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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to English writer and philosophical fisherman Izaak Walton, born on this date in 1593, "No man can lose what he never had."


WINGS OF CHARITY -- The American Red Cross Serving Erie and Niagara Counties will benefit from customers' food bills on Wednesdays from 4 p.m. to closing for the rest of August at Buffalo Wild Wings, 3035 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst.

The restaurant will donate 10 percent of the bill, excluding alcoholic beverages, on behalf of all customers who present a copy of a flier to their server. The flier will be available at the restaurant or on Facebook at


COIN TOSS -- Can you spare a dime, or maybe a bunch of quarters, for the Niagara Frontier Radio Reading Service? That's what the nonprofit station that broadcasts specially to Western New York's blind and print-handicapped people is asking in its annual "Radio Reading Makes Cents" Coin Drive.

President Bob Sikorski invites individuals, groups and companies to collect spare change for the service, where volunteers read daily newspapers, including this one, as well as magazines and books for those without sight. The service also provides the sight-impaired with special "reading radios" to listen to the broadcasts.

Sikorski notes that official collection bottles are available, but donations will be accepted in any container -- coffee cans, piggy banks and plastic or paper bags. Donations may be dropped off at the station, 1199 Harlem Road, Cheektowaga, between William and Clinton streets, or mailed to NFRRS, Box 575, Buffalo, NY 14225. For information, call 821-5555.


BATTER UP -- A softball tournament Sunday will honor the memory of Jeff Fazzolari of North Collins, executive chef at Gow School before he died in 2009 from a brain bleed at age 38. It starts at 11 a.m. on the diamond at New Oregon Park, New Oregon and Langford roads, but players are encouraged to get there early so teams can be entered.

There also will be a chance auction, beer, food, games, prizes and a book-signing by Jeff's brother, Cliff, who has written a book about him, "Oh Brother! The Life & Times of Jeff Fazzolari," which has been nominated for a National Book Award for nonfiction. Fee is $10. Proceeds will benefit a college fund for Jeff's three young children. For info, call 870-6115.


GROWTH SPURT -- The Black Rock Canal Park Steering Committee isn't kidding when it says its second annual Ride Along the Waterfront on Saturday will be bigger and better. The bike ride along the waterfront has doubled in length -- from 7 miles to 14. The accompanying kayak and canoe paddle in the Niagara River has grown from 2.3 miles to an even 3 miles. And for those who don't want to pedal or paddle, there's a wellness fair.

It's all free and takes place at the Ontario Street Boat Launch at the foot of Ontario Street. The bike ride begins at 9 a.m., with check-in and registration at 8. The paddle begins at 10:15, with check-in and registration starting at 9. The wellness fair runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Proper attire -- helmets for bicyclists, life jackets for those on the water -- is required. Registration also is available by visiting or by calling Margaret Szczepaniec at 982-9066.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Joseph Grundner, Pearlie Mae Hargro, Carroll McLaughin, Michelle Militello, Bob Dearing, Dick Baldwin, Polly Musiel, Jim Gruber, Judith A. Delaney, Don Fleming, David Herren, Amy Clayman Wolfe, Jolene Morgan, Jon Kokotajlo, Katie Milks and Joseph L. Tripi.