OLAF FUB SEZ: According to essayist and philosopher Henry David Thoreau, born on this date in 1817, “Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.”
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GIFT OF LIFE – All presenting donors will receive a T-shirt and a hot dog at the Unyts blood drive sponsored by the Town of Tonawanda from noon to 7 p.m. today in the Brighton Fire Department, 50 Jamaica Road, off Eggert and Brighton roads, Town of Tonawanda. To schedule an appointment, call 512-7940 or visit unyts.org and click on Donate Blood.
“I would like to challenge all of my brother and sister firefighters in the area, and their family members, to stop in and donate,” says Brighton Fire Commissioner Walter Byers. “Being an active member responding to emergencies in the community, this is just as important.”
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CLEAN HOUSE – A free electronics recycling event sponsored by State Sen. Chris Jacobs, in conjunction with the Tonawandas Erie Canal Gateway Lions Club and the City of Tonawanda Youth Board, will be held from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Tonawanda High School, 600 Fletcher St., City of Tonawanda. Computers, printers, TV sets and cell phones will be accepted. Air conditioners, broken cathode ray TV sets and alkaline batteries will not.
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HELPING OUT – The Associates of the Sisters of St. Mary of Namur will host a wine and food fundraiser from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday at Spring Lake Winery, 7373 Rochester Road, Lockport, to benefit the inner city school in Columbia, S.C., headed by Sister Roberta Fulton, former principal at Catholic Central School in Buffalo.
Tickets are $30, $50 per couple, and include wine tasting, a buffet dinner and live music. Proceeds will help provide supplies and air conditioning for the school. For tickets or to donate, visit springlakewinery.com/winery-events.
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ALL ABLOOM – You have two chances to take the Capen Garden Walk on Saturday in Buffalo’s University Heights neighborhood – by day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and at night from 8 to 10 p.m.
Maps will be available during the day at the University at Buffalo Anderson Art Gallery, 1 Martha Jackson Place, where there also will be food trucks, gallery tours, music and art activities.
You also can get maps from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. in the sculpture garden behind St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 3107 Main St. where there will be art activities, music and food, plus an artists’ reception at 5 p.m. For more info, visit ourheights.org/gardenwalk.
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WAR STORIES – Descendants of members of the 154th New York Volunteer Infantry, a Civil War regiment from Cattaraugus and Chautauqua counties, will hold their 32nd annual reunion at 2 p.m. Saturday in Fiddler’s Green Park, Franklin and North Buffalo streets, Springville. If it rains, it moves indoors to Goddard Memorial Hall, 86 Franklin St.
Admission is free. All are welcome to attend. Everyone will receive a souvenir ribbon. Descendants are asked to bring photographs or other artifacts of their soldier ancestors. For more info, call regimental historian Mark Dunkelman at (401) 369-0637 or email email@example.com.
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Gerry Dickey, Gregg Borland, Judy Sirianni, LeSean McCoy, Mark Hodges, Sister Rose Marie Kustko, Mark Derringer, Ken Simmons, Lorraine Aloisio, Jo Polowy, Julie Ciesinski, Emily Mueller, Tamara Franz, Debbie Nichols, Lisa Musilli, Bob Domzalski, Cathi West, Jack Gawronski, Joe Collins, Debbie Schoenle, Joe O’Brien, Yvonne DeCarolis, Ron Plewinski Sr., Kevin Safe and John Wojtowicz.
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