Monday, June 30, 2008

Thought for the day

"Bud attacked everything in life with a mix of extraordinary genius and naive incompetence, and it was often difficult to tell which was which."
- Bud's high school guidance counselor

Sheridan Community Chorus (7/1)

Great job Saturday night. I've heard an enormous amount of compliments. Congratulations to all of you for concentrating through all the distractions. I will clean the mud off your shoes (73 cents/shoe).
Please remember that tomorrow (7/1), we are singing at St. Columbans' (2546 Lake Road [Route 5]) in Sheridan, NY. It is between Silver Creek and Dunkirk on Route 5.
We will be singing in the Chapel (the building closest to the road). So, you park around the rear of the building and then walk all the way down the corridor. I'm sorry there are so many steps involved.
We will be singing at 7:00 pm.
Thanks for all your hard work.

Bud Lowery
The 'Blood & sweat' conductor.

I'm fine!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Sheridan/Cattaraugus Community Choruses [6/28/08]

Sheridan/Cattaraugus Community choruses will present 'Our Flag Was Still There' at The Willow Creek Winery (2627 Chapin Road in Sheridan, NY) "Willowfest" this evening at ~ 8:30 pm.
Attire: any combination of red/white/blue (stars & stripes patterns encouraged). If that is problematic, white over black clothes are acceptable.
Bring 'Our Flag Was Still There' choral books and 'Salute to the Armed Services' music.
Bring small flashlight, folding chair, raincoat/umbrella (just in case), & bug spray.
Please keep perfume & cologne to a minimum.
Bus will be at the St. John Bosco Auditorium parking lot at 6:30 pm.
If you are driving, you are encouraged to arrive at the winery by 7:00 pm since parking is at a premium.
If you can help with set-up/tear-down before/after the concert, it will be appreciated.
*If any of you could arrange to have pictures of our chorus taken before/during/after our performance at Willowfest, I would really appreciate it*
I would like to have these images available to me on-line.

Bud's cell: 785-8341
Diane's cell: 673-5994
Pray for no rain.

You know you're living in 2008 when...

1. You accidentally enter your PIN on the microwave.

2. You haven't played solitaire with real cards in years.

3. You have a list of 15 phone numbers to reach your family of three.

4. You e-mail the person who works at the desk next to you.

5. Your reason for not staying in touch with friends and family is that they don't have e-mail addresses.

6. You pull up in your own driveway and use your cell phone to see if anyone is home to help you carry in the groceries.

7. Every commercial on television has a web site at the bottom of the screen

8. Leaving the house without your cell phone, which you didn't even have the first 20 or 30 (or 60) years of your life, is now a cause for panic and you turn around to go and get it.

10. You get up in the morning and go on line before getting your coffee.

11. You start tilting your head sideways to smile. : )

12. You're reading this and nodding and laughing.

13. Even worse, you know exactly to whom you are going to forward this message.

14. You are too busy to notice there was no #9 on this list.

15. You actually scrolled back up to check that there wasn't a #9 on this list.

Friday, June 27, 2008

The Sheridan Community Chorus in The Observer

From The Dunkirk Observer
Page One
POSTED: June 14, 2008

SHERIDAN — Willowfest will be held June 27 and 28 with fireworks both nights, in addition to amusement rides for children, a firemen’s hose race, car shows, Chiavetta’s chicken BBQ, and live musical entertainment.

The Sheridan Community Chorus will perform “Our Flag Was Still There” eight times in various venues including June 28 at Willowfest after fireworks, July 6 at the Sheridan United Methodist Church at 7 p.m., and July 13 at the Cattaraugus Christian Camp at 3 p.m. Visit for more information.

Today's Funny

This old fisherman would go out in his boat every morning and come back about an hour later with a cooler filled with fish. The game warden got suspicious as to how the old guy always caught so many fish in such a short time. So he invited himself fishing with the old guy.

They went to the middle of the lake, the old guy pulls out a stick of dynamite and throws it overboard. Boom! Fish start floating to the surface and the old guy starts scooping them up in his net.

The game warden says, "You can't do that. It's illegal."

