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OLAF FUB SEZ: A word to the wise from French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte, born on this date in 1769, “Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.”


PRICELESS – Bringing home a new four-legged friend will be easier than ever when the SPCA Serving Erie County holds a special promotion from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday in its shelter at 205 Ensminger Road, Town of Tonawanda.

Name Your Own Price adoptions allow patrons to set their own adoption fees for all SPCA animals, except for the exotics. There still will be a $30 administrative fee.

Name Your Own Price also will be in effect Sunday at the SPCA’s two mall adoption sites – from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Walden Galleria, Cheektowaga, and from noon to 5 p.m. in Eastern Hills Mall, Clarence.

Photos of all the adoptable animals and more info can be found at


FRESH AND FLUFFY – If your best animal friend is ready for a bath this weekend, the folks at Wynwood Kenmore, a Brookdale senior living community at 2971 Delaware Ave., Kenmore, are holding a charity dog wash from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Dog owners are welcome to bring their well-socialized, leashed pets for a bath for $5 per animal. All proceeds will benefit Buddy’s Second Chance Rescue, which will have some dogs on hand available for adoption.

Hot dogs and pop will be available for purchase. Nugget’s Healthy Eats also will have a booth selling its frozen yogurt and sorbet made especially for dogs. For info, call 874-3200.


HEART OF THE CITY – Explore Buffalo, which offers architectural and walking tours of our fair city, will give free mini-tours of Niagara Square on Saturday as part of its Cirque du Square program.

The tours will highlight the significance of the square in Joseph Ellicott’s 1804 radial street plan, the McKinley Monument in the center of the square and the buildings that surround it, notably City Hall.

Tours will begin on the hour from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. from the Explore Buffalo tent on the square. For info, call 245-3032.


FAST COMPANY – There will be curb-to-curb Corvettes on Old Falls Street in Niagara Falls from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday.

Approximately 200 of the iconic Chevrolet sports cars and other classic and custom vehicles will be on display along all three blocks of the street and adjoining streets for the 10th annual Caravan hosted by Corvettes of Buffalo.

Anyone who wants to enter their classic or custom vehicle, Corvette or other make, is welcome to register Saturday on Old Falls Street for $5 per car.

Admission is free. Vendors will offer food, beverages and other items in the Old Falls Street Middle Block.

Providing live music will be Jamie Holka from noon to 2 p.m. and the Boys of Summer from 3 to 7.


BARGAIN HUNT – The Blessed Virgin Sodality of Blessed Mother Teresa Parish will hold a rummage sale with $1 admission from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday in St. James Parish Hall, 500 Terrace Blvd., Depew.

After noon, admission is free for the bag sale, which goes until 1. Bags are $2 each. For info, call 668-5118.


WEEKEND MENU – The Western New York Railway Historical Society will host a Wendel’s chicken barbecue beginning at 11 a.m. Sunday at its Orchard Park Depot at the end of South Lincoln Street adjacent to the Orchard Park Library.

Dinners are $9, takeout only. Proceeds will benefit the restoration of the depot, which will be open for tours during the barbecue. For info, call 662-7002.

Meanwhile, St. Basil’s Ukrainian Catholic Church, 12 Embry Place off Walden Avenue, Lancaster, will hold a BW’s chicken and rib barbecue from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Dinners are $10 for chicken, $11 for ribs, and include red potatoes, green salad, dessert and a beverage. For info, call 683-0313.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Eileen Haggerty, Patrick Coviello, Susanne Sack, Howard Smith, Randy Philipps, Ryan Toohey, Sharon Jordan Holley, Nancy Somit, Dale Seivert, Geraldine Sobkowiak, Ed Kloc, Sue Tiranno, Kathy Granelli, Mary Lickfeld, Kim Lickfeld, Marc Klein, Sid Rosenberg, Daniel Hocutt, William Kozak, Joe Panek, Jack Cusick, Jerry Buczkowski, Mary Kreuzer, Father Jim Cunningham, Angeline Orlowski, Karl R. Spencer, Samantha Budniewski, Andrew Mrozek, Marilyn Conti, Helga Pollak, Marilyn Morris, Gail Schneider, Pat Gerken and Sandra Korbut.

SATURDAY – Marcia Dauscher, Theresa Betz, Autumn Raine Pierce, Mo Argenio, Mary Ann Lauricella, Justin Krzemien, Sharon Quaglietta, Kaitlin Tyler, Danny Nowicki, Linda Snyder, Joe Gervase, Debbie Blake, Freida McCord, Carol Hovey, Mary Kless, Cheryl Hallman, Beth Buckley, Bette Peters, Amanda Bratek, Lori Boyd, Bonnie Phender and Miriam Rosen Minsker.

AND SUNDAY – Alyssa Rae Smith, Jayne Freeman, Sara Meehan, Doug Yeomans, Bill Lindner, Carl O. Fischer, Jordan Levy, Gayle Syposs, Tom Halt, Paul Cieslik, Carl Bastian, Trystan Simmons, Kathy Rejewski, Michelle Kurzanski, Morgan Yeates, Jody Bailey, Joan Mack, Jason Czerniak, Phil Muck, Mark Williams Sr., Kirsten Biddle and Mike Mandeville.


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