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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to journalist and critic Margaret Fuller, born on this date in 1810, "Nature provides exceptions to every rule."


STEPPING OUT -- Reservations are needed by Friday for the North Tonawanda Meals on Wheels "Springtime Adventure" bus trip June 9.

The trip begins at 11 a.m. from the Meals on Wheels offices at 100 Ridge Road, North Tonawanda, and visits the Holland Land Office museum in Batavia, Oliver's Chocolates in Batavia for samples and a free gift and Yorkshire Hall at Holiday Hollow in Corfu for a meal and a dinner-theater performance of "13 Memento Mori Manor," a murder mystery.

Cost is $65 and includes the bus ride, a snack, museum admission, dinner and the show. For information, call Susan Hittle at 297-4557.


GETTING SMARTER -- A summer workshop for youngsters entering Pre-K4 through seventh grade will be held June 25 through Aug. 3 in Annunciation School, 7580 Clinton St., Elma. The program will include summer reading and literature activities, phonics for primary graders, arts and crafts, and math and science activities. Registrations are due by June 11. For applications, visit For information, call the school at 681-1927.


HELP THE HUNGRY -- Holding a food drive for Memorial Day is Roll of Honor Chapter 120, Disabled American Veterans. Nonperishable food items can be delivered to 460 North Drive, North Tonawanda, or 1945 Parker Blvd., Town of Tonawanda. For information, call Commander Gerald D. Tidd at 310-2004.


FURRY AND FRIENDLY -- The SPCA Serving Erie County is looking for feline foster care families who can provide temporary homes for homeless cats and kittens when there's no room for them at the SPCA shelter.

"Our foster program can use families to house all types of animals -- dogs, rabbits, small animals -- but there is a particular need at this time of year for feline foster families," says foster care coordinator Julie Ruppel. "At the present time, nearly 400 cats and kittens are already in foster homes, and it's only mid-May. That number will continue to grow all spring and summer long."

The SPCA covers expenses for the foster care felines, including food, veterinary care and animal-related supplies. When a foster pet is ready for adoption, the foster care family has first option to keep it. Call Julie at 629-3509.


ALL TOGETHER -- The Niagara Falls Family YMCA is teaming with Heritage Christian Services to offer an inclusive summer day camp at its Town of Wheatfield Youth Center location between June 25 to Aug. 31 that will serve youngsters with and without developmental disabilities.

The program will include sports, swimming, arts and crafts, and a variety of other activities. Fee is $125 for a five-day week for Wheatfield residents, $150 for nonresidents. Financial assistance is available for those who qualify. For information, call 285-8491 or visit


DROP TOP -- Bornhava, a preschool and support program in Snyder for children under 5 with developmental disabilities, is holding a fundraising raffle with a big prize -- a 2012 3 Series BMW convertible. Or, if the winner chooses, $40,000 cash.

The drawing will be held Sept. 15 in conjunction with an open house at Bornhava's headquarters at 25 Chateau Terrace. Tickets are $50 each or three for $100, and only 3,600 will be sold. To purchase tickets and check on the raffle rules, visit or call 839-1655. Proceeds will benefit field trips and other programs for Bornhava students.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Scott John Gales, Pam Stromecki, Robbie Ortt, Charity Vogel, Bob Eimiller, Bob Hoerner, Kathy Buran, Matt Smith, Bob Sprada Sr., Jeanne Cummings, Jessica Brant, Joseph Tapia, David Kester, Norbert Meyer, Elysia Rousseau, Dennis Maciejewski, Chris Betz, Jillian Moskal, Lynn Gott, Mike Lempko, Father Rene Phillips, Marceann Ruettimann, Rick Grochala, Danielle Grimm, Jim Coder and Casey Sullivan.

AND THURSDAY -- Mairin Rowan Cleary, Marvin Askew, Marty Biniasz, Ruthie Hollis, Jeff Didion, Lois Snyder, Lisa Horton, Mary Jane Mescall, Karen Sieracki, Ernest Toepfer, Daniel Griffin, Liz Lockwood, Beth Taylor, Rob Knopf, Michelle Wannemacher, Lisa Alagna, Bill Nowadly, Kathy Mann, Kennedy Merriman, Ken Kowal, Nancy Millar, Diane Bialota and Sister Jean Klimczak.