The old guy quietly lights another stick of dynamite, hands it to the game warden and says, "You gonna talk or are you gonna fish?"

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Chorus Willowfest Concert

Willowfest Concert (6/28) information…
A bus will be available for chorus members at St. John Bosco Auditorium parking lot @ 6:30 pm. If you are driving, you are encouraged to arrive at the winery before 7:00 pm
• Attire: Any combination of red/white/blue (“stars & stripes patterns encouraged)
• *If you don’t have red/white/blue, white over black is fine*
• Please remember to bring your choral book & ‘Salute to the Armed Forces Medley
• You are encouraged to bring bottled water
• Please refrain from heavily scented perfumes, colognes, & deodorants because some members are allergic (Bud will remain upwind!)
• The “rain date” for Willowfest is Sunday (6/29) times remain the same.

The Sheridan Community Chorus patriotic concert schedule:
Saturday 6/28 @ 8:30 pm @ Willow Creek Winery (Sheridan) pre-fireworks
Sunday 7/6 @ 7:00 pm @ Sheridan United Methodist church (Sheridan)
Sunday 7/13 @ 3:00 pm @ Cattaraugus Christian Camp (Cattaraugus)


The following new breeds are now recognized by the AKC:

Collie + Lhasa Apso = Collapso: A dog that folds up for easy transport

Spitz + Chow Chow = Spitz-Chow: A dog that throws up a lot

Pointer + Setter = Poinsetter: A traditional Christmas pet

Great Pyrenees + Dachshund = Pyradachs: A puzzling breed

Pekingnese + Lhasa Apso = Peekasso: An abstract dog

Irish Water Spaniel + English Springer Spaniel = Irish Springer: A dog fresh and clean as a whistle

Labrador Retriever + Curly Coated Retriever = Lab Coat Retriever: The choice of research scientists

Newfoundland + Basset Hound = Newfound Asset Hound: A dog for financial advisors

Terrier + Bulldog = Terribull: A dog that makes awful mistakes

Bloodhound + Labrador = Blabador: A dog that barks incessantly

Malamute + Pointer = Moot Point: Owned by...oh, well, it doesn't matter anyway

Collie + Malamute = Commute: A dog that travels to work

Deerhound + Terrier = Derriere: A dog that's true to the end

The Sheridan Community Chorus patriotic concert schedule:
Saturday 6/28 @ 8:30 pm @ Willow Creek Winery (Sheridan) pre-fireworks
Sunday 7/6 @ 7:00 pm @ Sheridan United Methodist church (Sheridan)
Sunday 7/13 @ 3:00 pm @ Cattaraugus Christian Camp (Cattaraugus)

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Today's Funny

The Island of Trid

Once upon a time, in the middle of the ocean, there was the Island of Trid.

It seems that most of the Island of Trid was covered by a large mountain. On this mountain lived a Giant. The Giant did not allow Trids on his mountain. If a Trid dared to climb onto the mountain, the Giant would kick him into the ocean. Trids are notoriously bad swimmers, and frequently drowned when kicked into the ocean.

The Trids were a very sexual people, and the population had grown quite large. Every square inch of the island, except the mountain, was crowded with Trids.

The Trids spent their days crowded together, dreaming of the open space available on the ever visible mountain. Every few days, a Trid would decide he couldn't stand the crowds any more. He would start to climb the mountain, and the Giant would kick the Trid into the ocean.The Trids were a very depressed people.

One day a traveling Rabbi visited the Island of Trid. Despite their overcrowded conditions, the Trids were extremely generous to this man of God.

The Rabbi decided to return the favor, and to go plead the Trid's case to the Giant. "Surely the Giant can be convinced to share some of the mountain with you," the Rabbi explained.

The Trids were horrified. "Please don't go, Rabbi", the Trids implored. "The Giant will kick you into the ocean, and you will surely drown."

The Rabbi was stubborn, and insisted that he talk to the Giant. The Trids sent out every boat they had. They formed a ring around the island, so that they would be able to rescue the Rabbi.

The Rabbi started walking towards the mountain. No sign of the Giant.

He walked through the foothills, and there was no sign of the Giant.

He started up the slopes of the mountain, further than any Trid had ever been. Still no sign of the Giant.

