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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to actress and best-selling author Joan Collins, born on this date in 1933, “The problem with beauty is that it’s like being born rich and getting poorer.”


HAND IN HAND – Build Handmade Buffalo, which is dedicated to handmade objects, will help out two handcraft projects for young people with a fundraising effort Saturday morning.

The group will ride a handmade tandem bicycle towing a handmade canoe filled with handmade ceramic mugs to the Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers’ Market. The mugs will be given in exchange for donations and then can be taken to Caffe Aroma nearby for a free cup of coffee.

Proceeds will benefit programs at GO Bike Buffalo and the Buffalo Maritime Center, which are teaching youngsters how to build bicycles and boats. For info, visit the BHBProject page on Facebook.


ALL’S FAIR – Various attractions are planned as the Wilson Historical Society holds its 42nd annual Memorial Day Fair from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday on the museum grounds, 645 Lake St. (Route 425).

Featured will be a flea market with more than 250 vendors, live music by the Bar Room Buzzards and a special antique and collectible car show, with dash plaques for participants. The American Legion will hold a flag-raising ceremony at noon.

Food includes a Chiavetta’s chicken barbecue, which starts at 10:30 a.m.; hot dogs, hamburgers, funnel cakes, homemade pies, lemonade, coffee and doughnuts. There will be free parking at the museum, which will be open for the day, along with the Caboose, the Fittro Shop, the One Room Schoolhouse and the Tugwell Cabin.


FINAL TRIBUTE – Hamburg Moose Lodge 992, 45 Church St., will hold its 24th annual Memorial Day flag-burning ceremony at noon Monday, providing a proper disposal for old and tattered American flags. The ceremony will include a color guard and will be followed by hot dogs and beverages.


CALLING KOREA VETS – The Korean War Veterans of Western New York, Chapter 63, is holding an open house for potential new members at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Milton J. Brounshidle Post 721, American Legion, 3354 Delaware Ave., Town of Tonawanda.

Veterans who served during the Korean War, but were stationed elsewhere, may be eligible for membership and are encouraged to attend. Light refreshments will be served. For info, call Norman Lipkus at 835-3522.


GARDEN ART – A demonstration of garden art will be featured at the meeting of the Twin Village Art Society at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the second-floor meeting room of the Lancaster Municipal Building, Broadway and Central Avenue.

Annie Brierely and Sheila Summers, proprietors of Steps & Stones, will show how they create stepping stones, garden paths and garden trough pieces. All are welcome. Refreshments will be served. Call Chip Blenk at 207-7350.


MORE REUNIONS – Members of the Class of 1974 at Bishop Turner High School will hold a planning meeting for their 40th reunion at 7:30 p.m. June 4 in Santora’s, 3440 Transit Road, West Seneca. The reunion will take place Aug. 23 in Elma Meadows Park. For info, call Joe Wasik at 668-5597 or email

Reservations are needed by June 15 for the 50th reunion and picnic of the West Seneca High School Class of 1964, which will be held July 26 in Chestnut Ridge Park. Cost is $25. For info, call Carole Lynn Oyler at 491-0593.

Deadline is June 21 for tickets for the School 87-Clinton Junior High Alumni Committee’s ninth annual reunion picnic from 1 to 7 p.m. June 28 in Martin Luther King Park. No tickets will be sold at the park. For info, call 854-4032, 838-1628 or 832-5007.

The Class of 1974 from Cheektowaga’s Cleveland Hill High School will hold its 40th reunion at 7 p.m. July 19 in Loughran’s Bar and Restaurant, 4543 Main St., Snyder. For info, visit the school website at


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Scott John Gales, Allison Rapp, Pam Stromecki, Robbie Ortt, Charity Vogel, Brian Kempf, Marceann Ruettimann, William Dunn, Joseph Tapia, David Kester, Norbert Meyer, Elysia Rousseau, Jeanne Cummings, Bob Eimiller, Kathy Buran, Bob Hoerner, Dennis Maciejewski, Lynn Gott and Michael Lempko.

SATURDAY – Erica Stoeckl, Jeff Rapini, Ruthie Mae Hollis, Marvin Askew, Marty Biniasz, Diane Bialota, Sister Jean Klimczak, Nancy Millar, Lois Snyder, Jazi Adams, Jeff Didion, Fred Roy, Karen Sieracki, Daniel Griffin, Liz Lockwood, Mary Jane Mescall, Patti Vaccaro, Lisa Alagna, Rob Knopf, Jason Steinberg, Ken Kowal and Debbie Mason.

AND SUNDAY – Patricia Gelman, George Maziarz, Nancy Russell, April Jones, Amber Dixon, Andrea Benkovich, Jill Krzemien, Olivia Oliver, Mark Dunn, Liz Carone, Regina Bozeman, Navaeh Phillips, Gary Purdue, Tina Alagna, Diane Sopicki, Greg Chilcott, Rev. Leon J. Biernat, Kristin Wach, Father Raymond Uschold and Ricky Pirritano.


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