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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to singer-songwriter Don Henley of the Eagles, born on this date in 1947, “You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave.”


CUT ABOVE THE REST – What Zippo is to cigarette lighters, W.R. Case & Sons Cutlery Co. is to handcrafted knives. Both are headquartered in Bradford, Pa.; both have unique characteristics that make them collectible; and both have been prized by soldiers in wars. Case has been a wholly owned subsidiary of Zippo since 1993.

Founded in Little Valley in 1889, Case will celebrate its 125th anniversary Wednesday with private ceremonies and an employee appreciation program in the Zippo/Case Museum on Zippo Drive off Route 219. The Case factory is undergoing a $10 million renovation that will be completed by the end of next year.


BACKYARD BLOOMS – In celebration of this weekend’s Buffalo Garden Walk, lecturer Bonnie G. Flickinger will expand her presentation of “Flowers and Plants in the Bible: Their Meaning and Symbolism” to include local blossoms when she gives a slide talk at 7 p.m. Thursday in Pilgrim-St. Luke’s United Church of Christ, 335 Richmond Ave. at West Utica Street.


OLD WORLD TREATS – St. Stephen Serbian Orthodox Church, 177 Weber Road at Abbott Road, Lackawanna, will host SerbFest 2014 from noon to midnight Saturday and noon to 10 p.m. Sunday. Attractions include a roast lamb and pig, right off the spit, along with other dinners; a huge variety of ethnic pastries, continuous music from three Serbian orchestras; and dancing under the tent. Admission is $1 for adults over 18.

Live music, dancing, food and ethnic entertainers also will be featured at the Ukrainian Heritage Festival at noon Sunday at Ukrainian Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, 200 Como Park Blvd., Cheektowaga. Admission is $1.


HEADLOCKS – Matches will be held outdoors, weather permitting, when Francis J. Donovan Post 1626, American Legion, 3210 Genesee St., Cheektowaga, hosts its next edition of Buffalo Championship Professional Wrestling on Saturday.

There also will be an outdoor barbecue. Doors open at 4 p.m. First match is at 4:45. For info, call Post Commander Nelson Oldfield at 634-6394.


ART AL FRESCO – More than 90 artists will display their work in tents this weekend along Glen Avenue between North Cayuga Road and Mill Street, Williamsville, for the fifth annual Glen Park Art Festival.

There also will be food vendors, kids activities and a live music and performance stage. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.


CLASSIC IRON – The Orchard Park Lions Club will hold its 20th annual Quaker Days Car and Motorcycle Show and Cruise from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday on North Buffalo Street in the Village of Orchard Park in conjunction with the Quaker Community Days celebration, which begins Thursday.

There will be 23 car and motorcycle classes and 108 awards. Car owners will register at Orchard Park High School and cruise to the show at 11 a.m. Car entry fees are $15 advance, $17 Saturday. For info, call Tony Zappia at 662-1806 evenings or Matt Schutt at 646-6162.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Todd Mattina, Adrian Figliotti, Diane Gardner, Willie Schoellkopf, Val Dunne, Barb Sokolowski, Ryan Ruettimann, Janet Cochran, Adam Simonson, Pam Bielanin, Mike Eagan, Bonnie Cichuniec, Arlene Magdziak, Arlene M. Kowal, Mary Ann Wieberg, Mary Dickey and Lucy Newark.


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