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OLAF FUB SEZ: Advice from the late, great Judy Garland, born Frances Ethel Gumm on this date in 1922, “Be a first-rate version of yourself, not a second-rate version of someone else.”


SAVING GRACE – A tour of the former Eggert Road School, later the Cantalician Center for Learning, at 1350 Eggert Road, Eggertsville, will be hosted by Thomas Fox, project manager for Ellicott Development Co., at 5 p.m. Thursday before construction begins there to turn it into a mixed office and apartment building.

Of special interest are the tiles around the front entrance to the building, which were made by Eggert Road School students around 1980. Amherst Deputy Supervisor Guy Marlette is photographing and documenting the tiles.

Marlette also is looking into having the tiles removed and given to the Eggertsville Community Organization for preservation. The tile project will be discussed at the Eggertsville Community Organization’s meeting at 7 tonight in St. Paul’s Church, 4007 Main St., Eggertsville.


TAKE YOUR CHOICE – You can walk, run or ride a bicycle in the first Safety Village Dash-N-Bash Saturday sponsored by the Chautauqua Children’s Safety Education Village, 2695 Route 394, Ashville.

Choices include 27-mile and 42-mile bike routes around Chautauqua Lake, starting at 8:30 a.m.; a 5-kilometer walk or run into Ashville and back to the Safety Village at 9 and a 1-kilometer walk around the Safety Village at 11.

A $1,000 prize will be given to the community group or organization that registers the most participants. Those who are unable to participate and want to help their team can make a donation under the team name. Every $50 in donations adds a participant to the total count.

The bash will include carnival games, food, a bounce house, train rides, face-painting, live music from the band Symba and deejay music by Kevin Luce of Eternal Nyghts. For info, call Terri Kindberg at 499-8138 or visit


NATURAL BOUNTY – An expanded snack trail and more menu items will be featured as the Friends of Reinstein Woods hosts a Meander in the Woods from 12:30 to 4 p.m. Saturday in Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve, 93 Honorine Drive off Como Park Boulevard, Depew.

The snack trail features food items made with ingredients that grow wild in the woods, such as mushrooms and grapes. Dan Laboski will provide live folk and Americana music. Tickets are $30 in advance. Call 683-5959 or visit


CALL OF THE WILD – The deadline is June 30 for entries in the Jamestown Audubon Society’s sixth annual Nature Photography Contest. Cash prizes of $100 each will be given in three categories – landscapes, plants and wildlife; and in two age categories – 8 to 18 or still in high school and adults 18 and older or out of high school.

Winners last year came from as far away as Michigan and Georgia. Each entry is $10, and there is no limit on the number of entries per photographer. For info and to see winners from previous contests, visit


RUNNING LEGACY – Applications are still being accepted for the second annual Love Everybody 5K Run and Fun Walk at 6 p.m. Saturday at Northwood Elementary School, 250 Northwood Ave., West Seneca. The event is dedicated to the memory of Devin Miller, a sixth-grader at the school and avid runner who lost his life in December 2012 after he was struck by a car.

Entry fee is $20 for the run, $10 for students 18 and under, and $10 for the walk. Pre-race activities begin at 4:30.

There also will be a kiddie 50-yard dash, pie-eating contest, post-race party and a Krolick’s chicken barbecue.

Proceeds will benefit Kadien’s Kisses, Smiling Through Tears Bereavement Camp and the Devin Miller Scholarship Fund.


NEW WHEELS – Bornhava, the preschool and support program in Snyder for children under 5 with developmental disabilities, is holding another fundraising raffle with a big prize, the choice of a new 2014 Ford Focus, Chevy Cruze, Toyota Corolla, Nissan Sentra, Subaru Impreza or Honda Civic. Or, if the winner chooses, $12,000 in cash or a credit of $17,500 toward any other vehicle sold by West Herr dealerships.

The drawing will be held Sept. 27 in conjunction with an open house at Bornhava’s headquarters, 25 Chateau Terrace. Tickets are $20 each or three for $50. Second prize is $500 cash. Ten third-prize winners will get $100 gas cards.

To purchase tickets and check on the raffle rules, visit or call 839-1655.

Proceeds will benefit field trips and other programs for Bornhava students.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Shawntae R. Crews, Phil Rumore, Amy Vigneron, Ryan Glendenning, Lois Urbanski, Sue Danzer, Matt Williams, Gerard Ruszczyk, Lily Nawotka, Kara Denecke McGuire, Harriette Dobierz, Jennifer Patterson, Mandy Schlegel, Catherine Innes, Daina Twillte, Kevin Lombardo and John Radder.


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