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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to civil libertarian Roger Nash Baldwin, born on this date in 1884, "The smallest deed is better than the grandest intention."


TOP OF THE DIAL -- Two of Buffalo's most enthusiastic pop culture historians are on the hunt for souvenirs of the golden age of Buffalo radio and television. Steve Cichon, creator of, and Marty Biniaz, co-founder of, are asking for help in unearthing artifacts of bygone broadcasting.

"We are looking for personal snapshots, studio publicity photos, letters, marketing rate sheets, membership cards, advertisements just about anything that might assist us in telling the story of Buffalo broadcasting," Biniaz says.

Pictures will be considered for "Images of Buffalo Broadcasting," a book Biniaz is writing for publication next fall. Cichon, meanwhile, is working on a book for next fall about Buffalo's most adored anchorman, Irv Weinstein.

Biniaz and Cichon say items submitted to them will be scanned, documented and returned to their owners. For submission guidelines, see their websites.


SAFETY FIRST -- Thousands of dollars worth of carbon monoxide detectors will be distributed free Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., or while supplies last, at the Tops Market at 425 Niagara St. Limit is one per household.

The devices are being made available by Tops, the law offices of William Mattar and the Amanda Hansen Foundation. The foundation, which is dedicated to alerting people to the dangers of CO, was established in memory of the 16-year-old West Seneca girl who died from carbon monoxide poisoning during a sleepover at a friend's house two years ago. New York State has declared January as Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Awareness Month.


WEEKEND MENU -- A Chicken-n-Biscuit Dinner will be served from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday in St. Peter Evangelical Lutheran Church and School -- North Ridge, 4169 Church Road, Town of Cambria. The all-you-can-eat buffet-style dinner includes beverage and dessert. Tickets are $8 adults, $5 kids 6 to 12. Kids 5 and under eat free if they dine in.

Veterans with military ID eat free at an all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday in Col. John B. Weber Post 898, Veterans of Foreign Wars, 2909 South Park Ave., Lackawanna. Dinner includes bread, salad, dessert and beverage. For nonveterans, tickets are $8 adults, $5 kids 5 to 10. Kids 4 and under eat free. There also will be a theme basket raffle and split club.


TELLING TAILS -- Author Sheryl Stewart of Albion is out again autographing copies of her book for children, "The Friendly Beasts: Stories of Jesus," from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in The Book Shoppe, 519 Main St., Medina. Through short stories, Stewart recounts the life of Jesus as seen through the eyes of animals.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Michael Stewart O'Neill, Kyleigh Elizabeth Kilvady O'Neil, Michael Gillis, Frank Biedron, Lorraine Ferrilli, Mike Check, Jesus Rodriguez, Phyllis Wutz, Cameron Cornwall, Gail Burdick, Margaret Setemus, Mary May, Paul Lorefice, Hilda Redlein, Andrea Lynn Meegan, Diane Pietraszewski, Angela Robins, Peter Kempf, Karen L. Bradshaw, Ronnie Stokes, Jim Raditic, Heather Kaiser, Theresa Geraci, Bob Boris, Matthew Porebski, Peggy Griffin Gilmour, Robert Ratajczak, Keith Kerl and Kevin Kerl.

SATURDAY -- Kevin Chase, Thea Ostrozinski, Wynn Gerhard, Kent Moshier, Bryan Powell, Carlton Stone, Mark Lococo, Barbara Buczkowski, Rose Marie Braun, Gilliam Sacco, Sister Mary Laurene Szymanski, Nicholas Drumsta, Martin Hampp, Dan Keppel, Brendan Chella, Lisa M. Kozlikowski, Matthew Brown, Joshua Staszczyk, Evan Dlugosz, Kathy Manns, Kyle J. Kamrowski, Charlie Buchanan, Joe Podsiadlo.

AND SUNDAY -- Lucia Sleight, Geraldine Goodwin, Amy Guyker Cortese, Jamie Johnson, Angela LoPinto, Jesse Renaud, Chuck Dingboom, Josephine M. Starzynski, Alicia Barry, Sarah Stadler, Sister Mary Agnes Cobry, Gayle Benshadle, Greg Puma, Gabrielle Lathrop, Arnold L. Gray, John Violanti, Samantha Powers, Susan Jandzinski, Abigail Bartkowiak, Keith Pantling, Cheryl Palermo, Shillohe Draman, Mary Ann Palisano, Gary O'Neill, Dylan Piniewski.


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