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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to newspaper columnist Herb Caen, born on this date in 1916, “A man begins cutting his wisdom teeth the first time he bites off more than he can chew.”


OOPS! – The Western New York Elvis Presley Appreciation Society’s next fundraising dance at 7 p.m. April 11 will be in that other Grapevine venue – Grapevine Banquets in the former Hearthstone Manor, 333 Dick Road, Depew. Featured will be Terry Buchwald with his tribute to Elvis. Tickets are $12 in advance, $17 at the door. Proceeds benefit Wings Flights of Hope. For tickets, call 860-1030.


FINDERS, KEEPERS – Masten Council Member Demone Smith will join with Zeta Phi Beta Sorority and the Masten Block Club Coalition to host their annual Easter egg hunt for kids 12 and under from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in Martin Luther King Jr. Park near the casino and splash pad. Various community agencies also will be on hand with information about their services.


TALL IN THE SADDLE – Gearing up for the new season is Rivendell ReCreation Center, the therapeutic horseback riding program at 12469 Warner Hill Road, South Wales.

Opening day and volunteer training will be from 1 to 4:30 p.m. April 18. New volunteers are welcome. Minimum age is 14. Horse experience is not required for all volunteer positions.

Therapeutic riding sessions begin May 4 and class sizes will be limited to two riders in order to personalize the riding lesson. Application forms are available at For info, call 457-3365 or 525-0269.


CENTURY MARK – Turning 100 years old Saturday is Henry S. Kobos of Depew, a retired mechanic who operated a Gulf service station for 32 years at the corner of Kensington and Federal avenues, near Erie County Medical Center.

Born in Buffalo, he attended St. Luke’s Elementary School. Deferred from service in World War II because he was a father, he volunteered as a plane spotter. He was active in Holy Name Societies in St. Luke’s, Queen of Peace, Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament and St. Martha’s churches.

His wife of 62 years, the former Suzanne Ozdych, died in 1999. He has three children, six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. His family plans a celebration on April 12.


GOOD FRIDAY CATCHES – The Second Chance Sheltering Network, an animal rescue agency, will hold a Good Friday fish fry catered by BW’s from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Main-Transit Fire Hall, 6777 Main St., Williamsville. Fish dinners are $10. Chicken finger dinners are $8.

Chance auction drawings begin at 6. Those who donate a case of canned cat food will receive 25 auction tickets. Those who donate human food items will be entered into a special drawing. For info, visit

BW’s also is catering St. Francis of Assisi Church’s Good Friday fish fry from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Social Center, 4263 St. Francis Drive, Athol Springs. Dinners are $11. A children’s meal of cheese pizza is $3.

The Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary, 755 Erie Ave., North Tonawanda, also is hosting a Good Friday fish fry from 4 to 7 p.m. Shrimp, scallops, baked fish and seafood platters also are available, as is a children’s menu. All side dishes are homemade. For takeout, call 693-5470.

St. Stephen Serbian Orthodox Church also holds a Good Friday fish fry from 4 to 7 p.m. Shrimp baskets also are available, along with Easter desserts and nut and torta rolls. For take out, call 825-9364.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Carol Sadler, Karen Lorefice, Dottie Govenettio, Zachary Meyer, Dick Gabor, Jeanne Lanzieri, Ross M. Cellino III, Jean Cellino, Loretta Bernard, Jessica Hudack, Joan Bender, Sandy Starks, Pat Mleczko and Carmen Ventura.

AND SATURDAY – Henry S. Kobos, Nancy Acara, Bill Lukasiak, Audrey Cannizzaro, Lou Reinig, Annie Stachowiak, Shirley Szczepanek, Michele Gwizdowski, Rafael F. Pignataro, Lori Enser, Rev. Jeff Nowak, Rose Bettinger, Ron Hottum, Brooke Eberz, Blake Logel, Sue Schwartz, Bob Ulrich, Sister Sharon Marie Dombrowski, Peter Smith and Timothy Eagan.

AND SUNDAY – Peter Case, Charles D. Hahn, Jim Mathis, Vincent Aschieri Jr., Mary Lou Bartus, Nancy Craig, John P. Delaney, Kamryn Synder, Amy Gambon-Dennis, Hailey Zakrzewski, Nadine Kingston, Amy Breslin, Jaime Butler Hoehn, John J. “Johnny Fin” Miller, Rebecca Shoemaker, Father Fabian Maryanski, Heather Brenon Golden, Heather Taylor, Molly Kurzanski and Chyrisse Santa Lucia.


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