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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to one of our favorite actresses, Lauren Bacall, born Betty Joan Perske on this date in 1924, “Imagination is the highest kite one can fly.”


GOOD GRIEF – Pumpkinville, 4830 Sugartown Road, Great Valley, near Ellicottville, the oldest continuously working pumpkin farm in the state, opens for the season Saturday with a new distinction.

It’s been ranked among the Top 10 Pumpkin Farms in America by Peanuts Inc., and has been chosen as an official partner of the 50th anniversary of the TV movie, “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.” .

Anyone winning the Peanuts Bingo game in the corn maze will be entered into a drawing for a trip for four to Knott’s Berry Farm in California.

The farm also will introduce its new Pumpkinville Express Train, which will carry riders to various points of interest. The farm will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Oct. 31. Call 699-2205 or visit


MACHINE MARVELS – The annual opportunity to see the five 60-foot-tall Holly Steam Engines and the other amazing machinery at Buffalo’s Col. Ward Pumping Station is coming up Saturday, courtesy of the Industrial Heritage Committee.

Doors open at 1 p.m. Tour begins at 1:30. Admission is free. No reservations are needed. Meet at the D.A.R. Drive gate at the corner of the Porter Avenue entrance to LaSalle Park. For info, visit


SHOWS AND EXPOS – The Western New York Adaptive Recreation Expo for people with mobility challenges will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the Buffalo Niagara Court Center, 425 Meyer Road, West Seneca. Demonstrations will include quad rugby, wheelchair basketball and painting by mouth. Free. Call 381-7114 or visit

South Towns Gardeners and the Amana Garden Club will hold a flower show from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday in the Burchfield Nature & Art Center, 2001 Union Road, West Seneca. Admission is free.

The Greater Buffalo Bottle Collectors Association will host its 18th annual show and sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday in Polish Falcons Hall, 445 Columbia Ave., Depew. Offerings include antique bottles and Pan Am and Buffalo collectibles. Admission is $2. Kids under 12 get in free. There will be free appraisals. Call Peter Jablonski at 440-7985.

Former Buffalo Bills guard Reggie McKenzie will sign autographs at the Western New York Sports Card & Memorabilia Expo from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday in the Grapevine Banquet Hall, 333 Dick Road, Depew.

McKenzie will be signing from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for $20 an autograph. Admission is $5 for adults, $2 for kids 8 and older. For more info, visit


TAKE IT AWAY – The Buffalo Athletic Club for Women will hold a huge yard sale to benefit the new John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the BAC Colvin parking lot, 3157 Eggert Road, Town of Tonawanda. Food trucks and vendors also will be on hand. For more info, call 348-3755.

Steaks, chops, ham, chicken and seafood will be on the block at the meat raffle Saturday evening hosted by AMVETS Post 7275, 3741 Walden Ave., Lancaster. Doors open at 6 p.m. First spin is at 7. Tickets are $5 advance, $6 at the door. Outside beverages are not allowed. For tickets, call 681-8387.


WEEKEND MENU – Hank Nowak AMVETS Post 45, 3071 Abbott Road, Orchard Park, will be serving its weekly Friday Nite Fish Fry & Dinner from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday. Dinners are $10.50. For take-outs, call 823-3147.

Niagara Hose Fire Company 3, 74 Wheeler St., City of Tonawanda, will hold a chowder sale Saturday. Chowder is $4 a quart and will be ready at noon. To order in advance, drop containers off early.

Amherst Presbyterian Church, 151 S. Youngs Road, Amherst, will hold a chicken barbecue and craft sale from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday. Dinners are $10 with homemade pie.

South Park United Methodist Church, 73 Ashton Place at South Park Avenue, will hold its annual Harvest Dinner from 3 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday. A roast beef dinner catered by Wayside Restaurant with pie for dessert is $10 for adults, $7 for kids 4 to 12. For info, call 822-1255 or 824-3824.

The Niagara Falls Boys & Girls Clubs will hold a Chiavetta’s chicken barbecue from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at 57th Street and Stephenson Avenue, Niagara Falls. Dinners are $10 advance, $12 Saturday. Proceeds benefit the Stealth Cheerleading Program. For info and tickets, call 704-5803.

Vigilant Fire Company, 666 Main St., West Seneca, will offer a take-out-only pulled pork dinner from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Dinners are $8 and include a sandwich, cole slaw and baked beans. Sandwich only is $5.

Crittenden Presbyterian Church, 3320 Crittenden Road, Alden, will host a Chiavetta’s chicken barbecue from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Dinners are $10 and include beverage and dessert. Chicken only, $6. For tickets, call 542-4861.

St. Anthony’s Parish, 306 Ingham Ave., Lackawanna, will offer a spaghetti and meatball dinner by Mulberry’s Restaurant from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Dinners are $9. There also will be theme baskets and a cash raffle.

The Shriners of Western New York will serve a chicken barbecue from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday in the Shrine Center, 1600 Southwestern Blvd., West Seneca. Dinners are $10. For info, call 674-8666.

The Friends of Harmony will hold a spaghetti supper from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday in the Clarence Town Park Clubhouse, 10405 Main St., Clarence. Admission is $10, $5 for kids under 12, and includes performances by the chorus and quartets. Call 998-8231 or visit


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Mary Ann Bourdon, Lavera Johnson, Bobbie Rein, Tammy Bialek-Lehrer, Michael Vallely, Ron Lemki, Joe Riga, Lori Pyrkos, Dennis Hoban, Sue Grzankowski, Debbie Hart, Kyle Terceros, Jamie Leistner, Rob Melander, Matthew Reinbold, Heather Forster, Rex Blattenberger, Lisa Essman, Jen Lippold, Nicole Toepfer, Shelly Weinstock, Judy Andrews, John McGavis, Vincent Muscarella, Josh Eagan, Luann Chambers, Colby Posson, Craig McBride, Shawn Lis and Johnny “Rex” Recktenwald.

AND SATURDAY – Sister Denise Roche, Karen Ehret, Dona Tepas, Robin Schimminger, Carl Dennis, Kara Kenney, Louis P. Ciminelli, Rachelle Uschold, Diane Kasprzyk, Seamus Gallivan, Michael Bottomley, Albert Cimato, Teri Bebak, Jodi Zimpfer, Eadie Streb, Racheal Szumigala, Terrie Boltz, Peter Koehn, Laura Mantione, Dominic Mariani, Partner Posson, Mario Miranda and Karen Long.

AND SUNDAY – Tess Fiona Cleary, Liam Alexander Martinelli, Scotty Bowman, Phil Banaszak, Darryl Dennard, Samantha Summers, Tod Kniazuk, Demone Smith, Jerry Raven, Mary Lempke, Lucille Stiglmeier, Nancy Abramo, Pat Ne Moyer, Sister Janet Mazierski, Grace Martorana, Todd Piotrowski, Alberta Roetzer, Mike McKenna, Marshall Weinar, Geralyn Goerss, Halina Bres, Pat Regan, Kathy Deakin, Emma Vangalio Nowak, Alissa Amorosi, Carol Ziarniak, Shirley Jaehn, Ellen Joseph, Nick Ugale, Becky Stelmach, Michael Strobele, Dawn Hauser, Bill Higgins, Allana Havernick, Anna Nemeth and Rita Fraas.


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