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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to charismatic minister the Rev. Charles Wadsworth, born on this date in 1814, "By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he's wrong."


YEARLY OCCASION -- Erie County Council, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Ladies Auxiliary, will hold its 78th annual convention this weekend in Potts Banquet Hall, 694 S. Ogden St. Auxiliary registration is to 6 p.m. Friday. VFW and Auxiliary registration is 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday.

The convention kicks off Friday evening with a fish fry dinner for past commanders, a Ladies Auxiliary business session at 6 and a screening of 2012-13 candidates at 8.

Saturday begins with a joint memorial service at 9 a.m., followed by a joint awards session, separate VFW and Auxiliary business sessions, and nomination, election and installation of 2012-13 officers.

The convention closes with a dinner at 6:30 p.m. Saturday honoring Erie County Commander Don McMahon of Grand Island and his wife, Auxiliary President Susanne McMahon. Tickets are $30 and include one hour of open bar before dinner. All VFW and Auxiliary members are invited. For info, visit


TASTY TOURISM -- Nibble your way through the Elmwood Village on the Buffalo Bites Food Tours, which depart at 11 a.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays from the general vicinity of Elmwood and Cleveland avenues.

The three-hour tours, which cost $42, admire the architectural delights of the neighborhood and make at least six tasting stops -- usually including Coles, Zillycakes, D'Avolio, Globe Market, the Blue Monk and Chow Chocolate. Tours are limited to 16 people. For tickets, call toll-free (800) 979-3370 or visit


MIND YOUR MOTHER -- The Buffalo Zoo announces that its Mother's Day Brunch on Sunday is sold out, but you still have a chance to treat mom to a Mother's Day Tea on Saturday in the Victorian setting of the Hull Family Home and Farmstead, 5962 Genesee St. at Pavement Road, Lancaster.

There will be three seatings -- at 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. Cost is $20 for adults and $10 for children under 10, but it's not recommended for very young children. Reservations are a must. Call 741-7032. Tours of the home and farm will be available from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. All proceeds benefit restoration efforts.


HELP WANTED -- In need of your vote is AmeriCorps Builds Lives Through Education (ABLE) in Buffalo, which has assisted more than 35,000 students in local schools. It's among 225 AmeriCorps programs that have been nominated for the 2012 National Service Impact Awards and winners are determined by how many votes are cast. You can vote once a day from now through next Tuesday at You'll find the Buffalo program on Page 13 of the nominees, and you'll be asked to register and confirm an email address.


BRAIN POWER -- Headway of Western New York, an affiliate of People Inc. that helps people with brain injuries and other disabilities, holds its annual fundraising event, with the theme "Healing, Growing, Celebrating Life," from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday in Windows on the Green at the Westwood Country Club, 772 N. Forest Road at Sheridan Drive, Amherst. Tickets are $40, which include music, food, two hours of beer, wine and soda, and a chance to win door prizes. For info, call 408-3100.


SWEET SOUNDS -- The Lancaster High School music department presents "An Evening of Chamber Music" at 7:30 Wednesday in Annunciation Church, 7580 Clinton St., Elma. The evening will feature the Lancaster High School Brass Choir, Woodwind Choir and Men's Choir. It's free and open to the public.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Michael "Murf" Murphy, Matthew Hakes, Matt Krzyzynski, Lola Bishop, Liz Mullins, Anna Banks, Josephine Saia, Mary Salter, Marcella A. Phillips, Ron Reger, Ken Kelly, Sister Mary Marcine Borowiah, Scott Discoll, Sheila Prowse, Mike Brown, Mary Ann Cunningham, Thomas J. Fodor and James Pratt.