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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to the creator of Sherlock Holmes, author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, born on this date in 1859, "Once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth."


FIRE BELL -- Emeritus at Bassett Park Manor, 111 St. Gregory Court, Amherst, will host a free information session on the fire service in Amherst at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. Volunteers from the East Amherst Fire Department will give a history of their organization, provide an overview of the emergency medical services in Amherst and talk about what to do in a carbon monoxide emergency. To reserve a seat, call 689-2394. Refreshments will be served.


FOOD FOR THOUGHT -- "Eating the Arts: Edible Literature, Music and Art" is the theme of the next luncheon meeting of WNY Pen Women at noon Saturday in the home of Barbara Ann Blackburn in Williamsville. All who attend are invited to bring a tea time food to share, preferably one mentioned in literature, art or music. Tea and champagne will be provided. Reservations are due by Thursday. For info, call Barb at 634-2909 or Lubi at 553-4630.


PAGE TURNERS -- The Concord Public Library will hold its annual used book sale Wednesday through Friday in the Hulbert Library of the Town of Concord, 18 Chapel St., Springville. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday.


STEPPING OUT -- A ride on the Chautauqua Belle steamship will be the highlight of a day trip to Lake Chautauqua on June 6 sponsored by the West Seneca Historical Society. The cruise will be followed by a chicken barbecue lunch and visits to the Brick Village Gourmet and Webb's Candies in Mayville for shopping and sampling.

The tour bus departs from Southgate Plaza at about 8:30 a.m. and returns at about 4 p.m. Cost is $70. Reservations are needed by next Tuesday. For reservations and information, call the Historical Society at 674-4283.


FURRY FESTIVITIES -- The SPCA Serving Erie County is offering children's birthday parties at its adoption site in Eastern Hills Mall, 4545 Transit Road, Clarence. Parties are available to all children ages 5 to 13 and can be scheduled on Saturdays or Sundays from noon to 2 p.m. The SPCA will handle decorations, setup and cleanup.

Up to 12 party guests can be accommodated, along with at least three supervising adults, but no more than six of them. Tables, chairs, tableclothes, plates, napkins and cups will be provided. Those booking the parties are responsible for food and beverages.

The party will include humane education activities and a service learning project, along with face-painting and a visit from an SPCA Paws for Love dog. The birthday boy or girl also will be able to name an SPCA animal available for adoption. Other options, such as a visit from an educational bird from the SPCA Wildlife Department, are extra. Party fees begin at $200, and a $50 deposit is required.

The SPCA also is looking for volunteers to assist at the birthday parties from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. For bookings, volunteering and information, call 629-3530.


HEROES WANTED -- The General Pulaski Association of the Niagara Frontier is seeking nominations for its Unsung Heroes awards, which will be presented at the association's annual banquet Sept. 8 in the Creekside Banquet Facility, 2669 Union Road, Cheektowaga.

Nominees may have quietly distinguished themselves in the Polish-American community with service through social organizations, religious activities, veterans groups, charitable efforts, educational activities, youth programs or assisting the elderly and disabled.

Nominations, including a biography and a photo of the nominee, should be mailed to Sandi Schmid, 110 Reo Ave., Cheektowaga, NY 14211.


ALL INCLUSIVE -- A Passport to Lewiston, which includes more than $1,100 in gifts and certificates for Lewiston restaurants, attractions and entertainment, is the grand prize in the annual spring raffle sponsored by the Friends of the Lewiston Library.

Raffle tickets are $10 each or three for $25 and can be purchased in the library at 305 S. Eighth St. The winner will be drawn June 24 during Garden Fest on Center Street. The passport, which includes all the names of the supporting businesses, is on display in the library.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Archie Bartolotti, Lorey Schultz, Emily Green, Melinda Mallon, Donald Killian, Lori McCabe, Father Paul Steller, Robert Rutkowski, Jason Kowalewski, Phyllis Shear, Andy Sheffield, Sandy Kumiega, Dr. Valerie Vullo, Doug Orlando, Amy Rogacki, Sue Kamuda, Patti Vaccaro, Henry C. Kaczmarczyk, Paul Tripi and Joey Pasinski.