Finally he reached the summit of the mountain. There the Giant was waiting for him. The Rabbi asked "Tell me Giant, why have you allowed me to climb to the top of the mountain, without kicking me off the moment I started climbing?"

And the Giant replied, "Silly Rabbi, kicks are for Trids!"

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Today's Funny

One day a man passed by a farm and saw a beautiful horse.
Hoping to buy the animal, he said to the farmer: "I think your horse looks pretty good, so I'll give you $500 for him."
"He doesn't look good, and he's not for sale," the farmer said.
The man insisted, "I think he looks good and I'll up the price to $1000!"
"He doesn't look so good," the farmer said, "but if you want him that much, he's yours."
The next day the man came back raging mad. He went up to the farmer and screamed, "You sold me a blind horse! You cheated me!"
The farmer calmly replied, "I told you he didn't look so good, didn't I?"
Thought for the day...
A farmer called his pig Ball Point. Well, it wasn't its real name - just a pen name.

(Mikey's funnies)

To The Sheridan Community Chorus

The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. ~ Max DePree

So, may I say to all the chorus members, to those who have helped with transporation needs, to those who have helped with set-ups and tear downs for each and every concert, to those who have helped with transportation, to those who have helped with promotion, to those who have helped with rehearsals, and especially to Diane...
Thank you

Monday, June 23, 2008

Bud's World

June 22, 2008

Bud’s funnies
“A banker is a fellow who lends you his umbrella when the sun is shining,
but wants it back the minute it begins to rain.”
~ Mark Twain
“Some people ask the secret of our long marriage. We take time to go to a restaurant two times a week. A little candlelight, dinner, soft music and dancing. She goes Tuesdays, I go Fridays.”
~ Henny Youngman

I was just wondering…
If a parsley farmer is sued can they “garnish” his wages?
How can someone be dirt poor, and another be filthy rich?
If one synchronized swimmer gets a cramp, do the rest get cramps too?
If you're an atheist and swear on the Bible, have you committed perjury?
Why when two planes almost hit each other is it called a near miss? Shouldn't it be called a near hit?

From the Choir Loft
This Tuesday evening (6/24) we will sing our patriotic musical at Heritage Village in Gerry, NY. We are taking this season as a chance to minister to people all around our community. This will be the first of eight concerts as we sing to an estimated 6,000 people. Pray for us as we present this message of our appreciation to God for his many blessings bestowed on our country.

Wit or wisdom“A word to the wise ain't necessary. It's the stupid ones who need the advice.”
~ Bill Cosby
“What we anticipate seldom occurs; what we least expected generally happens.”
~ Benjamin Disraeli
“The reason why worry kills more people than work is that more people worry than work.”
~ Robert Frost
“Trust the past to God’s mercy, the present to God’s love, and the future to God’s providence.”
~ St. Augustine

Today in History June 22

1994 – North Korea promised President Clinton they had given up their nuclear program
1970 – The voting age in the United States was changed from 21 to 18
1945 – Battle for Okinawa ended (Casualties: U.S.: 12,520, Japanese: 90,000, civilian: 130,000)
1942 – A Japanese submarine shelled Fort Stevens, Oregon
1940 – France officially surrendered to Germany as Nazis overran Paris
1936 – Heavyweight boxing champ Joe Louis knocked out Max Schmelling in 1st round
1847 – The 1st doughnut with a hole was created
1633 – The Pope forced Galileo to recant the notion that the earth orbited the sun

Church office: (716) 672-2048, Bud: (716) 934-7734, email:
For choir / chorus or church music updates:

Friday, June 20, 2008

Heritage Village 6/24 Information

We will be singing our patriotic cantata this Tuesday, 6/24 at 7:00 pm.
Here are the directions as to where to go once you arrive onto the Heritage Village campus:

As you go up the driveway the brick building on the right, there will be a sign saying "Schwab manor"
The front door will be opened

All those wishing to car pool to Heritage, be in the Sheridan United Methodist church parking lot ready to go by 5:45 pm on Tuesday (6/24).
See you Tuesday evening...

