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OLAF FUB SEZ: A thought for the spring sports season from comedian David Letterman, born on this date in 1947: “Do you know what I love most about baseball? The pine tar, the resin, the grass, the dirt. And that's just in the hot dogs.”


LUNCH DATE – Deadline is Thursday to make reservations for the next installment of the “Let's Do Lunch” series at 11:30 a.m. April 21 in the Orchard Park Presbyterian Church, 4369 S. Buffalo St., Orchard Park. Following a luncheon of chicken asparagus casserole, Buffalo Idol winner Michael Nugent will perform the music of Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Michael Buble and Bobby Darin. Tickets are $10. For reservations, call the church at 662-9348.


HAPPY RETURN – Comedian and TV show host Zach Anner, the Kenmore West High School grad who won a reality show contest a few years ago on OWN, Oprah Winfrey's cable channel, returns home for an appearance at 7 p.m. Friday in the auditorium at the Burchfield Penney Art Center, 1300 Elmwood Ave. Anner recently published a memoir, “If at Birth You Don't Succeed: My Adventures with Disaster and Destiny” and will have a conversation with Just Buffalo's artistic coordinator, Barbara Cole.


POLISH PRIDE – Tickets are limited to 200 people for the annual Polish Festival Dinner and Raffle hosted by St. Francis of Assisi Parish from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday in the School Hall, 70 Adam St., City of Tonawanda. Tickets – $17 for adults and $1 for children 14 and under – are available during business hours in the rectory office, 73 Adam St. For more info, call 693-1150.


COME FLY AWAY – Ol' Blue Eyes is back for an evening in “Seriously Sinatra: An Affair to Remember,” a musical fundraiser at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Calvary Episcopal Church, 20 Milton St. at South Cayuga Road, Williamsville. Tenor Jonathan Sandberg will be featured with soprano and accompanist Jennifer Tung in a program of Sinatra's greatest hits.

Tickets are $25 and include hot and cold hors d'oeuvres, beverages and desserts. Space is limited. Reservations are advised. Call 633-7800.


TIME OF NEED – Navy veteran and retired West Seneca Police Detective Bob Murphy suffered a massive stroke last June and was finally able to return home in January. To help him defray the cost of necessary medical equipment, his colleagues in the police department are hosting a fundraiser from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday in Harvey D. Morin Post 2940, Veterans of Foreign Wars, 945 Center Road, West Seneca.

Tickets are $25 and are available from any active or retired West Seneca police officer. For more info or to make raffle donations, call 560-3856 or 392-2282 or email For monetary donations, write a check payable to Bob Murphy Benefit and send it to P.O. Box 305, West Seneca, NY 14224.


CONTINUING THE FIGHT – Two Rochester-area Army combat veterans will set out Friday on a 60-mile march along the Erie Canal from Lockport to Rochester to raise awareness for the Battle Buddy peer-to-peer mentoring program offered by the Veterans Outreach Center in Buffalo and Rochester through a grant from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Sgt. First Class Sean Smith, who had to overcome alcohol addiction after multiple deployments overseas, and Sgt. Major David Oliver, who was deployed on three tours in Afghanistan, will start at 8 a.m. from B. Leo Dolan Post 410, American Legion, 42 Niagara St., Lockport, and finish the day at Butts-Clark Post 204, American Legion, 305 N. Main St., Medina.

On Saturday, they will walk to Brockport, then finish their route on Sunday at the Veterans Outreach Center office at 459 South Ave., Rochester. Veterans and their families are invited to join Smith and Oliver on their walk. For more info, call Smith at (585) 295-7821 or visit

“The Battle Buddy program offers veterans an opportunity to continue serving each other,” says Todd Baxter, executive director of the Veterans Outreach Center. “The multitude of veterans' services in Rochester and Buffalo can be overwhelming, and peer mentoring programs like this are in high demand.”

HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Steve Jones, Jim Butler, Dr. Herman Mogavero, Jennifer Stanonis, Duane Paddock, Doran Murray, Rose Hayes, Delores A. Foreman, Josh Smith Jr., Sean Meegan, Rosanne Missert, Noah John Vaccaro, Shaun Hughes, Genevieve LaVenture, Pat Kiley, Grace McCormick, Peggy Moffat, Maryellen Deubell, Brendan Allman, Ed Mendofik and Olivia Denecke.