OLAF FUB SEZ: A favorite lyric from songwriter Cole Porter, born on this date in 1891, “I want to ride to the ridge where the west commences/ And gaze at the moon till I lose my senses/ I can’t look at hobbles and I can’t stand fences/ Don’t fence me in.”


When I Grow Up

As a very young boy I was asked,

What would you like to be?

I couldn’t answer that,

It was always a mystery to me.

Most kids would easily reply,

Policeman, doctor or fireman.

I always said, “I don’t know.”

It was repeated again and again.

As a young adult,

You are told to decide.

The path to being a grown-up

Can be a very scary ride.

Adulthood can bring many titles,

Husband, father, employee.

When I grow up,

Is this what I’m meant to be?

Does being a grown-up

Happen at a certain age?

How will I know

When I get to that stage?

Do we have to be something

While we go on living?

I just want to be myself,

It’s the answer I will be giving.

Do I ever want to grow up

In any years to come?

The answer is NO,

It just isn’t a lot of fun.

– Nelson R. Locher


CURTAIN UP – Actor and director Susan Forbes from the Subversive Theatre Company is guest speaker at the next luncheon meeting of WNY Pen Women at noon Saturday in Campobello’s Cucina Italiana in the Transit-Casey Plaza at 9334 Transit Road, Amherst.

Forbes, who has 30 years of experience in front of the footlights, will speak on “From Page to the Stage: How a Director Brings a Play to Life on the Stage.”

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


ANIMAL MAGNETISM – Humorous sketches, poems and monologues about our four-legged friends are the heart of “For the Love of Cats and Dogs,” a reader’s theater presentation by the Homewood Theater Company at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday in the Williamsville Meeting House, 5658 Main St., Williamsville.

Written, arranged and directed by Homewood’s Marty Bauer, it’s sponsored by the Village of Williamsville Arts and Culture Committee. Tickets are $8 adults, $6 seniors and students, $4 children 12 and under. Proceeds will benefit the renovation of the 1896 Williamsville railroad station on South Long Street.


LET’S MEET – An election of officers and a discussion of community issues will be held at this month’s meeting of the Eggertsville Community Organization at 7 p.m. Tuesday in St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 4007 Main St., Eggertsville. All are welcome.

Women Interested in Cystic Health will install officers at a luncheon meeting at noon Wednesday in Brookfield Country Club, 5141 Shimerville Road, Clarence. For info, call 677-4252.


HEALTHY APPETITE – A wide variety of salads will be offered as St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Payne and Tremont streets, North Tonawanda, hosts its annual Spring Salad Bar Luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday. Tickets are $9 and include dessert. All are welcome. For reservations, call 693-4168.


REUNION TIME – The South Park High School Class of 1958 meets for lunch at 12:30 p.m. today in Alton’s Restaurant, 2221 Transit Road, West Seneca. The class also is planning a reunion picnic at 4 p.m. Aug. 14 in the Commissioner’s Cabin at Chestnut Ridge Park, Orchard Park. For info, call Loretta Sterling at 822-6028.

The Class of 1974 from Cheektowaga’s Cleveland Hill High School will hold its 40th reunion at 7 p.m. July 19 in Loughran’s Bar and Restaurant, 4543 Main St., Snyder. For info, visit

The Grover Cleveland High School Class of 1964 will have its 50th reunion July 27 in Banchetti by Rizzo’s, 550 North French Road, Getzville. Tickets are $50 and include a dinner buffet, music and five hours of beer, wine and soft drinks. For tickets, call Marilyn Huber Murak at 725-6291 or Lois Giambrone Caruana at 685-2292. The class also will have an informal gathering at 7 p.m. July 26 in Templeton Landing at Erie Basin Marina.

Classmates who have not yet gotten notice of the Riverside High School Class of 1964 reunion in August can find details on the new class website, or by calling Alberta Morone Costanza at 564-3094.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Barbara Michel, Jan Hasselback, Sharen Trembath, Jackie Albarella, Joe Denecke, Brent Maczuga, Bill Galuszka, Jason Christensen, Patsy Janik, Marianne Darnley, Ruth Mohr, Peter Gonciarz, Ken Emblidge, Frankie Anthony and Kathy Czech.