Today's Funny

Sins of Commission

A Sunday School teacher asked her class, "Does anyone here know what we mean by sins of omission?"
A small girl replied, "Aren't those the sins we should have committed, but didn't?"

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Did you know?

If you use a water bed as home plate while wearing baseball shoes it does not leak - it explodes.
A king size water bed holds enough water to fill a 2,000 square foot house 4 inches deep.

Best "Out of Office" Automatic email replies

1. I am currently out of the office at a job interview and will reply to you if I fail to get the position. Please be prepared for my mood.

2. You are receiving this automatic notification because I am out of the office. If I was in, chances are you wouldn't have received anything at all.

3. Sorry to have missed you, but I'm at the doctor's having my brain and heart removed so I can be promoted to our management team.

4. I will be unable to delete all the e-mails you send me until I return from vacation. Please be patient, and your mail will be deleted in the order it was received.

5. Thank you for your e-mail. Your credit card has been charged $5.99 for the first 10 words and $1.99 for each additional word in your message.

6. The e-mail server is unable to verify your server connection. Your message has not been delivered. Please restart your computer and try sending again. (The beauty of this is that when you return, you can see who did this over and over and over....)

7. Thank you for your message, which has been added to a queuing system. You are currently in 352nd place, and can expect to receive a reply in approximately 19 weeks.

8. Hi, I'm thinking about what you've just sent me. Please wait by your PC for my response.

9. I've run away to join a different circus.

10. I will be out of the office for the next two weeks for medical reasons. When I return, please refer to me as Lucille instead of Steve.

thanks to Kevin

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Today's Funny

Recently, while going through an airport during one of his many trips, President Bush encountered a man with long gray hair and beard, wearing a white robe and sandals, holding a staff.

President Bush went up to the man and said " Has anyone told you that you look like Moses?" The man didn't answer. He just kept staring straight ahead. The president said, 'Moses!' in a loud voice. The man just stared ahead, never acknowledging the President.

The President pulled a Secret Service Agent aside and, pointing to the robed man, asked him, 'Am I crazy or does That man not look like Moses to you?' The Secret Service agent looked at the man and agreed. 'Well,' said the president, 'every time I say his name, he ignores me and stares straight ahead, refusing to speak .

Watch!' Again the president Yelled, 'Moses!' and again the man ignored him. The Secret Service agent went up to the man in the white robe and whispered, 'You look just like Moses. Are you Moses?'

The bearded man leaned over and whispered back, 'Shhhh! Yes, I am Moses. The last time I talked to a bush, I spent forty years wandering in the desert and ended up leading my people to the only spot in the entire Middle East with no oil.'

Combined Community Choruses

We had a great rehearsal in Sheridan last night (6/17)'s always fun when we have a "gathering" of all the voices (well, at least most of them).
The next time our entire ensemble is combined will be Saturday, 6/28 for the Willowfest concert at Willow Creek winery in Sheridan. Listed in the "top 10 fireworks in the U.S.A." We need everyone near the stage by 8:00 pm.

The Sheridan group will sing at Heritage Village nursing facility in Gerry, NY on Tuesday 6/ time is 6:00 - 6:30 pm.
Heritage Village...4570 Route 60 in Gerry, NY 14740 (716) 985-6831

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Today's Funny

"For a list of all the ways technology has failed to improve the quality of life,
please press three."

Goat for Dinner

The young couple invited their aged pastor for Sunday dinner. While they were in the kitchen preparing the meal, the minister asked their son what they were having. "Goat," the little boy replied.

"Goat?" replied the startled man of the cloth, "Are you sure about that?"

"Yep," said the youngster. "I heard Pa say to Ma, 'Might as well have the old goat for dinner today as any other day.'"

Monday, June 16, 2008

Father's Day Funny


10. Teach him the secret male ritual of leaving the toilet seat up and the toilet paper roll empty.

9. Have a ceremony where you give him his own remote control.

8. Lead him through an afternoon of rigorous physical training in the back yard while you sit in a lawn chair with a half-gallon of ice cream.

