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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to actor and comedian George Gobel, born on this date in 1919, “If you build a better mousetrap, you will catch better mice.”


CLICK IT – Win a trip for four to Fern Resort in Orillia, Ont., north of Toronto, or other prizes, by promising to do something you ought to be doing anyway. That’s the premise behind the William Mattar Buckle Your Belt Program, which runs through Saturday.

Visit the personal injury attorney’s website at, click on “Community” and sign the Buckle Your Belt pledge, guaranteeing that you’ll fasten your seat belt all the time when you’re traveling in a motor vehicle. Winners will be announced May 28.


CIRCLE GAMES – Proof that hula hoops are fashionable again will be seen at the first-ever Hoopathon of Buffalo from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday in the Social Hall of the Student Union at SUNY Buffalo State, 1300 Elmwood Ave.

In addition to showing that fitness activity can be fun, the Hoopathon will feature hoop games, challenges, including an endurance contest, and prizes. There also will be performances by the Buffalo Contact Improvisational Troupe, Dynamic Drum Arts of WNY, the MROS Jazz Ensemble and the area’s leading hula hoop dancers.

Registration is $20 for adults, $10 for kids. Proceeds benefit Roswell Park Cancer Institute, the Wellness Institute and the Buffalo schools. To sign up in advance, visit


EXTRA HELPING – North Tonawanda Meals on Wheels announces that it is now serving the four-legged companions of its homebound clients in North Tonawanda and the City of Tonawanda.

A week’s supply of dry dog or cat food, provided by Donner Creek Veterinarian Clinic in Lockport, is being delivered every Friday when volunteers drop by with hot or cold meals for their recipients. For info or to volunteer, call 693-1663 or visit the revised website at


MIDWEEK MENU – Crittenden Presbyterian Church, 3320 Crittenden Road, Alden, is hosting an all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner and bake sale from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday. Dinners, which include chef salad, Italian bread, beverage and dessert, are $7.50 for adults, $3.50 for kids 6 to 12 and free for youngsters 5 and younger.

Holy Mother of the Rosary Cathedral, 6298 Broadway, Lancaster, is sponsoring a BW’s chicken barbecue from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday. Dinners are $9.50, takeout only, and include potato, vegetable, roll and dessert. Proceeds benefit Roswell Park Cancer Institute.


MORE REUNIONS – Class officers of the Class of 2004 at Niagara Falls High School are creating a picture slideshow for the 10-year reunion June 19 and need more pictures from 2000 to 2004, especially of sports teams, social groups, clubs and school trips. Pictures should be scanned and emailed to Deadline for sending them is June 12. For info about the reunion, visit the class Facebook page.

The Class of 1950 from Buffalo’s Burgard High School is holding its 15th annual reunion at 1 p.m. Sept. 13 in the Columns Banquet Hall, 2221 Transit Road, Elma. All former students and teachers are invited, as well as anyone associated with the school. Cost is $30. For info, call Dave Lata at 651-0562, Dick Thuman at 694-0597 or Dan Conner at 634-4378.

The West Seneca West High School Alumni Committee is holding a reunion picnic Aug. 27 for all classes up to and including 1963. For info, call Richard Kingsbury at 941-5073 or Phyllis Gossel at 674-9171.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Mike Dickinson, Jen Sweeney, Andy Janes Sweeney, Diana Notaro, Adam Pyszczynski, Don Boswell, Milt Kalnitz, Samantha Kalnitz, Erma Nowak, Sydney Hart, Richard Kelley, Sara Lesswing, Logan Hedges, Cameron Schlegel, Chrissy Bain, Stan Buczkowski, Sister Mary Albertine Stachowski, Sister Mercy Assurukudiyil, Sister Denise Marie Jaworski, Fred E. Gatlin Sr., George E. Stokes and Brant Hodgson.


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