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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to President Andrew Jackson, born on this date in 1767, “There is no pleasure in having nothing to do; the fun is having lots to do and not doing it.”


WORRISOME WEATHER University at Buffalo Kauffman Fellow Subhashni Raj, who is pursuing doctoral studies in urban and regional planning, will talk about the focus of her research, “Climate Change and Food Security,” at a meeting of the Western New York Chapter of the American Meteorological Society at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Room 272 (the Whale Room) of the Science Building at SUNY Buffalo State, 1300 Elmwood Ave.

All are welcome. Admission is free. Free parking is available in Lot I-37, where directions to the lecture room will be posted.


DEAL US IN – Enchanted Mountains Lodge 252, Free & Accepted Masons, is hosting its 18th annual Veterans Memorial Euchre Tournament at noon Saturday in Allegany Post 892, American Legion, 4350 State Road West, Allegany.

Donation for players is $8 and includes lunch and door prizes. All proceeds benefit local veterans’ causes and organizations. Last year’s proceeds supported the Joint Veterans Committee volunteer van service and paid to install a new flagpole in Olean’s Bradner Stadium.

A record number of players attended last year and organizers say they may have to limit entries this time if there are too many. To reserve a space, call tournament chairman Bruce Kenney at 372-1001 days or 560-5883 evenings.


SHAMROCK SPIRIT – The award-winning Celtic-influenced Christian rock band Ceili Rain, from Syracuse, will give a St. Patrick’s Day performance at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Blue Building at Blessed Sacrament Church, 263 Claremont Ave., Town of Tonawanda. Admission is $15 and includes beer, with ID, or pop. Youth under 21 are free.


IMMERSED IN IRELAND The Boys & Girls Club of Northern Chautauqua County will host “A Celebration of Irish Music, Dance and Merriment” from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday in the Fredonia Grange Hall, 58 W. Main St., Fredonia, as part of their Folk and Traditional Arts Program.

The afternoon will include demonstrations of traditional Irish social dance, a presentation on Irish history and culture; music from fiddler Stephanie Benson and her husband, Tim, who will play his hand-crafted Uilleann pipes; Irish songs from vocalist and music therapist Caitlin O’Reilly; and poems in Irish and English from Kevin Conroy.

Traditional Irish food, including soda bread, will be available to sample. Admission is free. Those who would like to bring photos and artifacts of their Irish heritage are asked to call program coordinator Valerie Walawender at 680-0266 or email


FIRSTHAND WITNESS – Local Holocaust survivor Sophia Veffer, who survived for more than two years hiding in more than a dozen different homes in Amsterdam during World War II, will give a presentation, “Lessons of the Holocaust,” at 7 p.m. Thursday at a meeting of the Cheektowaga Historical Association in the Senior Center, 3349 Broadway, Cheektowaga. The program is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.


BACK TO LIFE – The reconstruction of the 1843 Haseley Einhaus building on the grounds of the museum of the Historical Society of North German Settlements will be the topic when John McNamara speaks at a meeting of the society at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Wheatfield Community Center, 2790 Church Road, Wheatfield. Admission is free. The public is welcome.

The rare timber-framed fachwerk-style building, a combination house and barn that stood on Stoelting Street in Bergholz, was acquired by the museum in 2008, disassembled and then rebuilt with the help of Niagara River Greenway funding.


FITTING TRIBUTE Friends are organizing a celebration in honor of the late Patrick G. Rowe, the founder and longtime president of the Buffalo Silver Wheels Wheelchair Football Club.

Rowe, who had cerebral palsy and spent most of his 63 years in a wheelchair, died last October. He earned a degree from Canisius College, worked full-time, owned a home and over the years helped about 100 young people enjoy competitive sports with the Silver Wheels.

Joanne Montemarano, organizer of the upcoming event, is asking anyone who knew Rowe or was ever associated with the Silver Wheels to please contact her at 994-6170. “Pat touched the lives of so many people, and I know they would want to be there,” she says.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Emma Wells O’Neill, Laura Meyers, Betty Jean Grant, Chris Seefeldt, Mark Kurzanski, Victoria Henderson, Ken Karla, Andrea Schartz, Cindy Marsowicz, Joanne Gioeli, Monsignor Sam Faiola, Ann Nowocien, Britton Noah Mann, Father Joe Bayne, Art Fisher, Dawn Beard, Collin Meegan, Jean Karn, Rachel Hunt, Phyllis Lock, Patti Bissonette and Albert Liberatore.