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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to financial writer Jane Bryant Quinn, born in Niagara Falls on this date in 1939, “The rule on staying alive as a forecaster is to give ’em a number or give ’em a date, but never give ’em both at once.”


PASTA PATROL – The folks at Sikora Post 1322, American Legion, 950 Payne Ave., North Tonawanda, are hosting another spaghetti dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday.

Dinners are $6 and include spaghetti, meatballs, salad, beverage, and bread and butter. For an extra $1.50, there’s a choice of homemade desserts.


HERE’S THE BEEF – The Ladies Guild of St. Gabriel Catholic Church will hold a meat raffle from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Friday in the Parish Center, 5271 Clinton St., Elma. Admission is $5 for all ages and includes pop and snacks. Beer is available for those 21 and over. There also will be small appliance and gift certificate raffles. Raffle tickets are $10 for 25.


PRINT OUT – The Ken-Ton Closet, which provides free school supplies, toiletries and clothing to children in need in Kenmore and the Town of Tonawanda, is hosting an ink cartridge recycling drive through Saturday in the showroom of USitek Group, across from Pep Boys at 1016 Niagara Falls Blvd., Town of Tonawanda.

All major printer cartridges are accepted. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. For info, call 218-9589 or email


NEW FRIENDS – For Valentine season, the SPCA Serving Erie County is offering an Embraceable You adoption special from now through Feb. 15. All puppies, kittens, dogs and cats 5 months old and older can be taken home for half the usual adoption fee.

The adoption special is available at the SPCA’s shelter at 205 Ensminger Road, Town of Tonawanda; the adoption sites in Walden Galleria and Eastern Hills Mall; and other SPCA animal locations, except Tabby Town in McKinley Mall.

All types of other animals of any age also are available for 50 percent off. A $30 administrative fee still applies. Photos of adoptable animals can be seen at Info also is available by calling 629-3507.


GREEN EGGS AND HAM – Youngsters can meet and get their pictures taken with the Cat in the Hat, Horton, the Bird Girls, the Whos and other Dr. Seuss characters at a meet-and-greet session from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Saturday prior to the 2 p.m. matinee of “Seussical, the Musical,” presented by students in Williamsville East High School, 151 Paradise Road, East Amherst.

There also will be face-painting, a snack and Seuss-inspired games. Admission is $2, and attendance is limited. Meet-and-greet tickets can be purchased along with performance tickets, which are $10. Any leftover tickets will be sold at the door at 12:15 p.m. Saturday.

The show will be at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday. Tickets can be bought at the school from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays, an hour before the performances or by calling 626-8425.


LIVING SPIRIT – The Alix Rice Peace Park Foundation, which is working to build a skate park in the memory of the Amherst teen who lost her life in 2011 when struck by a drunken driver, will hold its biggest fundraiser to date from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday in the Main-Transit Fire Hall, 6777 Main St., Amherst.

Tickets are $20, and there will be music, door prizes, auctions, raffles, pizza, pop and appearances by Buffalo Sabres alumni. For tickets, donations and info, visit or call 514-6148.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Larry Silver, Lynn Dearmyer, Brian Moorman, Amilcar Hill, Jean Sweeney, Joe Buran, Mary Ann Kisiel, Chris Jamele, Lou Ann Zieziula, Mary Ann Notaro, Jim Caputo, Sue Hooley, Judy Jones, Sam Mooradian, John Tompkins, Carolyn Doody, Stephanie Fiorentino, Larry Philipps, Caitlyn Roesch, Barbara Occhino, Norm Zacharyasz, Jim Pietraszek and Gerry Pietraszek.

AND THURSDAY – Thomas Edward Smith, Jesse Sperry, Mark Supples, Neal Radice, Mary Joan Hannah, Andy Sickau, Monica Vaccaro and Carolyn Sember.


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