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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to singer and songwriter Ani DiFranco, born in Buffalo on this date in 1970, "The world owes us nothing; we owe each other the world."

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BIG BUYS -- The World's Largest Yard Sale comes to the Fairgrounds in Hamburg from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, inside the Event Center and outside on South 42nd Street. There will be all sorts of things you usually find at flea markets, including sports equipment, holiday items and pet stuff. Admission is $3. Parking is free.

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SPECIAL HONORS -- A tribute award ceremony at 1 p.m. Saturday at Buffalo & Erie County Naval and Military Park, foot of Pearl Street in downtown Buffalo, will honor an organization and a longtime volunteer for their work in supporting veterans and their causes. The organization is WNY Heroes, which helps vets accommodate again to civilian life. The volunteer is the late Marvin "Joe" Curry, who was ship superintendent for the park from 1977 to 1997. A Korean War veteran, he served aboard the USS Little Rock. The park's Wall of Honor also will be unveiled. It's free and open to the public.

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DOUBLE DUTY -- Two Italian heritage events are taking place Sunday in St. Anthony Catholic Church, 160 Court St., behind Buffalo City Hall.

The annual Feast of Our Lady of Loreto, which was started in 1905 by immigrants from the town of Vallelunga Pratameno in Sicily, begins with a bilingual Mass at 10:15 a.m., followed by a light reception. All immigrants, descendants and their families are welcome.

The Feast of St. Michael of Caltanissetta, which includes Mass in Italian at 11:15 a.m., followed by a light reception, was started by the Society of St. Michael the Archangel of Caltanissetta, founded in Buffalo in 1945 by immigrants from the Sicilian town of the same name. All immigrants from Caltanissetta, their descendants and families are welcome.

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GOOD SAMARITAN -- No home. No family. No insurance. No inventory for his electronics stand at the flea market. That's the situation in which Don York finds himself after the electrical fire that destroyed his apartment in Depew on Aug. 13. Fortunately, he wasn't injured, but he lost his cat, Lucky.

Organizing a benefit for him at 5 p.m. Sunday is Patrina Kidder, owner of Trina's Family Restaurant, 1373 Clinton St., near the Clinton-Bailey Market. Tickets are $10 advance, $15 at the door, and include food and beverages. All proceeds help Don recover. For tickets and info, call Christina Olson at 352-4010 or the restaurant at 783-8373.

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SINGLES TOGETHER -- Fireside Singles will host a healing service at 1 p.m. Saturday in St. Patrick's Friary, 102 Seymour St. Brother Mac will lead the service. A picnic will follow. Those attending are asked to bring a dish to pass. For info, call Rose Cannon at 897-2478.

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WHAT'S IT WORTH? -- The Lancaster New York Historical Society will hold antique appraisals at 2 p.m. Sunday in its museum, 40 Clark St., around the corner from the Lancaster Opera House. Appraisals will be done by Strobel's Antiques and Ed and Mabel Piontkowski. For info, call 683-4679.

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HUNGRY? -- Mary Queen of Angels Regional Catholic School holds a hot dog sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday outside the Valu Home Center at 45 S. Rossler Ave. Proceeds will support eighth-grade activities and field trips.

The Village of Lancaster Citizens Party sponsors a steak roast from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday in the Elks Lodge on Broadway. Dinners are $20 and include pop, beer, wine and dessert. For info, call 316-1878.

Kenmore United Church of Christ, 295 Delaware Road, Kenmore, will host a BW's chicken barbecue from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday. Dinners are $8.50, takeout only. Advance purchase is recommended. Call 862-9733 or 875-1725.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Emmett Gallagher O'Neill, Nancy Barry, Trinity Swart, Kenneth J. Turner, Debbie Merrifield, Dave Palmeri, Tabatha McCabe, Sister Mary Gloria Lewandowski, Patricia A. Rosolowski, Mary Pat Ramsey, Leann Guzzetta, Bridget Hall, Pam Gibbins, J.F. Karb III, Karen Simmons, Andrew Kuczmarski, Rosemary Brazdes, Ashley Ganoe, Nicole DeJoy, Linda Maury, Don Daigler, Gerry Aquino, Samantha Herberger, Joan Kowalewski, Liz Kazmierczak, Grace Pesarchick, Tom Pesarchick.

SATURDAY -- Barbara Bartle, Paula Voell, Christine Urbanek, Jake Pokorny, Cheryl Kelly, Michael Safe, Barbara Kobos, Patsy Kenefick, Rob Moll, Roseann Scotland, Thea Zastempowski, Natalie Minotti, Cheri Wozniak, Tim O'Shei, Byron W. Brown, Leah Dutton, Darlene Cruk, Curt Herrmann and Cecilia Rath.

AND SUNDAY -- Amy Stypa, Ryan Sherk, Susan Trabert, Mike Curry, Herman Trotter, Luke Moretti, Don Staszczyk Sr., Lynn Keppel, Nick Wagner, Arminta Gustafson, Jacob Andolina, Ronny Wargo, Joe Cole, Rose Hagen, Brian Pettitt, Jan Jones, Anthony Sole Jr., Autumn Fries, Don Costello and Danielle Chmurzynski.

email: olaffub@buffnews.com

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