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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to the first female member of Congress, Jeannette Rankin, born on this date in 1880, “You can no more win a war than you can win an earthquake.”


SAY CHEESE – Spend your lunch hour at Canalside at noon Friday and be immortalized as part of an aerial photograph. It’s organized by photographer Patty Watson of Patty’s People Pictures, who wants to round up a herd of folks to form the shape of a buffalo.

“We need at least 500 participants,” she says, “but we will be able to accommodate thousands in our human formation celebrating the pride we have for our city.”

Cost is $20 and includes a T-shirt, a Chiavetta’s barbecue lunch, live music from the classic rock group Heard of Buffalo and candid photo opportunities. Proceeds will benefit Stand4Heroes (the Bob Woodruff Foundation) and WNY Heroes. To register online, visit

Buffalo’s fireboat, the Edward M. Cotter, will give a demonstration, beginning at 11 a.m., which also is when on-site registration starts. Host for the affair will be 97 Rock’s Jickster, and it will be videotaped by WGRZ-TV for a future “This Is Home” promo video.


SIGN OF SUMMER – The first major Buffalo-area lawn fete of the season kicks off Thursday and continues through the weekend on the grounds of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church, 3148 Abbott Road, Orchard Park.

It opens with a 5K run and walk at 6 p.m., with registration starting at 4. Race day entry fees are $20 for runners, $15 for walkers and children under 14, and include beer, pop and food. The first 200 to sign up also get a T-shirt. The Willies will provide live music until closing time at 11.

Festivities resume with a fish fry from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday and music by Laughing Bandit until 11. Saturday’s Kids Day attractions open at 1 p.m., with a Polish dinner from 4 to 8, music by Black Widow and fireworks at 10.

Sunday sees a car show from 1 to 4 p.m., chicken barbecue from 1 to 6 and music by J.C. Thompson from 2 to 6. For info, visit and click on “events.”


SKY WARRIORS – Retired Air Force Col. Walter Gordon, former commander of the 914th Airlift Wing at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, will be guest speaker at the Newstead Historical Society’s monthly program at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Newstead Town Hall, 5 Clarence Center Road, Akron.

His topic will be “The Unsung Heroes of World War II: Curtiss-Wright P-40 and C-46,” two warplanes built in Buffalo. Admission is free. The public is welcome.


STARS AND STRIPES – People Inc. Holly Senior Living Apartments, 174 N. Main St., Angola, will host a flag dedication and open house from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday.

The program will begin with a flag dedication ceremony, followed by refreshments and tours. Those attending are welcome to bring tattered, torn or faded flags for proper disposal.

Guest speaker will be Angola Village Justice Dennis P. Glascott. For info, call 549-1606.


LOCAL COLOR – Buffalo-born writer Michael J. Maccalupo, now based in Wilmington, N.C., returns home to sign copies of his latest book, “The Allentown Murders,” which is set in Buffalo, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in Dog Ears Bookstore and Cafe, 688 Abbott Road. For more information, call 823-2665.


CATCH OF THE DAY – Diamonds in the Ruff Animal Rescue will host a Krolick’s fish fry from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday in the parking lot of Lockport Alliance Church, 555 Davison Road at East High Street.

Dinners are $11, drive-through only, and include two sides and a dessert. All proceeds help pay veterinarian costs for animals in need.


OLD COURSE – Turning back the clock for its annual golf tournament July 11 at Chautauqua Golf Club, 4731 West Lake Road, Chautauqua, is the Westfield Memorial Hospital Foundation.

In celebration of the golf course’s 100th anniversary this year, the foundation is awarding a prize for the golfer dressed in the best vintage golfing attire.

Fee is $155 and, in addition to golf and cart, includes lunch, snacks and beverages all day, clams, a cocktail reception and a prime rib dinner. Registration is at 10 a.m., lunch is at 11, and the shotgun start is at noon.

The field is limited to 144 golfers. Proceeds will be used to upgrade the hospital’s Emergency Department. For info and sponsorships, call Patty DiPalma at 793-2338.


LACE UP – The Northeast Kidney Foundation of Greater Buffalo will hold its Walk for Kidneys and Tim Oehmler Memorial 5K Run on Sunday morning in Delaware Park. Proceeds support free kidney screenings in the Buffalo area.

Run registration begins at 8, with the race at 9. Sign-up for the walk and skate event begins at 9:30, with the walk at 10:30. Free admission to the Buffalo Zoo will be provided after the walk.

There also will be children’s activities, entertainment, raffles and music from the Lower Town Trio.

For info, to register and to volunteer, call 512-7918 or visit


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Padraig Gales Flannery, Anne Sheehan Devlin, Tom Barone, Ryan Miller, Shawn Stepner, Dylan Wojciechowski, Chris Krzemien, Dean Millar, Molly Bauer, Diane Klajbor, Carrie Schuessler Carver, Brandon Pasniak, Peter J. Stelmach, Olivia Stuckel, Sophie Grzybek, Colten Kujawa, Pat Weisenburg, Kathy Szlachetka, Kara Graham and Richard Cisko.

AND THURSDAY – Cathy Kelley Dengler, Mike Gilbert, Shirley E. Lowe, Robert Gioia, Corey Rae Rodda, Kara Benkovich, Courtney O’Brien, Helen Grandy, Vickie Bieger, Patty Jakubowski, Bertha Nero, Nichole Becker, David E. Beyers, Steve Packard and Ann Marie Paul.


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