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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to British comic Spike Milligan, born on this date in 1918, "Money can't buy friends, but it can get you a better class of enemy."


Polonia Wins!

That TV guy

did ding us

making fun

of Dyngus,

But we

didn't wince.

We said, "Be our

Pussy Willow Prince!"

So TV guy

Anderson Cooper

apologized for

his blooper

and said he may

join the motorcade

for next year's parade

of Buffalo's genuine

Dyngus Day.

It's no charade,

It's the real thing,

Just like

a Buffalo wing.

-- Joyce L. Wilson


KIELBASA KINGS -- If Anderson Cooper comes to Dyngus Day next year, he should insist on sampling the entries in Buffalo's Best Kielbasa Contest. This year's competition, held last Monday in the Adam Mickiewicz Library and Dramatic Circle, 612 Fillmore Ave., produced winners in six divisions, determined by a panel of eight judges and by votes of those in attendance. They included:

Best commercial, Dubel's Sausage; best homemade, Bill, Tim, Dan and Tom Kasprzak; people's choice, Dubel's; best fresh homemade, the Kasprzak family; best smoked homemade, the Joe Kilijanski family; and best nontraditional homemade, Alex Cockerill.


TIME OF NEED -- Born and raised in West Seneca, Paula Smith Verdetto has been living in Wyoming with her husband, Mike, for the past 10 years. In December, she underwent surgery for endometrial and ovarian cancer. Now in the midst of a six-month regime of chemotherapy and radiation treatments, she's without health insurance.

To help with her expenses, friends and family here are holding a Shower of Love Benefit from 2 to 7 p.m. Sunday in Fourteen Holy Helpers Parish Hall, 1339 Indian Church Road, West Seneca. Tickets are $25, $35 per couple in advance, $5 more at the door. Tickets include music, food and a chance at a door prize.

Since Verdetto cannot travel, she hopes to be present through Skype. For tickets and donations, call Donna Emminger at 826-1277, Caren Kolerski at 983-7714 or Trish Wicher at 464-3832.


SHOWGOERS -- The African Violet & Gesneriad Society of Western New York will discuss its upcoming show May 5 and 6 in the Walden Galleria in Cheektowaga when it holds its monthly meeting at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the LVAC Building at 40 Embry Place, off Walden Avenue near Central Avenue, Lancaster. Everyone is welcome, and all are invited to bring their plants in for assessment. Refreshments will be served. For info, call Paul Kroll at 652-8658.


REUNION TIME -- Among the special events for its 100th anniversary this year, Parkside Lutheran Church, 2 Wallace Ave., is holding a confirmation class reunion at its 10 a.m. service on May 6, with a picnic to follow. All who were confirmed at Parkside are welcome.

The reunion committee of the Class of 1962 at West Seneca High School is looking for classmates for a 50th reunion in August. A tour of the high school will be held Aug. 22. A happy hour is planned Aug. 24, followed by a dinner-dance Aug. 25 in Michael's Banquet Facility, 4885 Southwestern Blvd., Hamburg, and a picnic Aug. 26 in Chestnut Ridge Park in Orchard Park. Registration and payment are needed by May 8. For details, call Sue Rys at 675-5463.

Blessed Trinity School in Buffalo is seeking former students for an all-class reunion Oct. 13 and 14. To add your name to the list for an informational mailing later this month, call Bobbe Schmelzer Lukasik at 863-6923 or email


HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Joe Benenati, Jane Larcom, Sister Mary Francianne Zielezinski, Faye Evans, Zach Lesswing, Helen Potoczny, Dr. Nedra Harrison, Karen Murray, Chloe Anne Bell, Christopher J. Nasca, Chelsey Rosalowski, Carmine Pardi, Nanci Jo Sheehan Fetzer, Monsignor Francis Skupien, Ricky Karaga, Chase Giambra and Sister Mary Ann Kolb.