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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to humorist Irvin S. Cobb, born on this date in 1876, "A funeral eulogy is a belated plea for the defense delivered after the evidence is all in."

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SHOW OF SUPPORT -- The Cattaraugus County Village of Randolph is getting ready to pull out all the stops for one of its native sons -- Army Staff Sgt. Casey A. Craumer, who was wounded June 7 in Afghanistan. Craumer and his wife, Erin, who returned to Buffalo on a Wings of Hope flight last weekend, will be honored with a Hometown Hero Welcome Home Parade at 1 p.m. Saturday.

The parade will wind through town past Randolph Central High School, where he graduated in 2003, and past Randolph Manor, where his great-grandparents live, before heading back to the Randolph Fire Hall for a ceremony by the American Legion, complete with a rifle salute. Organizers plan to hand out flags and posters to people along the parade route. Homemade signs are welcome, too.

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PEDALING PARTNERS -- Bicyclists planning to do the Ride for Roswell on Saturday who are looking for a little more wind behind their backs when it comes to donations should give a shout to Joseph Curatolo, president of the Georgetown Capital Group.

Curatolo, whose wife, Kathy, is a survivor of pediatric cancer, has been cycling in the Ride for Roswell and raising money for more than 10 years. This year, Roswell Park Cancer Institute invited him to assemble a team.

"I'll be riding in the 100-mile challenge," he says, "but we're looking for anyone who wants to ride in any of the routes, which range from 62 1/2 miles down to three miles. Georgetown Capital Group also is offering a matching grant, so whatever amount each team member raises, the company will match it."

Riders can join by calling 633-9800.

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ON THE PROWL -- Owners of classic cars, trucks, motorcycles and special-interest vehicles are invited to the Cruisin' for the Cats Car Show from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Ten Lives cat rescue agency's clubhouse, 11275 Springville-Boston Road, East Concord, formerly the site of Orsini's Restaurant.

Entry fee is $5 and includes a refreshment and a theme gift basket. For info and to reserve a spot, call 646-5577. Vendor space also is available. Admission is free. Music will be provided by DJ Chris, and country singer Billy D will perform a tribute to Johnny Cash at 1:30 p.m. Most of the cats will be indoors, but you can visit them when the shelter is open for tours from 1 to 2 p.m.

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SET UP AND SELL -- Table rentals are still available for the annual garage sale Saturday sponsored by the United Methodist Women of Christ United Methodist Church, Harlem and Saratoga roads, Amherst. Tables are $10, but organizers request no vendors. For reservations, call 835-9572 or 908-1200. The garage sale will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Gregory Goodwin, Darryl W. Dennard Jr., Kim Bartolotti, Donald Hoffman, Lisa Bishop, Nick Marinaro, Jan Miller, Matt Martin, Jane Summer, Sister Therese Marie Kodz, Conor Nowak, Morgan Campany, Emma Pronko, Jennifer Pirritano, Adele Green, Diane Dudek Majchrzak, Eleanor Pastwik, Leon Pasciak, Lillian Ungerleider, Larry Playfair and Chris Melohusky.

AND THURSDAY -- Avery Goodwin, Emilee McGee, Dr. Anthony Federico, Ed Zimmerman, Donna Reinhardt, Lourdes Iglesias, Cathy Hoch, Esther Herle, Karen Jukich, June Bonerb, Eleanor Kraft, Carol Wright, Gabriel Ferratella, Rob Hassett, Andrew Simonson, Marc McCabe, Debra Regelski, Don Schutt, Peg McCarthy, David Mann Sr., Cindy Riel, Emily Burkot, Ashley Egan, Pania Sherma, Meg Klamp, Michael Faust, Marcia A. Giambrone and Janice Kriegel.

e-mail: olaffub@buffnews.com

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