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OLAF FUB SEZ: A sentiment we share with singer-songwriter Jonathan Richman, born on this date in 1951, “I’m in love with the modern world.”


A CHANCE FOR FREE MONEY – You don’t have to pedal a bicycle to help Holiday Valley win a grant toward a mountain bike trail network – a simple tap of your index finger will do.

The Ellicottville resort is among four East Coast finalists competing in “Bell Built,” an online contest in which the winner will receive a $33,000 grant from Bell Helmets. The company already has awarded grants in the West Coast and central regions as part of its $100,000 giveaway.

The Western New York Mountain Biking Association is sponsoring the two-mile flow trail at Holiday Valley, which would run from the summit of the ski area to the lodge near Sky High Adventure Park. It would be the first phase of a larger program to develop more trails to complement the existing trail network in the adjacent state forest.

Richmond Regional Ride Center in Virginia is Holiday Valley’s chief competition, according to Jim Allen, president of the mountain biking association.

Voting ends Sunday, with the winner to be announced Monday. Vote at


SHOWING THE COLORS –The Buffalo & Erie County Naval and Military Park is looking for a few good veterans to hold the largest American flag to ever be on display in the 27-year history of Coca-Cola Field.

The 30-by-60-foot flag, which usually flies on Buffalo’s waterfront adjacent to the naval park, will be held by more than 100 military veterans, Sea Cadets and Civil Air Patrol members during an Armed Forces Day ceremony before Saturday’s Buffalo Bisons game.

The pregame ceremonies begin at 3:30 p.m., and veterans (uniforms are not necessary) are to report to the naval park’s command post inside the ballpark’s Washington Street gate by 3:15 and ask for Col. Bob Pecoraro.

FULL VOICE – The Buffalo Niagara Youth Chorus will present its 26th annual spring concert, “I Shall Keep Singing,” at 4 p.m. Sunday in Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1080 Main St.

The concert, which will include selections from the Concert Choir, Chamber Choir and the Pop, Broadway and Jazz Ensemble, will feature the local premiere of “Coo-Coo Bird” by Alice Parker, an arrangement of American folk songs commissioned by a consortium of 27 choruses.


BARGAINS PLUS – University United Methodist Church, 410 Minnesota Ave. at Bailey Avenue, will celebrate a Community Day on Saturday with an indoor garage sale and a free concert.

Admission is free for the garage sale from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Church Fellowship Hall. Offered will be kitchen items, small furniture, antiques, dolls, books and seasonal clothing. The church’s thrift store also will be open.

The concert, which begins at noon, features performances by In the House, Moore for God, Oneida Rosa, Definitely Dan, According to Paul, the Gathering Band and students of the Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts. For info, call 833-7562.

Also holding an indoor garage sale is Mary Queen of Angels Regional Catholic School, 170 Rosewood Terrace, off George Urban Boulevard, Cheektowaga. It takes place from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the school gym. For info, call 895-6280.

Meanwhile, the Elma Fire Auxiliary will sponsor a spring flea market with a penny sale auction from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the Elma Fire Company Social Hall, 2945 Bowen Road. Tables are $15. For reservations and info, call 863-8908.


NOT FORGOTTEN – Author Linda Jenkin Costanzo, of Clarence, will sign copies of her book, “Our Sons, Our Heroes – Memories Shared by America’s Gold Star Mothers from the Vietnam War,” on Armed Forces Day Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Bob’s Olde Books, 480 Center St., Lewiston.

Costanzo spent 13 years traveling throughout the country, interviewing mothers who lost sons in the war, six of them from Western New York. For info, call 861-9741 or 913-1579.


NATURE’S COLORS – The Hull Family Home and Farmstead, 5962 Genesee St., Lancaster, will hold a plant sale and art show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Artists who want to participate can rent a 10-by-10-foot table for $25. Email


SUMMER SIZZLERS – Matthew Glab Post 1477, American Legion, 1965 Abbott Road, Lackawanna, holds a summer grilling meat raffle Saturday evening. Doors open at 6. First spin is at 7. Admission is $5 and includes pizza, beer, pop and snacks. Presale tickets for a table of eight are $32 at the post. Call 823-4546 or 825-3733 for info.

Queen of Angels Church in Lackawanna is hosting an adults-only summer meat raffle Sunday in the Parish Center at Electric Avenue and Warsaw Street. Doors open at 1 p.m., raffle starts at 2. Admission is free. Pop and snacks will be served, food and beer will be available. Grand door prize is a gas grill.


LET’S EAT – North Tonawanda Meals on Wheels holds a hot dog sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Gander Mountain, 880 Young St., City of Tonawanda.

LaSalle Griffon Post 917, Veterans of Foreign Wars, 2435 Seneca St. at Hyde Park Boulevard, Niagara Falls, hosts a chicken and ribs barbecue dinner catered by BW from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. Chicken dinners are $10. A rack of ribs is $15.

The Shriners of Western New York will hold a chicken barbecue from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday in the Shrine Center, 1600 Southwestern Blvd., West Seneca. Dinners are $9 and include a two-pound half chicken, corn, salad and roll. For info, call 674-8666.

The Town of Hamburg Lions Club will hold its annual chicken barbecue from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday in the Hamburg Moose Lodge, 45 Church St. Dinners are $10 adults, $5 kids 10 and under. For tickets and info, call 725-1150.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Griffin McNamara, Thurman Thomas, Vicky Vullo, Barb Hales, Mary Krasonowski, Kris Minor, Chuck Barrett, Linda Zimpfer, Marsha Nowak, Marcy Buczkowski, Patricia Guadagna, Joelle Stanton and Olivia Orcholski.

SATURDAY – Ann Dubois, Kaitlynn Lehnortt, Michael Cassell, Dan Neaverth Jr., Sue Sarra, Aidan Edbauer, Craig Ehnes, John Fecio III, Judy Larsen, Martha Lombardo, Kandy Torado, Brenda Cohen, Bob Golombek, Keith Davies, Martin Zaretsky, Gene Allman, Rachel Whalen, Brian Panek, Sister Mary Henriella Kakol, Ruth Cullen, Paul Roetzer and Albert Puma

AND SUNDAY – Kathleen O’Neill Cleary, Maryanne Long, Art Schumacher, Kelly Gruber, Denise Fitzpatrick, Linda Trotta, Dale Brucz, Jackie Rasulo, Kelly Panek, Shawn McCabe, Suzanne Christ, Rachel Shoemaker and Judy Gangloff.


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