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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to artist Andy Warhol, born on this date in 1928, “The most exciting attractions are between two opposites that never meet.”


PENCIL PUSHERS – Collecting school supplies for the upcoming year are the residents of Amberleigh Retirement Community, 2330 Maple Road, Amherst.

“Our goal is to fill the Amberleigh bus with brand new school supplies and deliver them to the Teacher’s Desk at 22 Northampton St. in Buffalo at the end of our drive,” says Margaret Kleinmann, Amberleigh’s executive director.

The drive continues through Aug. 16. Donations can be dropped off at the reception desk at Amberleigh’s front entrance. The Teacher’s Desk has distributed almost $2 million in school supplies to 25,000 students in need since it was founded two years ago.


LIFE SAVER – Feline Immunodeficiency Virus doesn’t have to be a death sentence for cats. Australian-born Dr. Annette Litster, director of the Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program at Purdue University, has done extensive research into the disease and says it can be controlled.

She’ll present her findings in a seminar, “Making the Case for FIV Adoption,” Thursday evening in Michael’s Banquet Hall, 4885 Southwestern Blvd., Hamburg. Doors open at 5:30 for seating, with food stations and desserts opening at 6:30, along with soda, coffee and a cash bar.

Veterinarians from across Western New York have been invited, and others from the public and animal rescue services are welcome. The seminar is sponsored by Ten Lives Club Cat Rescue, the City of Buffalo Animal Shelter and the SPCA Serving Erie County. Donation is $15. Deadline for reservations is today. Call 646-5577 or visit


FAIR TRADE – Want to save money on your visit to the Erie County Fair? Just bring along some cans of food to donate to the Food Bank of Western New York. Donate cans of food on opening day Wednesday and get free admission to the fair. Donate cans of food on Saturday and get a pass to purchase an unlimited ride wristband for $20. Donate on Sunday and get $5 off admission.


BOP ON OVER – A rockabilly regimen is requested for Kustom Kruise-In V from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Gowanda Harley-Davidson, 2535 Gowanda-Zoar Road. The ladies are asked to put on pin-up dresses, while the guys are supposed to get out their garage shirts and slick back their hair with pomade.

Rounding out the rockabilly mood will be Buffalo Music Hall of Famer Bobby Lebel and His Damn Fine Rebels. Admission is free. And so is vehicle registration. Goode’s Restaurant in Collins, which has food for purchase, will offer something new this year – homemade pie – to go with its hamburgers, hot dogs and Italian sausages. The day will finish with an escorted ride to the Dunkirk Pier.

“If you own a classic car or pre-1985 American-made motorcycle, especially Rat Rods, Street Rods, Hot Rods, Bobbers and Choppers, and want to show it off, it’s free to register. If you own a business that has a professional setup, and you’d like to be a vendor, it’s free to come,” says Tim McKeever, Gowanda Harley-Davidson’s marketing manager. For info and pre-registration, call him at 532-4584 or email


PAVED WITH MEMORIES – Deadline is Aug. 15 to order a commemorative brick this year for South Buffalo Alive’s brick garden, Bricks in the Bowl, next to the century-old Frederick Law Olmsted Shelter House in Cazenovia Park.

The brick garden, which honors loved ones, includes benches and 250 square feet of personalized bricks inside a landscaped border. Standard bricks, which are 4-by-8-inches, are $125 and include three lines of copy, with up to 17 characters per line. For info and to order a brick, call Marge Ryan at 826-3158.


LOOKING BACK – The staff at Iron Island Museum, 998 Lovejoy St., knows that their building used to be Lovejoy Episcopal Methodist Church after it was built in the 1880s and was converted into a funeral home in the 1950s, but they’d like to find out more about it. Anyone with photos, blueprints, descriptions of the original stained-glass windows or the name of the architect is asked to call 892-3084.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Robin Lenhard, Molly Kathleen Bleech, Dr. Joseph Noworyta, Jill Gleason, Rita Kirk, Stacy Janiszeski, Alicia Matuszewski, David Cielinski, Sarah Brown, Barbara Sadkin, Whitey Weber, Geoffrey Giambra, Molly Kathleen McGrath, MaryAnn Zielinski, David Wodowski, Marilyn Maciejewski, Jeffrey Maciejewski, Dorothy Huttenlocker, Dennis Pietraszewski, Denise Kiener, Tony Ando and Jean Rine.


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