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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to Harold W. Ross, founder and editor of the New Yorker magazine, born on this date in 1892, "If you can't be funny, be interesting."


HARD TRAVELING -- It's been a rocky road this year for the family of Chuck Vicario, known better to his fans as Big Wheelie, the man who has steered the area's most renowned oldies band, Big Wheelie & the Hubcaps, for three decades. In August, he suffered the loss of his son, Charles Vicario III, who was 34. Young Charles left behind two sons.

Friends and fellow musicians are organizing a benefit for the family Sunday in the Lafayette Tap Room, 391 Washington St., beginning at 1 p.m. The lineup includes a big list of blues musicians, as well as raffles, a silent auction and food. To donate to the raffle or auction, call Debbie Jauch at 465-6146.


FASCINATING RHYTHM -- "Music That Made the Twenties Roar" is the final program in the 2007 lecture series at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Amherst Museum, 3755 Tonawanda Creek Road. Reid Badger, professor emeritus of American studies at the University of Alabama and author of "A Life in Ragtime," will talk and play selections to show how popular music gave the era its zing, beginning with the Charleston and continuing through jazz and jazz-influenced classical composers. Admission is free.


Golden Snow of Autumn

The golden snow of autumn

Silently caresses the morning breeze,

Gently falling down from standing trees,

Crisp, crunchy, crinkly bits

Of forgotten yesterdays

Lie all about us in a sunlit haze.

-- Honey Snitzer


SHOP EARLY -- Webkins, those lovable, educational stuffed animals, will be a highlight as the WCA Hospital Auxiliary holds its annual Holiday Gift Show Sale later this week in the auditorium of the hospital, 207 Foote Ave., Jamestown. They can be adopted for $12 apiece or $20 for two. For the first time in sale history, credit cards will be accepted.

Gift shop managers Edie Boscarino and Denise Klizek plan to fill the auditorium with hundreds of charming and affordable holiday items. The sale runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday.


HOLIDAY PREVIEW -- Take a drive down Route 19 south of Warsaw on Thursday to Gainesville for an early taste of Thanksgiving. Turkey is the centerpiece, as Gainesville United Methodist Church, 7 S. Main St., serves a bountiful harvest buffet, beginning at 5 p.m. Tickets are $7 for adults, $4 for children 6 to 11. Under 5 eat free.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Scott Smolarek, Vincent Lauricella, Gary Schau, Jim Hemmingway, Linda Turnwall, Jack Regan and Paul Brown.


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