”

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I Before E

It’s “I” before the letter “E”

Unless it’s after “C”

Because a teacher told us so

It suits us to a “T.”

Therefore we walk on fragile ground

Waiting to crack the code

Dismayed by language barrier

And philosophic mode.

Forsooth! I cannot crack the code –

A truth I long-time feared

Comes with the dawn a wake-up call

Which makes my language “WEIRD!”

There’s leisure, deign, forfeit and reign,

Feisty and feint and feign,

Deceive, conceive, vein, skein and seine

(Run that by me again!)

– Doris V. Neumann

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AGAINST THE GRAIN – Working For Downtown heads for Silo City in Buffalo’s grain elevator district for its last Buffalo Walks walking tour of the summer on Thursday. The excursion, which will explore the century-old grain processing towers off Childs Street, starts with registration at 5:15 p.m.

Tours are $10, free for Working For Downtown members. Reservations are required. Email Debbie DiMatteo at ddimatteo@mtb.com or visit www.workingfordowntown.org.

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GO NUTS – Olean-area residents and visitors once again are invited to immortalize themselves and their loved ones in photos with the fanciful squirrel statues from Olean’s Woodland in the City project. The best of them will be chosen to appear in the 2014 Squirrel Calendar sponsored by the Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce.

Entries, with name, address and phone number, can be dropped off at the Chamber office, 120 N. Union St., or emailed to tourism@oleanny.com. Deadline is Oct. 23. The committee requests that those in the photos do not sit on the squirrels.

Squirrel lovers will be happy to know that the Chamber also has many squirrel items available as gifts, including a plush squirrel, a squirrel ornament, a squirrel dice game and Acorn and Squirrel T-shirts. For info, call 372-4433.

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SMALL TALK – Dog Ears is taking registrations for its new series of “Puppy Tales” storytime sessions for children ages 2 to 4, which will begin on Friday.

Sessions run from 10:15 to 11 a.m. on Fridays for six weeks and include stories, a craft and snacks. Fee is $15 and there’s room for 20 children, all of whom must be accompanied by an adult. For info, call 823-2665.

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REUNION TIME – The Niagara Falls High School Class of 1951 will hold a dinner meeting at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 21 in Dominic’s Little River Restaurant, 7611 Buffalo Ave., Niagara Falls. For reservations, call Shirley Bevacqua at 297-6566.

The Mount St. Joseph Alumnae Association will hold its annual Mass and luncheon Oct. 5 in the Classics V Banquet Center, 2425 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst. Mass will be at 11:30 a.m., followed by luncheon at about 12:15 p.m.

Tickets are $25 and are available by calling Judy Douglas, Class of ’63, at 688-6833 or emailing jdouglas021@gmail.com. All graduates and friends of the school are invited. Proceeds will benefit the work of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Clarence.

The third annual Grover Cleveland High School Alumni reunion luncheon will be held at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 6 in Salvatore’s Italian Gardens, 6461 Transit Road, Depew. For info and reservations, call Dominic Telesco at 835-6387, Elena Booth at 873-0097 or Rose Reynolds at 675-0055.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Patrick Michael O’Neill, Monsignor James Campbell, Dan Mankowski, Alice Buczkowski, Jill Kelly, Kendra Eaglin, Christine M. Tricoli, Sister Mary Raymond Kasprzak, Cheryl Caulder, Sydney Bucholtz, Ian Wasielewski, Brandon Castaldo, Jack McKenna, Alyssa Jordan, Betty Pedley, Karen Louth, Gary Ziolkowski, Kristina Nowadly, Sharon Krug and Scott Levin.

email: olaffub@buffnews.com