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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to the great composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, born on this date in 1756, “To talk well and eloquently is a very great art, but an equally great one is to know the right moment to stop.”

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Football Fever

Some people think there are

only four seasons in a year.

Football turns into the fifth,

the real excitement starts here.

Every fan looks forward to it

for the whole year long.

Can’t wait for the home team

to come out and play strong.

As soon as training camp starts,

our expectations are high.

We’re told no other team is better,

the fever level reaches the sky.

Some folks have the opinion

preseason is not worth the fuss.

Any devoted fan would disagree,

every game is important to us.

Regular-season games

aren’t just played on the weekend.

It’s our right to watch any day,

this time is not free to lend.

As the wins and losses

add up throughout the season,

We want our team in the playoffs,

the loyalty is for no other reason.

Two teams that are the best

make it to the big game.

Only one will emerge

with Super Bowl fame.

When the final play is made

and everyone begins to depart,

The only thing that’s on our minds,

can’t wait for the next season to start.

– Nelson R. Locher

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SING OUT – Choral singers from through Western New York are invited to join an open rehearsal for the Orchard Park Chorale at 7:30 tonight in Orchard Park Presbyterian Church, 4369 S. Buffalo St.

The chorus is beginning the spring semester of its 39th season, which culminates with its spring concert, “Rivers of Song: A European Journey,” on May 4 and 18.

Singers need not have experience in choral singing, but it helps. Those who want to try out as soloists should call artistic director Kathleen Keenan-Takagi at 832-2226 to schedule an audition. For more info, visit www.orchardparkchorale.org.

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DOWN TO A SCIENCE – Actor and playwright Gary Earl Ross, a professor emeritus at the University at Buffalo Educational Opportunity Center, is the keynote speaker in the IMAGINE series at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Central Library on Lafayette Square. His topic: “Exploring Nature and Celebrating Milestones of Science.”

His talk will be preceded at noon by a video featuring astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, director of the Hayden Planetarium in New York City. The weekly program, sponsored by the Center for the Study of Art, Architecture, History & Nature, is free and open to the public.

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COVER TO COVER – Author Linda Jenkin Costanzo, of Clarence, will discuss her book, “Our Sons, Our Heroes – Memories Shared by America’s Gold Star Mothers From the Vietnam War,” Wednesday evening in Monkey See Monkey Do Book Store, 9060 Main St., Clarence. Her presentation at 6:30 p.m. will be followed by book signing at 7.

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CLASS ACT – Everybody, if they’re lucky, has a teacher who makes them look forward to going to school. To show their appreciation, current middle and high school students in Western New York are invited to nominate them in the Barnes & Noble My Favorite Teacher Contest.

Students have until March 1 to submit essays or poems about their teachers to Julie A. Doerr at the Barnes & Noble store at 1565 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst. Contest rules can be found at www.bn.com/myfavoriteteacher.

The winning local teacher and the student who wrote the winning essay or poem will be honored at an awards ceremony in the Amherst store. The winning teacher will go on to the regional contest and a chance to become the Barnes & Noble National Teacher of the Year.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Juanita Tillmon, Hans Mobius, Nomiki Konst, Zachary Bohen, Sarah Burdick, Maria Clare, Marissa DiRienzo, Lori June Van Tine, Jimmy Messana, Donna Jaworski, Robin Kosmowski and Charlie Garfinkel.

email: olaffub@buffnews.com