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OLAF FUB SEZ: A thought for the primary season from Adlai Stevenson, three times a candidate for the Oval Office and born on this date in 1900, “The best reason I can think of for not running for president of the United States is that you have to shave twice a day.”


PAWN SACRIFICE – Chess players young and old will converge on the cafeteria in Aloma D. Johnson Charter School, 15 Jewett Parkway, at 10 a.m. Saturday for the first Checkmate Court Chess Challenge Tournament.

In addition to three-game exhibition contests pitting teams from the school against uniformed police officers, firefighters, judges and attorneys, there will be U.S. Chess Federation competition in three youth sections, including one for just girls, and an open section for adults.

Trophies and awards will be presented to the top three winners and an Aloma D. Johnson Award will go to the top female in each section. Sponsors include the Juneteenth Festival, the Buffalo Teachers Federation and the Archangel 8 Chess Academy.

Entry fee is $10 at the door. Advance online registrations can be made Friday by emailing


SIX-LEGGED WONDERS – A bevy of visiting bugs arrives Saturday for a new exhibit, “We Are the Insects,” at the Niagara Parks Commission’s Butterfly Conservatory on the grounds of the Botanical Gardens and School of Horticulture at 2565 Niagara Parkway, Niagara Falls, Ont. It continues through Easter Monday, March 28.

Developed by the Montreal Insectarium, one of the largest insect museums in North America, the exhibit features seven different zones that highlight the various ways insects adapt to their environments and thrive, such as night vision, special hearing, enhanced smell, taste and touch, and defense mechanisms.

The exhibit is included in regular paid admission to the conservatory. Information on hours, admission fees and special public workshops on insects can be found at


SPORTING PROPOSITION – Want to be the proud owner of an autographed Buffalo Sabres miniature hockey stick? You can get one by becoming a donor at the Sabres Blood Drive from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday at First Niagara Center in downtown Buffalo.

Donors also will get free admission to an open practice session at 11 a.m. In addition, 50 pairs of tickets for upcoming games will be raffled. Appointments are encouraged, since there’s limited capacity for walk-ins. To make an appointment, visit


GOOD READS GALORE – The North Tonawanda History Museum, 54 Webster St., holds its annual Winter Used Book Sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Paperbacks are 50 cents each, three for $1. Hardcovers are $1 each, three for $2. Or you can buy a bag from the museum for $5 and fill it with all the books that will fit.


TAKE A CHANCE – Sacred Heart of Jesus Church is sponsoring a Super Bowl basket raffle this weekend in the Parish Center, 5337 Genesee St., Bowmansville. Raffle tickets for regular baskets and super baskets can be placed after the 4 p.m. Mass on Saturday and beginning at 9 a.m. Sunday. The drawing will begin at 1 p.m. Sunday. Winners do not need to be present. For info, call Beth Ann Hess at 604-5018.


PARTY TIME – The Church of the Annunciation, 7580 Clinton St., Elma, will host a Mardi Gras Pot Luck Party from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday in Selbert Hall. Providing New Orleans-style music will be the Bar-room Buzzards. Guests are asked to bring a dish to pass and their own adult beverages. Tickets are $5. For info, call 683-5254 or visit


WEEKEND MENU – The Knights of Columbus, 755 Erie Ave., North Tonawanda, will hold their monthly Friday fish fry from 4 to 7 p.m. Seafood platters, shrimp and scallop dinners also are available.

St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 2239 West Creek Road at Wilson-Burt Road in Burt, begins its annual Lenten fish fry a week early from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday. Dinners are $9.50 for adults, $5.50 for children, and include a choice of fish or shrimp, french fries or potato salad, plus coleslaw, beverage and homemade dessert.

St. Francis of Assisi Parish will hold its annual spaghetti dinner and theme tray auction from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday in the Early Childhood Center gym, 70 Adam St., City of Tonawanda. Dinners are $7 for adults, $4 for kids 5 and older, and includes meatballs, bread, salad, beverage and dessert.

The Youth Group at Salem Lutheran Church, 10 McClellan Circle at McKinley Parkway and Whitfield Avenue in South Buffalo, will serve an all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday. Dinners are $8 for adults, $4 for children 4 to 12, and include meatballs, salad, bread and dessert. There also will be a theme basket auction. For info, call 824-2787.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Frances Pierson, Larry Silver, Lynn Dearmyer, Brian Moorman, Amilcar Hill, Chris Jamele, Joey Buran, L. Ann Burns, Larry Joseph, Sue Hooley, Gary Czerwinski, Gary Parzy, Louise Zoladz, David Schaefer, Edward J. Smith, Barbara Occhino, Larry Philipps, Matthew Coburn, Sharon Bryk, Jack Rudnicki, Norm Zacharyasz, Jerry Klima, Joan Rozmus Szakacz, Jim Caputo and Samuel L. Burgio.

AND SATURDAY – Thomas Edward Smith, Jesse Sperry, Mark Supples, Neal Radice, Rick Falkowski, Melanie Chimento, John Culliton Mahoney, Mary Brucz, Scott Clare, Angeline Patti, Frances Kozminski, Jayden Schreck, Monica Vaccaro and Sue Wasiuta.

AND SUNDAY – Mark Skipper, Eric Kuwik, Ken Kowalec, Gene Warner, Louis Bryon Morrow, Shirley Edmonds, Alexandra Irene Bogold, Ryan O’Reilly, Casey Dudek, Matt Hupp, Carole Rotando, Kevin Rockwood, Jeffrey Bosworth, Kayla Rose Bosworth, John Pennella, Alan Bell, Jane Taylor, Ida J. Sawyer, Shirley Ann Sawyer, Elaine Tierney, Chris Klejdys and Josie Michaels.