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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to Charles Evans Hughes Sr., governor of New York, secretary of state and chief justice of the United States, born on this date in 1862, "When we lose the right to be different, we lose the privilege to be free."


HELPING CAMPERS -- The Auxiliary of David McKeever Post 64, American Legion, will host its 16th annual Cradle Beach Camp Benefit from 3 to 8 p.m. Saturday in the Legion Hall at 1770 South Park Ave.

Tickets are $25 and include a spaghetti dinner, dessert, beer or pop and a sheet of chances for the basket raffles. Entertainment will be provided by Dennis George, the Quiz Master, who will award prizes for correct answers.


WATER WORKOUT -- Burn calories and get in shape this summer in the Dip-n-Tone exercise classes offered by the North Tonawanda Department of Youth, Recreation and Parks in Memorial Pool. The 12 one-hour water classes will be held at 5:15 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays from June 26 to Aug. 2.

Classes are for those age 16 and up. Cost is $30. Registrations will be accepted from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays at the Recreation Office, 500 Wheatfield St. For info, call 695-8520.


PROM NIGHT -- The release of the fifth CD by Rev. Bill Quinlivan, "Mercy Songs/Mercy Prayers," will be celebrated at the Prodigal Prom from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday in Blessed Sacrament Church, 263 Claremont Ave., Town of Tonawanda. There will be a sound system for dancing. All ages are welcome. Admission is free and there's a minimal charge for refreshments. For info, visit


GOOD TASTES -- No tickets or reservations are needed for Wine & Art Saturday this weekend, in which 21 of the wineries belonging to Lake Erie Wine Country in Chautauqua County and nearby northwestern Pennsylvania offer wine tastings and play host to 32 artists from the area. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Wineries offering displays and sales by more than one artist include Johnson Estate Winery, 8419 Route 20, Westfield, with paintings by Lilla Johnson, jewelry by Sue Murphy and bird sculpture by Harold Nass; Noble Winery, 8630 Hardscrabble Road, Westfield, with photography by James Hoggard and paintings by Sue Wolfe; and Courtyard Wineries, 10021 W. Main Road, North East, Pa., with stained glass by Sara Frye, paintings and pastels by Laura Mikula and oil paintings by Sue Rochester.

For a complete listing of wineries and artists, visit For more on the artists themselves, visit


OUT OF THE ORDINARY -- The Friends of the Orchard Park Library are sponsoring a special rare book sale from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to noon Saturday in the library, 4570 S. Buffalo St., Orchard Park. Offered will be rare, out-of-print and collectible books and other articles that have been donated to the library over the years. For info, call the library at 662-9851.


PAGE TURNER -- First-time author David Dachauer appears at 6:30 p.m. in Dog Ears Bookstore, 688 Abbott Road in South Buffalo, to sign copies of "Tether Me Not," the novel about love, loss and spiritual redemption that he wrote following the unexpected death of his wife, Jennifer, in February 2010. For info, call 823-2665 or visit


HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Teresa Corrigan, Ed Rupp, Derek Gee, Alison Pipitone, Vincent Gallo, Larry Hurst, Samantha Stelmach, Sr. Maryann Kolb, John Salerno Jr., Nicole Albanese, Ann Marie Halt, Mary Mahony, Maureen Hufnagel, Esther Caldarelli, Luke Weber, Dan Halliman, Raymond Baranowski, Kathy Phalen, Jim Dearborn and Patricia T. Torino.

AND THURSDAY -- Steve Jones, Jim Butler, Barbara Wilson, Dr. Herman Mogavero, Jennifer Stanonis, Dr. Gene Sibick, Lyn Ende, Delores A. Foreman, Josh Smith Jr., Amy Bridenbaker, Rose Rich, Terri Trembowicz, Sean Meegan, Gracie Ortiz, Peggy Moffat, Genevieve LaVenture, Pat Kiley, Chuck Fechter, Eleanor Sokol, Noah John Vaccaro, Michael Maciejewski, Jackie Schmid, Doran Murray, Johann Clancy, Rose Hayes and Colleen Schroeder.