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OLAF FUB SEZ: It was legendary football coach John Heisman, born on this date in 1869, who first advised, “When in doubt, punt.”


CAMERA READY – Want to take photos and short video clips of adorable pups and kitties? The SPCA Serving Erie County needs volunteers to make some for its website,

“Showing animals in their best light has a great deal to do with [them] finding new homes,” says SPCA public relations director Gina Browning. “It has everything to do with improved perceptions of the animals, seeing photos and videos of them in non-stressful settings rather than behind cage bars.”

In addition to a love for animals, video volunteers should have an HD video camera and basic editing skills. Photography volunteers need a digital camera. Both jobs require a home computer with Internet access and basic knowledge of Internet posting. For info, call Cathi Rugg at 435-8227.


FRIENDLY GHOSTS – Safe and gently spooky, that’s the annual Halloween Trick-or-Treat event Friday and Saturday evenings at Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village, formerly the Amherst Museum, at 3755 Tonawanda Creek Road, Amherst.

Created for youngsters ages 3 to 12, it takes place in 10 decorated historic buildings. Participants will receive trick-or-treat bags, treats at each building, plus refreshments and snacks. Children should wear costumes appropriate for the outdoors and each family should bring a flashlight.

Groups of trick-or-treaters will set out on the trail every 15 minutes between 5 and 7:30 p.m. Friday and from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $8 per child, $5 per adult. Adult museum members are free. For info and registration, visit


FACE THE MUSIC – Rare Vintage will provide the music as Holy Mother of the Rosary Cathedral holds a Harvest Dance from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday in the Parish Center, 6298 Broadway, Lancaster. Tickets are $12. Cheese trays, wrap trays and snacks are included, and there will be a cash bar. For tickets, call John Jankowski at 684-2578 or the parish office at 685-5766.

Extending Sweetest Day for an extra week is Lt. Col. Matt Urban Post 7275, Veterans of Foreign Wars, which will host a Sweetest Day Dance from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday at the post at 3741 Walden Ave., Lancaster. Providing oldies music will be Crash Cadillac. Tickets are $8 advance, $10 at the door.


LET’S DO THE TIME WARP – The Riviera Theatre, 67 Webster St., North Tonawanda, warms up for Halloween with a pair of ghoulish events this weekend.

The Rocky Horror Picture Party, which begins at 10 p.m. Friday, includes dancing, a deejay, a costume contest and a cash bar, along with performances by the impertinent ladies of Eye Candy Burlesque and the impersonating “ladies” of Club Marcella. The movie screens at midnight. Tickets are $17 advance, $20 day of show, $5 for the movie only.

Saturday features “An Afternoon with Eddie Munster,” with Butch Patrick, who played Eddie on “The Munsters” TV series. He will speak at 1 p.m., followed by the movie “Munster Go Home” at 2. He will greet fans following the movie. Tickets are $10. All proceeds from raffles will benefit Sweeney Hose Company 7.

For info and tickets, call 692-2413 during business hour or visit


SOUTHERN EXPOSURE – Civil War expert Stephen Davis, author of “What the Yankees Did to Us: Sherman’s Bombardment and Wrecking of Atlanta,” will speak at the meeting of the Buffalo Civil War Roundtable, Benedict R. Maryniak Chapter, at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Gateway Executive Center, 3556 Lake Shore Blvd., Blasdell. Admission is $5 for non-members.

Davis also will appear from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday in Echoes Through Time Learning Center & Civil War Museum near the J.C. Penney store in the Eastern Hills Mall, Clarence, to sign copies of his book. Admission to the museum is free.


WORDS OF WISDOM – Actor Frank Runyeon, acclaimed as a translator and performer of Biblical texts, will perform “Sermon on the Mount” at 7 p.m. Thursday in Annunciation Church, 7580 Clinton St., Elma. A conversation with Runyeon will follow. It’s free and open to the public. A good-will offering will be taken.


QUARTER CENTURY – Celebrating its silver anniversary with a party from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday is Amberleigh Retirement Community, 2330 Maple Road, Amherst. Champagne and refreshments will be served. Amherst Supervisor Dr. Barry Weinstein and Assemblyman Ray Walters will read proclamations. All are invited. To RSVP, call 689-4195.


FRIDAY’S CATCH – Only 100 BW’s fish fry meals will be available as Ten Lives Club cat rescue and adoption group holds its annual Halloween fish fry from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Knights of Columbus Hall, 36 Pierce Ave., Hamburg. Dinners are $10. Chicken finger dinners also will be available.

There will be auctions, raffles, crafts for sale and prizes for best children’s and adult costumes. Small pumpkins will be given to the first 25 who arrive in costume. Black and orange adult cats will be available for adoption to approved homes for only $10. For info and to pre-order dinners, call 646-5577.


PICK A HORSE – Union Fire Company, 2055 Union Road, West Seneca, will host a Night at the Races Saturday evening. Doors open at 6:30. Cost is $8 and includes food and refreshments. Those attending must be 18 to win.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Michele L. Jones Pace, Thomas Farry, Andrei Reinhorn, Rev. Darius Pridgen, Beverly Vidler, Mary Healy, Pattie Mazur, David Troutman, Ruth Bernhardt, Stephanie Young, Zack Connors, Bob Schafer Sr., Abigail Cutrona, Sara Woeffle Marsowicz, Adam Sabadasz, Lucille Bogold, Toma Pawlak, Nancy Gier, Kathryn Michalek and Raymond Mocarski.

AND THURSDAY – Carol Feind, Margaret C. Caldwell, Carl Austin, Nancy Nathan, Mike Beato, Doris O’Connor, Rich Holstein, Joe Weiss, Becca Pringle, Danny James Robinson, Brianna Zanelotti, Joan Foran, Brandon Brzozwski and Donna Golden.


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