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OLAF FUB SEZ: A favorite lyric from Madonna, born Madonna Louise Ciccone on this date in 1958, "When you call my name, it's like a little prayer."


SING OUT -- The official chorus of Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Servicemen's Park -- the award-winning a cappella chorus Friends of Harmony -- holds another in its series of summer concerts aboard the USS Little Rock at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Admission is free.


REMEMBERING ADAM -- A remembrance benefit for Adam Bartoszek, who died unexpectedly June 6 at the age of 19, will be held from 3 to 9 p.m. Saturday in Fontana's Grove, 2299 Clinton St., West Seneca. Tickets are $25 and include food, pop, draft beer and music. There also will be raffles and a basket auction.

Proceeds will help pay for Adam's funeral expenses and remaining funds will establish a scholarship at John F. Kennedy High School in Cheektowaga, where he was a standout running back on the football team. To donate baskets and for monetary donations, call Dick Garguiolo at 715-0091, Scott Bartoszek at 603-9705 or Cindy Bartoszek at 464-4776.


FALL COLORS -- Wednesday's the deadline to order plants from the Western New York Land Conservancy's annual flower sale with mums and hardy native plants. The plants, which are made available through Amanda's Garden and Lockwood's, include mums in various colors and native plants that include Eastern Purple Coneflower, Bottle Gentian, Red Cardinal, Willow Blue Star Amsonia and Woodland Phlox.

Orders will be available for pickup on Aug. 27 at Orchard Glen Retirement Community, 6055 Armor Duells Road, Orchard Park, off the Route 219 overpass. For info and to order, call the Land Conservancy at 687-1225; email; or visit the website at


DIAMOND GIRLS -- Diamonds will be the Felician Sisters' best friends on Friday night. Baseball diamonds, that is. The Bisons are hosting a Felician Sisters Night at Coca-Cola Field and 50 percent of the ticket proceeds will benefit the Felician Sisters of Buffalo. There also will be a special raffle of Bisons memorabilia and fireworks following the game. First pitch against the Toledo Mud Hens is at 7:35. Tickets are $10. For information and orders, call Lindsay Carucci at 846-2040 or email


200 YEARS LATER -- It's not hard to imagine that people fleeing the hostilities in the War of 1812 might have stopped to rest at the Hull Family Home and Farmstead, 5962 Genesee St. at Pavement Road, Lancaster. The oldest stone house in Erie County, it was built two years before the war began.

The war will be remembered during a ceremony at 2 p.m. Sunday dedicating of the Hull House Peace Garden, which commemorates two centuries of peace between the U.S. and Canada. Light refreshments will follow and tours of the site will be available. The dedication is free and open to the public.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Mary Ann Lauricella, Barbara Elias, Patricia Cullinan, Cheryl Hallman, Beth Buckley, Mo Argenio, Kaitlin Tyler, Linda Snyder, Father Roy Herberger, Dave Pohl, Amanda Rockwood, Joe Gervase, John Proudman, Skylar Swart, Claudette Bapst, Mary Kless, Mary Meegan, Bette Peters and Peter Carlo Sinagra Jr.


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