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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to cosmologist and Big Bang theory originator George Gamow, born Georgiy Antonovich Gamov on this date in 1904, “There was a young fellow from Trinity/ Who took the square root of infinity,/ But the number of digits/ Gave him the fidgets;/ He dropped math and took up divinity.”


LENTEN FARE – St. Andrew Church, 111 Crocker St., Sloan, will host a Krolick’s fish fry for Ash Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Parish Hall. Dinners are $10 presale, $10.50 at the door, and include fish or shrimp, French fries, coleslaw, macaroni salad, roll, beverage and dessert. For info, call 892-0425.

Father Nelson Baker Council, Knights of Columbus, 2838 South Park Ave., Lackawanna, kicks off its series of Lenten fish dinners from 4 to 8 p.m. Ash Wednesday. Breaded and beer-battered fish dinners are $11.95, broiled fish dinners are $12.95. Dinners will continue every Friday through Lent. Scallops, shrimp, roast beef and a children’s menu also are available.


FOUR-LEGGED FRIENDS – Educate A Bull, the animal rescue group that saves mostly bully breed dogs from shelters, holds its third annual St. Pitty’s Day Party fundraiser from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday in Thirsty Buffalo, 555 Elmwood Ave.

Tickets are $20 presale and include well drinks and draft beer. There also will be door prizes, auctions, raffles and a chance to win a Florida vacation. Proceeds will help provide food, medical care and behavioral training for the rescued dogs. For info and tickets, visit


TIME OF NEED – Sidetracked from a promising career is Kristina Lewis, daughter of Bob and Mary Beth Lewis of Elma. A graduate of Iroquois Central High School and Cortland State College, where she majored in communications and criminology, she was planning on graduate school when she was hospitalized in January 2013 with gastroenterology problems.

Returning to her parents’ home to recover, she suffered cardiac arrest, despite never having heart trouble. She went for an undetermined time without oxygen and suffered a traumatic brain injury. Now in a long-term care facility, relying on a breathing tube and feeding tube, she faces a lengthy recovery.

To help her family with expenses not covered by insurance, friends and family are holding a “Karing for Kristina” fundraiser from 1 to 7 p.m. Sunday in Ironworkers Hall, 196 Orchard Park Road, West Seneca. Tickets are $25 pre-sale, $30 at the door. Kids 12 and under are free. There will be beer, wine, pop, entertainment and children’s activities. For donations, tickets and info, call 652-9958 or 675-4052.


ONE LUMP OR TWO – Warm up for St. Patrick’s Day at the Hull House Irish Tea on Sunday. There will be seatings at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the Victorian house at 5962 Genesee St., Lancaster, next to the historic Hull House. Tickets are $20 adults, $10 children 6 to 10. For reservations, call 741-7032.


MAKEOVER FOR MARY – The Immaculate Conception statue at Broadway and Brownell Street, the site of the original St. John Kanty School in the heart of East Buffalo’s traditional Polonia neighborhood, has seen better days.

After determining that it was too deteriorated to repair, the church and the school’s Alumni Committee have launched The Mary Project to raise funds to replace it, spruce up the landscaping around it and add the cornerstone from the original school.

The Alumni Committee needs to raise $1,500 by April 15 so that the new statue can be ready in time for the special Alumni Mass on May 18. Donations are sought from school alumni, staff, priests and anyone else associated with the school.

For info on the project and how to donate, visit


SELL SOME STUFF – Vendors are invited to join in the 11th annual flea market April 26 at St. Stephens-Bethlehem United Church of Christ, 750 Wehrle Drive at Union Road, Amherst. To rent an eight-foot table for $15, call 632-4226 or 684-8731. Proceeds benefit the building renovation fund.


TASTE OF SUMMER – Just 155 days away is the 175th edition of the Erie County Fair, which opens Aug. 6 in Hamburg. Talking it up already is Marty Biniasz, manager of special events for the Erie County Agricultural Society, who has put together a multi-media presentation titled “175 Fairs of Tradition, Agriculture & Excitement,” featuring archival photos and video never seen before.

He plans to give his presentation for the next several months to community groups and organizations of all sizes and all ages. To schedule him, call the fair office at 649-3900 or email


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Susan Herrmann Shanks, Katie Shanks Kelly, Barry Weinstein, Kate Masiello, Rebecca Silverman, John Riordan, Pete Stelmach, Tyler Sasiadek, Jim Donathen, Florence Antkowiak, Sharon Genco, Ryan Michael Sobierajski and Donna Bohan.


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