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OLAF FUB SEZ: Advice to Olaf's card-playing friends from medieval Jewish philosopher Maimonides, born Moses ben Maimonon on about this date in 1135, "The risk of a wrong decision is preferable to the terror of indecision."

BROADWAY BOUND -- Buffalo's historic Broadway Market, 999 Broadway, could use a hand as it spruces up for its busiest season -- Easter. Volunteers, either individuals or groups, are invited to join in a cleanup from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. Volunteers also are needed for the week before Easter, April 17 to 23. To sign up, call 218-0232 or visit

HISTORY LESSON -- The Knight-Sutton Museum, 123 Main St., Akron, opens for the season with a flourish and a new exhibit titled "It Happened in Akron" from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday. Museum director Marybeth Whiting says that many of the displays were guided by stories and memories from residents that are being collected for an upcoming book.

One of the revelations in the exhibit involves the naming of the Town of Newstead, which is attributed to the wife of Millard Fillmore. The town was called Erie in the 1820s, and residents, fed up with their mail winding up in Erie, Pa., appealed for help to Fillmore, who was their assemblyman at the time. For advice, he naturally turned to Mrs. Fillmore, who was reading the poetry of Lord Byron, and she suggested the town be renamed for Byron's home in England -- Newstead Abbey.

HELPING HANDS -- After reading in The Buffalo News earlier this month about the plight of former Army Sgt. James T. Hackemer of Collins, who lost his legs in the Iraq War, Commander Jerold D. Tidd of Roll of Honor Chapter 120, Disabled American Veterans, and his sergeant-at-arms, Bob Delgaudio, decided they should do something to help out.

Hackemer, who relies on his mother and father, John and Nancy Hackemer, for help in his daily routines, has been waiting for a new federal law to go into effect to provide caregiver benefits for his parents, who are retired.

First, Tidd and Delgaudio presented the Hackemers a check for $500. Now they're holding a fundraiser at 2 p.m. Saturday in Gowanda Post 409, American Legion, 100 Legion Drive, to raise more donations. They're also challenging other veterans groups in the area to do the same. For info, call Tidd at 310-2004.

BREAK POINT -- Looking for something for the kids to do during the upcoming spring break right before Easter? For the first time, St. Vincent de Paul Camp, a summer camp for youngsters on the Lake Erie shore in Angola, is holding a Spring Break Day Camp.

Children ages 7 to 12 are eligible. Those who need transportation will be bused to the camp from April 18 to 22 from the St. Vincent de Paul offices at 1298 Main St., Buffalo. The cost is $125. To register, call 882-3360, Ext. 7.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Mary Ann Kirisits, Stuart Miller, Don Grant, Caden Rosen, Liam Rosen, Sister Mary Francelita Machnica, Andrew Lauricella, Randie Joseph, Jim Russell, Butch Lickfeld, Travis Lickfeld, Jim Dole, Beverly Copoulos, Sue Cooper, Jude Rowland, Ray Avent Sr., Mehki Hutchins, Chase Farnell, Rosemary Schultz, Todd Puccio, Rita G. Atkin, Mary T. Shea, Jean Cline Sager, Ted Sokol, Jason Roorda, Judy Wartinger, Laura Ann Connolly, Jennifer Fertel, Helen Jarrel and Randy Joseph.

AND THURSDAY -- Kaitlyn Griffen, Timothy Murphy, Char Caprino, Phyllis Camesano, Arlene Kaukus, Susan Copley, Sam Vullo, Jean English, Madison Maher, Megan M. Smith, Samantha Zakrzewski, Ken Partridge, Andrew Gruber, Katie Casey, Gail Genco, Jill Babinski, Jim Sutton, Dana Grady, Courtney Colern, Chris Carney, Patrick Danahy and Judy Krolczyk.


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