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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to the “Hoosier Poet,” James Whitcomb Riley, born on this date in 1849, “The ripest peach is highest on the tree.”

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Anticipation

Tensions mount;

Joined hands pray.

We count each second

Tick away.

Will it come,

The longed for call?

Will it echo through the hall?

Seconds – ten

Slip down to four.

Then it comes,

The awesome roar,

Electrifying, Jeanneretric,

“SCORreee ...”

Hearts that stopped

Are beating now.

And life continues on,

Somehow.

– Bill Slon

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GIVING BACK – A strong supporter of charities is Canadian singer-songwriter Justin Hines, who has a rare genetic joint condition and uses a wheelchair. Often he raises funds for his own Justin Hines Foundation, which helps people with disabilities, but he’s been giving performances to benefit other causes throughout his summer-long Vehicle of Change Tour.

He extends that tour today for a performance at 6 p.m. in the Sportsmen’s Tavern, 326 Amherst St., to benefit WNY Heroes, a nonprofit organization that provides immediate help, financial and otherwise, to veterans and their families, assisting with things like rent, utilities and food. For more info on their activities, visit www.wnyheroes.org.

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CAMPAIGN STOP – The Eggertsville Community Organization will feature a Meet the Candidates Night at its next meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday in St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 4007 Main St., Eggertsville. Candidates for offices in the Town of Amherst and other regional races are expected. All are welcome to attend.

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TAKE A CHANCE – More than 150 prizes will be up for grabs Wednesday as the Valley Community Association holds its annual chance auction in the Valley Community Center, 93 Leddy St., near the intersection of South Park Avenue and Elk Street.

Doors will open at 2 p.m. for viewing and entering chances, the kitchen will open at 5 with food and refreshments, and drawings will start at 7. Admission is free. A sheet of 25 chances is $5. Five sheets are $20. Winners need not be present to win.

Prizes include gift certificates to many local restaurants and stores, theme baskets, arts and crafts, sports memorabilia and holiday decorations. For info or to donate a prize, call 823-4707, Ext. 4.

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ADVENTURE CALLS – Want to go to a tropical locale and play a starring role in a film? Dan Glushefski, who has taken nearly two dozen trips to Third World countries on mission projects, wants to make a documentary about one of them, the Children’s Lighthouse Orphanage in Choluteca, Honduras.

He tells us that he has a film crew lined up, and now he needs seven to 12 volunteers to go on a weeklong trip to Honduras so he can document their experiences as they travel and meet the orphans. For info, call him at 400-1921 or visit www.childrenslighthouse.blogspot.com.

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GOOD NEWS – A ceremony will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday in the headquarters of Canine Helpers for the Handicapped, 5699 Ridge Road, Lockport, which will change the life of Owen McIntyre, 7, of Lockport, who has Type 1 diabetes.

Kate McConaughy, vice president of the Central New York Chapter of Woodmen of the World, will give the agency a check for $1,500 in response to a request from Owen’s mother, Andrea, for help in buying and training a diabetic alert dog for Owen. The dog, a 21-week-old Black Labradoodle, is currently in training at Canine Helpers.

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REUNION NOTES – The South Park High School Class of 1958 will hold another luncheon meeting at 12:30 p.m. next Monday in Alton’s Restaurant, 2221 Transit Road at Seneca Street, West Seneca. No reservations are needed. Planning is under way for a class reunion picnic next August. For info, call Judy McCarthy Cipriani at 662-7213 or Loretta Aloisio Sterling at 822-6028.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Irene Schwemmer, Joseph Racsumberger, Paul Rung, Gussie M. Simmons, Margaret Myers, Carolyn Siracuse, Cathaleen Curtiss, Sandy Parker, Maureen Long, Madelena Rose Vredenberg, Dave Walh, Emily Wickett, Kim Williams, Ron Jakubowski, Richard Beck, Margaret Maciejewski, Joyce Scherer, Tieliek Curry, Joseph Brooks, William Brooks and Jake Massaro.

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