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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to comedian Henny Youngman, born on this date in 1906, "If at first you don't succeed so much for skydiving."


NEW HOME -- Habitat for Humanity Buffalo holds a grand opening celebration Saturday in its new ReStore outlet at 1675 South Park Ave. at Koester Street in South Buffalo. In addition to refreshments, there will be special deals on all home furnishings and improvement items, from couches to dishwashers to bathtubs.

All of the new and gently used items at ReStore have been donated. The store is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays. Proceeds go directly to Habitat for Humanity Buffalo's housing programs for low-income families. For info, call 852-6607 or visit


JOYFUL NOISE -- The first PraiseSong session of the new year takes place at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Father Cotter Hall at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 263 Claremont Ave., Town of Tonawanda. Featured is musical pastor Father Bill Quinlivan and Friends. For info, call 834-4282.


RELIVING HISTORY -- The legendary Native American leader Red Jacket will be the topic of the first themed tour offered this winter by the Buffalo & Erie County Historical Society and the Forest Lawn Group.

It starts at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Historical Society Museum, 25 Nottingham Court, with a tour of the current exhibit, "Fact, Fiction & Spectacle: The Trial of Red Jacket," led by the society's new executive director, Melissa N. Brown.

Then the tour, which is limited to 35 people, boards a bus for lunch in the Lunch Box in Delaware Park, followed by a visit to Forest Lawn, where Red Jacket is buried. Sandy Starks, Forest Lawn's interpretive program director, will discuss the Seneca chief's life, his grave site and the newly refurbished memorial statue.

Price for the tour is $55, $45 for society members. Paid reservations are required. For info, call 873-9644 or visit


HELP WANTED -- Kenmore Mercy Hospital is looking for volunteers to help out in a variety of ways -- running errands, helping nurses and aides with patients, staffing the patient information desk and watching the gift shop. All volunteers get special training, guidance and support. For info, call Lynn Overbeck, the director of volunteer services, at 447-6188.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Marjorie Chiarmonte, Lisa Rosenberg, Jim Mullins, Sister Mary Dennis Buczak, Charlie Schrieber, Ed Mye, Berny Muszynski, Matt Myers, Elaine Delisle, Julia Harzynski, Dan Hughes, Joseph Lalley, Kyla Kozlikowski, Linda Lempko, Kathy Huff, Joan Camelo, Lou Kibler, Michelle Lichtenthal.

AND THURSDAY -- Bruce Johnstone, Emily Lynn Howdyshell, Debbie Jones, Rev. Kay Woike, Rita Rosol, Amber Jakubowski, Kristen Pieroni, Donna Leone, Jillian Downs Harrigan, Marge Scarcello.


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