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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to golf legend Arnold Palmer, born on this date in 1929, “The road to success is always under construction.”


CENTENNIAL SPECIAL – Every dish that’s ordered this week at Webster’s Bistro & Bar, the French-American bistro at 102 Webster St., North Tonawanda, will help support the YWCA of the Tonawandas in its 100th anniversary year. Owners Barbara and Kevin Hughes will donate a portion of each evening’s receipts to the Y and pass along YWCA bookmarks with every check. For reservations, call 264-4314.


SHINE A LIGHT – The World War I-era star that used to glow in the window of St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in North Tonawanda when members were in military service will shine again.

Now on display in the Military Heritage Exhibit Hall in the North Tonawanda History Museum, 54 Webster St., it will be illuminated with a blue bulb on days connected with military service and freedom.

The first lighting will be Wednesday to commemorate the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.


DO-RE-MI – Choral singers can get in shape for the new singing season at a Fall Vocal Tune-Up workshop from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Sept. 23 in Orchard Park Presbyterian Church, 4369 S. Buffalo St.

Leading the exercises and giving instruction will be Holly Bewlay, assistant professor of music at SUNY Buffalo State and a soprano soloist, who also will offer advice on expressiveness and vocal quality.

Registration is $5 for individual singers. Church and community choral groups can register up to 10 members for the ensemble rate of $25. To register, call Kathleen Keenan-Takagi at 832-2226.


TIME OF NEED – Diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and emphysema, JoAnn Brennan, of Lackawanna, is in need of a lung transplant.

To help raise the $12,000 to $15,000 in expenses that won’t be covered by insurance, friends and family are holding a fundraiser from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday in the Martin Lodge at Chestnut Ridge Park, Orchard Park.

Tickets are $20 and include pizza and sides, a dessert table, wine, beer and pop. Kids under 12 can attend free.

Donations also can be made to the JoAnn Brennan Benefit Fund at First Niagara Bank, 1251 Union Road, West Seneca. To donate basket auction items, email Kimberly Harding at


DISHING DOGS – They call Janice Wolfe the “New Jersey Dog Whisperer,” and she is coming to the Lewiston Senior Center, Pletcher and River roads, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday for seminars and instruction for dog owners who want expert advice about their pets.

Lectures and seminars will be held in the morning, with demonstration and hands-on dog training in the afternoon.

Tickets are $35 for either day for one person and one dog, or $65 for either day for two people and up to two dogs.

Tickets are available at Grandpaws Pet Emporium, 784 Center St., Lewiston, or by calling 754-0100. Proceeds benefit Heart of Niagara Animal Rescue.


SMALL IS BEAUTIFUL – Not all trees grow to the sky. The Western New York Bonsai Club will have more than 50 masterfully trimmed and shaped miniature trees, some of them more than 100 years old, on display at its first Bonsai Show on Saturday and Sunday in front of the Red Dragon School of Martial Arts in McKinley Mall, Blasdell.

There also will be raffles and bonsai demonstrations. It’s free and open to the public. For info, visit


SERIOUS CHANCES – Fans have an opportunity to get up close and personal with the King of Parody, “Weird Al” Yankovic, when he brings his Alpocalypse Tour to the Fairgrounds Event Center in Hamburg on Oct. 4.

Hamburg Casino on the fairgrounds is auctioning off 10 VIP meet-and-greet packages on the Internet. Each package includes two premium seats, a preconcert party, two VIP gift bags and a reception with Yankovic after the show.

The auction began Monday at and ends Sept. 29. Minimum bid is $200. All proceeds benefit Gateway-Longview, which provides care and counseling for children and families.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Carolyn Thompson Ferreira, Rob Lederman, Nan Hoffman, Susan McGowan, Dr. Brian Block, Dom Telesco, Pat Walh, Tom Nawotka, Kirk McKenna, Emily Lickfeld, Erica Guy, Sharon Roy, Stanley Szymczuk, Marie Tipton, Alice Tripi, Sue Farry, Linda Kratzer, Thomas P. Franczyk, Ralph Rizzo, Robert Overfield and Lori Ballee.


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