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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to British prime minister Anthony Eden, born on this date in 1897, "If you've broken the eggs, you should make the omelette."


TIME OF NEED -- Ever since James Vickers, of Buffalo, died unexpectedly without medical or life insurance at age 34 on March 8, his children, James, 9, and Michaela, 6, and their mother, Tilly Martin, have been struggling.

Friends and family have organized a benefit for them from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday in the Lake Erie Italian Club, 3200 South Park Ave., Lackawanna. Tickets are $20 and include unlimited draft beer, soda, food and entertainment. Children under 12 are free. For tickets and donations, call Karen Todaro at 444-5343 or visit


OOPS! -- We had the wrong date on the notice a couple of weeks ago about the second annual Rubber Ducky Race and Summer Barbecue to benefit Kawelle, the locally based nonprofit volunteer organization that serves and provides supplies for schools in Kenya and Liberia. Daniel Corrigan, Kawelle founder and president, notes that the right date is Sunday, June 24, at 2 p.m., not Monday, June 25, at Island Park in Williamsville.

Prizes, ranging from an Apple iPad to $100 gift card to Walden Galleria, will be awarded to those whose duck finishes near the front of the flock on Ellicott Creek. Rubber duckies can be purchased for $5 at or $10 at the event.

There also will be a Chiavetta's chicken barbecue, a bounce house and a silent auction for items such as an autographed Paul McCartney electric guitar, signed boxing gloves from Sylvester Stallone and a signed Justin Bieber photo.


MORE REUNIONS -- Sweet Home High School's Class of 1972 will hold its 40-year reunion at 7 p.m. July 21 in Banchetti by Rizzo's, 550 North French Road, Amherst. Tickets are $35. Checks can be written to the Sweet Home 1972 Reunion Committee and mailed to 444 Somerville Ave., Tonawanda, NY 14150. For info, call Barb Donovan at 833-5518 or email

All parishioners, students and graduates of St. Mary Magdalene Church and School in Buffalo are invited to a reunion at 1 p.m. Sept. 6 in Protocol Restaurant, 6766 Transit Road, Amherst. For information, call Ann Schaefer Schreiber at 681-3031 or Teresa Nebrich Allen at 627-9875.

St. John Kanty Church in Buffalo will hold its first all-year reunion Nov. 24 for alumni of its school, which closed in 1992. A Mass and reception are being planned. Organizers currently are seeking contact information for former students, teachers, nuns, priests and staff. To register, call Christopher Byrd at 562-6046 or visit


CENTURY MARK -- Every week for nearly 10 years, Beatrice Doig Pacanowski, of West Seneca, has visited the McGuire Group's Seneca Health Care Center to entertain residents with her piano playing. Sunday, however, it was her turn to be serenaded to the tune of "Happy Birthday" as family and friends helped celebrate her 100th birthday in Winchester Community Church on Harlem Road in West Seneca.

Born June 9, 1912, in Illinois, she grew up in Buffalo. With her first husband, David Doig, who died in 1949, she had four children, Judith Wright, David, Donald and Bonnie. Her second husband, Stanley Pacanowski, died in 1960. She attributes her longevity to clean living. She never smoked or drank.

Over the years, she has taught hundreds of piano students in her home and still gives private lessons to one student. For many years, she also played the pipe organ at Cazenovia Park Baptist Church in South Buffalo and directed the choir. In addition to her weekly concert at Seneca Health Care Center, where she was honored as Volunteer of the Year in 2009, she plays once a month for the Winchester Community Church Senior Group.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Cathy Dengler, Mike Gilbert, Kara Benkovich, Robert Gioia, Corey Rae Rodda, Joshua Young, Shirley E. Lowe, Elizabeth Lesswing, Paula Callman, Ron Drzewiecki, David E. Beyers, Bertha Nero, Lyndsey Hirtzel, Patti Jakubowski, Jeff Nurmi, Rayna C. Rosati, Vickie Bieger, Edna Murray, John Sullivan, Robin Janicki, Nichole Becker, Dino T. Pinelli Jr. and Phyllis K. Haines.