7. Eat until you're about to burst and then ride the Screamin' Hurler roller coaster.

6. Put cream on his face and let the cat shave him with its tongue.

5. Walk behind him through his school halls yelling, "You da man!"

4. Send him to the local discount store to buy mom's "personal things."

3. Give him Grandma's lime green Gremlin with personalized license plates that say, "TUFFGUY."

2. Send the womenfolk shopping, then get out your secret Old Yeller video and have a good cry together.

1. Shot put catching.

Bud's World

Happy Father’s Day
Dad does his own laundry
One day a housework-challenged father decided to wash his sweatshirt.
Seconds after he stepped into the laundry room, he shouted to his wife,
“What setting do I use on the washing machine?”
“It depends,” she replied. “What does it say on your shirt?”
He yelled back, “DENVER BRONCOS.”

I was just wondering…What do little birdies see if they get knocked unconscious?
Why is it that when you tell a person that there are 400 billion stars in the sky he'll believe you, but if you tell him a bench is wet he has to touch it?

Sheridan Community Chorus summer concert schedule:

Tuesday, 6/24/08 @ 7:00 pm @ Heritage Village (Gerry, NY)
Saturday, 6/28/08 @ 8:00 pm @ Willow creek Winery pre-fireworks
Tuesday, 7/1/08 @ 7:00 pm @ St. Columban's on the Lake
Sunday, 7/6/08 @ 7:00 pm @ Sheridan United Methodist church
Tuesday, 7/8/08 @ 7:15 pm @ Lakeshore Nursing Facility
Sunday, 7/13/08 @ 3:00 pm @ Cattaraugus Christian Camp
Tuesday, 7/29/08 @ 7:00 pm @ Laona playground (Laona’s 200th anniversary)
Saturday, 9/20/08 @ 2:00 pm @ Silver Creek 'Grape Festival'

Wit or Wisdom?“Society is like salt water, good to swim in but hard to swallow.”
~ Arthur Stringer
“If a cluttered desk is the sign of a cluttered mind, what is the significance of a clean desk?”~ Laurence J. Peter
“Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you’d have preferred to talk.”~ Doug Larson

Today in History June 15
1994 – Disney’s ‘Lion King’ opened in movie theaters (earned $42 million)
1986 – ‘Pravda’ news announced the high level staff at Chernobyl was fired for “stupidity”
1969 – ‘Hee-Haw’ with Roy Clark & Buck Owens premiered on CBS-TV
1963 – ‘Sound of Music’ closed in New York City after 1,443 performances
1956 – John Lennon & Paul McCartney met for the 1st time as Lennon’s band played @ church dinner
1924 – Ford Motor Company manufactured the 10 millionth Model T automobile
1916 – The Boy Scouts of America was founded
1775 – George Washington was appointed Commander-in-chief of the American Army
1752 – Benjamin Franklin performed his kite-flying experiment

Church office: (716) 672-2048, Bud: (716) 934-7734, email:
For choir / chorus or church music updates:

Bud’s History of the Hymns
June 15, 2008
‘Faith of Our Fathers’ (1849) pg. 710
Music by: Henri Frederick Hemy (1818 - 1888) Words by: Frederick William Faber (1814 - 1863)

The history of the Christian faith is a rich heritage of countless people whose faith in God was considered dearer than life itself. The three stanzas found in our hymnal are very usable for evangelical worship. These can be reinterpreted to challenge our commitment and loyalty to the gospel that our spiritual fathers often died to defend.
Faber wrote this hymn after his decision to join the Church of Rome. It first appeared in his own collection of hymns, ‘Jesus and Mary -- Catholic Hymns for Singing and Reading, 1849.’ The original was published in two forms, one for Ireland and one for England.
The faith of our fathers referred to in this hymn, however, is the faith of the martyred leaders of the Roman Catholic Church during the 16th century.
NOTE: Reflecting Faber’s Catholic roots, the original third stanza was:
Faith of our fathers, Mary’s prayers
Shall win our country back to Thee;
And through the truth that comes from God,
England shall then indeed be free.

This hymn was sung at the funeral of American president Franklin D. Roosevelt, held in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC.

