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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to French novelist Honore de Balzac, born on this date in 1799, “A good husband is never the first to go to sleep at night or the last to awake in the morning.”


SHOW YOUR COLORS – Get ready to display the Stars and Stripes on Memorial Day at the flag sale this weekend sponsored by the Pendleton Veterans Association at the Pendleton Historical Society log cabin building, 6570 Campbell Blvd. Hours are noon to 8 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.

The Wendelville Fire Company’s new rescue vehicle will be on display.

Worn and torn American flags can be turned in for proper disposal. To purchase flags before and after the sale, call 625-8482.


CLUED IN – A glamorous camping vacation for four at the Woods at Bear Creek awaits the winners of “Board to Death,” a mystery-solving scavenger hunt hosted by the nonprofit group Hearts and Hands Saturday afternoon in the Village of Akron.

After registration at 1:30 p.m. in Russell Park, participants will visit businesses and organizations in the village to receive clue cards, then submit their solutions. Donation is $25 and includes a dinner catered by Orazio’s Restaurant in L.L. Tillman Post 900, American Legion, where there will be live music by the Shopkeepers.

Proceeds help provide transportation and other services for nearly 700 older and physically challenged people in more than 25 municipalities. For tickets and info, visit or call 406-8311.


PARANORMAL – Bring the future into focus at the Psychic Fair sponsored by Ten Lives Club Cat Rescue and Adoption Group from noon to 7 p.m. Sunday in the East Aurora Moose Lodge, 905 Main St., East Aurora. Admission is $5.

Psychics, astrologers and mediums will be available for readings and charts at various fees. There also will be vendors and door prizes.


FROM THE HEART – Author, poet and photographer Jennifer Sinatra MacNeil, a graduate of Lafayette High School and D’Youville College, will sign copies of her new book, “My Visions, My Truths: Poems and Inspirations,” from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday in Hamburg Post 527, American Legion, 2 Memorial Drive, Hamburg. For info, visit


LEGEND LIVES ON – The North Tonawanda History Museum, 54 Webster St., North Tonawanda, will offer reduced-price admission from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday during its celebration of Jim “Herk” Hurtubise Day, honoring the Lumber City race car driver.

Hurtubise Day is observed annually on May 21, the day in 1960 when Herk was named rookie of the year at the first of his 10 appearances in the Indianapolis 500 Race.


BARGAIN HUNT – Kenmore Presbyterian Church, 2771 Delaware Ave., Kenmore, will hold a rummage sale from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, with $2 admission, and from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, when there will be a $2 bag sale.

The Western New York Railway Historical Society will hold a flea market, plant sale and book sale from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Williamsville Depot, 86 S. Long St., Williamsville.

More than 100 homes in Olean will take part in a Community Wide Garage Sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday sponsored by the Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce. Maps of garage sale sites will be available starting at 7 a.m. in the Chamber offices at 120 N. Union St. For more info, call 372-4433 or visit


GREEN THUMBS – The Niagara Frontier Botanical Society will host its biannual native plant and wildflower sale from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the Harlem Road Community Center, 4255 Harlem Road, Amherst.

Meanwhile, Hull House Home and Farmstead, 5962 Genesee St. at Pavement Road, Lancaster, will hold its annual plant sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, with hanging plants and homegrown perennials.


WEEKEND MENU – Pancake breakfast, sponsored by the Western New York Pontiac Club, 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday. $6, benefits local veterans hospital programs.

Weidner’s chicken barbecue, 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday. $11, includes a brownie and a beverage. Grace Lutheran Church, 174 Cazenovia St. For info, call 822-0553.

Spaghetti dinner, starts at 3 p.m. Saturday. $12 at the door. St. Teresa’s Parish Center, 33 Mineral Springs Road. There also will be a basket raffle from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday. For info, call 822-0608, Ext. 3.

Chiavetta’s chicken barbecue, 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday. $11 adults, $6 children, includes cake. Orchard Park United Methodist Church, 3700 N. Buffalo St., Orchard Park.

Chiavetta’s chicken barbecue, starts at 11:30 a.m. Sunday. $10, includes dessert and iced tea or punch. Bergholz Fire Hall, 2470 Niagara Road, Wheatfield. For info, call 731-4848.

Chicken barbecue, begins at noon Sunday. $9. Shrine Center, 1600 Southwestern Blvd., West Seneca. For info, call 674-8666.

Chicken barbecue, begins at noon Sunday. $11 adults, $6 kids 5 to 12. Salem Lutheran Church, 10 McClellan Circle at McKinley Parkway and Whitefield Avenue. For info, call 824-2787.

Chicken barbecue, noon to 3 p.m. Sunday. $10, includes homemade salads and desserts. Marian Hall, St. Stanislaus Church, Fillmore and Peckham streets.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Justin Zanner, Diana Notaro, Don Boswell, David Adam Quagliana, Adam Pyszczynski, Sandra Yund, Tom Willard Jr., Chrissy Bain, Logan Hedges, Cameron Schlegel, Sara Lesswing, Sister Mary Albertine Stachowski, Sister Mercy Assurukudiyil, Sister Denise Marie Jaworski, Joe Marchese, Julia Grizanti, Brant Hodgson, Shannon Schmelzer, Joe Oddo, Richard Kelley, Sydney Hart, Conor Michael Wade and Andy Sulski.

AND SATURDAY – Gretchen Seibert, Tony Harasimowicz, Julie Porter, Joanne Vivian, Aidan Johnson, Linda Gaughan, Ann Ziemba, Dave Baker Sr., Pat Cilano, Mike Maz, Penny Johnson, Joyce Tomaka, Robert Heidinger, Dan Kovach and Denny Potvin.

AND SUNDAY – Lorey Schultz, Kristianne Meal, Maria Schmelzinger, Joyce A. Dennard, Melinda “Mindy” Mallon, William C. Altreuter, Erin Epstein, Char Epstein, Andy Sheffield, Sandy Kumiega, Liam Patrick Meegan, Sue Kamuda, Nicole Alexis Yeates, Darlene “DeeDee” Sery, Patti Vaccaro, Todd Sutton, Timmy Ray and Lori McCabe.