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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to playwright Jerome Lawrence, born Jerome Schwartz on this date in 1915, “A neurotic is a man who builds a castle in the air. A psychotic is the man who lives in it. A psychiatrist is the man who collects the rent.”

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The Never Ending Race

Every year around this time

You must start to prepare.

Competing isn’t a choice,

Although the odds aren’t really fair.

Make sure you have enough fuel

And all the right oil.

There is plenty of work,

Much sweat and great toil.

If you do get ahead,

Step back and see where you stand.

To be able to stay in front,

You may need someone to lend a hand.

It will take all your effort,

Trying to get it right.

You’ll struggle to stay ahead,

Keep working with all your might.

Sometimes it’s all right

Just to be able to finish.

Hopes of winning this race

Will slowly start to diminish.

Week after week

We must give it our all.

The race must continue

Until we reach the season of Fall.

There’s no way to avoid

This huge pain in the a–.

The competition is your lawn,

You must race to cut your grass.

– Nelson R. Locher

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FIRED UP – They’re cooking out from 5 to 7 p.m. today and every Monday through the end of August at South Buffalo Post 721, American Legion, 136 Cazenovia St. There are hot dogs, hamburgers and Italian sausages on the grill, plus side dishes. For info, call 825-9557.

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EXPLORE THE WARD – The Valley Community Association’s historic walking tours of the Old First Ward and the Buffalo River resume Tuesday. Old First Ward native Gene Overdorf, a teacher at Bishop Timon-St. Jude High School, will lead the two-hour excursion at 6 p.m. from Mutual Riverfront Park, 41 Hamburg St.

The route will be covered partly on foot and partly by shuttle. To sign up, call Peg Overdorf at 823-4707, Ext. 2. A donation of $10 will be accepted. More tours will be held July 22, July 29, Aug. 7, Aug. 14, Sept. 7 and Sept. 14. For a full schedule of Valley Community Association summer events, visit www.thevalleycenter.com.

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MUSIC IN THE AIR – For the first time in years, free live concerts will be held in Williamsville’s parks. Seven of them will be held on Tuesday nights, beginning this week, when the Mark Weber Trio will perform from 6 to 8 p.m. in Glen Park, off Glen Avenue. In case of rain, the music will move to the Meeting House, 5658 Main St.

The concerts, which also will take place in Island Park and Garrison Park, are hosted by the Village Arts & Culture Committee with assistance from the Village of Williamsville and the Williamsville Business Association.

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BOOKS AND MORE – The Kenmore Mercy Hospital Auxiliary is sponsoring a Books Are Fun book fair in the hospital atrium from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday. Along with books for adults and children, there will be a variety of gift items. Proceeds benefit the hospital.

While you’re there, pick up tickets in the hospital gift shop for the Auxiliary’s Summer Meat Raffle. Winners will be drawn at the Auxiliary picnic July 29 for prizes that include an 18-piece barbecue set, Federal Meats gift cards and a George Foreman electric grill.

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REUNION TIME – Deadline is July 24 to make reservations for the 23rd annual Kensington High School Alumni Association picnic Aug. 9 in Banchetti’s by Rizzo, 550 North French Road, Getzville. For info, call Connie Severson at 668-1455.

The Class of 1969 from Tonawanda High School will hold its 45th reunion at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 9 in Classics V, 2425 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst. Cost is $21 and RSVPs must be made by Aug. 1. Call Sandy Murray Bullers at 694-4194 or Duane Townsend at 692-7526.

Mount St. Joseph Academy’s Class of 1964 will hold its 50th reunion Sept. 13. RSVPs are due by Aug. 15. For info, call 834-6081 or 807-1131.

Alumni from the Classes of 1968, 1969, 1970 and 1971 are invited to a party from 2 to 9 p.m. Sept. 14 in Gowanda Post 409, American Legion, 100 Legion Drive. For info, email Susan Rogers-Aregger at sraoahu@hawaii.com or call (808) 220-4881.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Betty Hunt, Linda Grady Ulrich, John Oliver, Irv Sultz, Bill Slon, Gina Browning, Bob Riley, Nancy Gish, Peter Filim, Gina Maduri, Brett Au, Karen Buczkowski, Gene Wallace, Marcia Siebert, Daniel Christiano, Laura Ruszczyk, Nyerere Williams, Patti Eobstel, Father Ronald Sajdak, Deborah Tross, William F. Streb, Hayden Gallagher Keen, Carol Lewis, Julie Ciesinski and Sue Bogacki.

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