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OLAF FUB SEZ: A thought for Friday the 13th from President Thomas Jefferson, born on this date in 1743, "I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have."


HAPPY ENDING -- Hundreds of cats were rescued and relocated from the overburdened Wyoming County SPCA shelter on Feb. 15. While many were ready for new homes, about 70 of them were just too shy or too temperamental to be put up for adoption.

In stepped Feral Cat FOCUS, a no-kill organization that brings feral cats back to health, neuters them and returns them to their original habitats. Of the Wyoming SPCA cats, some were placed in feral cat colonies, some became barn cats and some turned out to be sociable, after all.

Needless to say, it put a strain on Feral Cat FOCUS finances to provide them with a happy transition. To help pay the bills, the group is holding its annual FUSION fundraiser from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday in Romanello's South Restaurant, 5793 South Park Ave., Hamburg. Tickets are $35 and include dinner, three hours of open bar and music by Billy McEwen and Joe Head. For info, visit


PASTA PLUS -- The Lake Erie Italian Club, 3200 South Park Ave., Lackawanna, hosts an all-you-can-eat spaghetti and meatball dinner show at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, featuring musical entertainment by Vincent Massi and Revelation. Tickets are $15 and include a non-alcoholic beverage. A cash bar also will be open. For info, call 517-6537.


HELP A VET -- Programs that help homeless men and women veterans will benefit when the Erie County American Legion Family Project holds a chance auction from 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday in the Milton J. Brounshidle Post 205, American Legion, 3354 Delaware Ave., Town of Tonawanda. Admission is $10 and includes snacks, beer, pop and music by Just Mo' Music. Donations of baskets and gift certificates also are welcome. Call Karen at 903-4252 or Kathy at 598-8672.


THE BAD OLD DAYS -- The Canal Street String Band offers old-timey songs from the ne'er-do-well side of Buffalo's past as a lake port when it plays the weekly Speakeasy Sunday series, sponsored by The Good Neighborhood group, at 6 p.m. Sunday in Brawler's Back Alley Basement at the Pearl Street Grill and Brewery, 76 Pearl St.

It's an all-ages event and admission is free. Raffles will benefit Give for Greatness, which supports 56 of the area's arts and cultural organizations.


LOADS OF LAUGHS -- A classic film comedy is the centerpiece of this month's Music, Movies and Dinner program on Sunday, presented by the Village of Williamsville and the Williamsville Business Association.

It begins with a free concert by the Williamsville North String Quartet at 4:30 p.m. in the Meeting House, 5658 Main St., Williamsville, and is followed at 5 by a free film, the Mel Brooks masterpiece "The Producers," starring Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder. The popcorn is free, too.

Dinner rounds out the evening at 7:30 in the Glen Park Tavern, 5507 Main St. Cost is $13.95. For info, call the restaurant at 626-9333 or email


HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Liz Kahn, Jim Cummings, Dana Tillou, Paul Hokanson, Jack Quinn, Jendy Soule, Kristi Wise, Ian Forsyth, Lauren Guy, John Kerwin, Paul O'Brien, Jack Kasicky, Terry Ryan, Dan Marth, Ryan Ratajczak, Allyson Siffringer, Paul Schaefer and Therese R. Wincott.

AND SATURDAY -- Jule Chilcott, Jim Greer, Patrick Edbauer, Ray Ward, Tina Wirth, Erica Hartmann, Billy Wiepert, Andrew Wutz, Lillian Clare, Paula Zaczek, Terrie Zelli, Pete Jackiewicz, Elaine Fredericks, Ryan Muscato, Bailey Fanning, Scott Miller and Pauline Maloney.

AND SUNDAY -- Barbara Shanks Smith, Carole Brox, Dr. Mark Donahue, Kim Sweeney, Margaret Eison, Linda Smerka, Janice D. Morrissey, Bob Bastien, Antonio M. Stevens, Edward Kuczmarski, Marlene Bonarowski, Adelyn Grace Louth, Christine Panczykowski Pokoj, Cody Kaminski, Wanda Humphrey, Tom Muhlbauer, Margy Toohey and Nick Tiberio.