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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to English professor and “Elements of Style” author William Strunk Jr., born on this date in 1869, “It is worse to be irresolute than to be wrong.”


NEW NIGHT – The Wednesday Night Summer Concert Series moves to Thursday night this week in Buffalo River Fest Park, 249 Ohio St. Featured will be Bill LaRusch, who will perform songs from the 1950s to the present day from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m.

Admission is free. Food and refreshments will be sold in the park. Lawn chairs and blankets are welcome. Coolers are not allowed. Free parking is available in the Buffalo Creek Casino parking ramp and surrounding side streets. Due to construction on Ohio Street, go to the park via Moore Street, Chicago Street or Michigan Avenue.


WARM HEARTS – Putting the holiday spirit in the heat of summer is Assemblyman Ray Walter, R-Amherst, who has kicked off his third annual Christmas in July Toy Drive.

New, unwrapped toys can be dropped off through July 25 at several locations in the area, including Walter’s office at 5555 Main St., Williamsville, and Sweet Jenny’s Ice Cream at the Mill, 56 E. Spring St., Willliamsville, where the cowboy act Charlie and Checkers will entertain at a toy drop-off party at 6:30 p.m. July 15.

Toys will be donated to Women & Children’s Hospital, where they will be given to current patients, as well as children undergoing surgeries and other treatments throughout the year. For info or a donation pickup, call Walter’s office at 634-1895.


TEE IT UP – Bishop Timon-St. Jude High School will host its annual Green & Gold Golf Classic and Dinner July 21 at Brierwood Country Club, 5324 Rogers Road, Hamburg.

Registration begins at 11 a.m., followed by lunch at 11:30, a shotgun start at 1 p.m., open bar at 5:30 and dinner at 7. There will be contests of skill all day.

Individual fees are $150, which include complimentary registration bags, beverages, lunch, golf, cocktails and dinner. Dinner only is $50. Sponsorships also are available. Proceeds provide scholarships for boys who otherwise would not be able to attend the school. For info, email Michelle Patterson at


HAPPY RETURNS – Speaking of charity golf events, the second annual tournament in honor of Susan Cellino Haxton for multiple sclerosis research last week at Harvest Hill Golf Course in Cheektowaga raised $8,816, organizer Larry Haxton reports.


SELLING POINT – Applications are being accepted from vendors who would like to sell food and other items at the second annual Jefferson Avenue Arts Festival from noon to 6 p.m. Aug. 24.

The festival, which will be held on Jefferson between East Utica and East Ferry streets, also will feature choirs, dancers, musicians and poets. A few spots also are still available for performers. For info, call Malika Lee at 851-5145.


ERIN’S EMISSARIES – Organizers of the 33rd annual Buffalo Irish Festival from Aug. 22 to 24 at Canalside are looking for volunteer ambassadors. Ambassadors will guide visitors to the festival, answer questions and provide directions and other information.

Volunteers are needed at 4 p.m. Aug. 22 to assist with the kickoff parade. Shifts also are available from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 23 and 24. For info and to sign up, call 866-8002 or email For festival details, visit


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Tim Piskorz, Alex Viterna, Erin Haggerty, Joe Rooney, Lou Michel, Jeff Bender, Doris Wodzinski, Mary Bongiovanni, Mackenzie Bartus, Dennis Ratchuk, Al Zabawa, Christine Yaskow, Debbie Knauber, Brittany Loops, Laurie Hendrix, Judy Vangalio, Angeline Allen, Cathy Lempko and Rita Olson.


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