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‘Bald for Bucks’ buddies

A little Buffalove went out this week to friends Kamryn Renfro, 9, and Delaney Clements, 11, of Grand Junction, Colo.

The girls made national news in March when Kamryn was briefly kicked out of school for shaving her head in support of Delaney, who is battling cancer and lost her hair due to chemotherapy treatments.

Caprock Academy officials initially told Kamryn to go home because her shaved her head violated the school’s dress code, then relented and made an exception to the policy.

The story struck a chord in Western New York, especially with Anthony George, a Lake Shore High School teacher and founder of Goin’ Bald for Bucks, a unique fundraiser coordinated with Roswell Park Cancer Institute to support cancer patients and benefit cancer research.

George recently wrote a letter to Kamryn and Delaney, extending well wishes from 1,600 miles away.

George launched Goin’ Bald for Bucks in 2002 by shaving his head as a show of solidarity for his sister, who was being treated for cancer.

“Today thousands of students and adults in our community shave their heads in the fight against cancer, and we are all out there standing beside you,” George wrote to the girls, who will also get “Goin’ Bald for Bucks” t-shirts and water bottles.

Togas optional

Hundreds of University at Buffalo students Sunday will deign to dine like Julius Caesar when UB’s department of classics and its campus and dining shops host “Eat Like a Roman.”

No word on whether a genuine Caesar salad will be featured on the menu. Probably not, since it’s a 20th century invention. Instead, organizers have planned an authentic experience for their patrons that goes even beyond the cuisine and extends to the other trappings aimed at enhancing the dining experience. For this event, the dining center in the Crossroads Culinary Center will be transformed in a way as to make the guests feel like they’ve actually stepped back into ancient Rome.

Roman music will set the mood as diners are greeted by Latin-speaking, toga-clad students from UB’s classics department. The main attraction will be the sumptuous feast, including cinnamon lamb soup, carrots and parsnips with cumin and honey glaze, as well as Cato the Elder’s cheesecake.

Really whets the appetite, eh?

“Eat Like a Roman” will be held from 5 to 8:30 p.m. in the culinary center of the Red Jacket Quad, Ellicott Complex, UB North Campus.

No tacos for Putin

Speaking of putting on the ol’ feedbag – or fine dining, if you insist: Mighty Taco has banned Russian President Vladimir Putin from the premises of restaurants in Buffalo, Kenmore and Cheektowaga.

A couple of days after April Fools’ Day, a local public relations firm issued a press release announcing the ban as a result of the Russian leader’s incursion into Crimea.

“You may be ordering around the Crimea, but you won’t be ordering a Super Mighty around here anytime soon,” the release quotes an unidentified spokesman as saying – ostensibly – to Putin.

Guess that will teach him.

Cuomo lauds Letterman

After comedian David Letterman announced his impending departure from late-night TV on Thursday, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo took a page from Letterman’s book and came up with his own top 10 reasons why the Indiana native is now a New York legend.

Coming in at No. 10, Letterman has spent more time in the Ed Sullivan Theater than Ed Sullivan and the Beatles combined. At No.7, he helped New York heal by being the first late-night talk show host to come back on the air after the tragedy of Sept. 11, 2001. At No. 4, he boosted the local economy by turning the Hello Deli into one of the most famous in the world. And coming in at No. 1, Letterman was the inspiration for the first top 10 list ever by a New York State governor.

Off Main Street is written by Harold McNeil, with contributions by Jay Tokasz. email:

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