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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to comedian and actor Marty Feldman, born on this date in 1934, “The pen is mightier than the sword, and considerably easier to write with.”


COMING ATTRACTION – The Western New York Land Conservancy will host a private tour from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday of the future Stella Niagara Preserve on Lower River Road along the Niagara River in Lewiston.

The 29-acre site has a quarter-mile of shoreline and is the largest remaining undeveloped private property along the river. The Land Conservancy has raised $2.3 million of the $3.2 million needed to purchase the site from the Sisters of St. Francis, who have owned it since 1907.

Those who take the tour will learn about the property’s War of 1812 history, see its historic chapel and “sgraffito” murals, and meet the Sisters of St. Francis. Refreshments will be provided. Tickets for the tour are $100. For info or to donate to the Stella Niagara Preserve, call 687-1225 or visit


HELPING OUT – Dunkin’ Donuts is supporting the efforts to cure muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases by collecting donations for the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s “Make a Muscle, Make a Difference” campaign now through Sunday in its Buffalo-area shops.

Customers donating $1 or more will receive a paper MDA logo doughnut, which cany be displayed with their name on it on the shop’s wall. Contributions also will support local MDA programs.


RETURN VISIT – His appearance Aug. 10 in the Chautauqua Suites Hotel & Expo Center, 215 W. Lake Road, Mayville, won’t be the first time that television host Phil Donahue has helped raise funds for the Robert H. Jackson Center in Jamestown.

Donahue came to the Jackson Center’s auditorium in August 2006 to talk about his taped interview with Albert Speer, the last surviving Nazi official tried by Jackson, the U.S. Supreme Court justice who was chief American prosecutor in the Nuremberg war crimes trials.

Details of Donahue’s visit are available by calling 483-6466 or visiting the website at Tickets are limited.


TIME OF NEED – Awaiting multiple organ transplants is Karl Hallmark of Elma, who has lived with Type 1 diabetes since he was 9. Nevertheless, he went on to graduate from Bishop Timon High School in 1980 and have a 23-year career in banking, first with KeyBank, then with M&T Bank, until 2011.

Currently, he’s on the Cleveland Clinic’s transplant list for a new pancreas and kidneys. Friends and family are hosting a benefit to help with his expenses from 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday in Iron Workers Hall, 196 Orchard Park Road, West Seneca.

Tickets are $20 and include food, draft beer and live music. There also will be auctions and raffles. For tickets, donations and info, call 876-1236 or 984-7841, or visit Karl’s Road to Transplant Benefit on Facebook.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Margarita Frankhauser, Cindy Darone, Maryalice Demler, Rodney Appleby, Kilissa Cissoko, Sarah Guitart, Suzanne Taylor, Marty Fox, Chumley St. John, Phyllis Evers, Victoria Schaller, Barbara McKenna, Grace Rizzo, Eleanor Was, Tim McCarthy, Kevin Kilmurray, Caleb Dabrowski, Sheila Gervase-Cain, Kathleen Gielow and Sandy Swayne.


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