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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to management theorist Laurence J. Peter, inventor of the Peter Principle and born on this date in 1919, “If you don’t know where you are going, you will probably end up somewhere else.”

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The Sparrow vs. the Seagull

The little bitty sparrow,

Small as a yellow chick,

Competes with the seagull,

So huge and so thick,

For crumbs and bits of

Burgers and fries that fall

Beneath Buffalo Harbor

Picnic tables.

The sparrow, so quiet and polite,

The seagull, squawking with all its might,

Spreads its wide wings

To show the sparrow who’s boss.

The little warrior is at a loss

To find ways to get his share,

Except some people do care

And wait for the gulls to go

Then drop some food just so

At the little sparrow’s feet.

– Joyce L. Wilson

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BENEFIT BOOK – A release party will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Dog Ears Bookstore and Cafe, 688 Abbott Road, for “More Myths and Miracles,” the new anthology of original fiction by the Three-M Writers group.

All proceeds from the sale of the books will be donated to the For Our Girls Foundation, which benefits the family of Cecilia and Georgia Patterson, twins born with disabilities that prevent them from walking and talking.

A benefit for the foundation also will be held from 2 to 7 p.m. Sept. 28 in Harvey D. Morin Post 2940, Veterans of Foreign Wars, 965 Center Road, West Seneca. All funds raised will be used to make the Pattersons’ home handicapped-accessible.

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LEND AN ASSIST – Just Buffalo Literary Center is looking for volunteers to help out at BABEL, its lecture series featuring authors from around the world.

The upcoming series includes Richard Blanco on Oct. 22, Amy Tan on Nov. 22, Suzan-Lori Parks on March 11 and Abraham Verghese on April 8. Volunteers need to arrive at Kleinhans Music Hall by 6:30 on the night of the lecture. For info, call 832-5400.

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PARTING SALUTE – Inspector William J. Misztal of the D District has decided to retire after 45 years with the Buffalo Police Department, a career that has included commands at the Kensington Station, the Hertel Station and the Northeast District, plus more than 20 years as treasurer of the Buffalo Police Benevolent Association.

Considered “a cop’s cop,” he will be honored at a retirement party from 1 to 6 p.m. Sept. 29 in Iron Workers Hall, 196 Orchard Park Road, West Seneca. Organizers promise that TV sets will be tuned to the Buffalo Bills-Baltimore Ravens game. Tickets are $30, and reservations will be appreciated. For info and tickets, email crystalbeachsally@gmail.com.

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CRAZY DAYS – “Remembering the Turbulent 1960s” is the topic as Melissa Dunlap, executive director of the Niagara County Historical Society, speaks at the next meeting of the Cheektowaga Historical Society at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Cheektowaga Senior Center, 3349 Broadway. Her talk is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

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COOL SLEDDING – Ice times have been reserved at Buffalo’s Riverside Bud Bakewell Rink, 2607 Niagara St., for veterans who want to learn to play sled hockey and participate in a veterans-only team, the Buffalo Sabres Sled Vets, which has been organized as part of the VA Western New York Healthcare System’s recreational therapy program.

Previous hockey experience is not required, and veterans do not have to be disabled to play. The program is supported by donations from the Buffalo Sabres, the Buffalo Sabres Foundation and National Fuel.

Ice time will be from 1 to 2:20 p.m. this Saturday, Sept. 28 and Oct. 5. A session also will be held at the Cazenovia Rink, 25 Cazenovia St., from noon to 1 p.m. Oct. 19. For info and to participate, veterans can call Pamela Kaznowski at 862-6814 or email Pamela.Koznowski@va.gov.

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NIGHT OUT – Looking for an alternative to dinner and a movie? How about dessert and a play? Cameo Productions of Western New York is premiering the area’s first Dessert Theatre production at 6:30 p.m. Friday in Immanuel Lutheran Church, 107 Scott St., City of Tonawanda.

Dessert will come first, then a staged reading of George Bernard Shaw’s immortal “Don Juan in Hell” from “Man and Superman.” Producer John Reich says the whole program will last two hours or less and will be staged a second time Sept. 27. Tickets are $5. For reservations, call the church at 692-6200.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Bobbie Rein, Lavera Johnson, Christine Kasperek, Marcia Rajewski, Sue Grzankowski, Debbie Hart, Ilene Gelber, Rex Blattenberger, Nicole Toepfer, Shelly Weinstock, Lisa Essman, Jen Lippold, Judy Andrews, John McGavis, Rob Melander, Cole Gallagher Hoffman, Heather Forster, Craig McBride, Rev. Philip Brady and Kyle Terceros.

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