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OLAF FUB SEZ: Advice from jazz pianist and bandleader Count Basie, born William James Basie on this date in 1904, “If you find a note tonight that sounds good, play the same damn note every night.”


HEAD OF THE CLASS – Earning an A for effort are the residents of Amberleigh Retirement Community in Amherst for their drive Aug. 1 to 16 to pack a school bus with school supplies for needy youngsters for the upcoming academic year.

With an assist from co-sponsor Walgreens, they collected more than 1,000 pounds of brand-new items, which were delivered via a First Student school bus to The Teacher’s Desk at 22 Northampton St., which distributes supplies to teachers and students in need.

“Not only did we meet that goal,” says Margaret Kleinmann, Amberleigh executive director, “but we also collected $1,500 in cash donations so The Teacher’s Desk can purchase additional school supplies that are needed most by the teachers for their students.”


CALLING CRAFTERS – Looking for a craft show to sell your handiwork? Blessed Mother Teresa Parish at St. James Catholic Church, 500 Terrace Blvd., Depew, is having a craft show Oct. 12. For info and an application, call 683-2746, Ext. 208.


BEARING UP – Helping out the Buffalo Zoo’s “Our Bears Belong in Buffalo” campaign are the Tim Hortons Cafe and Bake Shops in Western New York. To raise money for a new polar bear exhibit, they’re donating the proceeds from all sales of special strawberry sundae doughnuts from now through Sunday. The doughnuts, which are $1 each, were winners of a Donut Duel hosted by Tim Hortons at the zoo earlier this month.


SPECIAL DAY – Reservations are needed by Saturday for the annual picnic to honor Special Olympians from Erie County, their families and friends Sept. 8 in the grove at George F. Lamm Post 622, American Legion, 962 Wehrle Drive, Williamsville.

There is no cost for the picnic, which is sponsored by Lamm Post and the 8th District American Legion. Reservations should include the name of the Special Olympian and the number of people attending. Call Mary Ann McClellan at 633-2164.


TIME OF NEED – A collision July 24 with a tractor-trailer on the Niagara Thruway sent Gowanda native Andrew Johnson into the Trauma Intensive Care Unit at Erie County Medical Center for an extended recovery. A welder for more than 10 years, he had just settled in Perrysburg with his new bride, Mary, and planned to raise a family.

To help with his medical and household bills, friends and family are holding a benefit called Camo for a Cause beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday in the Gowanda Moose Club, 201 Aldrich St. Those who come are asked to wear something with a camouflage design or hunting-related, since hunting is one of Johnson’s favorite hobbies.

Tickets are $25 advance, $30 at the door, and include beer, wine, pop, food and live music from the local band So Far So Good. Children under 10 are free.

For info or tickets, call Shauna McMahon at (585) 355-6928 or Amanda Black at 220-1597. Contributions payable to Andrew or Mary Johnson also can be deposited at any Northwest Savings Bank branch.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Bob Kolken, Doug Dombrowski, Sam Petrie, Athena Gentry, Sister Judith Marie Kubicki, Bob Moll, Wally Koziel. Samantha Bonitati, Donna Docenko, Dolores Palzewski, John Granelli, Jessica Izzo, Greg Fildes, Jessica Schewe, Luke Brind’amour, Gabriella Liberatore, Adriana Lounsbury, Bill Boltz, Cindy Koczaja, Gregory Paivanas, Megan Ulrich, Linda Bain, Bob Melander, Dominic Scapillato and Jim Kaleta.

AND THURSDAY – Pat Cullen Shanks, Pauline Cipolla, Carol Halt, Mark Becker, Amy Hartloff, Becky Locke, Ina Locke, Aaron Brown, Gary Bosworth, Sean Morrisey, Dorinne M. Toole, Stephanie Nizinkiewicz, Norbert D. Orlowski, Jack Griffin, Gary Schlottman, Rose Paliwoda, Roberta Maloney and Nick Budney.


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