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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to French critic and historian Hippolyte Taine, born on this date in 1828, “I have studied many philosophers and many cats. The wisdom of cats is infinitely superior.”

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An Ode to the “O’s”

Here’s a salute

To the cities whose names

End in an O.

First and foremost is

Our very own Buffalo.

Some people make fun

Of our name.

Well! We are in the same

Category as many great places

Whose names end in an O.

There’s our Canadian neighbor,

Toronto, world-class metropolis.

And the giant of the Midwest,

Chicago, nobody laughs at them.

There’s the glamour queen

Of South America,

The carnival city

Known simply as Rio.

Halfway across the globe,

There’s a major player

On the world’s stage, Tokyo.

We are in good company

With the cities that end in O,

Leaving no doubt

That we can proudly shout,

“Let’s go, Buffalo!”

– Joyce L. Wilson

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SUPPLY SIDE – The director of the Wilson Food Pantry, Janet Hoffman, will give her insights into running a food pantry when she speaks at the regular meeting of the Wilson Lions Club at 7 p.m. today in the Wilson House Inn, 300 Lake St. The public is invited.

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PICK ONE – An art demonstration via DVD will be featured at the next meeting of the Twin Village Art Society at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the second-floor meeting room of the Village of Lancaster Municipal Building, Broadway at Central Avenue.

Those attending will vote to see either “Hall Groat Oil Painting” or “Bob Ross Joy of Painting.” It’s free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. For info, call Chip Blenk at 207-7350.

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GROOVY TUNES – The award-winning men’s a capella singing group, the Friends of Harmony, will give a free concert of favorites from the 1960s at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Village of Williamsville Meeting House, 5658 Main St. The concert is sponsored by the Village of Williamsville’s Art & Cultural Committee.

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BIG DIG – The assistant director of the Niagara County Historical Society, Ann Marie Linnabery, will be guest speaker at the next meeting of the Cheektowaga Historical Association at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Cheektowaga Senior Center, 3349 Broadway. Her topic, “The Hard Rock Canal,” will trace the history of Erie Canal. It’s free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

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MINIATURE MARVELS – International doll artist and decorative painter Kathleen Rumfola will give a presentation titled, “Polish Dolls: Oh, You Beautiful Doll!,” at the next luncheon meeting of WNY Pen Women at noon May 3 in the Red Mill Inn, 8326 Main St., Clarence. All are invited.

Dinner is $18.50, which includes gratuity and speaker fee. Reservations are needed by May 1. Call Mary Ellen Shaughnessy at 885-3292 or Barbara Blackburn at 634-2909.

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TALENT REWARDED – The Polish Arts Club of Buffalo Scholarship Foundation is accepting applications for a $1,000 college scholarship to be awarded to a student of Polish ancestry who is a legal resident of New York State.

Applicants must be enrolled as juniors or higher in an accredited college or university and working toward a degree in visual or performing arts.

Deadline for applications is May 31. For information and an application, visit www.polishartsclubofbuffalo.com or call Stan Nowak at 837-2061.

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REUNION TIME – The Riverside High School Alumni Association is having its first nighttime meeting for all graduates at 7 on May 6 in Millennium Hotel Buffalo, 2040 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga. A social hour will follow. To pre-register, call Ruth Hawthorne at 692-2627 or Shirley Kern at 691-5789.

Seneca Vocational High School will hold its 20th annual golf tournament and picnic on Aug. 22 and 23. The golf tournament on Aug. 22 will be at Chestnut Hill Country Club, Darien, with a social that evening in Magruder’s Restaurant, 4995 Broadway, Depew.

Seneca Vocational’s Class of 1964 will hold its 50th reunion at the picnic on Aug. 23 in Fontana’s Grove, 2440 Clinton St., West Seneca. For info, call Bill Obermeier at 876-8939 or Tom Tripp at 839-5868 or visit www.senecaalumni.com.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Sean Beiter, Roseann Stoklosa, Paul Dyster, Carol Porebski, Sister Mary Jacqueline Benbenek, Sister Mary Martinia Skokowski, Brooklyn Latona, Bob Suglia, Jane Dobosz, Amelia Wright, Carissa Sheffield, Nancy Boltz, Alice Say, Cynthia Christmas, Anita Serafin, Sharon Lamb, Robin Cook and Max Rivera.

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