Meanwhile…1849…159 years ago…in the United States…
President: Zachary Taylor - V.P.: Millard Fillmore
First Village By-Laws (1849) [Silver Creek]
It is the duty of each citizen to keep ashes in a safe, secure place
Assessors will be paid one dollar for each day devoted to official duties
Any dead animal found in the village must be buried within 3 hours of notification
It is not lawful to ride or drive a horse or other beasts on the sidewalks of the Village
It is not lawful for milk cows to run at large before sunrise or after sunset ($1.00 fine)
It is unlawful to fasten a horse to any ornamental, fruit, or shade tree on a public street
It is unlawful to fly a kite or roll a hoop within the Village limits (25¢ for each violation)

Ref. Library of Congress crosswinds Town of Hanover Bicentennial BuffaloHistory Tanbible Wikipedia

Tim Russert (1950 - 2008)

I know our biggest Buffalo supporter will be missed!
Let's keep his entire family in our thoughts and prayers.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Today's Funny

Calling It a Day

God: "Whew, I just created a 24-hour period of alternating light and darkness on earth."
Angel: "Oh yeah? What are you going to do now?"

God: "I think I'll call it a day."

Friday, June 13, 2008

Patriotic concerts press release

[Sheridan, NY]

The Sheridan Community Chorus & the Cattaraugus Community Chorus will present the patriotic musical 'Our Flag Was Still There’ at three separate venues during the months of June and July. The 75 voice chorus will present this impressive musical using a state of the art video presentation honoring God, Country and our veterans. The patriotic concert ends with a rousing arrangement of John Philip Sousa’s ‘Stars & Stripes’ march.
The three concerts will be:
Saturday, June 28th at 8:00 pm at the Willow Creek Winery (pre-fireworks)
Sunday, July 6th at 7:00 pm at the Sheridan United Methodist Church
Sunday, July 13th at 3:00 pm at the Cattaraugus Christian Camp
This highly entertaining and energetic chorus, under the direction of Bud Lowery, was formed in 2004. The chorus presents major performances in winter, spring and summer.
For further information please contact Bud Lowery (716) 934-7734 or

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Next Chorus Concert...

Tuesday, June 24 @ Heritage Village & Skilled Nursing
Route 4570 Route 60
Gerry, NY 14740

(716) 985-6831

Start time: 7:00 pm

Contact person: Becky

Today's Funny

Time to buy new choir robes...

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

This week's Chorus/Choir schedule

Tuesday (6/10)
Church choir: 6:45 - 7:15 pm
Chorus: 7:15 - 8:30 pm

Thursday (6/12)

Chorus: 7:00 - 8:30 pm

At Sheridan United Methodist Church
2679 East Main Road (Route 20) Sheridan, NY

Monday, June 9, 2008

Today's Funny

Because I Said So!

After creating heaven and earth, God created Adam and Eve. And the first thing He said to them was, "Don't."
"Don't what?" Adam asked.
"Don't eat the forbidden fruit," God said.
"Forbidden fruit? We got forbidden fruit? Hey, Eve! We got Forbidden Fruit!"
"No way!"
"Yes WAY!"
"Don't eat that fruit!" said God.
"Because I'm your Creator and I said so!" said God, wondering why he hadn't stopped after making the elephants.
A few minutes later, God saw the kids having an apple break and was angry. "Didn't I tell you not to eat that fruit?" God asked.
"Uh huh," Adam replied.
"Then why did you?"
"I dunno," Eve answered.
"She started it!" Adam said.
"Did Not!"
Having had it with the two of them, God's punishment was that Adam and Eve should have children of their own!

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Today's Funny

Say Cheese!

It was almost time for school to dismiss and a mother noticed it looked like rain. So she drove toward school to pick up her eight-year-old daughter.
She turned down the street to see her daughter running towards her down the sidewalk. A lightning bolt flashed and the little girl looked up towards the sky, smiled and then began running towards her mother's van.
Another lightning bolt flashed and again the little girl looked towards the sky, smiled and resumed running. This happened several more times until the little girl finally arrived at where her mother was parked.
Her mom immediately inquired as to the strange behavior. "Why did you keep stopping and smiling at the sky," she asked her daughter.
"I had to, Mommy. God was taking my picture."

~Mikey's Funnies