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OLAF FUB SEZ: Advice from legendary abolitionist John Brown, born on this date in 1800, “Be mild with the mild, shrewd with the crafty, confiding to the honest, rough to the ruffian, and a thunderbolt to the liar. But in all this, never be unmindful of your own dignity.”


Dear Mom

It has been a long time

since we’ve been able to chat.

I will do all the talking,

you’ll be all right with that.

Seems like just yesterday

you were dressing me for school,

Sending me out to the bus,

teaching me the Golden Rule.

You came out to support

all the sports I would play.

No matter what the outcome,

it made me feel okay.

Many different events came your way

during the time frame of your life.

The most important thing to us,

you were our Mom, and also a wife.

I wish that I could whisper

Happy Mother’s Day in your ear.

It won’t be necessary,

I think about you every day of the year.

My life has become enriched,

you taught me to be glad.

Now that you are in Heaven,

you’ll be able to say hello to Dad.

Love, your son.

– Nelson R. Locher


OLDEN TIMES – Waterfront Memories and More, 41 Hamburg St. in the Old First Ward, opens a new display Saturday featuring the “Beachers,” people who lived in the Times Beach area about 100 years ago. From noon to 2 p.m., members of the Bouquard family will be on hand to discuss their business, Bouquard’s Boat Livery, which started in 1907. Pictures and stories are welcome.


GOOD READS – The North Tonawanda History Museum, 54 Webster St., has amassed more than 70,000 books for its Spring Used Book Sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Books are 50 cents for paperbacks, three for $1, and $1 for hard- covers, three for $2.

Book lovers also can buy a bag from the museum for $5 and fill it with as many books as they can fit. If they won’t all fit, you can always buy another bag. The record for bag purchases is 18 by one customer in 2011. The museum will hold additional book sales Aug. 2 and Oct. 4.


BARGAIN TIME – Kenmore Presbyterian Church, 2771 Delaware Ave., is holding its annual spring rummage sale this weekend. Admission is $1 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. today and $2 from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday.


LET DAD COOK – Blessed Sacrament Church, 263 Claremont Ave., Town of Tonawanda, is holding what they’re calling “The Mother of All Meat Raffles” on the evening before Mother’s Day.

Doors open at 5 p.m. Saturday. The wheel starts spinning at about 6 for winning steaks, burgers, chicken and grilling favorites. Drawings also will be held for a gas grill, smoker, freezer and theme coolers. Admission is $5 and includes a roast beef sandwich, snacks, beer and pop.


HERE’S THE BEEF – West Seneca Post 8113, Veterans of Foreign Wars, 299 Leydecker Road, is hosting a steak roast from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday. Dinners are $15 and include a charcoal-grilled one-pound porterhouse steak, salad, potatoes, roll and coffee.


HAPPY DAYS – Customers are walking away with smiles this weekend at Tim Hortons Cafe & Bake Shop sites in Western New York. Tim’s began its ninth annual Smile Cookie fundraiser Wednesday, with proceeds benefiting the John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital capital campaign.

While supplies last, special chocolate chip cookies with smiley faces made of frosting will be available for $1 plus tax. But don’t wait too long to buy them. They’re usually all gone in about five days, raising about $70,000 for the hospital.


PASS IT ON – Pssst! The mass mob is afoot again this weekend. This time they’ll gather to say a Mass Mob Rosary at 10 a.m. Saturday at Broadway and Emslie Street. For info, call 632-8748.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Janna Willoughby, Howard Zemsky, Pam Rosen, Clint Holmes, Halyna Wiszka, Marian McGowan, Missy McGowan, Justin Huller, Florence “Fritz” Pardi, Candace Kaminski, Jesse Hughes, Angela Pennick and Ryleigh Kelly Meegan.

SATURDAY – Dolores McCarthy, Artie Kwitchoff, Ron Rice, Amanda Ann Burns, Matt Tuiasosopo, Art Bean, Al Bean, Thomas Wieczorek, John Billittier Jr., Victor Carbone, Lawrence Wilke, Ryan Myers, Mary Lou Friedman, Megan Makowski, Marion Rupp, Roberta Penkalski, Gavin Snyder and Renee Abbott.

AND SUNDAY – Ludwig Zanner, Anita L. Hines, Karen Alfasso, Jennifer Domagalski, Dennis Maloney, Dan Neaverth, Marie Menza, Bob Erker, Connor Halt, Matthew Pankiewicz, Philip Kuminski, Jennifer Pici, Jim Kasperek, David Recktenwalt, Carolyn Vogt, Spencer Lee Vogt, Monsignor Bill Gallagher, Bruce Blackwell, Terry Daniels and Deaglan Cuinn Carney.


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