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OLAF FUB SEZ: An observation from political satirist Mark Russell, born Mark Ruslander in Buffalo on this date in 1932, “If a man from a red state marries a woman from a blue state, will their children grow up to be purple?”


WALK RIGHT IN – People Inc. is showcasing its Willow Senior Living apartment building on the edge of North Tonawanda at 3990 Forest Parkway, Wheatfield, with a multi-family yard sale and open house from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today.

The yard sale will offer household goods, furniture, books, games, clothing and other items. A portion of the sales will benefit tenant activities. The apartment building, meanwhile, will be open for tours, and applications for new tenants will be accepted. For info, call 694-1486.


PAPER TRAIL – The Agri-Center at the Erie County Fairgrounds will be the site of a Rubber Stamp and Scrapbook Show from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Vendors will offer the latest in stamps and paper crafts. Admission is $6, good for both days. Kids under 12 get in free.

The first 100 people to arrive Saturday will receive a key, one of which will unlock a treasure chest containing a $100 gift certificate to be spent at the show. Raffles for gift baskets of paper craft supplies will be held both days, with proceeds benefiting Shriners Hospitals for Children. For info, visit


FURRY FRIENDS – Dogs are invited to Pet-A-Palooza, which returns from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday to Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village, formerly the Amherst Museum, 3755 Tonawanda Creek Road, Amherst.

Held in conjunction with Open Arms Rescue of WNY, an Akron dog rescue group, it will celebrate pets of all kinds, from dogs and cats to guinea pigs and reptiles. There will be pet supply vendors, pet contests, raffles, prize giveaways, lectures and training sessions. Pets also will be available for adoption. For info, call 689-1440 or visit


SWING TIME – The weather should be perfect as St. Joseph University Catholic Church, 3269 Main St., hosts an outdoor big-band concert and dance from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday.

Featured will be the Jim Tudini Band, an 11-piece band featuring saxophonist Bobby Militello. Donation is $10. Beverages and light snacks will be available for purchase. For info, call 833-0298.


BIRDS OF A FEATHER – The annual Wild Wing Festival takes place from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at Gooseneck Hill Waterfowl Sanctuary, 5067 Townline Road, Delevan. Featured will be food by The Shop.

Meals are $8 and include many varieties of chicken wings, pulled pork, pulled beef, shrimp in the basket or chicken fingers, served with either potato salad, baked beans, bean salad or coleslaw, plus pop or bottled water.

Providing music will be the Rustic Ramblers, with Gene Hilts on steel guitar. There also will be guided tours of the sanctuary’s 700 birds from 65 species, including the singing, dancing swans. Admission is $10. For info, call 942-6835 or visit


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Rose Marie Kelley, Bruce Derthick, Richard Dennis Spinner, Danielle A. Peoples, Jessie Dresch, Rocco Lucente, Susannah Gray, Betty Pilger, Sister Mary Martinelle Niemiec, Sheila Mitchell, Ida Mruk, Jackie Baldwin, Cher Toepfer, Vinny Raven, Mary Ann Andrejewski, Debbie Harzynski, Dave Ernst, Pat Manchester, Janice Rogacki, Ethan Blair, Melissa Rathke, Linda Brooks, Kathy Clark, Tony Woyshner and Kerrick Woyshner.

SATURDAY – Kevin Kolb, Robert Traynor Coles, Tim Safe, Adam Simonson, Carl Paladino, Nancy Kelly, Cailynn Jaehn, Helen Easton, Donna Vogt, Corky Forney, Dennis Panek, Bob Morawski, Pat Piotrowski, Nicholas Hageman, Nancy Schroeder, Anthony DiPasquale, Jean Dunbar and Mickey Bamrick.

AND SUNDAY – Mary A. Doyle, Sheila Rosenthal, Rosalie Rosenband, Megan Beres, Sister Mary Angelica Bielski, Arelene Knetsch, Annette Henninger, Bruce C. Gruber, Mary Grace Staffeldt, Dolores McKenzie, Jim Quigley, Donna Didion, Marjorie Gritman, Karen Hart, Donna Gasuik, Susan Jeffery, Patty Keppler, Brendan Mattingly, Jack Polowy, Erin Weber, Emily Weber, Ava Stauffiger, Danny McAuley, Mark Zalewski, John D. Convey, Margaret Sage, Marie Stewart, Travis Bickel, Patricia Bukaty and Tony “Tony the Barber” Scaccia.


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