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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to Pulitzer Prize-winning author and historian James Truslow Adams, born on this date in 1878, “There are obviously two educations. One should teach us how to make a living and the other how to live.”


SPOOKY DOINGS – A pair of celebrity television ghost hunters pay a pre-Halloween visit to one of the area’s more notable haunts this weekend – the Iron Island Museum, 998 Lovejoy St., which previously served as a church and a funeral home.

Brian Cano from the Syfy Channel’s “Haunted Collector” and Chris Mancuso from Staten Island Community Television’s “Scared!” will give a presentation and lead a hunt from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. today and Saturday. Tickets are $50, which includes refreshments. For tickets, call 892-3084 or visit


HERE’S THE BEEF – A wide variety of meats will be offered at an adults-only Sweetest Day Meat Raffle on Saturday evening in the Parish Center at Queen of Angels Parish, Electric Avenue and Warsaw Street, Lackawanna. Admission is free. Doors open at 5 p.m., raffle starts at 7. Food and beer will be available.

Also on Saturday evening, St. Casimir’s Church in Kaisertown is holding an adults-only Fall Meat Raffle in its Social Center, 1833 Clinton St. Admission is $5, which includes beverages, sandwich, dessert and a ticket to win either a Nikon Coolpix pocket camera or a Samsung Blu Ray DVD player. Doors open at 6 p.m., bar opens at 6:30 and the raffle starts at 7.

Saturday also sees a meat raffle hosted by Our Lady of Pompeii Church in its school hall, 129 Laverack Ave., Lancaster. Admission is $7 and includes beer, wine, soft drinks, pizza, sandwich and snacks. Doors open at 5 p.m. Raffles begin at 7. For info and reservations for groups of six or more, call Tim Wozniak at 686-9559.


BARGAIN HUNT – Trinity Episcopal Church, 261 E. Main St., Hamburg, holds a Fall Rummage and Bake Sale from 4 to 7 p.m. today, followed on Saturday by a half-price sale from 9 to 11 a.m. and a bag sale from noon to 1 p.m.


LET’S EAT – Annual harvest dinner, 4:30 to 7 p.m. today, Christ United Methodist Church, Harlem and Saratoga roads, Snyder. $10 adults, $5 kids under 10, kids under 4 free.

Fall fish dinner, starts at 4:30 p.m. today, Colden United Methodist Church, 8795 Lower East Hill Road, Colden.

Krolick’s fish fry or chicken fritter dinner, 4:30 to 7 p.m. today, Harris Hill United Methodist Church, 8495 Main St., Clarence. $10 haddock or chicken.

Chowder sale, starts at noon Saturday, Niagara Hose Fire Company 3, 74 Wheeler St., City of Tonawanda. $4 a quart. Advance orders, call 695-0650 Saturday morning or drop a container off at the fire hall.

Roast beef dinner, 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, South Park United Methodist Church, 73 Ashton Place at South Park Avenue. $10 adults, $7 kids 4 to 12.

Wendell’s barbecue chicken dinner, 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Baker Memorial United Methodist Church, 345 Main St., East Aurora. $9 advance (call 652-0500), $11 at the door.

All-you-can eat spaghetti dinner, 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Maryvale Drive Presbyterian Church, 425 Maryvale Drive, Cheektowaga. $8 adults, $7 seniors, $4 kids 4 to 10. Also a theme tray raffle.

Spaghetti dinner by Rosina, 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Grove Street Christian Church, 85 Grove St., City of Tonawanda. $8.50 adults, $4 kids 5 to 10. Also a movie, Amish doll buggy raffle and mystery packages.

Annual pot roast dinner, 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Holland United Methodist Church, Partridge Road, Holland. $10 adults, $6 kids under 12. Also a mini book sale.

Krolick’s barbecue, following Polka Mass at 11 a.m. Sunday, St. Andrew Church, 111 Crocker St., Sloan. $10 chicken, $12 ribs. Also, pie sale, autumn raffle and flu shot clinic.

Spaghetti dinner to benefit the Sisters of St. Francis (Williamsville), 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Our Lady of Peace Church, 10950 Main St., Clarence. $10 adults, $5 kids under 10. Also door prizes, theme baskets, auctions and the eternally popular “Nun-Sweeter” Bake Sale.

All-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner, noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, Holy Mother of the Rosary Cathedral, 6298 Broadway, Lancaster. $8 adults, $4 kids under 12. Raffle drawings begin at 2 p.m.

Spaghetti dinner, noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Holy Cross School Hall, Niagara and Maryland streets. $12 adults, $5 kids 10 and under. Also a theme basket auction. For tickets and reservations, call the rectory at 847-6930.

Alaska Day dinner and presentation, noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, St. Nicodemus Lutheran Church, 12029 Liberia Road at Four Rod Road, Marilla. $9 adults, $5 kids under 10.

Chicken barbecue, noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, Bowmansville Volunteer Fire Company, 36 Main St., Bowmansville, $9. Also, basket auction, large item raffles and 50-50 raffles, benefits the Franciscan Center.

Spaghetti and meatball dinner, 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Main-Transit Fire Hall, 6777 Main St., Williamsville. $10. Benefits Second Chance Sheltering Network Inc.

Krolick’s chicken and rib barbecue, 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, North Amherst Fire Company, 2200 Tonawanda Creek Road, Amherst. Chicken $9, ribs $11. Visiting Nurses Association will be giving flu shots.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Gavin Thomas O’Neill, Richard Hummert, Karen Greenwald, Marty Wise, Kathy Toner, Zenia Barrett, Pat Catalino, Ruth Degener, Suzanne McFaysen, Maryann Schmigel, Sophie Kurzanski, Joyce Cieslar, Joanne Ott, Nina Vadala, Jennifer Chmurzinski, Pete Fox, Terry Connors, Suzane Wolff, Jeff Dunbar and Thomas Schlau.

AND SATURDAY – Robbie Lark, Dave Cress, Katka Hammond, Tanya Zabinski, Stan Werner, Paul VanArsdale, Judi Coder, Hillery Spinner, Patti Waszak and Nina Deming.

AND SUNDAY – Caroline Kelly, Amy Godzich, Amanda S. Vallone, Keith Radford, Francisco Vasquez, Carolyn Koelmel, Sue Sasiadek, Sue Graham, Chris Ulrich, Gloria Blesy, Lilly Sumbrum, Sister Barbara Marie Juskiewicz, Katie Panek, Bob Felschow, Justin Krzemien and Jacob Krzemien.


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